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Sparking Change for Civil Legal Aid

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is raising civil legal aid awareness and education to benefit Louisiana’s civil legal aid network. The LBF has engaged a strategic communication partner, Spitfire Strategies, to help us increase the visibility and understanding of the need for basic civil legal aid services for those who cannot afford them.  Spitfire Strategies, an agency committed to society’s most complex issues, has a long history of working with advocacy organizations and foundations and brings decades of policy, nonprofit, and foundation leadership experience and insight. Together, we plan to spark change for the entire Louisiana civil legal aid network. Based in Washington, D.C., Spitfire’s client list includes Equal Justice Works, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and W. K. Kellogg Foundation, among many other social and justice focused organizations.

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Sewell Named LBF Associate Executive Director

Sewell Named LBF Associate Executive Director

Laura Sewell has been named the Associate Executive Director of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Laura will assist the Executive Director with the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the office. Laura also works with the Board of Directors, the Development Committee, the Executive Director, and other staff to shape and create a comprehensive development program, including an annual fund, major gifts, and special projects. Laura joined the LBF staff in 2005 as the Development Director.

The LBF Winter Newsletter is Here!

Read the latest LBF news now!

  • Make your online gift to LBF
  • 34th Annual Gala-Celebrate our 2019 Honorees
  • Discounted Rooms available at Hyatt
  • Still time to be a gala sponsor
  • Make your nomination for the Boisfontaine Award
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
  • Kids’ Chance Scholarship Application online
  • Save the Date for your 2020 Annual Fellows Event

  pdf Click here to read the Winter 2019 Newsletter (872 KB)

LBF Seeking Nominations for 2020 Boisfontaine Award

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is seeking nominations for the 2020 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award.  Nominations must be received in the LBF office by Monday, February 10, 2020.  The award will be presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Destin, Florida in June.  The recipient will receive a plaque and $1,000 will be donated in their name to a non-profit, law-related program or association of their choice who provides services in Louisiana.

This trial advocacy award was established through an endowment to the Louisiana Bar Foundation in memory of Curtis R. Boisfontaine, who served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Generous donations from Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLP, the Boisfontaine Family and friends established the fund.

A consummate trial lawyer throughout his career, Boisfontaine adhered at all times to the highest standards of the profession not only in the way he demonstrated his extraordinary ability to prepare and try cases of all kinds, but in the exemplary way that he did so, consistent with the highest ideals of ethical and moral conduct. He was president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.  He served on the New Orleans Bar Association Executive Committee and American Bar Association House of Delegates. A charter member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Boisfontaine served as state chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The award is given to a Louisiana attorney who exhibits long standing devotion to and excellence in trial practice and upholds the standards of ethics and consideration for the court, litigants and all counsel.  Previous recipients are Kim M. Boyle, Patrick S. Ottinger, Emmett C. Sole, Christine Lipsey, Eugene J. Sues, Wood Brown III, William K. Christovich, Patrick A. Juneau, John B. Scofield, Gene W. Lafitte, Charles S. Weems III, Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Jack C. Benjamin, Sr., Robert B. Acomb, Jr., John J. Weigel, Allen Lewis Smith, Jr., H. Alston Johnson III, John R. Martzell, George A. Frilot III, Phillip A. Wittmann, J. Michael Small, John M. McCollam, William R. Forrester, Jr., Daniel Lund, Mary Olive Pierson, and Charles F. Gay, Jr.

Nominations should include nominee’s name, contact information, a brief written statement on the background of the nominee, as well as reasons why the nominee is proposed as the award recipient.  Nominations should be forwarded to Dennette Young, Communications Director at the Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, February 10, 2020.

Congratulations Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

The LBF will honor the 2019 Calogero Justice Award recipient, Hon. Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court at the 34th Annual Fellows Gala.

The gala will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113.

For more information, sponsorship, tickets, visit the gala website.

More than $123,000 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 $20,000 for Jock Scott CPP Grants. The CPPs who have not yet designated all their funding will do so by June 30, 2020.

The Jock Scott CPP Grants are listed by region below. To see the LBF’s full grant list for 2019-20 click here.

Jock Scott CPP Grants for 2019-2020 (as of January 24, 2020)

 

Acadiana - $12,985

CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline - $3,000: Funds are for recruitment, community projects, training, more servicing of CINC cases, CASA awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness events.

Chez Hope - $3,750: “A Legal Guide to Navigating the Temporary Restraining Order Process”. This book will assist victims in understanding the process and will contain updated information on TROs, DV laws, law enforcement responsibility, and preparing for court.

Louisiana Guardianship Services - $5,000: Louisiana Guardianship Services acts as curators for interdicts in Louisiana.

Pet Partners of Acadiana - $1,235: Pet Partners provide animal assisted interventions in juvenile court, Family Preservation Court, Truancy Court, victim support, as well as other settings.

 

Bayou Region - $20,000

CASA of Lafourche - $5,000: Funds are for expenses for travel required by CASA members to visit the children in and out of the courtroom each month.

CASA of Terrebonne - $5,000: Funds are for a new program – Traveling Tutors. This program will recruit teachers and other volunteers to tutor children in foster care. Funds will cover tutoring sessions.

Chez Hope - $3,750: “A Legal Guide to Navigating the Temporary Restraining Order Process”. This book will assist victims in understanding the process and will contain updated information on TROs, DV laws, law enforcement responsibility and preparing for court.

