“No community thrives when people are homeless, children are out of school or families experience violence. The help legal aid programs provide keeps faith with one of America’s core values – equal access to justice – and changes the lives of low-income people every day.”
Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson
“As lawyers, we swore an oath to never reject, from any consideration personal to ourselves, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed or delay any person’s cause for monetary gain or malice. I believe that oath places upon all lawyers, as a profession, the obligation to not only care about civil legal aid, but to actively do something about it.”
Leo C. Hamilton
2013-14 LBF President
“Civil legal aid is an absolutely essential element of fulfilling what we say when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and confirm our dedication to liberty and justice for all. If we fail to assure access to justice for all, we have failed in the American dream. Let’s work together to assure that dream is not lost.”
Richard K. Leefe
2013-14 LSBA President
“Sometimes legal aid is the only thing standing between a family’s ability to be self-sufficient and poverty. For many Louisiana citizens facing crisis, an effective and powerful response must include civil legal aid.”
Hon. Wendell Manning
2014-15 LBF President

Stories of Justice

Four years after Beth fled her abusive husband, she was still stalked by him. Beth's husband located her home, forced entry, destroyed her furniture, punched holes in the wall and refused to leave. Legal aid attorneys put an end to this nightmarish terror by helping Beth obtain a permanent injunction, divorce, and sole custody of her child.

Eric, a deaf student, was expelled from school because of behavior problems directly related to a disability. Legal aid attorneys requested an Individualized Education Planning meeting on Eric's behalf. Through that process, his parents were able to secure an appropriate educational plan for him. With his communication and behavioral needs being properly addressed, Eric is flourishing in his new school and receiving the education he deserves.

Earl, an elderly Section 8 tenant, was taken advantage of by his landlord who wrongfully overcharged his rent for 5 years. Nonetheless, the landlord refused to reimburse Earl. Legal aid attorneys helped Earl obtain $2,450 in rent refunds from his landlord.

Vanessa went to Chez Hope, an LBF grantee, for help getting a restraining order because her husband had been abusing her. He had their girls, ages four and five, for the weekend and when Vanessa picked them up, he shot at her car, missed and ran away. Chez Hope gave Vanessa and her girls shelter and kept them safe for three weeks until her husband was captured. Chez Hope has helped her find the strength within herself to break free and start a life free from violence.

During a school presentation on abuse and neglect prevention, Sally became visibly upset and was immediately taken to the counselor's office, where she revealed sexual abuse by a family friend. After reporting the situation to the Department of Children and Family Services, she was brought to LBF grantee, Advocacy Center, where she was assigned a legal aid attorney. The attorney worked with child protective services, law enforcement, prosecutors, and medical examiners to coordinate interviews in one location to minimize the child's trauma.