Louisiana Bar Foundation Grantees 2009

At its November 7 meeting the LBF Board of Directors awarded more than $3.4 million in grants for 2009. These grants were awarded in the traditional areas of legal assistance to the poor, law-related education, loan repayment assistance, building capital development and community partnership panels. The LBF also awarded grants in two new areas: children's legal services and supplemental pay for public interest attorneys and staff.

Building Capital Development   $200,000.00
Building Capital Development grants assist our grantees with the purchase of an office building or renovation to existing space. Grants are capped at $25,000 a year for five years.

Acadiana Legal Services Corporation $25,000.00
Capital Area CASA $25,000.00
Capital Area Legal Services Corporation $25,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $25,000.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana -- $25,000.00
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children -- New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. James $25,000.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services -- Covington, Hammond, Marrero and New Orleans $25,000.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families -- Monroe $25,000.00

 

Children's Legal Services   $193,535.00
The Children's Legal Services grants help provide legal assistance to needy children in areas of law which affect their safety, well-being, and future development. Annual grants are available to organizations providing direct legal representation of children, in matters ranging from delinquency to access to special education, mental health, and foster care services; organizations engaging in impact litigation and/or systemic legal reform efforts on behalf of children; organizations that provide lay advocacy for children in legal proceedings, such as CASA; and organizations that assist with the administration of justice with respect to children, such as Teen Courts or other court-ordered programs.

CASA Programs
CASA of the 16th JDC -- New Iberia
CASA of the 16th JDC supports volunteers in Iberia, St. Martin, and St. Mary Parishes who advocate in court for the best interests of children in the foster care system. The program’s mission is to find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible for the children they serve.
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$5,409.00
CASA of the 18th JDC -- Plaquemine
CASA of the 18th JDC supports volunteers in Iberville, Point Coupee, and West Baton Rouge Parishes who advocate in court for the best interests of children in the foster care system. The program’s mission is to find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible for the children they serve.
$4,210.00
CASA of Central Louisiana -- Natchitoches
CASA of Central Louisiana supports volunteers in the Natchitoches area who donate their time, effort, and skills to ensure that every child involved in foster care find safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible where they can thrive. Services are available for children in Natchitoches, Red River, and Sabine Parishes.
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$7,172.00

Other Juvenile Justice Programs
Advocacy Center -- Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport
The Advocacy Center provides legal representation and other services to Louisiana’s elderly and disabled communities.
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$36,012.00
Dayspring Center / Hannah's House -- Natchitoches
Dayspring Center / Hannah's House of Natchitoches provides court ordered supervised visitation in cases where there are possible risks to the children involved due to domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. Hannah’s House staff will supervise the visitations and conduct anger management and parenting classes.
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$7,202.00
Juvenile Regional Services -- New Orleans
Juvenile Regional Services is a nonprofit law office dedicated to holistic representation of at-risk and targeted youth in the juvenile justice system. As part of its holistic and child-centered approach to juvenile representation, JRS also provides collateral representation in areas of education, health, and housing law.
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$22,507.00
Mental Health America of Louisiana -- Baton Rouge
Mental Health America of Louisiana is a 93 year old, non-profit organization focused on promoting mental health, preventing mental illness and protecting the rights of those with mental illness. MHAL has provided legal services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances for 15 years.
$43,214.00
Training, Education and Mediation for Students -- Shreveport
TEAMS serves juveniles in need of education advocacy services in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. TEAMS has court appointed education advocates on staff to serve students who are at risk of becoming involved with the court system or who are already involved with the courts. These advocates ensure that the special education and mental health rights of these young people are honored both by schools and the justice system.
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$18,006.00
The Whistle Stop -- Lake Charles
The Whistle Stop was founded in 2003 by a group of attorneys and concerned citizens under the guidance of the 14th JDC Family Court judges in response to the need for a supervised visitation center in Lake Charles. The Whistle Stop provides a safe, home-like environment for children to interact with their non-custodial parents.
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$9,003.00
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany -- Bogalusa, Covington, Franklinton and Slidell
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany provides advocacy, counseling, education, and intervention for at-risk youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential. The program includes courses for young people already involved in the criminal justice system and outreach to more general audiences, like schools.
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$10,803.00