Fletcher Technical Community College - $5,250: The Falcon Academy works to reduce delinquency and recidivism, reduce level of involvement of youths in the Juvenile Justice System, and teach youths to actively choose alternatives to criminal activity.

Louisiana Appleseed - $1,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders.

 

Capital Area - $5,750

Chez Hope - $3,750: “A Legal Guide to Navigating the Temporary Restraining Order Process”. This book will assist victims in understanding the process and will contain updated information on TROs, DV laws, law enforcement responsibility and preparing for court.

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

 

Central - $2,000

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

 

Greater Orleans - $20,000

Louisiana Appleseed - $1,500: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

NOLA Grannies - $4,000: NOLA Grannies provides support to legal asylum-seekers. Funds will cover immigration attorneys to review fliers being handed to individuals to ensure accuracy. Funds will also place an immigration attorney on retainer to answer questions that arise.

The Pro Bono Project - $10,000: The PBP funding is to initiate a formal program to serve juvenile immigrants in need of representation as they go before state juvenile court, file for citizenship, and appear at status hearings at federal immigration court.

Orleans Parish Juvenile Court – Teen Court - $4,000: Funds are for facilitating seminars and workshops for school staff and personnel, training, educational materials supplies.

Oral History Project - $500: A video collection of oral histories of retiring judges, bar leaders, and other legal personalities to preserve the history, culture and flavor of Louisiana Law.

 

Northeast - $20,000

D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team) - $4,000: Funds are for expenses to hire a trainer for their 2020 “Collaboration is Key” seminar, which includes intensive training on domestic violence and covers a variety of topics. 

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

Pine Hills Advocacy Center - $14,000: Pine Hills is both a child advocacy center and sexual assault center. Funds are for creating a forensic exam room. Costs include equipment for the room as well as a sexual assault nurse examiner.

 

Northshore - $13,500

Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House - $9,000: Funds are for forensic interviewing equipment for their Washington Parish child advocacy center.

Family Promise of St. Tammany - $2,500: Family Promise provides emergency shelter, case management, and follow up services for homeless families. Funds are for non-criminal legal needs including custody cases, domestic violence cases, and financial hardship cases.

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

 

Northwest - $20,000

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are recommended for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

Shreveport Bar Foundation - $18,000: SBF seeks to expand their Victims of Domestic Violence (LRVDV) program from Caddo Parish to Bossier Parish. Objectives of this program are to help protect victims by getting them protective orders, educate victims on the legal process, and to give a voice to victims in the courtroom who might not otherwise be heard.

 

Southwest - $9,300

Girlie Girls Mentoring - $6,070: Girlie Girls Mentoring is dedicated to assisting young ladies aged 12-18 to become active members in their communities through seminars, tutoring, college touring, ACT prep, job/career readiness, scholarships, and Reducing the Risk program.  Funds are to purchase books and to create a curriculum for educating members about legalities of criminal behavior surrounding social misconduct. Funds will cover law education books and incurred costs from production of the program, such as supplies, guest speakers, etc.

Louisiana Appleseed - $2,000: Funds are for creation of statewide educational videos that will explain the process of filing for TROs and POs for those who cannot afford an attorney or secure a pro bono attorney. The videos will serve as a vehicle to empower survivors to represent themselves in pursuit of these protective orders/temporary restraining orders. Appleseed has requested funds from each panel, as these videos will be released statewide and serve every region.

LBF Oral History Project - $1,230: A video collection of oral histories of retiring judges, bar leaders, and other legal personalities to preserve the history, culture and flavor of Louisiana Law.

 

 

 

Congratulations Judge Robert H. Morrison III; Marcus V. Brown; Mary Terrell Joseph; and Prof. John M. Church

The LBF will honor 2019 Distinguished Jurist Robert H. Morrison III; Distinguished Attorney Marcus V. Brown; Distinguished Attorney Mary Terrell Joseph; and Distinguished Professor John M. Church at the 34th Annual Fellows Gala.

The gala will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113.

For more information, sponsorship, tickets, visit the gala website

 

Attention 2019 Fellows Class

The first meeting of the 2019 LBF Fellows Class is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at noon at the LBF office, 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000 in New Orleans. Any Fellows interested in participating may contact Danielle Jordan Marshall.

The meeting is to discuss the 2019 Fellows Class Project -- The Flight of the Legal Navigator

https://raisingthebar.org/programs-and-projects/fellows-class-project

Louisiana Bar Foundation Congratulates all New Louisiana Lawyers Admitted to the Bar

LBF invites you to become an LBF Young Lawyer Fellow with a complimentary membership for the first year of practice.  After the first year, it costs as little as $100 to be a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Foundation and donations are tax deductible.

Benefits of Fellowship include committee participation and leadership, professional development and networking, invitations to special events and meetings, participation in annual nominations for Louisiana's distinguished jurist, attorney, and professor awards, recognition of one's contribution to the profession, alliance with the Foundation's mission, and association with an organization directly impacting the legal profession.

As the largest state funder of civil legal aid, the LBF supports non-profits throughout Louisiana that provide free, civil legal representation to the indigent, law-related education to the public and administration of justice projects. Contact Danielle Marshall at 504-561-1046 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how you can become a Fellow.

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



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