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 today with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org!

The LSBA is excited to announce that LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org launched on Monday, August 22nd. 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.

The LSBA has partnered with the American Bar Association (ABA) to operated the site.
Louisiana will be one of the 38 states participating in this new project. The ABA will run the site, maintain the software, and provide liability insurance. The LSBA, through its Access to Justice Department, will be responsible for recruiting volunteers to answer the online submissions and making the public aware of the services when the website launches.

To learn more about LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, please click here to review a PDF document that details how our site will fit into the nationwide effort, how the site works for users, how users are screened, and how the site functions for attorney volunteers.

If you would like to learn even more about LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, please watch the this YouTube video created by the ABA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAmHEnpB-bo&feature=youtu.be. The video is 15 minutes long, and explains in detail how the site will operate. If you are only interested in how the site will work for attorney volunteers, please fast forward the video to the 8:20 minute mark. 

In order to begin volunteering with the site, you must register as an attorney with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org.
Please find step by step instructions on how to register below or click here to access a PDF that contains detailed instructions on how to register as a volunteer attorney with the site. The PDF contains screenshots of each page as you go through the registration process.

To Register as an Attorney Volunteer with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org:

  1. Go to LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org.

  2. Click on “Volunteer Attorney Registration” at the top right hand corner of the screen.

  3. In order to register, you must comply with the “Attorney Agreement” that pops up once you hit “Volunteer Attorney Registration.” To comply with the agreement, click on the “I Agree” button at the bottom of the page.

  4. Once you click on “I Agree,” then you will be prompted to fill in your: name, a new password, a security question, a security answer, a security hint, and your basic information (named, bar roll number, etc.)

  5. Once you have successfully registered with the site, you should see a screen that says: “Thank you for signing up as a volunteer lawyer with us! As soon as your account has been verified and approved, you will be able to begin using the site to help others with their legal questions. This process can take up to 2-5 business days. You will receive an email when your account has been approved.”


If you are interested in volunteering with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org or have any questions, please contact Rachael Mills with the Access to Justice Department either by phone (504-619-0104) or through email,
rachael.mills@lsba.org.


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