After The Ball
Congratulations to all LSBA Pro Bono Awards honorees!
See story and photo gallery at: LSBA Awards
LBF Grant to Help Immigrant Families
The Pro Bono Project was thrilled to accept a check on Thursday, May 18 from the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Community Partnership Panel. The Project was awarded a $6,705 grant to begin a new program offering pro bono Provisional Custody By Mandate (PCBM) clinics for the immigrant population.
Read the story: LBF PCBM
2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards
It was a terrific CLE followed by the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and Reception hosted at Jones Walker on Thursday evening, December 8.
Congratulations to all the 2016 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
For those of you who were not at the Ball, or who missed this part of the evening, we kicked off our first live auction Fund-A-Need with a brief video of a recently completed adoption.
It's a beautiful story that 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 through the Last Chance Auction unitl November 2 at 7:00 pm, or anytime at: TPBP DONATE
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Committed to Justice: Leah Chase, Honorary Chair, JFAB 2017
We know her best as one of New Orleans’ iconic chefs. She is often referred to as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" - and there is so much more to discover about Chef Leah Chase.
Chef Leah, along with husband, Dooky, was also at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans.Attorneys, such as Thurgood Marshall, Revius Ortique, Jr., Ernest “Dutch” Morial and A. P. Tureaud were among the many leaders conferring about civil rights issues in the upstairs meeting rooms of Dooky Chase's Restaurant.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and a cadre of Freedom Riders met at the restaurant with New Orleans and Baton Rouge civil rights leaders to discuss the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott as a model their Freedom Riders campaign that began in Montgomery, AL bus station.
With this history as a backdrop, there is little question that Chef Leah is an ideal Honorary Chair for The Pro Bono Project’s (TPBP) 29th Annual Justice For All Ball (JFAB). Who knows the fight for justice better than Leah Chase?
Read the full story: Committed to Justice
Standing Up For Justice
Stakeholder Meeting Convenes with the
President of the American Bar Association and the
Area’s Top Legal Minds to Talk About Pro Bono Work
The Pro Bono Project brought together 60+ of the metro area’s top lawyers and jurists to meet with American Bar Association President Linda Klein and Louisiana State Bar Foundation President-Elect Valerie Bargas on Friday, April 7th to talk about how to build a stronger pro bono partnership. The group met at the Hale Boggs Federal Courthouse in the courtroom of The Honorable Jay Zainey, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
With Judge Zainey and The Project’s Board Chair, Caroline McSherry Dolan taking the lead, the conversation centered on how private bar attorneys can better partner with non-profits, such as The Pro Bono Project, to serve the growing number of low-income families and individuals who need civil legal problems resolved. This concern may become even more pressing if the proposed federal budget cuts to, or elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) pass in Congress.
“In 2016, The Project provided legal services to more than 2,500 low-income individuals, realizing an economic value to the community of $2.9 million dollars. Our private bar lawyer volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours and closed over 1,200 cases. We’re on track to handle at least the same number, if not more, in 2017,” said Ms. Dolan.
From The Project's Chair and Executive Director: Setting the 2017 Agenda
Building a stronger culture of pro bono within the six parishes served by The Pro Bono Project, and across the state of Louisiana sets the stage for 2017 as a year of collaboration, community, and access to justice.
At the same time, The Project will take a cue from the national dialogue on access to justice (“ATJ”) and what that means to us as individuals, and as an organization.
We are working hard to make sure that 2017 will be a year of increased volunteer recruitment and enhanced pro bono mentoring for our volunteers.
As a part of all this, we plan to use some key events to begin a larger dialogue about how all Louisiana lawyers can work with us to close the justice gap.