Tales of the Ball

Read the final remembrance from the Thirty Years. Thirty Stories. series by The Project, Today

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Lady Justice 2018 | Artist Sharika Mahdi

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00 | The Project, Today

01 | The Project, It’s Who We Do It All For

02 | The Project, Cocktails of the Ball

03 | The Project, Look Who’s Talking

04 | The Project, The Backstory

05 | The Project, A Grand Setting

06 | The Project, Katrina Upped the Ante

07 | The Project, Not Always So Simple

08 | Rachel Piercey, Favorite Moment

09 | CC Kahr, Event Of The Year

10 | The Project, It’s All In The Name

11 | The Project, Succession Success

12 | The Project, In the Interest of Justice

13 | The Project, Let’s Eat!

14 | The JFAB Photo Archives, Ball Peeps

15 | The Project, Case Closed

16 | Joanna Broussard, You Should Be Dancing

17 | Marianne Hawkins Sabrier, A Different View

18 | Justin Woods, Two Is A Magic Number

19 | The Project, Beautiful Spaces

20 | The Project, Weathering The Weather

21 | The Project with Marcus Brown, The Light Shines On

22 | Joanna Broussard, Art For Justice’s Sake

23 | Jan Hayden, Jennifer Rizzo-Choi & Joanna Broussard: Wild Ride With Lady Justice

24 | Amy Henry Centola: Justice Inspires

25 | Norm Rubenstein: Giving Back

26 | Joanna Broussard: Counsel of Another Kind

27 | Dana Douglas: Feeding Justice

28 | Mark Surprenant: The Ball That Never Happened

29 | Linton Carney: Thanks For The Memories

30 | Elwood Cahill: You Never Forget The First One

Our New Home

  935 Gravier Street, Suite 1340  Our phone and fax numbers remain the same

935 Gravier Street, Suite 1340
Our phone and fax numbers remain the same

Upcoming Events

October 5: 30th Anniversary Justice For All Ball, 8:00 pm to midnight

 Having fun at JFAB 2017 - celebrate our big 3-0 at JFAB 2018!

Having fun at JFAB 2017 - celebrate our big 3-0 at JFAB 2018!

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! Meet some of our partners!

Buy tickets and sponsorships at: JFAB 2018


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News and Events

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

New case listings posted.


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.

On-going Volunteer Opportunity

The Pro Bono Project has taken the lead in managing and recruiting volunteers for Self Help Resource Center (SHRC) at Orleans CDC and 24the JDC.

For more information and to volunteer, please email Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement, Kathleen Legendre or contact her at klegendre@probono-no.org 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.


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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.


Funding Partners

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Celebrate Pro Bono Week, October 21-27 with The Pro Bono Project! 

Established by the American Bar Association a decade ago, this is a week where pro bono programs across the country recognize their volunteers and highlight the growing demand for our services. All week long, The Pro Bono Project has coordinated several ways for us to recognize your contribution, highlight ways volunteers may get involved, and celebrate our accomplishments! Come spend some time with us and Celebrate Pro Bono!

  • Monday, 22nd: Come visit us at the Self Help Resource Center at the Orleans CDC from 9:00 am to noon. Check out the space and sign-up to volunteer for future dates!

  • Tuesday, 23rd: Come visit us at the Self Help Resource Center at the 24th JDC from 10:00 am to noon. Check out the space and sign-up to volunteer for future dates!

  • Wednesday, 24th: Join us at the Yenni Building where Parish President Michael Yenni will present us an official proclamation, naming this week as Pro Bono Week in Jefferson Parish. Volunteers interested in our Consumer Debt Clinics are welcome to attend our clinic this day at 3:00 pm at the Pentecostal Church, 1510 Harrison Avenue.     

  • Thursday, 25th: If you have wanted to volunteer on a Child In Need of Care case, licensed attorneys are welcome to observe these confidential court proceedings at the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court starting at 10:00 am. Later that afternoon, we are hosting a Spooky & Spicy Volunteer Party! Join us for a special Halloween Happy Hour at our new office space from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Come have a Bloody Mary and chat with us about volunteering!

  • Friday, 26th: Start your morning with us with Coffee & Muffins! Beginning at 8:30 am, our offices are open to all volunteers all day. Need an Ethics hour*?  From 10:00 to 11:00 am, we will present “The Pro Bono Project Wants YOU to Do Pro Bono Work!” Learn about the evolution of pro bono service, professional conduct, and ethics in Louisiana. Please send Kathleen an email if you want to attend the Ethics CLE.
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We hope you'll join us for any of these events to Celebrate Pro Bono Week and acknowledge the significant work we do together in our community!


Oh, What A Night!

What a wonderful evening of people-gathering, great food and drink, and a variety of entertainment from the Raffle and Auction to the lilting voice of Nayo Jones at the Patron Party, and the playful sounds of Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters at the Justice For All Ball (JFAB)!

