Access to Justice Committee


The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to assure that every Louisiana citizen has access to competent civil legal representation by promoting and supporting a broad based and effective justice community through collaboration between the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Law Schools, private practitioners, local bar associations, pro bono programs and legal aid providers.

The Access to Justice Committee was established in 1996 to consolidate the efforts of two existing LSBA committees (The Legal Services Committee and The Volunteers In Public Service Committee). As the mission states, the committee helps to strengthen an integrated delivery network by supporting all those who deliver legal services to the poor. The current committee is comprised of 40 volunteer members, both attorneys and non-attorneys, with the common interest of assisting the indigent with their legal needs. These volunteers, with various backgrounds, reside throughout Louisiana and include corporate counsel, legal service attorneys, legal educators, large and small firm representatives, and pro bono directors. Their diverse backgrounds only enhance the committee's ability to work through initiatives from a variety of approaches.

Latest Access to Justice News and Events

Library training session at Westside Regional Library in Rapides Parish
The Louisiana State Bar Association, Law Library of Louisiana, and LSU Law Library held a training for public librarians in central Louisiana.  Hosted by the Westside Regional Library in Rapides Parish, the training provided librarians with resources to address library patrons seeking legal information. The training included practical tips for clarifying legal questions (without providing legal advice); guides to reliable and free online legal resources;  a summary of where patrons can best access state law and federal law; and an overview of local and statewide services where low-income patrons can find additional assistance. Local pro bono and legal aid organizations were participated to provide brief overviews of their services.  These trainings are part of LEAP, the Bar’s “Legal Education and Assistance Program.”


2016 Civil Legal Aid Award Nominations

The Louisiana State Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Civil Legal Aid Awards to recognize the outstanding work of lawyers serving in the public interest community. There will be two awards presented at the Louisiana Justice Community Conference on October 14, 2016.

Select an Award Category:

Legal Service Innovation Award - This award will be presented to an attorney who or organization that has developed an innovative method of delivering legal services to those with unmet legal needs.

Legal Service Excellence in Advocacy Award - This award will be presented to a Louisiana public interest attorney who has demonstrated exceptional service, professionalism and passion for representing vulnerable clients.

To nominate an attorney or organization, please refer to the award guidelines on the following pages. Type or print all information clearly and provide brief answers (no more than 100 words each) to the questions below to explain why the nominee deserves the award(s). If you would like to nominate more than one person or organization for an award, please fill out and submit a completed form for each nominee. You may nominate the same person or organization for both awards; however each form must be completed and submitted to be considered.

THE COMPLETED NOMINATION FORM MUST BE EMAILED TO NICOLE.LOUQUE@LSBA.ORG BY 4:00 PM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016.


2016 Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards
LSBA Honors Exceptional Louisiana Pro Bono Work

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Supreme Court hosted the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA), 31th Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on May 24th. LSBA President Mark Cunningham, and members of the Louisiana Supreme Court presented the awards to the 2016 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Award recipients as LSBA President-Elect Darrel Papillion announced the award winners. The ceremony was held in the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, and was followed by a reception.

The Pro Bono Awards Ceremony honors attorneys and other public interest legal professionals from around the state who provided exceptional pro bono services to Louisiana’s indigent, who may not otherwise have received adequate representation or access to the legal system.

The awards and the 2016 recipients follow:

Children’s Law Award:
Zebulon Winstead

Law Student Award:
Lauren Bradberry, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Rebecca Holmes, Loyola University College of Law
Britni Duplantis, Southern University Law Center
Stacey Michel, Tulane University Law School

Friend of Pro Bono Award recognizes any individual (attorney or non-attorney), law firm, or organization that has made a major contribution to the enhancement and promotion of pro bono legal services to the poor.

New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - New Orleans
John DeRosier - Lake Charles
Emily Ziober - Baton Rouge


Pro Bono Publico Award recognizes an attorney, or law firm, that has provided pro bono legal services to the citizens of Louisiana that meets or exceeds the aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono services per year, as established in Rule 6.1 of Louisiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell - Alexandria
Nadège Assalé - New Orleans
Dana Atchison - New Orleans
Jeffery Cole - Lake Charles
Lisa Cronin - Shreveport
Jonah Freedman - New Orleans
Meredith Grabill - New Orleans
Valerie Guidry - Lafayette
Thomas Hightower, III - Lafayette
Jane Jackson - New Orleans
Jonathan Jarrett - Lafayette
Winfield Little, Jr. - Lake Charles
Thomas Lorenzi - Lake Charles
Maria Losavio - Alexandria
Seth Mansfield - Lafayette
Eric Miller - Baton Rouge
Ross Roubion - Lafayette
Dyan Schnaars - Lafayette
Paul Tellarico - Alexandria
Rolando Urbina - Baton Rouge
Christian Weiler - New Orleans
James Zito - Baton Rouge
Gary Zwain - Metairie


Career Public Interest Award recognizes any individual (attorney or non-attorney) in the state of Louisiana who has devoted at least 10 years of his/her career to public interest legal work; demonstrated excellence in his or her work; demonstrated leadership within his/her organization; and provided significant service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

James Welch, II - New Orleans


David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a Louisiana attorney who demonstrates a commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor, has made significant contributions to enhance the pro bono movement in Louisiana over their lifetime, and has shown significant leadership and service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Glenn Marcel- Baton Rouge


LSBA President’s Access to Justice Award recognizes a person for a lifelong commitment and dedication to ensuring access to justice for Louisiana citizens.

Linton Carney- New Orleans


For the sixth year, the Children’s Law Award was awarded at this ceremony. The LSBA Children’s Law Committee developed the award to recognize any Louisiana attorney or Louisiana based organization that has provided outstanding services in the field of Children’s Law.


The Pro Bono Century Awards were also handed out. This award recognizes attorneys that have shown consummate pro bono leadership by completing one-hundred hours of service from January 2014 through December 2015.

2016 Recipients:

Nadège Assalé • New Orleans
Robert Blankenship • Baton Rouge
Robert Clotworthy • New Orleans
Jeffery Coreil • Lafayette
Sherry Dolan Ormond • New Orleans
Paula Ferreira • Kenner
Jonah Freedman • New Orleans
Valerie Garrett • Lafayette
Keren Gesund • Metairie
Meredith Grabill • New Orleans
Catharine Gracia • New Orleans
Valerie Guidry • Lafayette
Trey Hightower III • Lafayette
Jane Jackson • New Orleans
Jonathan Jarrett • Lafayette
Victor Jones • New Orleans
Mandie Landry • New Orleans
Stephanie Lintern • New Orleans
Winfield Little, Jr. • Lake Charles
Seth Mansfield • Lafayette
Douglas Matthews • New Orleans
Mark Mercante • New Orleans
Henry Meyer • Metairie
James Rhorer • Metairie
Sophie Rosado • Kenner
Ross Roubion • Lafayette
Dyan Schnaars • Lafayette
John Shreves • New Orleans
Dwazendra Smith • Lafayette
Mark Surprenant • New Orleans
Dorothy Tarver • New Orleans
Danielle Trostorff • New Orleans


To view photographs from the event, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/louisiana.bar.  For Complete biographies on the winners click here.  The Louisiana State Bar Association assists its more than 21,000 members in the practice of law.

The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law


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