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Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2008

At its meeting in November, the Board of Directors approved more than $2.3 million in 2008 funding in the following categories: Administration of Justice, Building Capital Development, Community Partnership Panels, Law Related Education, Legal Assistance to the Poor, and Loan Repayment Assistance.

Administration of Justice   $142,692.00
Administration of Justice (AOJ) programs work to improve administration of justice and access to justice in Louisiana. AOJ programs include Juvenile Justice Programs such as Teen Courts and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs. Teen Courts are diversionary programs for youth, and CASA programs provide a voice in court for abused and neglected children. The AOJ category also includes other Juvenile Justice and Access to Justice programs.

Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Teen Court $2,000.00
CASA of Natchitoches $10,000.00
CASA of the 16th JDC $7,510.00
CASA of the 18th JDC $3,897.00
CASA of West Cenla $6,943.00
Iberia Teen Court $15,000.00
Louisiana Access to Justice Committee $42,693.00
Mental Health America of Louisiana $48,000.00
Plaquemines Community Care Centers $2,000.00
Teen Court of Morehouse $4,649.00


Building Capital Development   $210,000.00
Annual grants, up to $25,000, are made to grantees for the purchase of an office building or renovation to existing space.

Acadiana Legal Services Corporation $20,000.00
Calcasieu Women's Shelter $25,000.00
Chez Hope $25,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $25,000.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana $15,000.00
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children $25,000.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation $25,000.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families $25,000.00
YWCA of Northwest Louisiana - Family Violence Shelter $25,000.00


Community Partnership Panel   $120,000.00
Our new Community Partnership Panels act as regional chapters of the Foundation which identify unmet needs in their community and fund new or existing organizations to address those unmet needs. Each panel has an annual budget of $15,000.

Alexandria Bar Association $1,977.00
Cajun Area Agency on Aging $3,000.00
Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center $10,803.00
CASA of Family & Youth $7,500.00
CASA of Jefferson Parish $5,000.00
CASA of Northeast La. $10,000.00
Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge (Immigration Legal Services) $4,197.00
Central Louisiana Pro Bono $2,023.00
Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) $5,400.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $6,600.00
Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church $11,000.00
Orleans Parish Juvenile Court / Youth Empowerment Program $5,000.00
Southeast La. Legal Services $15,000.00
The Pro Bono Project $5,000.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families $5,000.00
The Whistle Stop $7,500.00
Training, Education, and Mediation for Students $15,000.00


Law Related Education   $74,167.00
Law-related education programs teach legal rights, responsibilities, and the role of the citizen by bringing together teachers, community leaders, and legal professionals.

Baton Rouge Bar Foundation $6,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $5,000.00
Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education $34,667.00
Louisiana Justice Coalition $15,000.00
LSBA Young Lawyers Section $10,000.00
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany $3,500.00


Legal Assistance to the Poor   $1,674,930.00
Legal Assistance to the Poor grants support entities that provide free direct legal services to indigent clients, such as; legal services corporations which provide civil legal services to the indigent in each parish of the state; domestic violence programs which enable people to leave abusive relationships and seek safety for themselves and their children; other legal services which provide specialized legal services, such as immigration or health-related services; and pro bono projects, which utilize the local private bar to handle cases for the poor pro bono.

Domestic Violence Programs
Beauregard Community Concerns $13,000.00
Calcasieu Women's Shelter $15,000.00
Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Services $12,000.00
Catholic Charities / Project SAVE $26,500.00
Chez Hope $12,000.00
D.A.R.T. of Lincoln $13,000.00
Faith House $16,000.00
Family Counseling Agency / Turning Point Shelter $11,000.00
The Haven $13,000.00
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children $31,000.00
My Sister's House of the Felicianas $2,501.00
New Start Center $9,500.00
Project Celebration / Taylor House $9,600.00
Safe Harbour $9,600.00
Safety Net for Abused Persons $17,000.00
Southeast Spouse Abuse Program $12,500.00
St. Bernard Battered Women's Shelter $5,500.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families $14,000.00
YWCA of Northwest Louisiana $13,500.00

Legal Services Corporations
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation $274,411.00
Capital Area Legal Services Corporation $166,616.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana $245,000.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation $294,011.00

Other Legal Service Providers
AidsLaw of Louisiana $39,000.00
Arts Council of New Orleans $4,000.00
Catholic Charities / Immigration Legal Services $30,682.00
Catholic Legal Immigration Network $6,410.00
Innocence Project of New Orleans $60,000.00
Legal Aid Bureau $57,000.00
Louisiana Appleseed $3,500.00
Louisiana Civil Justice Center $16,000.00
Southwest Louisiana Legal Services $37,500.00


Loan Repayment Assistance Program   $84,844.00
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides one-year loans, up to $5,000 to public interest attorneys with law school debt employed by LBF grantees. Participants are eligible for five years of funding. The loan is forgiven after completion of 12 months of employment with the grantee. Twenty-four grants were awarded for 2008.


Pro Bono Projects   $184,599.00

Baton Rouge Bar Foundation $25,000.00
Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project $19,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $25,000.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana $20,843.00
Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project $22,000.00
The Pro Bono Project $72,756.00

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