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Grantees

In 2016-17 the LBF Board of Directors awarded grants to organizations that provide free legal aid to women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes, and those in need of guidance to secure food stamps.

View the 2016-17 grantees by funding category.

The LBF is proud to support the following organizations:

Below is a brief summary of the services provided by the LBF grantees. Office locations, if available, are in parentheses. For more information on each organization click on their website.

Acadiana Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in the southwest and central regions of Louisiana. ALSC provides services in a variety of areas of law including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing and public benefits. (Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles)
More information on the ALSC

Advocacy Center protects and advocates for the rights of people in Louisiana with disabilities and for people who are sixty years of age or older through the provision of legal representation, information and referral, education and training, and systems advocacy. (New Orleans)
More information on the Advocacy Center

Arts Council of New Orleans' Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA) offers pro-bono legal assistance to low-income artists, musicians and grass roots non-profits in Louisiana. ELLA provides assistance with copyright and intellectual property, business incorporation, non-profit incorporation, contract review, contract disputes and other civil law matters. ELLA is a partnership between the Arts Council, Tipitina's and Tulane Law School. (New Orleans)
More information on the Arts Council of New Orleans

Baton Rouge Bar Foundation offers a variety of programming for the public, including coordination of free legal services for the poor, law-related education events for children and the public and a teen court for first-time misdemeanor offenders. (Baton Rouge)
More information on the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation

Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center (BRCAC) works to lessen the trauma experienced by child victims when abuse allegations are investigated, and to provide support during any subsequent proceedings within the criminal justice system. They serve abused children in East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge Parishes. (Baton Rouge)
More information on the BRCAC

Beauregard Community Concerns - June Jenkins Women's Shelter provides housing, counseling and brief legal services to victims of domestic violence in Beauregard and Vernon Parishes.(DeRidder and Leesville) More information on Beauregard Community Concerns - June Jenkins Women's Shelter

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge - Immigration Legal Services provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees across Louisiana. A staff attorney and small staff represent clients before U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Their services focus primarily on removal and detention issues. (Baton Rouge)
More information on Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge - Immigration Legal Services

Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Immigration Legal Services provides immigration legal services to crime survivors and educates the community and statewide stakeholders on the unique challenges faced by immigrant survivors generally and, in particular, in accessing help from law enforcement. (New Orleans)
More information on Catholic Charities of New Orleans

Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Project SAVE provides free, emergency legal representation to survivors of domestic violence in Orleans Parish. Staff attorneys help with legal orders to keep survivors safe and to protect their legal rights. Project SAVE's legal services include temporary restraining and protection orders, temporary child support, custody and use of property.(New Orleans)
More information on Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Project SAVE

Catholic Charities of North Louisiana provides quality social services to families and individuals without discrimination and in accordance with Catholic Social Teachings and professional standards. Their Immigration and Family Services practitioners work with individuals who need help in navigating forms, legal documents, immigration standing and understanding the requirements necessary for immigrants and their families to successfully live in the community. (Shreveport)
More information on Catholic Charities of North Louisiana

Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project coordinates the provision of free legal services to low-income people in Avoyelles, Rapides and Vernon Parishes. The Project recruits volunteer attorneys to handle cases referred by Central Louisiana Legal Services. The Project also organizes free legal advice clinics in the community where volunteer attorneys answer questions and provide general information concerning various legal matters. (Alexandria)
More information on Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project

Chez Hope, Inc. provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in St. Mary, Lafourche and Assumption Parishes. Chez Hope offers shelter, legal services, education and children's services. (Franklin and Thibodaux)
More information on Chez Hope, Inc.

D.A.R.T. of Lincoln provides shelter, legal services, education and children's services to victims of domestic violence. (Lincoln, Jackson, Union, Bienville and Claiborne Parishes)
More information on D.A.R.T. of Lincoln

Faith House, Inc. provides a multitude of services to victims of domestic violence in Acadia, Evangeline, Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermillion Parishes. These services include shelter, counseling and legal services. The program's legal advocate assists with protective orders, sets up victim notification systems and advocates on behalf of survivors with the justice system. They also provides domestic violence education to law enforcement, judges, attorneys, hearing officers and clerk of court employees. (Lafayette)
More information on Faith House, Inc.

