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
Thank you to all that hosted and volu nteered during the 2017 LSBA “Lawyers in Libraries” Week of Service. I am confident your volunteerism made a meaningful difference in the lives of everyone you assisted, and we are excited about the LSBA’s growing partnership with Louisiana public libraries.

In order to meet the legal needs of low-income families in our state, the LSBA staff works hard to provide members with the opportunities and support necessary to make pro bono service as simple and worthwhile as possible.

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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