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More than $100,000 Awarded to Louisiana Non-Profits

The LBF has nine regional Community Partnership Panels (CCP) which identify areas of need throughout the year in addition to the regular LBF grant cycle. The CPP’s foster collaboration, respond to arising community needs, and encourage local involvement in the designation of grant funds. Each panel has an annual budget of $15,000. Those CPP’s who have not yet designated all of their funding will do so by June 30, 2019. 

Grantees are listed by region below. To see the LBF’s full grant list for 2018-19 click here.

 

CPP Funding 2018-2019

July 1, 2018 – January 18, 2019

 

Acadiana - $13,900

Louis A. Martinet Society - $3,500: Funded materials for their 35th Anniversary celebration, including an educational video about the organization as well as banner panels to highlight the mission values of the organization. 

The Extra Mile - $10,400: Funded a security officer and volunteer recruitment and training initiatives.

 

Bayou Region - $15,000

CASA of Lafourche - $5,000: Funded travel costs incurred by advocates to ensure that consistent contact and advocacy are maintained. Each advocate is required to visit the children in their placements every month and to attend all meetings with resource providers.

CASA of Terrebonne - $5,000: Funded recruiting, training and retention efforts of volunteer advocates, including advertising and training and included social media ads, digital ads, curriculum fees, training supplies and materials, etc.

The Haven - $5,000: Funded expenses incurred from raising awareness of availability of legal services for domestic violence survivors and provided free legal education to domestic violence survivors regarding their legal rights. Expenses include salary and benefits, billboards, rack cards, and brochures.

 

Central - $15,000

Teen Court of Avoyelles - $6,500: Funded salary and benefits for employees. The goal of the program is to provide an alternative for first-time juvenile offenders to avoid the juvenile justice system and have no juvenile record as well as to provide law-related education concerning juvenile law to adolescents and adults in Avoyelles Parish.

Children’s Advocacy Network - $6,755: Funding for parish specific booklets that explain the interview process and processes associated with all parties involved in the CINC court system. Books are to be distributed to each parish court house. Victims and their families will be educated on resources available.

LBF Oral History Project - $1,745: Video production of approved nominees.

 

Greater Orleans - $15,000

CrescentCare - $3,500: Funding for name change assistance project. Materials will be developed to let patients know of the project.

Justice and Accountability Center - $3,500: Funding helped JAC better serve re-entry court participants by centralizing their case management through a single staff attorney, to be housed at JAC. Funds will be used for salary and benefits of the staff attorney.

Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association - $7,000: Funding was for direct representation of pre-storm residents in negations with collection attorneys; coordination with SLLS for representation if law suits are filed; development of policy-level solutions; leadership of working group of area legal agencies to refine policy solutions; advocacy with the state of Louisiana to adopt policy solutions; development of training materials; presentation of trainings to other advocates; and provision of advice and consultation to other advocates.

Pink House - $1,000: Pink House is a personal development academy for girls between 13-18 years old that exposes students to life skills, mentoring and career opportunities. Funds will enhance focus on legal issues. Seminars address dating violence, understanding legal rights and bullying. Their goal is to also incorporate sessions that discuss women’s rights and cybercrimes.

 

Northeast - $15,000

Acadiana Legal Service Corporation - $4,500: Funds will be used to purchase inexpensive “tablet” type devices to be placed in local libraries, to increase access to free legal help for those unable to get to an ALSC office.

Pine Hills Advocacy Center - $10,000: Funding for the director’s salary/benefits, counseling services/forensic interview services and to hire an additional forensic interviewer. The center offers forensic interviews, counseling, medical advocacy, prevention education, courtroom advocacy and a 24-hour hotline.

LBF Oral History Project - $500:  Video production of approved nominee.

 

Northshore - $15,000   

Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House - $9,000: Funding to expand forensic interviewing services and a forensic interviewing recording system. The goal is to provide neutral, non-leading forensic interviewing legal services to potential child victims of abuse in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes.

Family Promise of St. Tammany - $2,500: Funding assisted clients with legal representation. The goal of the program is to assist homeless families in becoming self-sufficient by aiding them in removing their current legal barriers.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - $3,000: Funding for outreach materials for their Northshore Pro Bono 10-year anniversary. The goals of the project are to help recruit and train more volunteers to increase free civil legal resources for vulnerable people living in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes; to help retain and reinvigorate current/past volunteers; and to increase awareness in the legal, judicial and local community about the unmet needs of low-income people, etc.

LBF Oral History Project - $500: Video production of approved nominee.