First Grace Community Alliance works with and for people in need, especially women and their children, by meeting food, housing and other emergency needs, while simultaneously challenging systemic poverty in the greater New Orleans area. Their primary programs are Hagar's House (a home for women and children) and Project Ishmael (a small immigration legal center for children). (New Orleans) More information on First Grace Community Alliance

Frontline Legal Services is a public interest, public health law and policy firm. Their mission is to provide legal and policy support for those on the frontline of Louisiana's public health and human rights crises. (New Orleans)

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) represents indigent, innocent prisoners serving life sentences across Louisiana and assists them with their transition into life outside prison after their exoneration. By identifying and remedying cases and causes of wrongful conviction, IPNO holds the criminal justice system accountable for its mistakes, raises awareness of systemic problems and promotes best practices throughout the criminal process to prevent future miscarriages of justice. (New Orleans)
More information on IPNO

Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Abuse is a non-profit organization which operates the only emergency battered women's shelter in Jeff Davis Parish. Their goal is to provide a safe shelter environment, advocacy and empowering programs to survivors and their children who are victims of domestic abuse. CADA will also assist victims of domestic abuse in Jeff Davis Parish to obtain temporary restraining orders against their abuser. (Jennings) More information on Jeff Davis CADA

Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation utilizes its Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers pro bono program to ensure that access to justice is available to low-income residents in Lafayette Parish. The Foundation also maintains a law library where pro se litigants can access information relevant to their legal matters. (Lafayette)
More information on the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation

Legal Services of North Louisiana (LSNL) is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in the central and northern regions of Louisiana. LSNL provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing and public benefits. (Monroe, Natchitoches and Shreveport)
More information on LSNL

Louisiana Appleseed is one of 16 chapters of National Appleseed, a network of public interest law centers in the U.S. and Mexico dedicated to building a just society through legal, legislative and institutional structural reform. Louisiana Appleseed asks top private practice lawyers, corporate counsel, law schools, civic leaders and other professionals to commit pro bono time to address problems at their root causes, producing practical, systemic solutions to effect change. (New Orleans) More information on Louisiana Appleseed

Louisiana Center for Children's Rights is a nonprofit law office that defends the rights and dignity of young people in Louisiana's juvenile justice system by providing holistic, skilled, and client-directed legal representation; leadership in juvenile defense reform; and training and practice resources for public defenders. (New Orleans)
More information on Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education is a statewide organization that coordinates, implements and develops legal and civic education programs, trains educators in the delivery of these programs and assists with their implementation. (New Orleans)
More information on Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education

Louisiana Civil Justice Center provides civil legal assistance for low-income, elderly, and disaster-affected residents of Louisiana through a toll-free hotline, court-based help desks, and community legal clinics. (New Orleans)
More information on Louisiana Civil Justice Center

Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association The mission of the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association is to rebuild the community of the Lower 9th Ward and improve the quality of life of the residents of the neighborhood. (New Orleans) More information on the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association

LSBA Access to Justice benefits Louisiana's statewide justice community in the areas of technology, intake and referral, and disaster or emergency response.
More information on LSBA Access to Justice

LSBA Diversity Committee provides networking, mentoring and support for high school juniors and seniors who have expressed an interest in the legal profession as well as an opportunity for them to strengthen their research, writing, and analytical skills. (New Orleans)
More information on the LSBA Diversity Committee

LSBA Young Lawyers Division fosters discussions and interchange of ideas relative to the duties, responsibilities and problems of the younger members of the legal profession in the State of Louisiana; to aid in their advancement; to encourage their interest and participation in the activities of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and, in general, to further the purposes and objectives of the LSBA.
More information on the LSBA - Young Lawyers Division

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children was formed to provide services, including legal services, to survivors of domestic violence in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. Metro expanded its legal services to include direct legal representation to the residents of St. Charles, St. John and St. James Parishes. (Jefferson)
More information on the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children

Oasis (formerly Calcasieu Women's Shelter, Inc.) provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in Allen, Calcasieu, and Cameron Parishes. These services include shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, job training, adult education and childcare. (Lake Charles, Allen and Cameron)
More information on Oasis

Project Celebration serves survivors of domestic violence in northwest Louisiana. The program provides shelter, legal advocacy and other services. (Many)
More information on Project Celebration

Safe Harbor, Inc. provides shelter and a variety of other services to victims of domestic violence in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Safe Harbor's legal outreach program assists women with the preparation of petitions for temporary restraining orders and protective orders and provides court escort for hearings. (Covington and Slidell)
More information on Safe Harbor, Inc.

