October 5: 30th Anniversary Justice For All Ball
Join us in welcoming Calvin C. Fayard, Jr. as our JFAB 2018 Honorary Chair to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. See who else is Rockin' and Rollin' In October with us!
New Feature: 5 in 5 with ...
We're starting a new feature series that we hope you'll enjoy as a way for you to get know The Pro Bono Project's staff, Board members, volunteers and friends.
We're keeping it light and fun - 5 questions in 5 minutes with some of The Project's best friends.
We invite you to think about how you might answer these same questions because one day, it might be your turn!
2017 Volunteer Recognition Awards
It was a terrific CLE followed by the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and Reception hosted at Jones Walker on Tuesday evening, December 5.
Congratulations to all the 2017 awards recipients. Many thanks to our outstanding CLE panel, Jones Walker and to all those who attended.
Cases, Clinics and Success Stories
New Volunteer Opportunity
The Pro Bono Project has taken the lead in managing and recruiting volunteers for Self Help Resource Center (SHRC) at 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish beginning on April 19, 2016.
See the full story: 24th JDC
To volunteer, please email Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement, Kathleen Legendre or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.
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.
We’re Opening A New Door For Ourselves!!
After more than 15 years on Baronne Street, The Pro Bono Project is opening the door on May 1st to a new office space in The New Orleans Exchange Centre, formerly the Chevron building. We are so excited about this move and the possibilities that it opens up for The Project, its volunteers, clients, visitors, and collaborative partners.
Our new office is at 935 Gravier, Suite 1340, New Orleans, LA 70112; our phone number will remain the same. We’ll be in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) on the corner of O’Keefe and Gravier Streets - easily accessible to many of our partner law firms, and Orleans Civil District Court on Loyola Avenue. Adjacent parking is available for staff, clients, volunteers, and visitors, and we are within walking distance to the transportation hub at Canal and Loyola.
"Board Chair, Sherry Dolan and I looked at office spaces throughout the downtown area since last Fall. After much deliberation, we felt that the New Orleans Exchange offered the best location, security, amenities, and room for growth that The Project requires. This location brings us closer to our collaborative partners throughout the downtown area and the new environment will create a better experience for clients, volunteers, staff and other visitors. Our clients and volunteers will find the new building conveniently located and comfortable,” said Executive Director, CC Kahr. The building also houses many law firms and other not-for-profit organizations with whom The Project often works. (Representative images courtesy of The New Orleans Exchange Center website.)
The new space features a large lobby area, with a security door between reception and offices, and an adjacent 10-person conference room. These improvements will provide a private and more secure environment for staff, volunteers and visitors. A large corner office will serve as a break out room for volunteers, visiting law students, and other guests. The suite is large enough to accommodate staff growth.
"It's a lot of space to fill up, and we're looking for some gently used office furniture. We've compiled a short list of what's needed, which you can download, view below and find it on our Facebook page," explains CC.
View and download the list here. If anyone has something to donate, please email CC Kahr with the details.
The Project is scheduled to move on Saturday, April 28th and expects to have the office back up and running by Tuesday, May 1st.
“May 1st is an important day for The Pro Bono Project and the city of New Orleans. It marks the beginning of a new era for The Project and is the day that The Pro Bono Project will participate in GiveNOLA Day. We would love to have our supporters spread the word to their colleagues and networks on donating - see our GND 2018 article. Each dollar allows us to fulfill our mission to provide free civil legal aid to underserved members of our community,” says CC.
Anyone interested in lending a hand either on the day of the move or during the week prior, please email CC Kahr for additional information.
Our thanks to Sherry Dolan, Phil Franco, John Strausser, Kevin Colomb, Marie Moore, and members of the Board who worked with us over the past months to help secure a new home for The Project.
* Gently used wood desks (L shaped desired, and will accept traditional) (6)
* Hutch or Credenza (6)
* Small filing drawers (6)
* Conference Room chairs (12)
* Lobby/waiting area chairs (12)
* Kitchen table (seats 4)
* File cabinets (lateral or traditional drawer) (4)
* Office Chairs for Staff Desks (6)
The 2018 Agenda: Collaboration At The Heart of Pro Bono Legal Services
It takes many hands to open doors to access civil justice for those in need. The strong partnership between The Pro Bono Project, its staff and hundreds of volunteer lawyers, paralegals, law students, and other professional and lay volunteers is just the beginning.
Only through collaboration with our partners in the Access to Justice community can the mission of The Project ultimately come to life. As we move forward in 2018, collaboration is at the heart of our agenda, just as it is at the heart of serving our pro bono clients.
The Project’s success over the past 32 years has been through many collaborative efforts to identify and serve the needs of the community. 2017 witnessed the continued renewal and strengthening of the partnerships that are critical in delivering pro bono legal services. Through these efforts, together we are making a difference in the lives of underserved Louisianans.
The Pro Bono Project and Our Volunteers: We Change Lives
How often do you wonder if all the time, talent, and funds you give to The Pro Bono Project makes a difference in opening the doors to civil justice for your fellow citizens? We, at The Project, know it does - we see the proof every single day.
This beautiful story shows exactly how our volunteers fulfill our mission and how together we change lives, and enable the civil justice system to work for our clients. Take a look. Thanks to Laurie Young of Adams and Reese and the Steele Family. You can donate to our Adoption Program anytime at: TPBP DONATE
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