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New Infinity Fund Supports Louisiana Bar Foundation's Work to Increase Access to Civil Legal Aid

 

 

Funds will help ensure sustainability and support impact of the state’s largest funder of civil legal aid.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the first donation in the amount of $25,000 to the newly established Infinity Fund, which is dedicated to supporting LBF’s work in funding civil legal aid and promoting access to justice. The increasing need for civil legal aid and services is expected to further escalate amid the pressures of the pandemic.

The first generous donation was made by LBF Fellow and board member Zebulon M. Winstead, of Alexandria.

“I have made this donation in large part to honor Eastern District of Louisiana Judge Eldon E. Fallon and the other leaders who have come before me in the civil legal aid endeavor,” Winstead said.  “They have brought to light the need to create a fund to pay the expenses of the LBF so that even more Louisiana citizens can have access to civil legal services.”

The Infinity Fund was created to provide long term support for operations and administrative expenses of LBF, a trusted community partner and funding steward. The funds will help ensure that the LBF is able to meet staffing and operational expenses, in good economic times and in bad.

“More Louisianans are facing challenges in which access to civil legal services is essential to keeping them safe and protecting their rights,” said Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr., LBF President. “Support for our organization will allow us to continue our work as demand and need grows across our communities. As the state’s largest funder of civil legal aid, we are committed to ensuring we make the greatest impact and that all Louisianans, regardless of their background and income level, have access to the civil legal aid services they need.”

The LBF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) entity organized under the State of Louisiana. As the largest state funder of civil legal aid, we partner with a trusted network of more than 70 organizations that lead community driven efforts to help families facing non-criminal, civil legal challenges. Since 1989, the LBF has distributed more than $94 million to hundreds of Louisiana non-profit organizations to meet these goals. We serve as the fiscal administrator for the State of Louisiana Child in Need of Care Program which provides free legal representation to all children in foster care and for the Louisiana Supreme Court Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts Program. Through grants, we assist women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes, disaster victims, veterans and military families, and many others by providing services that go to the very heart of the health, safety, and security of many of our citizens and their families.

Our goal is to make sure that all Louisianans, regardless of their background or income level, have access to civil legal services that they need.

To donate to the Infinity Fund click here.


 




 

2020 President's Award

2020 President's Award

 

Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P. in Baton Rouge received the prestigious Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) President's Award from 2019-20 LBF President Amanda W. Barnett.

The 2020 President's Award was given to Philips in recognition of his outstanding support, dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Philips has been a LBF Fellow since 1997, has served on many LBF committees over the years including Building, Grants, Budget, Communications, and Investment.  He is a current member of the LBF Board of Directors and was recently inducted as the 2020-21 president. He is dedicated to advancing the LBF goals of funding civil legal aid and promoting access to justice.

Grantee Board and Staff Training

We will host Grantee Board and Staff Training sessions February 24, February 26, and March 5. These training events are aimed at strengthening leadership by reviewing board member responsibilities, setting program and administration priorities for the organization, identifying current client service trends and best practices, and evaluating mission goals and outcomes. We especially encourage all newly appointed board members to attend. the training has been scheduled in three sessions, each focusing in a different area and on different days to maximize participation. For more information contact Renee LeBoeuf This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Session 1-Wednesday, February 24, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Introduction/Welcome, Edmund Giering

Board & Staff - Edmund Giering, LBF Board/Baton Rouge Area Foundation

  • Duties to the Organization
  • Governance and Finance Policies
  • Review IRS Form 990
  • Board and ED Working Relationship

 

Session 2-Friday, February 26, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Introduction/Welcome, Harry J. "Skip" Philips, Jr.

Strengthening the Civil Legal Aid Network

  • Technology Advancements-Amanda Brown, Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Legislative Advocacy-Adrienne Wheeler, Louisiana Appleseed
  • Strategic Communications and Outreach-Erin Uy, Vice President, Spitfire Strategies
  • Diversity Sensitivity Training-Kimberly Merchant, Director of the Racial Injustice Institute and Network, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
  • Importance of Economic Impact Data Collection-John Byrnes, CSACO

 

Session 3-Friday, March 5, 9a.m.-11 a.m.

Introduction/Welcome, Hon. Ray Steib & Camille Jackson

Creating the Vision-Brent Henley, The Pyramid Group

  • Evaluating mission, strategies, and outcomes
  • Identifying strengths and challenges
  • Role in the community and partners
  • Identifying client service trends
  • Self-Analysis and Evaluation

 

 

Carreras Named LBF Finance Director

Carreras Named LBF Finance Director

Cassie L. Carreras has been named the Finance Director of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Cassie will oversee the Foundation’s fiscal operations.

Cassie began her career as a credit analyst at Hancock Whitney Bank upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She went on to work in the bank’s portfolio management and corporate banking departments.  She was named an Assistant Vice President in 2017 and most recently served as a commercial banking relationship manager, advising clients on capital management and corporate finance. 

In recognition of her expertise, Cassie has been selected to participate in several leadership development programs, including Committee for a Better New Orleans’ Bryant Bell Leadership Forum in 2019.  She has been an active member of several nonprofit associations and currently serves as Board Treasurer for the New Orleans Young Leadership Council. 

 

Louisiana Bar Foundation Announces the Kendall Vick Public Law Fund

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) announces the establishment of the Kendall Vick Public Law Fund valued at $3 million.

