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Louisiana Bar Foundation Statement on Social Justice

As the principal organization responsible for funding civil legal aid in Louisiana, the Louisiana Bar Foundation is keenly aware of its responsibility to organizations and volunteer lawyers who every day provide direct legal services to the marginalized and underserved members of our community. The clients of these volunteer lawyers and organizations might not otherwise have access to the courts and, by extension, to justice. The promise of “justice for all” rings hollow if those most in need do not have access to the courthouse or if our system of civil justice continues to fail them. The Foundation is committed to providing resources to organizations and volunteers alike who, by providing direct legal services to their clients,  are working every day to end discrimination and disparate treatment in housing, employment, health care and domestic relationships, and who thereby promote and achieve the social justice that should be at the heart of our society.

LBF Establishes Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund

Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund  Donate Now!

After a disaster, civil legal aid needs are dramatically increased.  Displaced families and individuals experience a variety of legal needs.  Many need help with successions and title clearing to access federal recovery dollars.  Domestic violence centers are impacted with increased residents.  Vulnerable children need protection due to family instability and separation.  The economic security of the elderly is in jeopardy.  The stories are powerful and heartbreaking. 
 
As a result of Hurricane Laura, the LBF is working with stakeholders on the local, state and national level to efficiently and effectively respond to the many disaster-related legal service needs, prioritizing the impacted areas.  We have established the Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund to address the following needs:

1.  Civil Legal Assistance for Victims - immediate legal services is a significant need facing Hurricane Laura victims.  Basic needs such as housing, employment, insurance and federal program benefits are issues for most citizens in the affected areas and not just for those living in poverty.  

2.  Assistance for Members of the Legal Community – direct relief to attorneys who lost their office or homes in the storm.

3.  Office Recovery Assistance – to provide displaced attorneys with access to computers, internet, copiers, phones, and office furniture lost in the storm.

Donations may be directed to the area of your choice or prioritized as needed by the LBF.  Make a donation to the Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund.  Checks payable to the Louisiana Bar Foundation/Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund may be mailed to 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112.  For more information, please contact LBF Associate Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (504) 561-1046.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation has a robust network of well-established partnerships with more than 70 legal aid providers across the state’s 64 parishes who are working hard to meet emergency civil legal needs. LBF stands with our community partners who are working even harder as more families need the help of Louisiana’s civil legal aid safety net to recover from the impact of Hurricane Laura and the pandemic.

 

 

 

LBF Receives Appreciation Award from The Pro Bono Project

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is honored to be named The Pro Bono Project Distinguished Donor for the 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Awards! The Pro Bono Project will host the Volunteer Appreciation Event virtually during the 2020 National Celebration of Pro Bono (October 25-31).

LBF President Appoints 2020-21 Chairs for Community Partnership Panels and Committees

Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr., the 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) has appointed chairs for all Community Partnership Panels (CPP) and committees. Philips said, “Our volunteers are driven by a firm belief that all Louisianans deserve a fair and equal civil justice system, regardless of income.”

CPP chairs are Shannon Seiler Dartez, Acadiana; Teresa D. King, Bayou Region; Linda Law Clark, Capital Area; Elizabeth W. Randall, Central; Margaret E. Woodward, Greater Orleans; Thomas M. Hayes IV, Northeast; Hon. Page McClendon, Northshore; Paul L. Wood, Northwest; and Edwin F. Hunter III, Southwest. Click here for more info on LBF CPP’s

Committee chairs are Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr., Executive and Nominating Committees; Julie M. Lafargue, Building Committee; Deidre Deculus Robert, Communications Committee; Charles C. “Chuck” Bourque, Jr., Development Committee; Kerry A. Murphy, vice chair of Development Committee; Professor Russell L. Jones, Education Committee; Alan G. Brackett, Finance, Investment, Grants Committees;  Amanda W. Barnett, Governance Committee; Matthew R. Richards, Kids’ Chance Committee; Edmund J. Giering IV, Regional Grantee Board & Staff Training Committee. Click here for more info about LBF committees.

 

LBF VIRTUAL POP UP TOUR

LBF VIRTUAL POP UP TOUR

Louisiana Bar Foundation President Skip Philips will POP UP in your area! Learn about civil legal aid, the increased need for services, and how it impacts your region.

Attend this free 30-minute educational session "Why the LBF is Good for the Profession" approved by the LSBA for a maximum of .5 hours of professionalism.