Teen Court Programs
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation offers a variety of programming for the public, including coordination of free legal services for the poor, law-related education events for children and the public, and a teen court for first-time misdemeanor offenders.
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$1,440.00
Iberia Teen Court -- New Iberia
Iberia Teen Court was established in 1993 to provide first-time juvenile offenders with an alternative to the juvenile justice system. Misdemeanor and felony offenders, age 10-17 are eligible to participate in the program. The juvenile offenders must acknowledge their guilt in the commission of a crime in order to participate in the program. The juveniles who participate in this program would most likely otherwise, because of under staffing of juvenile departments, over crowding of the juvenile dockets, etc would simply be released to their parents with no further consequences or until they commit a more serious act and become repeat offenders.
$10,804.00
Teen Court of Morehouse -- Bastrop
Teen Court of Morehouse is a voluntary program in which youth between the ages of 10 and 18 who commit minor offenses are judged by their peers in a mock trial proceeding. The teens are often "sentenced" to community service work, making restitution if appropriate. The program is designed for first time juvenile offenders who have already admitted their guilt.
$3,348.00
Youth Empowerment Project -- New Orleans
Youth Empowerment Project partners with the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court to help run OPJC’s teen court program. The teen court program is a voluntary program in which youth between the ages of 10 and 18 who commit minor offenses are judged by their peers in a mock trial proceeding. The teens are often "sentenced" to community service work, making restitution if appropriate. The program is designed for first time juvenile offenders who have already admitted their guilt.
$14,405.00

 

Community Partnership Panel   $110,049.00
Community Partnership Panels (CPP) act as regional chapters of the Foundation which identify unmet needs in their community and fund efforts to address those unmet needs. Each panel has an annual budget of $15,000.

Acadiana CPP
The Extra Mile $5,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $5,000.00
Northside High School $5,000.00

Capital Area CPP
Capital Area CASA $3,000.00
Child Advocacy Services $2,620.00
23rd JDC Bar Association Teen Court $3,000.00
Southern University Law Center / Martinet Society $6,380.00

Central CPP
Beauregard Community Concers, June N. Jenkins Women's Shelter $5,049.00

Greater New Orleans CPP
Catholic Legal Immigration Network $5,000.00
Innocence Project - Resurrection After Exoneration $5,000.00
Louisiana Justice Coalition $5,000.00

Northeast CPP
The Wellspring Alliance for Families $15,000.00

Northshore CPP
The Advocacy Center $15,000.00

Northwest CPP
Louisiana Justice Coalition $7,500.00
Training, Education, and Mediation for Students $7,500.00

Southwest CPP
Southwest Louisiana Law Center $15,000.00

 

Law-Related Education   $99,600.00
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
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation offers a variety of programming for the public, including coordination of free legal services for the poor, law-related education events for children and the public, and a teen court for first-time misdemeanor offenders.
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$7,000.00
Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates develops a special civics curriculum, known as Justice by the People, for middle and high school social studies teachers. The program aims to increase young people’s understanding of the legal system and advance the reality of equal justice under the law.
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$3,000.00
Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education
Louisiana Center for Law & Civic Education coordinates, implements and develops legal and civic education programs, trains educators in the delivery of these programs, and assists with their implementation.
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$40,000.00
Louisiana Justice Coalition -- New Orleans and Shreveport
Louisiana Justice Coalition provides law-related education programming and research aimed at improving the delivery of public and juvenile defense services in Louisiana.
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$30,100.00
LSBA Young Lawyer Section -- New Orleans
Louisiana State Bar Association - Young Lawyer Section coordinates two of Louisiana’s most popular law-related education programs: the Mock Trial Competition and the High School Essay Contest.
$11,000.00
The Whistle Stop -- Lake Charles
The Whistle Stop was founded in 2003 by a group of attorneys and concerned citizens under the guidance of the 14th JDC Family Court judges in response to the need for a supervised visitation center in Lake Charles. The Whistle Stop provides a safe, home-like environment for children to interact with their non-custodial parents.
$2,500.00
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany -- Bogalusa, Covington, Franklinton and Slidell
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany provides advocacy, counseling, education, and intervention for at-risk youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential. The program includes courses for young people already involved in the criminal justice system and outreach to more general audiences, like schools.
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$6,000.00