To provide a path for continuing its mission, specifically with respect to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation transitioned to a restricted fund of the LBF in December 2020. LRAP provides direct financial assistance to public interest attorneys and helps retain committed lawyers who provide quality services to clients. More information on the LBF LRAP program can be found here.

“The LBF’s longstanding relationship with the Vick Foundation enabled this seamless transition to ensure the mission envisioned by Kendall Vick will continue in perpetuity. Access to civil legal aid makes our communities stronger by helping people avoid foreclosure, protect themselves from domestic violence, gain custody of loved ones, and safeguard economic security. The LBF is grateful for the opportunity to continue financial assistance through its Kendall Vick Public Law Fund to public interest attorneys committed to helping our communities,” said Donna Cuneo, LBF Executive Director.

The LBF has four decades of experience as a responsible steward of funds along with well-established partnerships across all 64 parishes helping hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents gain access to the legal system.

 

LBF 35th Annual Fellows Gala is April 23, 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will celebrate the 35th Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 23, 2021. The gala is the LBF's largest annual fundraiser and will be a hybrid event taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113. This year the LBF will honor the 2020 Distinguished Jurist Guy P. Holdridge; 2020 Distinguished Attorney Linda Law Clark; 2020 Distinguished Professor Donald W. North; and the 2020 Calogero Award recipient Hon. William J. Knight.

In addition to celebrating the 2020 honorees we will celebrate 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. Morrison III; 2019 Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown; 2019 Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph; 2019 Distinguished Professor John M. Church; and 2019 Calogero Justice Award Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson.

Become a Sponsor of the LBF 35th Annual Fellows Gala

Included in all Levels:

• Tickets to Patron Party and Gala (number of tickets outlined below)

• Sponsor recognition on social media, blast emails and LBF website

• Sponsor recognition on gala invitation mailed to more than 3,000 judges and attorneys

• Sponsor recognition at patron party and in gala program

• Sponsor gift commissioned by New Orleans artist India Stewart

Levels:

Pinnacle $6,500 - Sponsor Video Clip Feature and Linked Logo on LBF website, 40 patron party tickets, 4 reserved tables (seats 40)

Benefactor $5,500 - Sponsor Video Clip Feature and Linked Logo on LBF website, 30 patron party tickets, 3 reserved tables (seats 30)

Cornerstone $4,000 - Logo on LBF website, 20 patron party tickets, 2 reserved tables (seats 20)

Capital $2,500 - Logo on LBF website, 10 patron party tickets, 1 reserved table (seats 10)

Pillar $1,500 - 6 patron party tickets and 6 gala tickets

Foundation $500 - 2 patron party tickets and 2 gala tickets

 

Individual tickets to the gala are $200.  Young lawyer individual gala tickets are $150.

Go to www.raisingthebar.org/gala to become a gala sponsor or to purchase individual tickets.

365 Days of Justice Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities for 365 Days of Justice, an online fundraiser featuring each day of the year, are also available. For more information on the 365 Days of Justice or the gala, contact Laura Sewell at (504) 561-1046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more Gala information, contact Danielle J. Marshall at (504) 561-1046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hotel Information

Discounted rooms are available Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021 at $259 a night. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt at 1 (800) 233-1234 and reference Louisiana Bar Foundation or click here. Reservations must be made before Thursday, March 25, 2021.

 

LBF Launches new program Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid

Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid is a new project of the LBF’s Education Committee launching this Spring. The purpose of this program is to support the LBF’s educational goals by increasing the understanding of the vital need for civil legal aid services for those who cannot afford them, as well as the need to measure the effectiveness of ongoing programs. The LBF plans to simultaneously engage multiple content creators for this project.

The LBF is seeking proposals from qualified individuals for two separate focus areas.

1)      partner with content authors to produce short articles, podcasts, videos, commercials, and other content that are current and relevant to the topic of civil legal aid. This project should reflect the creativity of the applicant, so there is no set media type that is preferred, as long as the proposal reflects the parameters of the Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid educational theme.

  pdf Click here for Public Awareness Focused RFP (154 KB)

 

 2)      partner with the academic community and other like-minded individuals who are interested in studying these important issues and proposing solutions to the problems, so the limited resources available can best be put to use. The LBF seeks to partner with content creators to produce short articles, studies, analyses, and other content that are current and relevant to the topic of civil legal aid and how best to make it available to the vulnerable population that needs it.

  pdf Click here for Research Focused RFP (156 KB)

 

Each selected author will receive a $500 - $2,500 honorarium, depending on content.

For the complete RFPs go to https://raisingthebar.org/programs-and-projects/speak-out-for-justice-focus-on-civil-legal-aid

Deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2021. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered. For more information contact Dennette Young, LBF Communications Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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).

Check Out the LBF 2020 Winter Newsletter

Read all about it! Get up to date LBF News-

 

  • Year End Giving Opportunity
  • President's Message
  • Gala Honorees and Info
  • 2020-21 Board of Directors
  • LBF Kids' Chance Scholarship Applications
  • Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award-Nominate Now
  • Meet Cassie Carreras, LBF Finance Director
  • 2020 President's Award
  • LBF VIRTUAL POP UP Tour Wrap Up
  • 2020 Fellows Class

  pdf Click here to read the 2020 Winter Newsletter (761 KB)

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

Central 

Northshore 

Southwest

Northwest 

Greater Orleans

Acadiana 

Northeast 

Bayou Region

 

POP UP WRAP UP Networking session 

 

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
 

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



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