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. 

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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


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