Grantees

The LBF Board of Directors awards 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.

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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 name.

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)

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)


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)

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)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese 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)

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans – Immigrant Children provides direct immigration legal representation to low-income immigrant clients, pro bono legal representation training for pro bono attorneys, and outreach to immigrant communities to educate about immigration benefits. (New Orleans)

Catholic Charities Archdiocese 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Court Watch NOLA promotes reform in the Orleans Parish court system through civic engagement and courtroom observation. (Orleans)

CrescentCare provides direct representation of clients living with HIV/AIDS who need assistance with discrimination cases, public benefits, consumer debt management and defense, permanency planning, privacy or confidentiality concerns, and other legal needs. (Orleans)

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)

Ella Project 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)

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)

Faith House, Inc./Family Justice Center of Central Louisiana helps domestic violence survivors obtain safety and empowerment. (Pineville)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Louisiana Library Association promotes the library interests of the State of Louisiana and the development and effectiveness of public library service and public librarians in all 336 public libraries in Louisiana. (Baton Rouge)

LouisianaChildren.org provides training for CASA volunteers and CASA Program Staff across Louisiana with the purpose of increasing knowledge, skills and abilities of volunteers so that they can fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer and provide enhanced advocacy for the children assigned. (Baton Rouge)

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

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

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)

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.

Metro Centers for Community Advocacy 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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

Training, Education and Mediation for Students (T.E.A.M.S.) serves juveniles in need of education advocacy services in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. T.E.A.M.S. 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)

The 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)

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)

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)

The 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)

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)

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)



2016-17 Jock Scott Community Partnership Panel Grants

Acadiana
CASA of SoLa - $5,000
The Extra Mile A.V.E.C Les Enfants - $10,000

Bayou Region
CASA of Lafourche - $4,000
CASA of Terrebonne - $4,000
Chez Hope - $2,000
Terrebonne Children’s Advocacy Center - $4,000
LBF Oral History Project - $1,000

Capital Area
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School Corporate Work Study Program - $14,410
LBF Oral History Project - $590

Central
Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project - $5,000
Faith House, Inc. on behalf of Family Justice Center of Central Louisiana - $7,000
LBF Oral History Project - $3,000

Greater Orleans
CrescentCare - $3,000
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana - $4,295
The Pro Bono Project - $6,705
LBF Oral History Project - $5,300

Northeast
The Wellspring Alliance for Families, Inc - $15,000

Northshore
Youth Services Bureau - $15,000

Northwest
Project Celebration - $7,500
Shreveport Bar Foundation - $7,500

Southwest
CARC- $7,651.31
Girlie Girls- $2,700
The Southwest Louisiana Law Center - $4,648.69

Past Grantees

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2016 (78 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2015 (49 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2014 (49 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2013 (45 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2012 (50 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2011 (39 KB)

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2010

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2009

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2008

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2007

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2006

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2005

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2004 (65 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2003 (62 KB)

pdf Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2002 (8 KB)

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana.