Access to Justice Commission


In conjunction with the Supreme Court of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Bar Association has created the Louisiana Access to Justice Commission. Continuing the work of the former LSBA ATJ Policy Committee, the Commission will pursue a coordinated and systemic approach to ensuring the public’s access to the legal system.

The purpose of the commission is to “assure continuity of policy and purpose in the collaboration between the private bar, the courts, and the civil justice community so as to further the goal of assuring that Louisianans, regardless of their economic circumstance, have access to equal justice under the law.”

To view a the End of Year Louisiana Access to Justice Commision Report Click Here.





Commission News and Articles

Lawyers in Libraries
The LSBA 2017 "Lawyers in Libraries" week of service is scheduled for October 23-28. During this week, Louisiana attorneys will provide free services to the public at local libraries statewide. Some attorneys will provide "Ask-a-Lawyer" 15-minute individual consultations, and others will lead classroom presentations on individual legal topics such as divorce or estate planning.

For a complete list of events click here!

2017 Statewide Pro Bono Survey – The results are in!
Earlier this year, Louisiana attorneys participated in a survey conducted by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and was part of an effort to gauge pro bono activity across the country. The goal of the survey was to quantify the amount of pro bono work provided in Louisiana, obtain the characteristics of recent pro bono service, and to determine what factors encourage or discourage pro bono service. From January to March 2017, the survey was open to all active attorneys and members. Those who regularly participate in pro bono activities as well as those who have never provided pro bono assistance were encouraged to take the survey. Click here to read the survey results.

Latest Economic Impact Study of Louisiana's Civil Legal Aid Organizations
At the request of the Louisiana Legislature, the Access to Justice Commission conducted an Economic Impact and Social Return on Investment Analysis, or SROI, funded by the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF). To learn more about the astonishing economic returns to the state because of investments to civil legal aid click here to visit the LBF's site and download the entire study or short synopsis of the its findings.

57th Annual Clerks of Court Institute
Richard M. Arceneaux, LA Clerk of Court Association President, (pictured with Michael Schachtman) welcomed the LSBA to the 57th Annual Clerks of Court Institute which took place in Alexandria this year from August 15-17th. Michael Schachtman, ATJ SRL Counsel, and Rachael Mills, ATJ Projects Counsel, travelled to the conference this year to promote LSBA Access to Justice materials designed to educate the public about the Louisiana’s civil legal aid network. These materials included information about the various self-represented litigant resources, language access information, IFP information, as well as information about the online pro bono program LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org.

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