Flood Proof Project

The purpose of the Project is to increase access to civil legal help for low-income disaster victims to resolve heir property problems and home ownership disputes in the wake of Louisiana’s catastrophic flooding in August 2016. This partnership project is designed to meet the continued demand for heirship and property title work by disaster survivors. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law School, Southern University Law Center, ABA Center for Innovation, and Louisiana State Bar Association’s Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) Incubator have partnered to offer two law firms the opportunity to develop and a law practice that addresses the need for disaster-related legal services. The attorneys in the program will develop their practices in a supported and collaborative environment.

During the 18-month project, attorneys receive a $10,000 stipend, free access to case management software and legal research programs, training, mentorship, and court shadowing opportunities.

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 disaster survivors are encouraged to apply. The program is looking for two attorneys. Download the application below to learn more and apply! Questions or comments should be directed to Amy Duncan at or 504-619-0148.

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

Download the Application & Apply!

Meet the Current LIFT Fellows in the Flood Proof Project

2020 Class
Pepper Roussel, Green Pepper Solutions
Pepper Roussel is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, environmentalist, ecoculinarian, and solo practitioner at Green Pepper Legal, which offers food and farm, business transactions, land use, estate planning, and successions services as well as bankruptcy in the Eastern District.

LaKendra Sampson, LaKendra D. Sampson, LLC,
LaKendra Sampson is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and upon passing the bar exam, immediately opened her law firm. Sampson understands the impact that the lack of clear title can have on a family and seeks to help people with homes passed down through generations obtain clear title and keep inherited property family-owned for future generations.

2019 Class
Tiffany Monroe, The Law Office of Tiffany E. Monroe
Tiffany joined the inaugural class of LIFT Fellows in the Flood Proof Project in March 2019. Since then, she opened her solo practice in Baton Rouge that focuses on Successions, Tax Law, and Intellectual Property. In addition to providing pro bono representation to people affected by disasters, Tiffany volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and Low-Income Tax Clinic.

Cherita McNeal and Cory Alford, McNeal & Alford, LLC
Cherita and Cory opened a small law firm after joining the LIFT Flood Proof Project in March 2019. Their law firm provides services in Successions, Tax, and Business law. Both Cory and Cherita have worked as public interest attorneys throughout their legal careers and dedicate time as volunteers for Thirst For Justice with the Baton Rouge Bar Association and LA Free Legal Answers operated by the LSBA.

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