Safety Net for Abused Persons (SNAP) serves battered women and their children in Iberia Parish. SNAP provides safe shelter and extensive supportive services in its confidentially located 22-bed facility. SNAP provides legal advocacy for victims and educational workshops and seminars in the community. (New Iberia)
More information on SNAP

St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center provides immigration assistance to individuals seeking to change status or extend stay in the U.S. and individuals not in legal immigration status. (Lake Charles)
More information on St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center

Shreveport Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project provides free legal assistance through volunteer attorneys to low-income and indigent residents of Caddo and Bossier Parishes in both civil and juvenile matters. In addition, the Shreveport Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project offers educational presentations on law-related issues to the general public. (Shreveport)
More information on the Shreveport Bar Foundation

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in southeast Louisiana. SLLS provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, wills and public benefits. (Covington, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Marrero and New Orleans)
More information on SLLS

Southeast Spouse Abuse Program is a family violence prevention and intervention agency assisting survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children serving Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena and Washington parishes. (Hammond)
More information on Southeast Spouse Abuse Program

Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation provides legal assistance to indigent citizens in five Southwest Louisiana parishes - Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis. (Lake Charles)
More information on the Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation

Southwest Louisiana Law Center's mission is to provide top rate legal services to the economically Disadvantaged of Southwest Louisiana, and to utilize their legal skills and capabilities for the betterment of the community. The Law Center handles only civil legal cases at a reduced fee or at no cost. The office is capable of handling a wide range of legal issues like child custody, divorce and domestic violence to complex housing matters and successions. (Lake Charles)
More information on The Southwest Louisiana Law Center

St. Bernard Parish Battered Women's Program, Inc. serves victims of domestic violence in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. The program offers a wide variety of services, including a 50-bed shelter and a legal advocacy program, which assists victims with completing the petitions for protective orders, educates them on the cycle of abuse, informs them of their rights under the Crime Victim's Reparation Act and accompanies them to court for their hearing. (St. Bernard)
For more informationon St. Bernard Parish Battered Women's Program, Inc.

The Haven works to establish a community-based response to interpersonal and family violence through advocacy, education, prevention, resource development and treatment. The Haven operates an 18-bed shelter in Houma and runs a legal advocacy program that assists victims of domestic violence in navigating the restraining order process. (Houma)
More information on The Haven

The Pro Bono Project utilizes volunteer attorneys from across southeast Louisiana to provide free civil legal services to the poor in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The Pro Bono Project provides services in areas of law ranging from employment, housing, public benefits, family and consumer law. (New Orleans)
More information on The Pro Bono Project

Training, Education and Mediation for Students (TEAMS) serves juveniles in need of education advocacy services in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. TEAMS has court appointed education advocates on staff to serve students who are at risk of becoming involved with the court system or who are already involved with the courts. These advocates ensure that the special education and mental health rights of these young people are honored both by schools and the justice system. (Shreveport)
More information on TEAMS

United Way of Central Louisiana funds human services in part or all of nine parishes in the Central Louisiana area. They convene local leaders to identify high-priority human services needs, to identify effective solutions and to implement those solutions using resources that they mobilize together.
More information on United Way of Central Louisiana

The Wellspring Alliance for Families works to strengthen the family and individuals through direct service, education, advocacy and women's leadership. The Wellspring's domestic violence program provides safe shelter, a crisis hotline and legal advocacy for victims in the northeast corner of Louisiana. The Wellspring is an active partner of the Family Justice Center in Monroe, which is a multi-agency collaboration between legal services, social services and law enforcement that provides a coordinated response to the needs of victims of domestic violence. (Monroe)
More information on the The Wellspring Alliance for Families

Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany provides advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for at-risk youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential. The program includes courses for young people already involved in the criminal justice system and outreach to more general audiences such as schools. (Bogalusa, Covington, Franklinton and Slidell)
More information on the Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany

2015-16 Jock Scott Community Partnership Panel Grants

Acadiana
CASA of SoLa - $152
Family Violence Intervention Program - $6,000
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation - $2,697
LBF Oral History Project - $1,150

Bayou Region
LBF Oral History Project - $1,065
MacDonell United Methodist Children Services Terrebonne - Single Point Assessment and Resource Center (SPARC) - $1,600
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - $7,335.00

Capital Area
Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center - $4,000
Chez Hope - Safety Cards for distribution in Assumption Parish - $1,000
Chez Hope - Advocate in Assumption Parish - $3,910
LBF Oral History Project - $1,090

Central
LBF Oral History Project - $745
Rapides Children's Advocacy Center - $4,627
Teen Court of Avoyelles - $4,627

Greater Orleans
!MPACT - $4,200
LBF Oral History Project - $500
Project Ishmael - $5,300

Northeast
Pine Hills Children's Advocacy Center - $10,000

Northshore
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - $5,000
Youth Services Bureau - $5,000

Northwest
LBF Oral History Project - $2,305
Shreveport Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project - $5,000
Volunteers for Youth Justice - $2,695

Southwest
No funding recommendations at this time.

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