Phelps Dunbar Adopts the Month of March at the 24th JDC Self Help Resource Center

Phelps Dunbar attorneys are volunteering at the 24th JDC Domestic Self Help Resource Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to noon throughout the month of March.

They will assist visitors with the completion of forms approved by the 24th JDC.  Forms include a petition to divorce with children and without children.  There are also forms relating to custody matters, such as modification of previous orders.  

Our thanks to Phelps Dunbar for their efforts during March.  If you or your firm are interested in volunteering at this desk or in any other opportunity with us, please call 504-581-4043 today.

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.

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Law Students Open the New Year at The Project

It didn't take long after the January 1st for law students to arrive at The Pro Bono Project. Staff welcomed students from America University Washington College of Law during the week of January 2-6 and from University of Wisconsin Law School, January 9-13.

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Dear Friends of The Pro Bono Project ...

As 2016 winds down, change is in the air change that is sure to affect our organization, our volunteers, and our clients in the new year.

Of most pressing concern are possible cuts to civil legal aid funding beginning in 2017. Because of likely funding shortfalls and potential changes to federal policy, our clients will struggle more to access justice; and worse yet, they may be denied the services they need to provide shelter and food for their families.

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There's Another Jenny In The House

It turned out that finding a new part-time successions attorney was easier than we thought – she was already right under our roof!

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The Common Ground of Volunteerism

AmericCorps and The Pro Bono Project have something in common in their missions: they help to strengthen and move communities forward, while providing an educational/training component for their member volunteers. So, it’s no surprise that when Executive Director Jenny Rizzo-Choi wanted to find someone who could bring a variety of skills to fill in some of the non-legal gaps around The Project, she chose to access an AmeriCorps volunteer.

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Jenny’s Thoughts for October: The Importance of Pro Bono …

For one week every October since 2009, The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has recognized pro bono civil legal service with its National Pro Bono Celebration (NPBC). Hundreds of events are held across the country annually, by organizations like The Pro Bono Project, to provide direct services to pro bono clients and additional volunteer opportunities for attorneys, paralegals and others. This year, the NPBC runs from Sunday, October 23 until Saturday October 29.

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Thank You: 2016 Justice For All Ball

It's over for 2016 and we had lots of fun!!

A special Thank You to our Honorary Co-Chairs Gary Solomon, Jr. and Seth Bloom, Esq. for their efforts in making the 2016 JFAB a big success.

To all our Spotlight Sponsors, Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors and all those who purchased Ball and raffle tickets, bid at the live and silent auction or made financial contributions - your generous support is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations and applause to JFAB Committee Chair Jan Hayden, and Vice-Chair Dana Douglas, and the many sub-committee chairs and committee members and other volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year and during the Ball.

Our thanks also to all of the local restaurants, caterers and bars who contributed their culinary and mixology talents to the evening, as well as to the staff of the Audubon Tea Room, who coordinated with everyone.

To the many businesses throughout the metro area who provided a raffle or auction prize, ad space or other product or service - your donation helped make the evening fun for all! And, of course, to 501 Auctions for making it easy for everyone to get in on the bidding during the live and silent auction.

To auctioneer John Calhoun, Flow Tribe and the NOCCA Student Jazz Quartet - thank you for entertaining everyone from beginning to end!

Finally, a huge thanks to Solomon Group for bringing their high tech/high touch creativity and production to overall event from the invitation design to the environs of the Patron Party and Audubon Tea Room.

The JFAB takes a village to produce every year and we couldn't do it without the many individuals and businesses who work with us on this event. We've named only a few here - our gratitude extends to everyone in this large 'JFAB family' who helps to make the Ball fun for party-goers and a success for us. Thank you for your continued support!!!

If you missed this year's event - you can see some highlights on our Facebook page or the JFAB 2016 page. RAFFLE and AUCTION winners are up.

Rare House of Orléans Document Up for Bid in Live Auction

One of the premier items up for bid in the live auction is Royal Orléans House manuscript recording the payment of "portion of pension" for the benefit of Sieur Hennequin.

This is a chance to bid on a beautiful, rare document that could make a terrific centerpiece in your conference room, dining room - or really anywhere that you want to showcase your NOLA-ties. This kind of unique document has a great story behind it and it sure makes for a great conversation starter!

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Media Release: Responding to Growing Community Needs ...

In 2015 The Pro Bono Project (The Project) handled 1,400 cases, serving almost 3,000 people. As the need for pro bono civil legal services in the six parishes that the organization serves continues to grow by an average of 10-15% annually, The Project’s Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi and its Executive Committee have divided the tasks once overseen by a “chief legal officer” into two separate management positions:  a Managing Attorney for Direct Client Services and a Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement.

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