 

Legal Assistance to the Poor   $2,258,034.00
Legal Assistance to the Poor grants support entities that provide free direct legal services to indigent clients, such as; domestic violence programs which enable people to leave abusive relationships and seek safety for themselves and their children; legal services corporations which provide civil legal services to the indigent in each parish of the state; 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 -- DeRidder and Leesville
Beauregard Community Concerns - June Jenkins Women's Shelter provides housing, counseling, and brief legal services to victims of domestic violence in Beauregard and Vernon Parishes.
$17,105.00
Calcasieu Women's Shelter -- Lake Charles, Allen and Cameron
Calcasieu Women's Shelter provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in Allen, Calcasieu, and Cameron Parishes. These services include shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, job training, adult education, and childcare.
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$17,105.00
Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Program -- Baton Rouge
Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in a seven parish area surrounding Baton Rouge. CAFVIC offers shelter, legal services, education, and children’s services at both its main office and outreach offices.
$38,825.00
Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Project SAVE
Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Project SAVE provides free, emergency legal representation to survivors of domestic violence in Orleans Parish. Staff attorneys help with legal orders to keep survivors safe and to protect their legal rights. Project SAVE’s legal services may include temporary restraining and protection orders, temporary child support, custody, and use of property.
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$28,605.00
Chez Hope -- Franklin and Thibodaux
Chez Hope provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in St. Mary, Lafourche, and Assumption Parishes. Chez Hope offers shelter, legal services, education, and children’s services at both its offices.
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$15,040.00
D.A.R.T. of Lincoln -- Ruston, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union
D.A.R.T. of Lincoln offers a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln, Jackson, and Union, Lafourche, and Assumption Parishes. DART provides shelter, legal services, education, and children’s services in its service area.
$15,105.00
Faith House -- Lafayette
Faith House provides a multitude of services to victims of domestic violence in Acadia, Evangeline, Lafayette, St. Landry, and Vermillion Parishes. These services include shelter, counseling, and legal services. The program’s legal advocate assists with protective orders, sets up victim notification systems, and advocates on behalf of survivors with the justice system. She also provides domestic violence education to law enforcement, judges, attorneys, hearing officers and clerk of court employees.
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$18,351.00
Family Counseling Agency - Turning Point -- Alexandria
Family Counseling Agency - Turning Point Battered Women’s Program provides services to victims of domestic violence in Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, and Winn Parishes. The program has a 38-bed shelter and offers counseling, life-skill education, children’s services, and legal advocacy.
$34,457.00
The Haven -- Houma
The Haven works to establish a community-based response to interpersonal and family violence through advocacy, education, prevention, resource development, and treatment. The Haven operates an 18-bed shelter in Houma and runs a legal advocacy program that assists victims of domestic violence in navigating the restraining order process.
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$18,105.00
Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Violence -- Jennings
Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Violence is a domestic violence program serving the rural Jefferson Davis Parish. The program’s services includes a legal advocacy component, which assists survivors of domestic violence with filling out temporary restraining orders, supports them during court appearances, and helps with referrals to attorneys for more advanced legal matters.
$12,260.00
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children -- New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. James
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children serves survivors of domestic violence in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John Parishes. Metro provides direct legal services to survivors, works closely with the Clerks of Courts, and assists battered women with filing protective orders in all five parishes.
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$33,105.00
My Sister's House of the Felicianas -- Clinton
My Sister's House of the Felicianas is a community-based grass roots organization established to provide comprehensive services to rural victims of domestic violence residing in East and West Feliciana parishes. The program launched in 2007.
$4,605.00
New Start Center -- St. Martinville
New Start Center provides safety measures and support to the victims of abuse through a variety of services, including assistance in filing Temporary Restraining Orders, Protective Orders, counseling, temporary safe housing, and transportation. New Start Center also educates the community about domestic violence awareness and about the impact of domestic violence on the family.
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$12,606.00
Project Celebration -- Taylor House - Many
Project Celebration - Taylor House Domestic Violence Shelter serves survivors of domestic violence in DeSoto and Sabine Parishes. The program provides shelter, legal advocacy, and other services in these two rural parishes.
$12,270.00
Safe Harbor -- Covington and Slidell
Safe Harbor provides shelter and a variety of other services to victims of domestic violence in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Safe Harbor’s legal outreach program assists women with the preparation of petitions for temporary restraining orders and protective orders and provides court escort for hearings.
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$32,104.00
St. Bernard Battered Women's Shelter
St. Bernard Battered Women's Program serves victims of domestic violence in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. The program offers a wide variety of services, including a 50-bed shelter and a legal advocacy program, which assists victims with completing the petitions for protective orders, educates them on the cycle of abuse, informs them of their rights under the Crime Victim's Reparation Act, and accompanies them to court for their hearing.
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$10,229.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families -- Monroe
The Wellspring Alliance for Families works to strengthen the family and individuals through direct service, education, advocacy, and women’s leadership. The Wellspring’s domestic violence program provides safe shelter, a crisis hotline, and legal advocacy for victims in the northeast corner of Louisiana. The Wellspring is an active partner of the Family Justice Center in Monroe, which is a multi-agency collaboration between legal services, social services, and law enforcement that provides a coordinated response to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
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$16,105.00
YWCA of Northwest Louisiana -- Shreveport
YWCA of Northwest Louisiana provides shelter and legal advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in the Caddo-Bossier area. The legal advocacy component of the program assists victims in navigating the restraining order process.
$17,105.00
Safety Net for Abused Persons - New Iberia
Safety Net for Abused Persons serves battered women and their children in Iberia Parish. SNAP provides safe shelter and extensive supportive services in its confidentially located 22-bed facility. SNAP provides legal advocacy for victims and educational workshops and seminars in the community.
$19,229.00

