Pro Bono Resources: Providing Justice for All

Pro Bono Attorneys and Legal Services Programs provide access to justice for Louisiana's citizens. The Access to Justice program supports and encourages efforts of dedicated attorneys who do pro bono work. Further, we encourage all Louisiana attorneys to fulfill their professional obligations established by Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which set an aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services per attorney per year.

LSBA Honors Pro Bono Work at 2023 Pro Bono Publico & Children's Law Awards

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) held its 38th annual Pro Bono Publico & Children’s Law Awards Ceremony was held on May 17, 2023, at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans. Louisiana’s seven Supreme Court Justices presided over the ceremony in an official court session to demonstrate their fervent support for pro bono and the efforts of the volunteers being honored.

Welcoming remarks were offered by LSBA President Stephen I. Dwyer and Louisiana Bar Foundation Past President Alan Brackett and Chief Justice John L. Weimer who commended the award recipients for going above and beyond their professional duties to ensure access to legal services for low-income Louisianans, calling them “shining starts in the galaxy of the legal profession.”

Pro bono service is essential to ensuring that all people can access justice in Louisiana, where the number of people eligible for free legal services outnumbers legal aid attorneys by a enormous 11,250 to one. This means that while legal aid providers serve thousands of people each year, they cannot serve everyone who cannot afford an attorney. These awards recognize members of the legal profession who are leading the charge in closing the gap between needed legal services and available legal help through their pro bono service.

The LSBA is pleased to honor the following individuals and organization with the listed awards:

2023 Law Student Pro Bono Award
Madeline N. Meyer  Louisiana State University
Max John  Loyola University
Theophile Kadia  Southern University Law Center
Raquel White  Tulane Law 
2023 Friend of Pro Bono Award
Lafayette Young Lawyers Section  Lafayette
Maggie Simar  Lafayette
Richard Gary Higgins, Jr.  Covington
David E. Verlander, III  Monroe
Dorothy Oliver  Harrisonburg
Krishanda Sanders  Lake Providence
Amanda Taylor  Ferriday
Lawrence W. Pettiette, Jr.  Shreveport
Tulane Medicolegal Partnership  New Orleans
Jones Walker  New Orleans

2023 Pro Bono Publico Award
John Edward McAuliffe III  New Orleans 
Cynthia Mauroner Petry   Covington 
Stacey Williams   Shreveport 
Cornelius Troy Hall   Baton Rouge 
2023 Career Public Interest Award
Douglas F. Carey  New Orleans

2023-David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Catherine Lasky  New Orleans

2023 Children’s Law Award
Loyola Law Clinic  New Orleans
Victor M. Jones  New Orleans

2023 Award
Kathleen Legendre  Mandeville   

2023 Century Club Award
W. Scott Brown  New Orleans
Erinn Neyrey  Mandeville
Christie Tournet  Mandeville
Amber Sheppard  Slidell
James F. Shuey  New Orleans 
Hugh Straub  New Orleans
Photos of the ceremony are available here.

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I want to help! Where can I find pro bono volunteer opportunities?
Pro Bono volunteers are an essential element to providing the poor with a full range of quality legal services. In the current economic climate, legal aid organizations are facing increasing demands for their services and pro bono attorneys are an important supplement to these efforts. provides more information about how to get involved and a list of pro bono and legal service organizations searchable by parish. For COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities go here

You can also find organizations looking for volunteers at

I need help. How do I find Pro Bono Legal Services? 
If you are looking for pro bono legal advice or guidance, you can find information regarding the programs in your parish through the LSBA's Find Legal Help webpage.

You can also find a list of a list of legal services offices in your parish on the Find Legal Help webpage.

Pro Bono Video

Watch our video "Equal Justice Under Law: A Look Inside Louisiana's Justice Community" to learn more about the clients pro bono attorneys and legal services serve. Or click here to read their stories.

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