Cases, Clinics and Success Stories
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 call her at 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.
Tales of the Ball
Read the final remembrance from the Thirty Years. Thirty Stories. series by The Project.
Visit the Tales of the Ball page.
“Louisiana approves money for civil legal aid, joining most other states, “ by Richard A. Webster, Times-Picayune
“In Louisiana civil courts, the poor are left to defend themselves” by Richard A. Webster, Times-Picayune
Check out our latest News.
New case listings posted.
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.
Funders for Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Clinics
Second Line to Mardi Gras World on September 20th for the Justice For All Ball
We are on the move and ready to second line to this year’s 31st Annual Justice For All Ball. After several years at the Audubon Tea Room, The Pro Bono Project is excited to host this incredible event at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion. Located on the Mississippi River, the Grand Oaks Mansion is an indoor venue that places attendees in the heart of Louisiana. It features a replica of a mansion – complete with columns, footbridges, oak trees, and a starlit sky. The Patron Party will precede the Ball and be held on the second floor of this building. The Riverview Room (as the name suggests) showcases a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.
Mardi Gras World's Grand Oaks Mansion
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Patron Party - 6:30 p.m.
Ball - 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Ball Tickets: $200
Patron Party (includes Ball): $500
Your support of the Justice For All Ball is support for The Pro Bono Project and its clients. For every ticket purchased, sponsorship pledged, and silent auction bid on, the proceeds fund our mission to provide free civil legal aid to help under-served families, seniors, and children in need.
Shop and Travel for a Good Cause at the 2019 JFAB
Each year, the Justice For All Ball’s Silent Auction and Raffle offer opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures, relax at spa retreats, eat at the finest restaurants, and tour Hollywood South. This year will not disappoint guests as we have several engaging and interesting auction items including:
NYC Trip & Behind the Scenes Tour of NBC Weekend Today Show
Visit the Set of NCIS New Orleans
New Orleans Theater and Ballet Tickets
Fitness, Spa & Relaxation Packages
Saints Club Seats
Custom Made Men’s Suit
And many more …
We are welcoming back AmFund, a non-profit organization that auctions off exclusive “bucket list” trips. These travel packages are good for three years with no blackout dates and include deluxe accommodations, round trip airfare, and a travel specialist to do all the booking for you! From European destinations and an Alaskan cruise to Wine Country and Tropical adventures, each trip won at the Silent Auction will benefit The Project. Make your dream trip a reality.
Travel for a good cause by bidding on one of the many amazing trips offered at this year’s Justice For All Ball
“Let’s Dance” at the 2019 Justice For All Ball
In the words of Zion Williamson, “Let’s Dance!”
And, dance we will at the 31st Annual Justice For All Ball on Friday, September 20th at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion. New Orleans has a lot to celebrate and The Pro Bono Project promises an amazing night of entertainment, food, and silent auction offerings planned for this year’s event. We have partnered with Am Fund again to bring amazing once-in-a lifetime trips. Music by The Bucktown All-Stars will keep everyone on the dance floor. As in the past, we will have the best food and beverages from local restaurants and bars. Our Patron Party will feature exclusive dishes from a few of New Orleans premier restaurants.
The Project’s 2019 Justice For All Ball Chair, Nadège Assalé, along with the Board of Directors and the Ball Committee, are pleased to announce that the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and its Trustee Vincent J. Giardina have accepted their invitation to serve as the 2019 Honorary Chair. Mr. Tolmas was a successful lawyer and entrepreneur who developed real estate throughout the New Orleans area. A member of the Louisiana Bar Association for 70 years and graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Mr. Tolmas left the entirety of his estate when he passed in 2013 to a trust dedicated to helping other non-profit charities. Vincent J. Giardina is President and Trustee of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and works tirelessly to support our region’s under-served members. Mr. Giardina is a CPA and graduate of the University of New Orleans.
“As honorary chair, I am thrilled to support an organization that is dedicated to helping children and families. Oscar was an entrepreneur and lawyer, who was keenly invested in creating opportunities for the region to prosper. His legacy – the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust – is a testament to his belief that our community thrives when it comes together in mutual support. The work of The Project and their mission to engage volunteers to provide pro bono services reflects the core principles of the Trust to help charitable organizations with their mission of helping others,” says Vincent Giardina.
The 31st Annual Justice For All Ball is on Friday, September 20th, from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion. The Patron Party precedes the Ball at 6:30 p.m. at Mardi Gras World’s Riverview Room.
For information and to purchase tickets and sponsorship packages: Justice For All Ball 2019. It’s not too late for sponsors to be acknowledged on this year’s invitation!
Local Artist Christy Boutte to Unveil “Lady Justice”
The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that local artist Christy Boutte will unveil her portrait of “Lady Justice” on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Kendra Scott, 5757 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.
Each year, The Pro Bono Project commissions an artist to offer his or her creative and original portrayal of Lady Justice. The artwork is featured on the invitation for The Project’s Annual Justice For All Ball and is auctioned off at the gala. Previous artists commissioned include Sharika Mahdi, Gustave Blache III, Amy Centola, Garland Robinette, and Terrance Osborne.
Christy Boutte has created art professionally for the past 15 years. A childhood illness led to her profound hearing loss at the age of one, and many observers of her work attribute her rapid artistic maturity to this loss of hearing and the many obstacles she has had to overcome. Christy works with traditional paint, but also includes metallics, gold leaf, and Italian glass beads. She has created posters for the French Quarter Festival, International Tarpon Rodeo, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, Bayou Road Balloon Festival, Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival, and Gretna Heritage Festival. She displays her work at her gallery, Art by Christy, on Lafayette Street in Gretna.
