Legal Education Assistance Program (LEAP)

Lawyers in Libraries Week: 

For the past 11 years, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Library Association, the State Library of Louisiana, the Law Library of Louisiana, and local libraries have hosted “Lawyers in Libraries” events during National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. This year's events will be held October 21-26, 2024. During this week, LSBA members and libraries across Louisiana came together to provide free, limited services to the public in-person and virtually.  Check out the Governor's 2023 Proclamation declaring it Pro Bono Week in Louisiana here.

With the hopes of reaching those who are not able to make it to the library in person, the Lawyers in Libraries program also featured two virtual event types. The first, virtual Ask-a-Lawyer consultations--which matched attorneys and patrons by phone--was a pandemic-era innovation that proved to be useful beyond the threat of the virus. The second online option comprised of daily legal presentations livestreamed on Facebook by attorney volunteers, focusing on common legal issues such as tenants’ rights, divorce and custody, estate planning, motor vehicle accidents, and social security disability.

This year, 95 attorneys volunteered at over 134 in-person events across the state, and over 100 patrons were served by phone, and the Facebook webinars reached over 650 viewers.

Libraries sign up HERE

Attorneys sign up HERE

'Law Talks' Educational Series 

The Access to Justice Commission's Justice For All Project has launched a "Law Talks" educational series, which are virtual presentations on important legal topics hosted quarterly by legal aid & volunteer attorneys. Presentations will be via Zoom & streamed on the Louisiana Lawyers in Libraries Facebook page. Also, you can check with your local library to see if they are hosting an in-person watch party. Click here for our list of 2024 Law Talks events. Upcoming events are listed below.

    Law Talks: Expungements
    July 24, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    To register to attend by Zoom, click here
    Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
    Law Talks: Divorce
    August 21, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    To register to attend by Zoom, click here
    Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 

    Law Talks: Tenant Rights & Obligations
    September 18, 2024 AT 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    To register to attend by Zoom, click here
    Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 

    Law Talks: Child Custody & Visitation
    November 13, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    To register to attend by Zoom, click here
    Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 

    Law Talks: Navigating Online Civil Legal Resources
    December 4, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    To register to attend by Zoom, click here
    Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 

For more information about and Law Talks, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills.

For Public

It is always important to know what options are available to you if you have a legal issue. LEAP provides legal information and can connect you with attorneys and services in your area.

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For Lawyers
Addressing the legal needs of Louisiana communities requires widespread participation from Bar members. Sign up to participate in statewide "Lawyers in Libraries" events organized by the LSBA.

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For Librarians
LEAP offers Louisiana's public libraries specialized legal "Libguides," training for staff on how to respond to legal questions, and assistance with "Lawyers in Libraries" pro bono events.

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