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The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to assure that every Louisiana citizen has access to competent civil legal representation by promoting and supporting a broad based and effective justice community through collaboration between the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Law Schools, private practitioners, local bar associations, pro bono programs and legal aid providers.

The Access to Justice Committee was established in 1996 to consolidate the efforts of two existing LSBA committees (The Legal Services Committee and The Volunteers In Public Service Committee). As the mission states, the committee helps to strengthen an integrated delivery network by supporting all those who deliver legal services to the poor. The current committee is comprised of 40 volunteer members, both attorneys and non-attorneys, with the common interest of assisting the indigent with their legal needs. These volunteers, with various backgrounds, reside throughout Louisiana and include corporate counsel, legal service attorneys, legal educators, large and small firm representatives, and pro bono directors. Their diverse backgrounds only enhance the committee's ability to work through initiatives from a variety of approaches.




Latest Access to Justice News and Events

Nominations for 2020 Pro Bono Awards Now Open!
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards! We hope you will help us acknowledge your local pro bono superstars statewide by submitting a nomination. Find more information and the online nomination form here.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Awards will be presented Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Registration for 2020 Self-Represented Litigant Service Provider Summit now open!

The Louisiana Access to Justice Commission and the Louisiana District Judges Association are hosting a Summit on January 31, 2020 at the Jackson Barracks. The Summit is designed for court personnel, legal aid partners, and other organizations serving the public’s legal needs. Sessions will provide resources and direct assistance to courts and organizations serving self-represented litigants including a review of self-help service best-practices, template forms materials, court staff training resources, new technologies, and much more. 

To learn more about the Summit, please click here to view the SRL Summit Flyer. 

To register for the Summit, please click here. 

For more information, contact Projects Counsel Joanna Laidler at 504-619-0106.


Read the latest ATJ news in the November edition of Bar Briefs!

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to read about this year's recipients of the Legal Service Innovation Award and the Legal Service Excellence in Advocacy Award as well as an interview skills training developed by the Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Commitee for law students from Tulane Law School and Loyola University College of Law. 

ATJ Commission Releases Guide to Provisional Driver's License

Through a coordinated effort with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Office of Motor Vehicles, the Access to Justice Commission’s Building Bridges Committee members recently released "How to Get a Driver’s License When You Return Home from Prison," a pamphlet that outlines how people released from incarceration can apply for a provisional driver’s license under LA. R.S. 32:415.3.

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