Domestic Violence Project

Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) is a legal incubator program designed to address the legal needs of the underserved and underrepresented by supporting new lawyers build viable and sustainable public interest-focused law firms. Through a collaborative project with the NOFJC and SLLS, LIFT Fellows are working to help address the unmet civil legal needs of domestic violence victims.


The LIFT Incubator Project at the Family Justice Center is for new or transitioning attorneys starting their own solo, small firm, or nonprofit practice in the Greater New Orleans area. During the 18-month program, incubator attorneys receive subsidized office space, supplies, and resources. The attorneys also receive training and mentorship as they work alongside experienced Southeast Louisiana Legal Services legal practitioners. In exchange for the training and incubation of their practice, attorneys will agree to provide pro bono representation domestic violence victims.

Louisiana licensed attorneys with 0-5 years practice experience who plan to develop or have begun to develop a sustainable solo law practice providing free and cost-effective legal solutions to survivors of domestic violence are encouraged to check back in when the application process is open. Currently, we are not accepting applications for the program. The application process will likely open in mid-2021. Download the application below to learn more about qualifications and requirements. Questions or comments should be directed to Amy Duncan at or 504-619-0148. 

Interested in learning more about this program? Watch this short video here

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Meet Current Fellows in the Domestic Violence Project at NOFJC
Camille Patti, Attorney at Law
Camille Patti graduated magna cum laude, with a certification in Civil Law, from Tulane Law School. Camille has been dedicated to social justice and increasing access to affordable legal services early in her career. At the New Orleans Family Justice Center in New Orleans, Camille offers family law-related legal services with a focus on survivors of domestic violence.

Christine Thomas, Attorney at Law
Christine Thomas is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has more than 20 years professional experience in civil and criminal law and compliance. In 2019, she decided to open her own solo law firm focused on serving domestic violence survivors and providing compassionate, affordable legal services to meet the needs of the community in family law, wills and successions.
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