Legal Service Corporations
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation -- Alexandria, Lafayette and Lake Charles
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in the southwest and central regions of Louisiana. ALSC provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, and public benefits.
$341,716.00
Capital Area Legal Services Corporation -- Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Gonzales and Houma
Capital Area Legal Services Corporation is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in a 12-parish area in and around Baton Rouge. CALSC provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, employment, health, housing, wills, and public benefits.
$213,396.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana -- Monroe, Natchitoches and Shreveport
Legal Services of North Louisiana is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in the central and northern regions of Louisiana. LSNL provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, and public benefits.
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$320,624.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services -- Covington, Hammond, Marrero and New Orleans
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in southeast Louisiana. SLLS provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, wills, and public benefits.
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$431,918.00

Other Legal Services
AidsLaw of Louisiana -- Baton Rouge and New Orleans
AIDSLaw of Louisiana provides free legal assistance to low-income persons living with HIV and AIDS. AIDSLaw provides services in the areas of personal and estate planning, successions, family law, notarial services, consumer law, privacy law and public benefits.
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$43,231.00
Arts Council of New Orleans
The Arts Council of New Orleans’ Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA) offers pro-bono legal assistance to low-income artists musicians, and grass roots non-profits in Louisiana. ELLA provides assistance with copyright and intellectual property, business incorporation, non profit incorporation, contract review, contract disputes, and other civil law matters. ELLA is partnership between the Arts Council, Tipitina’s, and the Tulane Law School.
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$5,000.00
Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge - Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge - Immigration Legal Services provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees across Louisiana. A staff attorney and small staff represent clients before U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Their services focus primarily on removal and detention issues.
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$25,000.00
Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Charities of New Orleans - Immigration Legal Services provides representation and referrals in matters ranging from detention and removal to domestic violence.
$30,682.00
Catholic Legal Immigration Network -- New Orleans
Catholic Legal Immigrantion Network supports the Louisiana Detention Project at Loyola Law School which leverages national expertise on the representation of low-income immigrants in removal proceedings for the benefit of indigent immigrants in Louisiana. It involves Loyola Law School students and Tulane University undergraduates in volunteer work for detained immigrants, thus increasing the assistance available to this vastly underserved population.
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$7,500.00
Innocence Project New Orleans
Innocence Project New Orleans represents indigent, innocent prisoners serving life sentences across Louisiana and assists them with their transition into life outside prison after their exoneration. By identifying and remedying cases and causes of wrongful conviction, IPNO holds the criminal justice system accountable for its mistakes, raises awareness of systemic problems, and promotes best practices throughout the criminal process to prevent future miscarriages of justice.
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$85,000.00
Legal Aid Bureau -- New Orleans
Legal Aid Bureau, established in 1932, is the oldest non-profit legal service agency in the greater New Orleans area. Legal Aid Bureau handles primarily domestic law cases, including divorces, custody, child support and adoptions. They also handle some workers compensation and social security cases.
$77,000.00
Louisiana Civil Justice Center
Louisiana Civil Justice Center operates a call center that provides immediate answers to basic legal questions and serves as a referral source for individuals who needed long-term representation from a legal aid or pro bono lawyer. In addition to operating the call center, the LCJC works with legal services corporations, pro bono entities, and other access to justice programs across the state to augment the services they provide.
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$10,000.00
Southwest Louisiana Law Center -- Lake Charles
Southwest Louisiana Law Center is a unique, multi-faceted, community based non-profit law firm with a strong commitment both to and from the local community which it serves. The Law Center serves the low-income community in and around Lake Charles in a variety of civil legal matters, including family law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues
$41,731.00
Volunteers of America (North and Central La.) -- Alexandria
Volunteers of America of Central Louisiana provides a variety of children and family services, including its new Grandparents As Parents program, which uses pro bono attorneys to assist grandparents through the legal process of gaining custody of their at-risk grandchildren.
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$5,000.00

