Louisiana Civil Justice Center Launches Second “Justice Tour,” Seeks Attorney Involvement

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) began its second “Justice Tour” in March. The tour, which will continue through October, addresses the overwhelming legal needs in the poorest and most underserved rural parishes of Louisiana.

LCJC will host civil legal clinics at libraries in 16 parishes. The clinics, open to the public, allow residents to speak with attorneys about civil legal issues, including divorce and custody, consumer debt, housing and successions. Attorneys offer advice, legal documents and referrals free of charge. LCJC representatives also meet with businesses, community groups and legal services organizations to discuss the main legal challenges facing each parish and build awareness about the services that LCJC offers.

Attorney participation is encouraged to conduct civil legal clinics in parish libraries or to take on cases on a sliding scale or pro bono.
More clinics are scheduled through October. To sign up, email coordinator@laciviljustice.org. To review the tour schedule, go to: http://laciviljustice.org/.  

The 2016 Justice Tour visited 15 parishes, providing more than 500 people with direct legal assistance and, through new partnerships with libraries and local organizations, sharing critical information about existing legal resources at the local and statewide levels with rural communities. In recognition of its success in raising awareness about barriers to justice in rural Louisiana, the tour was honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2016 Legal Services Innovation Award.

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