 

 

 Topics covered:

·         An overview of what civil legal aid is.

·         How civil legal aid needs are increasing because the COVID-19 pandemic and series of devastating hurricanes.

·         The critical need for investments in civil legal aid and the major economic and community benefits those investments provide.

·         About the organizations on the ground that are providing crucial civil legal support to your community.

Participants have a chance to win Apple AirPods or a Bose Bluetooth Speaker!

 

Register for the event you would like to attend (required):

 

Capital Area - Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

Central - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at noon

Northshore - Thursday, October 29, 2020 at noon

Southwest- Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at noon

Northwest - Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

Greater Orleans - Thursday, November 5, 2020 at noon

Acadiana - Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

Northeast - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at noon

Bayou Region - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at noon

 

POP UP WRAP UP Networking session – Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

 

Exact topics will be determined closer to the Nov. 18 date based on surveys from the above sessions. LBF staff will be assigned to each breakout room and volunteers will be provided talking points.

Possible Topics:

Civil legal aid issues in your region- the need for services, the need for funding
First had experience protecting people from illegal evictions, domestic violence, and economic security due to COVID - 19 and current disasters
Economic benefits of civil legal aid
How the LBF distributes funding
LBF Membership
 

President's Message August/September 2020

President's Message August/September 2020

During the public health emergency, the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) has maintained relatively normal operations, including making important decisions about grants for the coming year. We are very excited that we were able to maintain funding for our grants in this time of pandemic. As civil legal aid is a vital component of the public response to, and recovery from, the current public health crisis, support for civil legal aid will become an even more urgent necessity as civil legal problems continue to multiply in the long-term fallout from the pandemic.

Click here for full article.

President's Message October/November 2020

President's Message October/November 2020

Protecting Families During the Pandemic

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence recently reported that one in three women in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. According to the study When Men Murder Women by the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana is ranked 2nd highest in the nation for homicides related to domestic abuse. Domestic violence cuts across family, racial, and socioeconomic lines-impacting individuals regardless of race, age, or economic stature.

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Louisiana Bar Foundation Awards $8.7 Million for Civil Legal Aid

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF), a statewide organization,  recently awarded more than $8.7 million in grants to assist women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, and those facing loss of their homes with civil legal aid issues. Civil legal aid is free legal advice, representation, or other legal assistance provided to low-income and vulnerable people who cannot otherwise afford legal help.

Through a network of nonprofit, civil legal aid organizations who serve Louisiana’s poorest citizens, these funds will provide services that go to the very heart of the health, safety and security of many of Louisiana’s citizens and their families.

LBF President, Skip Philips said, “In these unprecedented times, the number of our citizens facing life-changing challenges increases every day. Through no fault of their own, more families find themselves qualifying for civil legal aid and more civil legal issues are surfacing. Civil legal aid is a vital component of the societal response to, and recovery from, the current public health crisis.”

Access to civil legal aid makes our community stronger by helping people avoid foreclosure, protect themselves from domestic violence, gain custody of loved ones, and safeguard economic security.

Click here to see a list of 2020-21 grantees receiving $8.7 million.

LBF Grant Application, LRAP Application Available online October 1

The Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) grant application for 2021-22 funding will be available online beginning Oct. 1. The deadline for submitting grant applications is Dec. 1, 2020. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) application for 2021-22 funding will be available online beginning Oct. 1. The deadline for submitting the LRAP application is Feb. 12, 2021. For more information, contact Renee LeBoeuf at (504)561-1046 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Grant applications will be available online at: www.raisingthebar.org.

Link to grant application

Link to LRAP application

 

Louisiana Bar Foundation Statement on Social Justice

As the principal organization responsible for funding civil legal aid in Louisiana, the Louisiana Bar Foundation is keenly aware of its responsibility to organizations and volunteer lawyers who every day provide direct legal services to the marginalized and underserved members of our community. The clients of these volunteer lawyers and organizations might not otherwise have access to the courts and, by extension, to justice. The promise of “justice for all” rings hollow if those most in need do not have access to the courthouse or if our system of civil justice continues to fail them. The Foundation is committed to providing resources to organizations and volunteers alike who, by providing direct legal services to their clients,  are working every day to end discrimination and disparate treatment in housing, employment, health care and domestic relationships, and who thereby promote and achieve the social justice that should be at the heart of our society.

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



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