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

Civil Legal Aid Day at the Louisiana Capitol
Members of the Access to Justice Commission’s Funding Committee with the help of Louisiana Appleseed planned and participated in “Civil Legal Aid Day” on April 18th at the Louisiana Capitol. To start the day, the group hosted a breakfast for Louisiana Legislators to explain the importance of funding for Louisiana’s civil legal aid programs. After the breakfast, the group staffed a table in the rotunda that provided legislators and visitors to the capitol with information about Louisiana’s civil legal aid network.  During this time, Representative Walt Leger and Senator Eric LaFleur announced on their respective Floors the fact it was Civil Legal Aid Day and spoke of the importance of civil legal aid for the state, including the significance of its economic impact. Greg Landry, Executive Director of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, and Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services were also introduced on both House Floors. To learn more about the ATJ Commission’s Funding Committee, please contact ATJ Projects Counsel, Rachael Mills (rachael.mills@lsba.org). 


2018 LSBA Pro Bono & Children's Law Awards
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, will recognize the pro bono accomplishments of public interest legal professionals and law students during the Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards Ceremony May 22, 2018 at the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans.

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ABA Day in Washington DC
LSBA President Dona Kay Renegar, President-Elect Barry Grodsky, Judy Perry Martinez, Frank Neuner and LSBA Access to Justice Director Monte Mollere participated in the ABA’s annual lobby efforts on April 10-12, 18.  “ABA Day in Washington DC” provided an opportunity for LSBA Leaders, and colleagues from around the nation, to speak to elected representatives on issues which are of critical importance to the Bar, clients, the legal profession and the administration of Justice


Use of Court Interpreters: An Attorney Reference Card
The Louisiana Access to Justice Commission’s Language Access Committee developed a reference card to provide attorneys with information when an interpreter is needed for counseling and representing a limited-English proficient (LEP) client or individual. Providing an LEP individual with full and fair access to the court requires he/she understands the court proceedings in a language he recognizes. The Reference card includes statutory laws, tips, and other information relating to the use of interpreters. The card can be found here. The card includes a reference to district court rules to request a court registered or certified interpreter. The Request for Interpreter and Order form can be found on the Louisiana Supreme Court website appendix list, https://www.lasc.org/rules/dist.ct/AppendicesList.asp  Appendix 5.1B, or directly at https://www.lasc.org/rules/dist.ct/COURTRULESAPPENDIX5.1B.pdf.

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.

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