See you in 2019!
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.
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.
Funders for Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Clinics
Congratulations to Our 2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards Recipients
At noon on December 4, 2018, at Jones Walker, The Project presented the 2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards. The Honorable Stephen D. Enright, Jr. from the 24th Judicial District Court was our special guest presenter to celebrate these individuals for their generous, ongoing support. Lunch was provided by Martin Wine Cellar.
Please join us in congratulating the following for their outstanding service in 2018:
Pro Bono Law Firm of The Year
Fayard & Honeycutt
Pro Bono Corporate Partner
Louisiana Court Reporter Board
Distinguished Service Awardee
Kyle Matthew Brennan, J.D.
Orleans Civil District Court en banc
Friend of Pro Bono
New Orleans Bar Association (Self-Help Resource Center Adopt-A-Month!)
Volunteer Attorney Meredith Grabill Featured
The story by local writer/video blogcaster and Biz liaison for WWL/WUPL Leslie Snadowsky gives an insider’s look at the pro bono work done by Meredith and the many legal and lay professionals who contribute pro bono time and talent to The Project!
Meredith, of course, is no stranger to The Project. She has been featured a few times in our own In Brief and across our website.
In 2015, she was the profiled in an In Brief story, Volunteers Make It Happen published for National Volunteer Week, April 12-15. That same year, she received a Distinguished Service Award at the Volunteer Recognition Awards in December for her work in a particularly sad child custody case, among others. In 2016, she contributed more than 50 hours and was honored in the 50+ Hours category at the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards.
Our thanks to Meredith for continuing to champion the cause of access to civil justice through her work with The Project and in this most recent story.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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