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Welcome 2020-2021 LBF Board of Directors

Welcome our new board of directors: 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr. of Baton Rouge; Vice President Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans; Treasurer Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans; and Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert of Baton Rouge.

New board members are; Wendy E. W. Giovingo, Monroe; H. Minor Pipes III, New Orleans; Maggie T. Simar, St. Martinville; Shayna L. Sonnier, Lake Charles; and Hon. Ray S. Steib, Jr., Gretna.

Other members of the 2020-21 board of directors include: Amanda W. Barnett, Alexandria; Patricia Bonneau, Mandeville; Charles “Chuck” Bourque, Jr., Houma; Hon. Guy E. Bradberry, Lake Charles; Hon. John C. Davidson, Alexandria; Edmund J. Giering IV, Baton Rouge; Eugene G. Gouaux, Jr., Lockport; Karleen J. Green, Baton Rouge; Camille Jackson, Alexandria; Julie M. Lafargue, New Orleans; Alainna R. Mire, Alexandria; John C. Nickelson, Shreveport; David E. Verlander III, Monroe; and Zebulon M. Winstead, Alexandria. 

LBF Annual Assembly Events Rescheduled for May 14-15 and will be held virtually

Given the dynamic Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation, the following events held during the LBF Annual Assembly: Board Meeting, Kids Chance, Grants Committee, and Fellows Meeting - have been rescheduled from April 2-3 to May 14-15 and will be held virtually. The annual Fellows Gala will be rescheduled in the Spring of 2020 and the 2019 Honorees will be honored. Safety and well-being is our priority. Please bear with us as we all work through this challenging time. We will continue to share our progress.

Thank You Gala Donors!

Thank you to the LBF donors who made their 2020 Gala sponsorships charitable/business donations. We appreciate your generosity and support. These donations allow the LBF to continue funding the work of our grantee partners to help those of limited means avoid eviction and disputes over medical and consumer debt, provide protection from domestic violence, and myriad other legal problems as a result of this pandemic.

For a list of donors pdf click here (215 KB) .

LBF Annual Fellows Gala Rescheduled to Spring 2021

As you are aware, there is a high degree of concern for public health due to the corona virus. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell signed a proclamation to continue the “stay home provisions” until May 16. The order prohibits all public and private gatherings. Additionally, the Mayor has strongly suggested that no large groups assemble in the City for the remainder of 2020.

The Annual Fellows Gala has been rescheduled to the Spring of 2021 . We plan to honor the 2019 honorees at that time.

Distinguished Jurist, Robert H. Morrison III , 21st Judicial District Court
Distinguished Attorney, Marcus V. Brown , Entergy Corporation
Distinguished Attorney, Mary Terrell Joseph , McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Distinguished Professor, John M. Church , LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Calogero Justice Award, Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson , Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

The safety and health of our guests and the larger community are our priority. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of the LBF. Safety and well-being is our top priority. Please bear with us as we all work through this challenging time. Stay well.

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Philips to Lead the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2020-21 Board

Welcome Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr. of Baton Rouge, the 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation. Other officers are Vice President Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans; Treasurer Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans; and Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert of Baton Rouge. The full board will be announced at a later date.


President Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr.

Philips is a partner of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P. in Baton Rouge. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation and insurance law. He received his BS and JD degrees from Louisiana State University.


Vice President Christopher K. Ralston

Ralston is a litigation partner and litigation group coordinator at Phelps Dunbar LLP.  His practice is focused on business disputes, including litigation of real estate, intellectual property, tax and licensing disputes.  He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Tulane University Law School.


Treasurer Alan G. Brackett

Brackett is the managing member of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett in New Orleans, where his practice is focused on representing clients in defense of maritime personal injury claims, including federal longshore and Defense Base Act workers’ compensation claims. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University.


Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert

Robert is executive counsel for Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, where she serves as the chief legal officer for the department. Prior to accepting this appointment, she served as general counsel for the Southern University System and deputy director of the Litigation Division of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Robert obtained her B.A. from Louisiana State University and her law degree from Southern University Law Center, where she serves as an adjunct professor.

Not Our Best Days-The Fiscal Crisis Coming For Legal Aid

Civil legal aid attorneys are scrambling to help low-income clients with problems like evictions and unemployment arising from COVID-19, but many of them worry the virus' economic effects are about to take a sizable bite out of their organizations' budgets.

Find out what LBF Executive Director, Donna Cuneo, and other leaders in the IOLTA community have to say about cutting interest rates effect on IOLTA revenue and the civil legal aid services for low income clients.

Click here to view the article.

Support 365 Days of Justice!

Support 365 Days of Justice!

At the Louisiana Bar Foundation, we believe justice is for everyone, every day.

Celebrate a special event or a loved one by dedicating a day in their honor. Donations range from $25 to $365 depending on which days you purchase.

Buy a Day!

Emergency Legal Aid Fund

Please help the Louisiana Bar Foundation support emergency civil legal aid needs. Now more than ever, the LBF needs the continued support of the legal community.

The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has resulted in many Louisianans facing life-changing challenges who need support from our civil legal aid network. The economic hardship caused by business closures and illness creates conflicts only the civil justice system can resolve, like:

·         Missed rent payments leading to eviction notices

·         Disputes over medical and consumer debt

·         People being wrongly denied public benefits that can keep their families afloat  

·         Increased incidents of domestic violence due to quarantines

·         Stay at home orders resulting in custody issues for minor children and an increase in abuse and neglect cases.


The inability to resolve these problems can tear families apart or drive people and an entire community further into poverty. Please help the Louisiana Bar Foundation support emergency civil legal aid needs.

Civil legal aid is a vital component of the public response to and recovery from the current public health crisis. The LBF Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program is a significant funding source for the Louisiana civil legal aid network. The efforts by the Federal Reserve to ease other economic uncertainty works in opposition to the IOLTA Program which directly assists the impoverished and the working poor. As the number of Louisiana citizens eligible for civil legal aid increases, this funding will diminish. 

Donate Now

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 this pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support.

Donna C. Cuneo

Executive Director


President's Message April/May 2020

President's Message April/May 2020

Get to know Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr., LBF 2020-21 President, see his interview by LBF Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert in the April/May Louisiana Bar Journal.

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