 

Northwest - $11,575

Volunteers for Youth Justice - $10,000: VYJ Teen Court aims to reduce the number of youths entering the Juvenile Court System for minor offenses. Students will interact with adult mentors who can serve as role models, students will practice public speaking and debate skills to foster feelings of confidence and pride and will earn community service hours. Funds will cover salaries, security, program expenses and student field trips.

LBF Oral History Project - $1,575: Video productions of approved nominees.

 

 

 

 

Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator Needs Your Help!

Are you experienced in family, housing, or employment law? The Louisiana Access to Justice Community needs your help!

To improve accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services in Louisiana, the Louisiana Bar Foundation is spearheading an effort to adopt an integrated civil legal aid service delivery portal that leverages artificial intelligence and subject matter expert contributors. The project, which is derived from a Legal Service Corporation (LSC) pilot program, aims to direct Louisiana's under-served communities to the most appropriate resources within the civil legal network.

Lawyers experienced in family, housing, and employment law are needed to help generate User Interviews and to collect and classify legal information and resources. For more information on the project visit https://raisingthebar.org/legal-navigator 

View the  Volunteer Engagement Guide .

If you are interested is serving as a volunteer, complete this form.

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Gala Sponsorship Available Now

LBF Annual Fellows Gala

By Alan G. Brackett and Deidre Deculus Robert, Gala Co-Chairs

Join us Friday, April 5, 2019 for the Louisiana Bar Foundation 33rd Annual Fellows Gala.  The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at 601 Loyola Avenue. We are excited to announce that this year we are honoring the 2018 Distinguished Jurist D. Milton Moore III; Distinguished Attorney H. Bruce Shreves; Distinguished Professor Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.; and Calogero Justice Award recipient Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation. We hope to see you at this wonderful event that brings together lawyers, judges and professors from across the state to support the LBF mission. The gala begins at 7 p.m. and includes a silent auction, and 365 Days of Justice, an interactive fundraiser featuring the 365 days of the year, each available for purchase.

Save the Date! Friday, April 5, 2019

Louisiana Bar Foundation 33rd Annual Fellows Gala
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Discounted rooms are available Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019 at $244 a night. To make a reservation, call the Hyatt at 1 (888) 421-1442 and reference Louisiana Bar Foundation or go to https://book.passkey.com/go/labargala2019 Reservations must be made before Friday, March 15.

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..

Funding Civil Legal Aid has a Ripple Effect

Read the Full Report            See a Summary of the Report     

The 2018 Economic Impact and Social Return on Investment of Civil Legal Aid Services for Louisiana is complete. The LBF engaged Community Services Analysis LLC to conduct the study. Community Services Analysis is the leading provider of Social Return on Investment Analysis (SROI) in the United States, having completed over 220 economic impact and SROI studies for local and state agencies around the country, and serves as the exclusive provider of SROI services to the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

LBF Developing the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

LBF Developing the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

To improve accessibility, effectiveness and efficiency of legal services in Louisiana, the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is spearheading an effort to adopt an integrated civil legal aid service delivery portal that leverages artificial intelligence and experienced attorney volunteers. The project, which is derived from a Legal Service Corporation (LSC) pilot program, aims to direct Louisiana's low-income and under-served communities to the most appropriate resources within the civil legal network.

Congratulations D. Milton Moore III; H. Bruce Shreves; Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.; and Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation

The LBF will honor 2018 Distinguished Jurist D. Milton Moore III; Distinguished Attorney H. Bruce Shreves; Distinguished Professor Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.; and Calogero Justice Award recipient Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation at the 33rd Annual Fellows Gala.

The gala will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113.

For more information, sponsorships, tickets visit the gala website.    https://raisingthebar.org/gala

President's Message August/September 2018

LBF's Strategic Planning Goals for 2018

The responsibility for meeting the legal needs of Louisiana's poor falls on a network of nonprofit, civil legal aid organizations who serve our poorest citizens. The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is dedicated to funding civil legal aid through these organizations. I am proud to announce that the LBF board approved $5.8 million for social justice i nitiatives for the 2018-19 fiscal year. A detailed list of our grants can be found on our website: www.raisingthebar.org.

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LBF Seeking Nominations for 2019 Boisfontaine Award

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award.  Nominations must be received in the LBF office by Monday, February 11, 2019.  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.

Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award

Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award must be submitted electronically by Friday, September 14, 2018.

2018 Distinguished Honorees    pdf Download the form (34 KB)

Each year at the Gala, the LBF honors a Louisiana distinguished jurist, attorney and professor who, by reason of his or her professional activities have distinguished themselves in their chosen career and have brought credit and honor to the legal profession.

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



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