Our New Home
July 26: Young Lawyers Section of the New Orleans Bar Association, Pro-Bowl-O Benefit at Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton Street 5:30-8:30 pm.
All proceeds benefit The Project. For more information or to register: Bowling or NOBA YLS
October 5: 30th Anniversary Justice For All Ball, 8:00 pm to midnight
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.
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.
“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.
In celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Justice For All Ball, Ball Committee Co-Chairs Sharonda Williams and Kevin Colomb wanted to choose someone whose commitment to pro bono and community service was borne throughout their legal career.
“My personal experience with the significant contribution by The Pro Bono Project and the Justice for All Ball to ensure that civil legal services are provided for those unable to pay is of utmost importance to the communities served and to me. I cannot overstate that we must provide those in need with pro bono legal services and The Pro Bono Project does just that,” Mr. Fayard responded when asked to serve as Honorary Chair.
And, so much of Calvin Fayard’s professional and personal life shows his care for the communities where he has studied and, eventually, practiced as an attorney. His home community of Livingston Parish in conjunction with his alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University, and the Livingston Parish School Board benefitted directly from his work on In Re: Combustion, Inc. with a cy pres award of several millions of dollars, used to fund the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center.
“We are delighted to have Calvin Fayard serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Justice For All Ball. He has worked tirelessly for individuals and communities throughout Louisiana to make certain that the many whose voices often go unheard had their day in court. Whether it has been through direct pro bono work or by using his skills to protect our environment and the people most affected by the degradation of that environment, Mr. Fayard’s work represents the mission of The Pro Bono Project honorably,” explained The Project’s Executive Director, C. C. Kahr.
Funding Pro Bono
“I learned early on in my career to support the principle of ‘justice for all’ through both personal efforts of one-on-one representation, and assisting in the development of creative ways to fund pro bono services,” says Mr. Fayard.
His article, “The Cy Pres Doctrine: A Settling Concept,” co-authored with Charles S. McGowan, lays out the case for cy pres as a means to bring complete settlement to class action awards. By equitably allocating these undistributed residual funds to communities and organizations connected to the issues of the case or members of the class, cy pres awards are a creative way to provide long-term benefits that flow to current and, often, future generations.
The article highlights several cy pres cases on which Mr. Fayard worked that have helped cities, parishes and, ultimately, their residents, throughout Louisiana. The Pro Bono Project has received cy pres awards in the past, and these continue to be a viable and creative means for attorneys to secure funds for The Project to provide pro bono civil legal services.
Serving The Law
Mr. Fayard’s dedication to using his skills as an attorney to do good stretches far beyond those near and dear to him. In fact, they reach around the world in his capacity as a member of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which tackles issues of worldwide concern such as human trafficking and restorative justice. The organization also undertakes projects in developing countries that improve the quality of life for underprivileged populations.
Mr. Fayard has served on the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Complex Litigation. He has published numerous articles and compilations on complex and class action litigation. Mr. Fayard was an elected delegate to the 1973 Louisiana Constitutional Convention and is a member of various State bars, including Louisiana, Colorado, and Wyoming. He served as a member of the Board of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Beyond The Law
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Fayard currently serves as Chairman of the Ochsner Health Foundation Board, as a member of the LSU Laborde Energy Law Center Advisory Board, Tulane University President’s Council, Tulane Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Isidore Newman School Board of Governors and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Mr. Fayard is an Emeritus Member of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art Board of Trustees. In September 2012, he was appointed by H.S.H. Prince Albert II to represent the Principality of Monaco as Honorary Consul of Monaco (New Orleans) with jurisdiction over the States of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Mr. Fayard and his wife, Frances, are active in the community and have made significant contributions to Tulane, Southeastern, LSU, and other educational institutions. They are co-chairs of the International Engagement Committee for the New Orleans 2018 Tricentennial Commission, and they reside in New Orleans with their son, Carter.
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.
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.
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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