Cases, Clinics and Success Stories

Volunteering is what makes The Pro Bono Project work. Open the doors—take a case, read our success stories, or help out at a clinic.

To volunteer, please email Chief Legal Officer Linton Carney or contact him at 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.

Mark Your Calendar

SAVE THE DATE: December 9, 2015, Volunteer Appreciation Awards and CLE, 4:00 to 6:30 pm at Jones Walker. Details at: Volunteer Awards

Register to attend at: Volunteer Appreciation Awards

Loyola Law Students having fun at 2014 Volunteer Appreciation event.

Loyola Law Students having fun at 2014 Volunteer Appreciation event.

December 1, 2015: #Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday it's time for #Giving Tuesday. Make an early end of year donation on #Giving Tuesday.

Event Highlights

After The Ball ...

The complete Red M Studio photo gallery from JFAB 2015 is up at: JFAB 2015 Photos. Here's a preview. A larger preview gallery is now available on the JFAB page.

See Walt Pierce's photo album on our Facebook page: JFAB 2015 FB

Take the JFAB 2015 Survey. Help us plan another spectacular event in 2016!

2015 JFAB Committee Chair Steven Lane was the high bidder for the original JFAB 2015 invitation art by Michael Guidry. Raffle and auction winners, along with more photos from the 2015 JFAB will be up in a few days. Please continue to check the JFAB page on the website.

2015 JFAB Committee Chair Steven Lane was the high bidder for the original JFAB 2015 invitation art by Michael Guidry. Raffle and auction winners, along with more photos from the 2015 JFAB will be up in a few days. Please continue to check the JFAB page on the website.

News and Events

Check out our Upcoming Events page for a full listing of events. See our latest News.

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Rocking 'n Bowling and Notes: August In Brief or read all the stories on the News Highlights page.

Katrina Retrospective

In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we pay tribute to the many people who came to the aid of The Pro Bono Project in the days after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of our beloved City. Read the Community Thank You letter.

We recount some of the many stories from the moment when we realized that both our clients and our volunteers were spread across the country, as was our entire population, right up until the present day.

While Hurricane Katrina is long gone, the aftermath still lingers on.

Read stories on our Hurricane Katrina Retrospective page.

CLE Credit for Pro Bono Hours

Read about the new rule taking effect on May 1, 2015 in the latest from CityBusiness.

Congratulations to Adams and Reese attorneys, Martin Stern, Jeff Richardson and Ron Sholes, retired Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Harry T. Lemmon and Louisiana Appleseed for their combined efforts to move this proposal forward.

Read the entire rule.

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Shining The Spotlight On The Pro Bono Project

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Dear Colleagues, Supporters & Friends of The Pro Bono Project:

"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." No one knew that better than the woman who spoke those words, the activist, author and educator, Helen Keller.
For more than 29 years, The Pro Bono Project has been the daring adventure of my life - there was no road map when I began. Organizations like The Project were just coming online in the mid-1980s and it was a unique challenge at the time. Today, more than 1,000 similar organizations exist across the country - we were among the pioneers.

Now, I am ready to take on a new 'daring adventure.'

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So it is with a mixture of sadness, joy and enthusiasm that I announce my retirement as Executive Director of The Pro Bono Project, effective December 31, 2015.
Why now, you may ask?

2015 has been an extraordinary year for The Project - we have had so many great successes:

  • Early in the year, our results from GiveNOLA Day passed the $10,000 mark, including a gift from a law firm for the first time;
  • Late in the year, we have received several new grants bringing the organization's funds to $700,000+ to close out 2015 and enabling us to go further to meet the civil legal needs in the six parishes we serve;
  • Finally, we had a spectacular Justice For All Ball, exceeding our 2015 goal by almost $20,000.

We have opened the doors for more than 2,200 people this year - solving their legal problems and enabling them to move forward on the 'daring adventure' of their lives.
Because of these successes, and so many more this year, I feel the time is right for me to pursue my next 'daring adventure' - to take what I have learned here over these 29+ years and apply it elsewhere in my life.

As many of you know, I am passionate about yoga, and in the past few months, opportunities have presented themselves to me that have caused me to pause and ask the question, "If not now, when?"
"Now" seems to be the right answer. The Board has graciously accepted my decision to retire, and so, I begin the next chapter of my life's 'daring adventure.'
Carole Cukell Neff, as Board Chair, and the Executive Committee have begun a national search for a new Executive Director. In the interim, I will be available to the Board as needed to ensure continuity as we move into 2016. The Project is the strongest it has ever been.

To build on the organization's many successes and strengthen it further, The Project will need the continued strong leadership and efforts of each and every one of you and the new Executive Director.
I am proud of the work that I and so many of the lawyers, paralegals, staff, business professionals, law students and lay persons have done since I took the reins of The Project in 1986.

During these many years, The Project has served as a trailblazer and role model for communities across the country, while continuously finding new ways to respond the needs of our citizens. We have reinvented ourselves as needs have changed, and as we've been affected by a barrage of natural and man-made disasters.

Through it all, we have helped to raise the profile of pro bono work and have opened doors to the civil justice system for tens of thousands of individuals and families in our six-parish community.
While my work at The Project is coming to a close, there is still much to be done. I know that I can count on you all and incoming Chair Norm Rubenstein to continue to "fight the good fight" for those who need someone to open the doors to civil legal justice.

Thank you for a wonderful and fulfilling 29+ years!
With warm regards,


Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

After December 31, 2015 you may reach me at my personal email or through my Linked In Profile.

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