In partnership with Louisiana Appleseed, the Fellows Class Project Series is a way for new Fellows to become involved and be a part of the LBF mission.
The 2016 Fellows Class Project will focus on Appleseed's Clear Title Project. The Clear Title Project will educate residents throughout Louisiana about how to preserve home ownership. Fellows will help provide law-related education to community members regarding how to transfer title to inherited property, properly and legally, and about how the lack of transfer can cause serious barriers to recovery after a disaster. The Fellows will be asked to help Louisiana Appleseed reach out to groups and individuals, including community associations, rotary clubs and other local organizations in their geographic areas to arrange for presentations or the dissemination of information about this topic.
This topic is extremely timely and important in light of the flooding events that occurred throughout Louisiana in 2016. Through a professionalism CLE seminar, Louisiana Appleseed will provide Fellows with an overview of rules governing small successions and how these issues become important following a disaster, including the inability to access federal or state rebuilding funds, use of the property as collateral to get a loan, the ability to cash insurance checks and to get permits.
2015 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows Class Project of 2015 focuese on educating Louisiana attorneys about the new "CLE credit for Pro Bono work" rule. The Fellows reached out to attorneys in their geographic areas to educate them about the new rule and to encourage them to take on pro bono cases.
2014 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2014 focused on researching the application of Louisiana's In Forma Pauperis (IFP) laws to indigent case filings and developing strategies to ensure uniform application.
2013 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2013 focused on assisting individuals and communities with foreclosure and housing-related issues related to the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement.
2012 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2012 focused on heirship property and title clearing.
2011 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2011 focused on increasing community awareness about teen dating violence and the importance of prevention through education.
2010 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2010 focused on preserving homeownership through community outreach. The class attended community events and talked to homeowners about the importance of obtaining clear title to their property. Attendees were given a copy of Appleseed's Protect Your Property: Heir Property in Louisiana, a homeowners guide to building wealth and protecting assets.
"Becoming a LBF Fellow and a member of the Class Project Series was a great opportunity for me to volunteer in a unique and rewarding way." Hon. Marie A. Bookman (ret.)
"I thoroughly enjoyed helping educate our community about the importance of clear title and the resources available to them in our legal community." Patricia A. Garcia
2009 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2009 focused on domestic violence.
2008 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2008 focused on Equitable Funding for Special Needs Children. LBF Fellows researched national and statewide policies for funding special needs children's education and have compiled research and data into a report.