Access to Justice Committee


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

Register for the Self-Represented Litigant Service Provider Summit
Register today for the 2018 Self-Represented Litigant Service Provider Summit.

The Summit is open to all state judges, clerks of court, judicial administrators, law clerks, legal aid/pro bono program personnel, local bar associations, and other community partners helping to meet the civil legal needs of people unable to afford representation. Topics include: self-help center best practices, standardized forms and informational materials for the public, pro bono recruitment, community partnerships, statewide technology services, and much more! Click here to reserve your spot and suggest additional topics.



Online nominations open for 2018 Pro Bono, Children’s Law Awards
Nominations for the Louisiana State Bar Association's (LSBA) 2018 Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards are now being accepted online. Nominations must be received by 4:30pm, Friday, Feb. 23.

Awards recognize outstanding achievement in several categories - Children's Law Award, Law Student Award, Friend of Pro Bono Award, Pro Bono Publico Award, Career Public Interest Award, and the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, attorneys who have provided more than 100 hours of volunteer services are recognized with the LSBA Century Club Award.

Award recipients will be honored at a May 22nd reception hosted by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

For more information on the award categories and submission information, go to https://www.lsba.org/ProBono/ProBonoAwards.aspx. Once there, log in as an LSBA member or guest. For assistance, email ATJ Administrative Assistant Nicole Louque at nicole.louque@lsba.org.


Register today with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org!
The LSBA is excited to announce the launch of LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org. LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org is a new website that connects low-income individuals with attorneys. Through the website, attorney volunteers will be able to log in whenever and wherever they like to anonymously respond to legal questions submitted by individuals who could not otherwise afford to consult an attorney.

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