Pro Bono Projects
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation offers a variety of programming for the public, including coordination of free legal services for the poor, law-related education events for children and the public, and a teen court for first-time misdemeanor offenders.
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$30,000.00
Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project -- Alexandria
Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project coordinates the provision of free legal services to low-income people in Avoyelles, Rapides, and Vernon Parishes. The Project recruits volunteer attorneys to handle cases referred by Central Louisiana Legal Services. The Project also organizes free legal advice clinics in the community where volunteer attorneys answer questions and provide general information concerning various legal matters.
$19,000.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation utilizes its Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers pro bono program to ensure that access to justice is available to low-income residents in Lafayette Parish. The Foundation also maintains a law library where pro se litigants can access information relevant to their legal matters.
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$35,402.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana (Monroe)
Legal Services of North Louisiana is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in the central and northern regions of Louisiana. LSNL provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, and public benefits.
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$22,094.00
Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project -- Shreveport
Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project provides high quality legal assistance in civil cases through volunteer attorneys to low-income residents of Caddo and Bossier Parishes. The program serves hundreds of people each year in areas of law ranging from family, consumer, housing, and civil rights.
$32,822.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income individuals in southeast Louisiana. SLLS provides services in a variety of areas of law, including consumer, education, family, juvenile, health, housing, wills, and public benefits.
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$28,102.00
The Pro Bono Project
The Pro Bono Project provides utilizes volunteer attorneys from across southeast Louisiana to provide free civil legal services to the poor in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington parishes. The Pro Bono Project provides services in areas of law ranging from employment, housing, public benefits, family, and consumer law.
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$80,500.00

 

Loan Repayment Assistance Program   $68,525.00
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 grants were awarded for 2009.

 

 

Public Interest Attorney and Staff Supplemental Pay   $551,000.00
The Public Interest Attorney and Staff Supplemental Pay grants supplement the pay of full-time, non-contract staff members working at organizations receiving 2008 funding in the Legal Assistance to the Poor funding category.

Acadiana Legal Service Corporation $111,500.00
AidsLaw of Louisiana $12,000.00
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation $3,000.00
Beauregard Community Concerns $1,500.00
Capital Area Legal Service Corporation $64,500.00
Catholic Charities of N.O. - Project SAVE $7,500.00
Catholic Legal Immigration Network $1,000.00
Faith House $1,500.00
Family Counseling Agency - Turning Point $3,000.00
The Haven $1,500.00
Innocence Project New Orleans $16,500.00
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation $1,500.00
Legal Aid Bureau $9,500.00
Legal Services of North Louisiana $114,000.00
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children $5,000.00
New Start Center $1,500.00
Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project $3,000.00
The Pro Bono Project $20,500.00
Project Celebration $4,500.00
Safe Harbor $3,000.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services $144,500.00
Southwest Louisiana Law Center $16,000.00
St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program $1,500.00
The Wellspring Alliance for Families $1,500.00
YWCA of Northwest Louisiana $1,500.00

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