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Louisiana Flood Recovery - When it Rains, It Pours!
In less than six months, Louisiana has suffered two historic, unprecedented flooding episodes at the national disaster level. In August, our state suffered a second flooding disaster of the year with severe impacts to one-third of our parishes primarily in the Greater Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Northshore areas. The Washington Post noted that the no-name storm dumped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, and enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times. Just 5 months earlier this year in early March, 26 of 64 parishes were also declared by President Obama as disaster areas due to flooding, primarily in north Louisiana, and are still in the recovery stage with legal needs unmet.

For the most updated information on recovery go to Gov. John Bel Edwards official page
You can check out his FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram under Happening Now.

Louisiana Bar Foundation Flood Recovery Fund
Immediate civil legal services have become one of the most significant needs facing Louisiana citizens. Basic needs such as housing, employment, insurance and federal program benefits are issues for most citizens in the flood affected areas, and not just for those living in poverty. The LBF is working with stakeholders including the Legal Service Corporations, Pro Bono Projects, Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), law schools, community foundations and other key organizations in our civil legal aid network to most efficiently and effectively address the many needs.
Click here to support the Louisiana Bar Foundation Flood Recovery Fund
Click here to download a donation form.

The fund will address victims' legal needs including homeowner's insurance, title clearing, and federal aid eligibility utilizing community-based, clinic models in conjunction with FEMA's disaster recovery centers.

For more information, contact LBF Development Director Laura Sewell at (504) 561-7306 or laura@raisingthebar.org.

Other Disaster Resources

LSBA Disaster Response

Volunteer Louisiana

$5.9 Million for Social Justice Initiatives in 2016-17

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson administered the oath of office to the incoming Louisiana Bar Foundation officers.

From left, Secretary Amanda W. Barnett, Treasurer W. Michael Street, Vice President Valerie Briggs Bargas and President E. Jane Sherman.
Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography

--> Who We Are
The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana. We exist to preserve, honor and improve our system of justice by funding, developing and otherwise promoting efforts which enhance the legal profession, increase public understanding of the legal system and advance the reality of equal justice under the law. The LBF supports programs that provide free legal services for the poor in all 64 parishes of the state of Louisiana.


Foundation News

2017-2018 Annual-Sustaining Grant Applications Are Now Available!
Please note that all required application information and attachments must be submitted timely. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility for 2017-2018 funding. Your application will NOT be considered.
  • October 3, 2016 - On-line application database opens.
  • December 1, 2016 - On-line application database will close. All 2017-2018 applications are due, except LRAP.
  • February 10, 2017 - LRAP applications are due.
  • January - March 2017 - Grants Committee will meet.
  • April 2017 - Grant awards will be made at BOD meeting.
  • Early May 2017 - Award letters/contracts/declination letters will be mailed.

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1/20/2017 - 10:00 AM
LBF Board of Directors Meeting

1/20/2017 - 7:30 PM
LSBA & LBF Joint Dinner

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4/20/2017 - 10:00 AM
Kids' Chance Scholarship Committee Meeting

4/20/2017 - 2:00 PM
LBF Grants Committee Meeting

4/21/2017 - 9:00 AM
LBF Board of Directors Meeting

4/21/2017 - 12:00 PM
LBF Fellowship/Honoree Luncheon

4/21/2017 - 6:00 PM
Annual Fellows Patron Party & Gala

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Pro Bono Legal Corp.
Louisiana Bar Foundation  |  1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000  |  New Orleans, LA 70112  |  Phone: 504.561.1046  |  Fax: 504.566.1926