Children's Law Committee


The mission of the Children's Law Committee is to provide a forum through which attorneys and judges working with children can promote improvements and changes in the legal system which benefit children, parents and the professionals who serve these families.

The Children's Law Committee was created during the 2008-2009 in response to a request to then LSBA President Elizabeth Foote from members of the Louisiana Legislative Task Force on Representation in Child Protection Cases. The group sought an appropriate forum in which all parties practicing law related to children's issues could discuss matter in a manner which could benefit their practices. The current 23 member committee includes legal services attorneys, private practitioners, judges, etc. Their diverse backgrounds enhance the committee's ability to work through initiatives to benefit children, parents and professionals who serve them.

List of Attorneys Qualified to Represent Children in Need of Care

720 Travis St
Shreveport LA, 71101
Phone: (318) 222-7186
FAX: (318) 221-1901
Email: dbenjamin@lsnl.org
Firm: Legal Services of North LA, Inc
10112 Fort Knox Ct
River Ridge LA, 70123
Phone: (504) 858-5338
FAX: (504) 737-1958
Email: tdbewley@bellsouth.net
Firm: Attorney at Law
627 N 4th St Fl 4 Rm 4-222
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 342-0045
Email: michael.brown.dcfs@la.gov
Firm: Dept of Children & Family Services
627 N 4th St Ste 1-322
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 342-6678
Email: brittany.bryant@la.gov
Firm: Child Advocacy Program
10290 Indian Creek Dr
Denham Springs LA, 70726
Phone: (225) 243-6653
Email: paeton@getgordon.com
Firm: Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, LLC
2439 Manhattan Blvd Ste 103
Harvey LA, 70058
Phone: (504) 374-6977
FAX: (504) 529-3784
Email: abutler@slls.org
Firm: Southeast LA Legal Services Corporation
615 Baronne St Ste 203
New Orleans LA, 70113
Phone: (504) 581-4043
FAX: (504) 566-0518
Email: jgeorge@probono-no.org
Firm: The Pro Bono Project
2646 Governor Nicholls St
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 481-0332
Email: jcgilds@gmail.com
Firm: Attorney at Law
1100 B Milton St
New Orleans LA, 70122
Phone: (504) 658-9506
FAX: (504) 658-9511
Email: esgray@nola.gov
Firm: State of LA
10120 Fort Knox Ct
River Ridge LA, 70123-1572
Phone: (504) 738-5757
Email: khallstrom@lasc.org
Firm: Louisiana Supreme Court
1020 Surrey St
Lafayette LA, 70501
Phone: (337) 237-4320
FAX: (337) 237-8839
Email: franchesca@la-law.org
Firm: Acadiana Legal Service Corp
2928 Bell St
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 481-4323
Email: mehammond@cox.net
Firm: Attorney at Law
Pelican Center for Children and Families
1615 Poydras St Ste 1000
New Orleans LA, 70112
Phone: (504) 561-7313
Email: mark.harris@pelicancenter.org
Firm: Attorney at Law
8333 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Baton Rouge LA, 70807
Phone: (225) 354-1264
Email: jharr62@gmail.com
Firm: East Baton Rouge Indigent Defender
715 Saint Ferdinand St
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 448-0089
FAX: (225) 383-1197
Email: rhastings@slls.org
Firm: Southeast LA Legal Services Corporation
200 Derbigny St Ste 2700
Gretna LA, 70053
Phone: (504) 364-3885
FAX: (504) 364-3873
Email: hopeh@24jdc.us
Firm: 24th JDC
410 Royal St Fl 3
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 412-6038
FAX: (504) 412-6041
Email: scj@la4th.org
Firm: Louisiana Supreme Court
700 University Ave
Stubbs 222
Monroe LA, 71209
Phone: (318) 600-5840
FAX: (318) 302-2064
Email: ljjohnson@thejohnsonfirmllc.com
Firm: Attorney at Law
5716 Old Jeanerette Rd
New Iberia LA, 70563
Phone: (504) 575-4332
Email: barry.lacour@la.gov
Firm: Mental Health Advocacy Service
4603 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 648-8707
Email: marthajmaher@gmail.com
Firm: Attorney at Law
627 N 4th St Ste 1-322
Baton Rouge LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 342-6678
FAX: (225) 342-6658
Email: rebecca.may-ricks@la.gov
Firm: MHAS
601 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 619-0146
FAX: (504) 566-0930
Email: mmollere@lsba.org
Firm: LA State Bar Association
129 W Pershing St
New Iberia LA, 70560-4494
Phone: (337) 369-7437
FAX: (337) 369-9869
Email: joannnx@aol.com
Firm: The Law Offices of Glenda M August & Associates
9654 Brookline Dr Ste 210
Baton Rouge LA, 70809
Phone: (225) 930-0305
FAX: (225) 930-0306
Email: kathleen@louisianachildren.org
Firm: LouisianaChildren.org
4001 Carter St Rm 9
Vidalia LA, 71373
Phone: (318) 336-5526
FAX: (318) 336-9790
Email: annsiddall54@gmail.com
Firm: Concordia Parish District Attorney
3414 Jewella Ave
Shreveport LA, 71109
Phone: (318) 219-8011
FAX: (318) 703-2883
Email: amsmithlaw@comcast.net
Firm: Attorney at Law
429 E Airport Ave Ste 1
Baton Rouge LA, 70806
Phone: (225) 346-4000
FAX: (225) 346-4004
Email: ptaylor@adminlaw.state.la.us
Firm: Attorney at Law
1100 B Milton St
New Orleans LA, 70122
Phone: (504) 207-4577
FAX: (504) 267-4789
Email: atest@laccr.org
Firm: LA Center for Children's Rights
1100 Milton St Ste B
New Orleans LA, 70122
Phone: (504) 566-1711
FAX: (504) 288-3340
Email: cwthomas@orleansda.com
Firm: Orleans Parish District Attorney
201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 3815
New Orleans LA, 70170
Phone: (504) 582-1506
FAX: (504) 582-1555
Email: awatson@sessions-law.com
Firm: Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC
848 2nd St Fl 3
Gretna LA, 70053
Phone: (504) 780-1630
FAX: (504) 267-7305
Email: jenwomble@cox.net
Firm: Jefferson Parish Indigent Defender Board
The programs and projects sponsored and implemented by the Children's Law Committee are accomplished through the work of three Subcommittees.