“We are delighted that Christy created our 31st anniversary painting. Christy’s work – from LSU tigers and the fleur de lis to pelicans and Mardi Gras bead trees - celebrates the very best of our community. Her portrayal of Lady Justice is a moving tribute to the mission of The Pro Bono Project. It also is a nod to the Justice For All Ball’s new location at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion. We can’t wait to showcase this beautiful painting,” says Executive Director C.C. Kahr.
“The funds we raise through the Justice For All Ball including the auctioning off of Christy’s ‘Lady Justice’ are a critical factor in our on-going work of making certain access to justice is available for those in need within our community. In the first six months of 2019, we continue to get requests to service new populations. We could not provide our services without the assistance of the law firms, solo practitioners, and many other professionals who give their time, talent and funds to The Project," explains Ms. Kahr.
The unveiling of Christy Boutte’s “Lady Justice” will be held at a Pro Bono Project fundraiser at Kendra Scott on Thursday, June 27, 2019. A part of Kendra Scott’s community program, twenty percent of all purchases between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. will go directly to The Pro Bono Project. The original artwork will be auctioned off at the 31st Annual Justice For All Ball on September 20, 2019.
Thank You to Our Supporters
Despite the summer heat, The Pro Bono Project has been keeping busy and our supporters have been out in force supporting our organization and its mission to provide free civil legal aid to under-served members of our community.
On June 6, 2019, the New Orleans Bar Foundation and the Young Lawyers Section hosted the annual Pro-Bowl-O Benefit to raise funds for The Project. Fulton Alley provided the backdrop for this friendly competition among the participating firms. Thank you to the teams and sponsors who participated in this incredible event and to the New Orleans Bar Association for its continued support.
Members of the 2019 Board of Directors attend the Law Firm Liaison Luncheon on June 18, 2019.. Sharonda Williams, Nadège Assalé, Kevin Colomb, Scott Sternberg, Hon. Roland Belsome, Christopher Ralston, and Ray Waid (from left to right).
On June 18, 2019, the Hon. Jay Zainey welcomed members over forty members of the legal community to a luncheon hosted by The Pro Bono Project at U.S. District Court. Christopher Ralston, Chair of The Pro Bono Project, the Hon. Roland Belsome, Board Member, Ray Waid, Board Member, Henry King, Founding Partner at King & Jurgens, C.C. Kahr, Executive Director, Kathleen Legendre, Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement, and the Hon. Bernadette D’Souza, Orleans Civil District Court, highlighted the practical benefits of pro bono as well as the many diverse ways to volunteer.
A special note of appreciation to Phelps Dunbar for sponsoring this luncheon.
In Memory of Leah Chase
Our condolences to the Chase family. In 2017, we experienced Ms. Chase's legendary generosity when she served as honorary chair of our Justice For All Ball. One of the hallmarks of Chef Leah’s life and career was her ability to bring people together – over great food – to tackle issues large and small. Chef Leah, along with husband, Dooky, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans She will be missed!
2019 Justice For All Ball
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
The good times will roll for The Pro Bono Project’s 31st Annual Justice For All Ball on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Justice For All Ball is The Project’s premier fundraiser where the legal community gathers to support our mission to provide free, quality civil legal services to the under-served members of our community.
Last year was a momentous one for The Project as we commemorated 30 years of memories. We applauded the many people in the legal, judicial, educational, and business community who, throughout the decades, gave of their time and resources to support our organization.
In celebration of our 31st year, we are asking you to look to the next 30 years of The Pro Bono Project providing access to justice to the most needy and vulnerable of our neighbors. The Justice For All Ball is embarking on a new beginning at a new location. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will be held at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion. Located on the river, the Grand Oaks mansion is an indoor venue that places attendees in the heart of Louisiana. It features an indoor replica of a mansion – complete with columns, footbridges, oak trees, and a starlit sky.
“The new location is an ideal space for the Ball. Centrally located downtown, the venue is a quick Uber ride from home or work and provides ample space for parking. You feel like you are in the heart of scenic Louisiana, yet it is indoors so we are safe from the heat and rain,” said C.C. Kahr, Executive Director.
While the location is new, the best features of the Justice For All Ball will continue. Music, dancing, food, and a silent auction return to entertain guests as they party for a purpose. Original artwork of Lady Justice by Christy Boutte will be auctioned off. We will have a full profile on Christy and other auction items next month.
Patron Party guests will have the opportunity to kick off the night in the Riverview Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Beautifully situated on the second floor above Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion, the Riverview Room offers expansive views of the Mississippi River. Patron Party tickets will include cuisine by Muriel’s Restaurant, music from Ruth Marie & Her Jazz Band, premium libations, and a few special surprises.
The Ball begins at 8:00 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from the Bucktown All-Stars. As in years past, we are blessed with the support of our restaurant community. Food and beverages from more than 25 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants will ensure that you will not go hungry – or thirsty! Look for the Ball’s signature cocktail to toast The Project and its mission.
Mark your calendars for Friday, September 20th, at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion, 1380 Port of New Orleans, 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m..
If you are interested in attending or becoming a sponsor for this year’s event, please contact Executive Director CC Kahr via email or phone at 504.581.4043 x 202. To pay by check, download the pledge card. To pay online, please go to our event website.