Message from The Pro Bono Project's Board Chair on Pro Bono Culture

We invite you to learn about new opportunities and share ways The Pro Bono Project can better serve our volunteers.  The Honorable Jay C. Zainey, Jr.  is hosting a luncheon for pro bono law firm liaisons and all others interested in addressing the delivery of civil legal aid on Tuesday, June 18th at 12 noon.

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Message from The Pro Bono Project's Board Chair

As we celebrate carnival season with family and friends, I am reminded of what makes our community both strong and unique – our creativity, civic pride, and resilience. These attributes make New Orleans like no other city and they contribute to what has made The Pro Bono Project successful over the past thirty-three years. It is a privilege to serve as the 2019 Board Chair and to work with the many lawyers, law students, judges, and members of the business community that enable us to fulfill our mission to provide free civil legal aid to the underserved.  Our collaboration and partnerships help us address access to justice issues and the demand for legal services on both a systemic and individual level.

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5 in 5 with ... Hugh Straub

We return to our 5 in 5 series with an interview with one of The Pro Bono Project’s most dedicated volunteers, Hugh Straub.  Recognized for his legal acumen, philanthropic spirit, and bow tie, Hugh practiced in the area of admiralty law first at Terriberry, Carroll & Yancey and then at Phelps Dunbar.  Hugh is in his sixth year volunteering at the Orleans Parish Civil District Court Self-Help Desk.  Serving self-represented litigants two times a week, Hugh was a LSBA Distinguished Access to Justice Fellow for 2018.

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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 the 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.

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The Next Generation of Access To Justice Leaders

The Pro Bono Project recently hosted two interns as part of the inaugural year of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Developing Leadership Intern Program. This program is the result of the collaborative efforts of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana District Judges Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation, civil legal aid providers, law schools, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and four law firms: Adams and Reese and Phelps Dunbar supported two New Orleans-based interns; and Baker Donelson and Jones Walker sponsored two interns in Baton Rouge.

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