Foster Care Orientation Subcommittee
Darlene Bewley, Chair
Margot Hammond
Sandra C. Jenkins

Legislative Subcommittee
Kären Hallstrom, Chair
Hon. Earnestine S. Gray
Sandra C. Jenkins
Kevin Robshaw
Clay Walker

Public Relations Subcommittee
Jan Byland
Kären Hallstrom
Mark Harris
Jo Ann Nixon
Ashley Schepens April Watson
The LSBA, through its Children's Law Committee, provides information about training events focused on a variety of children's law topics. Included are events scheduled by various organizations and agencies that serve children and families.
Children's Legal Advocacy Resources Online (CLARO) Training Opportunities

Training Events - upcoming interdisciplinary training and education programs available across the state with faculty and curricula that have been developed and approved for qualifying continuing education credits.
Videos - programs from Louisiana and around the country that are relevent to child welfare practice in a variety of disciplines but do not offer CLE credit opportunities.
Online CLEs - relevant interdisciplinary training and education programs that offer continuing legal education units for all attorneys and qualifying credit for children's attorneys.
Other State and Federal Programs - information on relevant training and education programs offered in other states and on the national level.
An Introduction to the Court System and Child in Need of Care (CINC) Proceedings.


If you are having trouble viewing this film, or would like to view it in Spanish, please contact nicole.louque@lsba.org for a free DVD.

Louisiana Foster Care: An Introduction
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600