Lady Justice by Christy Boutte   Local artist  Christy Boutte  created the beautiful "Lady Justice" for this year's 31st Annual Justice For All Ball. The piece captures the spirit of our legal community.  For a limited time, 10% of all Lady Justice purchases will benefit The Pro Bono Project. Choose from a variety of sizes and price points including a mixed media mini, velvet paper print, and canvas prints.  Check out   Christy's website   and order one today!

Lady Justice
by Christy Boutte

Local artist Christy Boutte created the beautiful "Lady Justice" for this year's 31st Annual Justice For All Ball. The piece captures the spirit of our legal community.

For a limited time, 10% of all Lady Justice purchases will benefit The Pro Bono Project. Choose from a variety of sizes and price points including a mixed media mini, velvet paper print, and canvas prints.

Check out Christy's website and order one today!


Upcoming Events

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status CLE on October 18, 2019

Ethics CLE on October 24, 2019

Happy Hour Social at PBP Office on October 24, 2019

The Big Impact of Small Successions CLE on November 7, 2019

Child in Need of Care Training & CLE on November 15, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on December 4, 2019

Check out other events on our Upcoming Events page.


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 call her at 504.581.4043 Ext. 207.



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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.

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Lady Justice 2018 | Artist Sharika Mahdi


What’s New?

“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.


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

Did you know that you can receive CLE credit for your pro bono hours?

Read about the rule that took effect on May 1, 2015 in CityBusiness.

Read the entire rule.


Program Funders

Funders for Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Clinics


Funding Partners

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National Pro Bono Week October 20 - 26, 2019

Celebrate Pro Bono Week with The Pro Bono Project. We have a number of events planned throughout October. From free CLEs to a happy hour open house, The Pro Bono Project acknowledges the important role our volunteers play in providing access to justice for members of our community.

Pro Bono work is a professional responsibility and an individual ethical commitment of each lawyer. The American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee launched the National Celebration of Pro Bono in 2009 because of the increasing need for pro bono services during harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand. Every October since 2009, legal organizations across America participate in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to draw attention to the need for pro bono participation, and to thank those who give their time year round.

New Orleanian and ABA President Judy Perry Martinez invites attorneys to Celebrate Pro Bono in 2019 by supporting domestic violence advocacy.

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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.

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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.
Black-tie optional.
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.

Travel for a good cause by bidding on one of the many amazing trips offered at this year’s Justice For All Ball


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’s “Lady Justice” will be auctioned off at the 2019 Justice For All Ball on September 20, 2019.

Christy Boutte’s “Lady Justice” will be auctioned off at the 2019 Justice For All Ball on September 20, 2019.

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).

Members of The Project’s Board of Directors: Sharonda Williams, Nadège Assalé, Kevin Colomb, Scott Sternberg, Hon. Roland Belsome, Christopher Ralston, and Ray Waid at our Law Firm Liaison Luncheon

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!

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