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LBF Past Presidents Advisory Council Meets

The LBF Board presented updates to the Annual Past Presidents Advisory Council at their recent Zoom meeting. LBF President Skip Philips began, sharing the boards work to recalibrate the Strategic Planning 2023 Vision. The past presidents learned about the progress made from the LBF partnership with Spitfire Strategies to benefit the entire civil legal aid network. LBF Treasurer Alan Brackett talked about the new Kendell Vick Public Law Fund and the new Infinity Fund. He also reported the progress of the grantee evaluations.   

LBF Past Presidents Advisory Council Meets

The LBF Board presented updates to the Annual Past Presidents Advisory Council at their recent Zoom meeting. LBF President Skip Philips began, sharing the boards work to recalibrate the Strategic Planning 2023 Vision. The past presidents learned about the progress made from the LBF partnership with Spitfire Strategies to benefit the entire civil legal aid network. LBF Treasurer Alan Brackett talked about the new Kendell Vick Public Law Fund and the new Infinity Fund. He also reported the progress of the grantee evaluations.   

More than $66,000 Awarded to Louisiana Non-Profits for Civil Legal Aid

The LBF has nine regional Community Partnership Panels (CPP) which identify areas of need throughout the year in addition to the regular LBF grant cycle. The CPPs foster collaboration, respond to arising community needs, and encourage local involvement in the designation of grant funds. Each panel has an annual budget of $10,000 for Jock Scott CPP Grants. The CPPs who have not yet designated all their funding will do so by June 30, 2021.

The Jock Scott CPP Grants are listed by region below. To see the LBF’s full grant list for 2020-21 click here.

 

Jock Scott CPP Grants for 2020-2021 (as of January 2021)

Acadiana - $10,000

CASA of SoLa - $5,000: CASA will be the local leader to promote awareness of TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), to provide trainings and to implement TBRI principles in agencies in their service area, providing services to groups like DCFS case workers, foster parent organizations, Family Preservation Court, schools and other community advocacy groups. Funds are for training events, staffing associated with implementing the program, materials and resources.

Chez Hope - $5,000: Funds are for creating and distributing a quick reference guide titled “Law Enforcement Responsibilities surrounding Service and Enforcement of Restraining Orders”. This guide will assist victims in understanding the responsibilities of Law Enforcement when serving and enforcing Restraining Orders.

Bayou Region - $8,194

CASA of Terrebonne - $3,194: Funds are for recruitment advertising, training expenses, background checks and payments to tutors. The goal is to provide a volunteer to every child in foster care in Terrebonne Parish who needs one.

Chez Hope - $5,000 Funds are for creating and distributing a quick reference guide titled “Law Enforcement Responsibilities surrounding Service and Enforcement of Restraining Orders”. This guide will assist victims in understanding the responsibilities of Law Enforcement when serving and enforcing Restraining Orders.

Capital Area - $5,000

Chez Hope - $5,000: Funds are for creating and distributing a quick reference guide titled “Law Enforcement Responsibilities surrounding Service and Enforcement of Restraining Orders”. This guide will assist victims in understanding the responsibilities of Law Enforcement when serving and enforcing Restraining Orders.

Central - $3,500

Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project - $3,500: Funds are for updating equipment needed to provide services to disadvantaged persons in Avoyelles, Rapides and Vernon parishes. Funds are specifically for PPE, a Zoom business account, an updated computer and printer, and computer software.

Greater Orleans - $10,000

Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center - $9,500: The goal of this program is to increase policies halting evictions, foreclosures and public housing authority terminations across the state and increase public awareness regarding regulations governing evictions and foreclosures, as well as housing discrimination. Funds are for partial staff salaries for Education Department, Legal Department, Homeownership Protection Department and Policy/Communications Departments to reach these goals.

Oral History Project - $500: The LBF Education Committee produces a continuing series of oral histories. The series is a part of the Committee's plans to systematically broaden the LBF's work to preserve the history, culture and flavor of Louisiana Law. 

Northeast - $10,000

Pine Hills Advocacy Center - $9,000: Funds are for supplies needed to run the Forensic Exam Room and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) fees.

Oral History Project - $1,000: The LBF Education Committee produces a continuing series of oral histories. The series is a part of the Committee's plans to systematically broaden the LBF's work to preserve the history, culture and flavor of Louisiana Law.

Northshore - $10,000

Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House - $1,000: Funds are to establish the LBF Room for Justice. The room will be a co-located workspace for prosecutors, law enforcement and DCFS investigators. The goal is to have greater communication, investigative collaboration, and unification of resource sharing, as well as an increase in teamwork, engagement, and resource acquisition for child abuse victims and their caregivers. Funds are specifically for personnel, equipment, and supplies.

NAMI of St. Tammany - $5,000: Funds are to expand their legal guidance program. Funds are for a legal professional who will address needs of mentally ill clients and provide legal education including interdiction, and power of attorney. Additional costs include internet, programs, telephone, and copying/printing. 

STARC of Louisiana - $2,955: STARC’s “Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Disabilities” provides education about protecting legal rights, assets and government benefits, as well as estate planning matters to parents of children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Funds are for educational workshops discussing special needs trusts, legal status, and preservation of government benefits. Expenses include advertising, printing and travel. Funds are additionally for financial assistance to qualifying participants.  

Oral History Project - $1,045: The LBF Education Committee produces a continuing series of oral histories. The series is a part of the Committee's plans to systematically broaden the LBF's work to preserve the history, culture and flavor of Louisiana Law.

