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

 

August 10, 2017

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 September.

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 September.  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.

Hungry for Justice? Share An Evening with JFAB 2017 Honorary Chair, Chef Leah Chase

Living Legend of the Civil Rights Movement, Chef Extraordinaire, and   the entire Chase Family Craft the Perfect Recipe for JFAB 2017

She stood up for the rights of others her whole life, and now Chef Leah Chase is bringing that passion – that hunger for justice – to her role as The Pro Bono Project's Honorary Chair of its annual fundraiser, The Justice For All Ball (JFAB).

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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.

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What's New At JFAB 2017

What's new at JFAB 2017? Well, in the 29 years of hosting this Ball, we've learned a few things, and so we are implementing some changes this year as The Project continues to evolve. Some new features that you may notice include ...

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New Intake Coordinator: Welcome, Ingrid!

It’s always wonderful to have someone who was a volunteer or an intern come to work at The Project. Our new Intake Coordinator, Ingrid Autin fits that description perfectly. Earlier this year, Ingrid came to The Project as a paralegal intern from Nunez Community College in St. Bernard, a parish that we also serve.

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Louisiana Bar Foundation Awards 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.

Right now, there is an acute need for this pro bono work.

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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 the 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.

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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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