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 the Mid-year Louisiana Access to Justice Commision Report Click Here.

Commission News and Articles

ATJ Commission Launches Modest Means Online Legal Directory
The Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Commission has launched a new program to help LSBA members grow their practice. This new program targets individuals who are able to pay for your services at a reduced rate.  In 2016 nearly 1.3 million Louisiana families fell between 200% - 400% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) and were considered of moderate income. Most moderate income families do not qualify for free legal aid, yet some can afford to pay for services at a reduced rate. The Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Commission’s Modest Means Online Legal Directory helps address the legal needs of low and moderate income households by listing the services of attorneys willing to meet these needs. The Directory is not a referral service, but rather an online listing of attorneys who offer reduced fee legal representation to people who fall at or below the 400% FPL. Many attorneys already offer reduced fees by way of a sliding scale based on the client’s income, flat fees, or limited scope representation subject to the requirements of Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(c). To learn more about the Directory and how to sign up go to: 

Introducing the 2019 Distinguished Pro Bono Fellows
On November 16, 2018 a ceremony was held at the Supreme Court to introduce the 2019 Distinguished Pro Bono Fellows and their Partner Host Organizations. Opening remarks were provided by Mark C. Suprenant, Associate Justice James T. Genovese, and John E. McAuliffe.

The 2019 Pro Bono Fellows and their Partner Host Organizations are:

  • Terrel Broussard, Judge Pro Tempore - Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Linton Carney - The Pro Bono Project
  • Frank Neuner, Jr. - Legal Services Corporation
  • Donald North - Southern University Law Center
  • Joseph Oelkers III - Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Judge Harry Randow - Louisiana Access to Justice Commission

To view pictures of the ceremony, please click here.

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