Northwest - $10,000

Gingerbread House - $5,000: Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to serving child abuse victims through forensic interviews, multidisciplinary investigations, child life, family advocacy, prevention education, and anti-human trafficking care. Funds are specifically for the forensic interviewing of child victims component of the program. 

Volunteers for Youth Justice - $5,000: VYJ’s Teen Court is a voluntary youth diversion program that offers youths an alternative to the regular juvenile court process. The goal is to reduce the number of youths entering the Juvenile Court System. Funds are for a portion of the Teen Court Coordinator salary, security, student field trips, and other program expenses.   

 

 

 

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 Congratulates Cahill and Neuner

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is proud to congratulate Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., and Frank X. Neuner, Jr., for receiving the 2021 Outstanding State Chair Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The award will be presented during the 65th Annual Fellows Awards Banquet, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

The Outstanding State Chair Award is given annually to an ABF Fellows State Chair who has demonstrated dedication to the work of the ABF and the mission of the Fellows through exceptional efforts on behalf of the Fellows at the state level. Cahill and Neuner are Fellow State Co-Chairs for the state of Louisiana. 

Elwood F. Cahill, Jr. is a founding member of the Business Group of Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. in New Orleans. His practice is concentrated in commercial real estate, business, and finance law, as well as creditors' rights, workouts and foreclosures and commercial bankruptcy and other commercial transactions. Elwood is also a Fellow and past President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation (2007-08).

Frank X. Neuner Jr. is a founder and managing partner at NeunerPate based in Lafayette, Louisiana. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law, insurance employment law, and toxic tort litigation. Neuner is also the Chairman of the Innocence Project in New Orleans (IPNO) and the President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation (LCAF). Frank was a recipient of the LBF 2013 Distinguished Attorney Award served on the LBF Board.

President's Message February/March 2021

President's Message February/March 2021

It's really true--time does fly, especially when you are having fun! As I come to the end of my term as Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) president, I am reminded about the challenges we faced but will remember all of the successes we achieved as a Foundation. I was installed as president and held my first board meeting via Zoom, as I will end my year at what promises to be the virtual 2021 LBF Annual Fellows Gala in April. Thank goodness for technology that even I could figure out!

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Civil Legal Aid is a Good Investment

The SROI analysis completed for Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations is a measurement of the values delivered during the fiscal year 2019-20.  The Analysis revealed that the net economic impact value resulting from Louisiana civil legal activities during the year totaled $64,823,000. This net impact is the outcome of the more than $7 million LBF granted for civil legal aid services. These values are based on the number of clients and types of legal matters handled during the period.  In fiscal year 2019-20, Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations helped in over 100 types of civil legal problems including family law, housing, healthcare, consumer protection, public benefits, employment, and community support issues.  

The total net social return on investment for Louisiana's civil legal aid programs during the 2019-20 fiscal year was 918%.  In other words, for every $1 invested in Louisiana's civil legal aid services, these programs deliver $9.18 in immediate and long-term consequential financial benefits.

The social return on investment for Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations is higher than many other types of social service organizations. This is based on the high delivery and variety of legal services that result in significant future cost savings or additional income to the state of Louisiana and the number of volunteer (pro bono) hours of legal services delivered by attorneys in Louisiana. 

The Louisiana Bar Foundation engaged an independent organization, Community Services Analysis LLC, to conduct a SROI analysis, an internationally standardized and accepted process, of more than 45 of Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

For a review of the Economic Impact and Social Return on Investment of Civil Legal Aid Services for the State of Louisiana, click on the following link:    full study     summary

35th Annual Fellows Gala, a hybrid event, set for April 23 at Antoine's

 

The 35th Annual Fellows Gala, a hybrid event, set for April 23 at Antoine’s.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will celebrate the 35th Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 23, 2021 at Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 St. Louis Street in New Orleans as a hybrid event. The gala is the LBF's largest annual fundraiser and is in honor of the 2020 and 2019 honorees. Please note that the attire is black tie for men and formal length or cocktail for women. 

Hotel Room Block at the Omni Royal Orleans

Discounted rooms are available Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021 at $158 a night. To make a reservation call the Omni at 1-800-578-0500 and reference Louisiana Bar Foundation or click here. Reservations must be made by April 6, 2021.

To view the invitation go to https://conta.cc/2QorFyD   

For more gala information, contact Danielle J. Marshall at (504) 561-1046.

Baumgartner Named 2020 LBF Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Baumgartner Named 2020 LBF Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Adrianne L. Baumgartner, a member of the Porteous Hainkel & Johnson Law Firm is the recipient of the 2020 Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award.

Ms. Baumgartner is receiving this award in recognition of her long-standing devotion to and excellence in trial practice and for upholding the standards of ethics and consideration for the court, litigants, and all counsel. This award carries a cash stipend to any non-profit law related program providing services in the state of Louisiana; Ms. Baumgartner has selected Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany to receive the $1,000 stipend to be donated in her name.

Her litigation practice areas are personal injury and insurance defense. Over the years her practice has also focused on the defense of insurance companies in bad faith/extra contractual cases.  Adrianne has been a member of numerous Bar organizations including the Covington, New Orleans and Louisiana Bar Association. She serves on the Nominating Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the Legislation Committee. She has served as a hearing officer for the Louisiana Disciplinary Board and is presently serving as a probation officer and fee dispute arbitrator. In 2011 she was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Board of Directors of Support our War Heroes. Ms. Baumgartner has been a LBF Fellow since 2008 and serves on the Northshore Community Partnership Panel and Grants Committee.

The award was established through an endowment to the LBF in memory of Mr. Boisfontaine, who served as president of the LSBA and of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Donations from Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.P., the Boisfontaine family and friends established the fund.

 

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



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