Thank you to all of our:

  • Individual and organizational Sponsors for their continued support of the JFAB, and in particular, our Honorary Chair Calvin C. Fayard, Jr.;

  • Food and Drink Contributors for their generous donations;

  • Many local and regional businesses which provided Raffle and Auction prizes;

  • Partner AmFund for their once in a lifetime array of travel adventures;

  • Media Partners Gambit and CityBusiness;

  • Artist Sharika Mahdi for her beautiful interpretation of Lady Justice, and AQ Creative Group of Chicago for the design of JFAB Invitation and complementary materials;

  • Emcee, Mark Romig and Auctioneer, Andrew Ward; and

  • Many other partners who contributed either in-kind or reduced costs on products and services to make the evening memorable.

Our special thanks to JFAB Committee Co-Chairs, Sharonda Williams and Kevin Colomb, and 2019 Ball Committee Chair Nadège A. Assalé, and their various Committee Chairs and members, and The Project Staff and volunteers who worked behind the scenes for the past eight months and during the Ball to make the 30th Annual Justice For All Ball a fabulous celebration of the past 30 years!

Again, thank you to all for your generous support of the Justice For All Ball and The Pro Bono Project. We look forward to seeing everyone for the 2019 Justice For All Ball.


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WDSU Appearance

Watch JFAB 2018 Ball Committee Co-Chair, Sharonda Williams and JFAB 2018 Raffle/Auction Co-Chair, Lacey Rochester on WDSU’s Saturday Morning news here or view it on WDSU’s website.


Thirty Years. Thirty Stories.

Where were you 30 years ago?

Some of you were younger. Some of you were not even born yet! And, others, were too young to think about “what you wanted to be” or how you would connect with others in your community.

In 1989 ...

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  • George H.W. Bush was President.

  • The Grammy Song of the Year was Linda Ronstadt and our own Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much.”

  • “Cheers” and “L.A. Law” were the Primetime Emmy Outstanding Comedy and Drama shows, respectively. The latter may have inspired some of you to join the legal profession!

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science awarded “Driving Miss Daisy” the Best Picture, and its star, Jessica Tandy, Best Actress. Daniel Day-Lewis received the Best Actor Oscar for “My Left Foot.”

  • Bobby Hebert was the star Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, and led them to a di sappointing third place in the NFC Western division.

In the same year, the very first Justice For All Ball (JFAB) was held at Gallier Hall on Friday, September 8th, opening the door for private donations to supplement the recently formed, The Pro Bono Project.

In celebration of the 30th Annual Justice for All Ball, we applaud the individuals and institutions that support The Pro Bono Project’s mission to provide free civil legal aid to underserved members of our community. For the next 30 days, we will hear stories from those who have attended and supported the Ball, and The Pro Bono Project throughout these past 30 years.

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Pictured is the 1989 invitation art by local artist Lee Tucker, who generously gave his talent in support of a worthy cause. This tradition continues today, and the 2018 JFAB will present a piece created for the 30th Anniversary by local artist, Sharika Madhi.

We begin with a memory from Sher Garner's Elwood Cahill, one of The Project’s founding members who worked on the inaugural JFAB

A lot can change in 30 years, and like everything must, our event, our art, and our supporters have evolved over the years.

But, the one thing that has not changed is the mission of The Pro Bono Project, which the Justice For All Ball, in its name and purpose, reflects so beautifully: to provide access to justice for all.

Stories will be posted daily on our Facebook page and a link will appear above at the top of the left column. You can find all stories at Tales of the Ball.

If you have a JFAB story to share, please send it to CC Kahr.

Meet Our 2018 JFAB Honorary Chair: Calvin C. Fayard, Jr.

Everybody has a story, and the 2018 Justice For All Ball Honorary Chair, Calvin C. Fayard, Jr., is no exception.

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“My legal career began in a rural area which, at that time, had no formal pro bono service for individuals in need of legal representation, either civil and criminal. Instead, the District Court appointed practicing attorneys to provide such services.

"My experience as a ‘court-appointed pro bono attorney' in defending poor individuals, from charges ranging from traffic citations to capital crimes, was ‘life-changing.’ It reinforced my belief in the need and requirement that justice for all is available," explains Mr. Fayard, who founded (1972) and heads up the firm Fayard & Honeycutt with offices in New Orleans and Denham Springs.

Born in Springfield, LA in Livingston Parish, Mr. Fayard is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and the Louisiana State University Law Center. Growing up in an area adjacent to one of the nation’s largest petrochemical, chemical and industrial corridors, it’s no surprise that Mr. Fayard chose to focus his legal career on environmental litigation. Nationally recognized as a skillful and innovative negotiator of complex litigation cases, he most recently served as a lead negotiator on the MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In this role, Mr. Fayard was one of the architects of the largest civil class action settlements to date in the United States.

Read the full story

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The 30th Anniversary Justice For All Ball is on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 8:00 pm until midnight at the Audubon Tea Room. The Patron Party held at a location within the Audubon Zoo precedes the Ball.

For information and to purchase tickets and sponsorship packages: JFAB 2018.


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.

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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.

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The 2018 Agenda: Collaboration At The Heart of Pro Bono Legal Services

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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.

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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

The Project and its volunteers make civil justice happen for those who can't afford to hire an attorney. This moving story of a recently completed adoption shows The Project's mission in action through it's volunteer attorney, Laurie Young, as she opens the door to civil justice for the Steele Family.

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