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As the largest state funder of legal aid, the LBF supports service organizations throughout Louisiana that provide free, civil legal representation to the indigent, law-related education to the public and…

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Through grants, we assist women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes, disaster victims, and many others.

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LBF News


LBF Seeking Proposals-Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid

Monday, 02 August 2021

Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid is a project of the LBF’s Education Committee. The purpose of this program is to support the LBF’s educational goals by increasing the understanding of the vital need for civil legal...

Gala Date is Set April 22-Nominations for Distinguished Honoree's and Calogero Justice Award Now Open

Friday, 16 July 2021

Save the date to join the 36th Annual Fellows Gala on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award must be submitted electronically by Friday, September 17, 2021. 2021...

LBF Awards $8.3 Million for Civil Legal Aid 2021-22 Statewide Grants

Thursday, 15 July 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF), a statewide organization, recently awarded more than $8.3 million in grants to assist women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, and those facing loss of their homes with civil legal aid issues....

LBF Kids' Chance to award $27,000 in scholarships to children of injured Louisiana workers

LBF Kids' Chance to award $27,000 in scholarships to children of injured Louisiana workers

Thursday, 17 June 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship program is awarding $27,000 in scholarships to eight students in Louisiana for the 2021-22 school year. Scholarships are awarded to dependent children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently and totally disabled in...

President's Message June/July 2021

President's Message June/July 2021

Monday, 14 June 2021

Civil Legal Aid is a Good Investment Civil legal aid is free legal assistance provided to help people facing non-criminal, civil legal challenges. Civil legal aid helps people with a range of issues, including assistance for veterans and military families,...

Schafer Named 2021 Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Schafer Named 2021 Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Timothy G. Schafer, founder of the firm Schafer & Shafer, LLP is the recipient of the 2021 Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award. Mr. Schafer is receiving this award in recognition of his long-standing devotion to...

LBF Congratulates Christopher K. Ralston

LBF Congratulates Christopher K. Ralston

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is proud to congratulate our 2021-22 president Christopher K. Ralston for receiving the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award at the 36th annual ProBono Publico & Children’s Law Awards Ceremony. Each year, the Louisiana State...

Read how ATJ Commission is "Mapping" the Future of Justice for All with Geographic Information Systems

Wednesday, 05 May 2021

LBF supports the Access to Justice Commission efforts to bring effective and economical civil legal services to low and moderate income Louisianians living in areas with limited access to the civil legal justice system. Using data and technology, the ATJ...

Ralston to Lead the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board

Ralston to Lead the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board

Tuesday, 04 May 2021

Welcome Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans, the 2021-22 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation. Other officers are Vice President Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans; Treasurer Deidre Deculus Robert of Baton Rouge; and Secretary Hon. John C. Davidson of Alexandria....

Robert Receives 2019-2020 Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award

Robert Receives 2019-2020 Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award

Monday, 03 May 2021

Deidre Deculus Robert, executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, is the 2019- 2020 recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Award. The award recognizes a current member of...

President's Message April/May 2021

President's Message April/May 2021

Monday, 26 April 2021

Get to know Christopher K. Ralston, LBF 2021-22 President. See his interview by LBF Secretary Hon. John. C. Davidson. Click here for full article

35th Annual Gala-Friday, April 23

Thursday, 22 April 2021

35th Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 23 Attend virtually

President's Message February/March 2021

President's Message February/March 2021

Monday, 12 April 2021

It's really true--time does fly, especially when you are having fun! As I come to the end of my term as Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) president, I am reminded about the challenges we faced but will remember all of the...

35th Annual Fellows Gala, a hybrid event, set for April 23 at Antoine's

Monday, 22 March 2021

The 35th Annual Fellows Gala, a hybrid event, set for April 23 at Antoine’s. The Louisiana Bar Foundation will celebrate the 35th Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 23, 2021 at Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 St. Louis Street in New Orleans as...

LBF Past Presidents Advisory Council Meets

Friday, 26 February 2021

The LBF Board presented updates to the Annual Past Presidents Advisory Council at their recent Zoom meeting. LBF President Skip Philips began, sharing the boards work to recalibrate the Strategic Planning 2023 Vision. The past presidents learned about the progress...

More than $66,000 Awarded to Louisiana Non-Profits for Civil Legal Aid

Monday, 22 February 2021

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...

LBF Congratulates Cahill and Neuner

Thursday, 11 February 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is proud to congratulate Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., and Frank X. Neuner, Jr., for receiving the 2021 Outstanding State Chair Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The award will be presented...

Civil Legal Aid is a Good Investment

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

The SROI analysis completed for Louisiana's civil legal aid organizations is a measurement of the values delivered during the fiscal year 2019-20. The Analysis revealed that the net economic impact value resulting from Louisiana civil legal activities during the year...

Baumgartner Named 2020 LBF Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Baumgartner Named 2020 LBF Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award Recipient

Monday, 01 February 2021

Adrianne L. Baumgartner, a member of the Porteous Hainkel & Johnson Law Firm is the recipient of the 2020 Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award. Ms. Baumgartner is receiving this award in recognition of her long-standing...

Louisiana Bar Foundation Grants Funds to Help Clear Up Title Issues

Monday, 01 February 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) granted Louisiana Appleseed disaster assistance funds to provide information to assist residents with clouded title issues. The disasters of Hurricane Laura and the COVID-19 pandemic have compromised the prospect of creating or maintaining generational wealth...

LBF is hiring Communication Design and Content Coordinator

Monday, 01 February 2021

The Design and Content Coordinator will be responsible for producing, creating, designing, and implementation of content to achieve LBF communications goals. To apply send resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view...

2020 Fellows Class Project

Friday, 29 January 2021

The Connecting Legal Needs to Education Project will educate the Fellows Class about many of the unrealized legal needs of Louisiana’s low-income and under-served communities and the efforts being made to find actionable information and resources to provide to those...

New Infinity Fund Supports Louisiana Bar Foundation's Work to Increase Access to Civil Legal Aid

Friday, 22 January 2021

Funds will help ensure sustainability and support impact of the state’s largest funder of civil legal aid. The Louisiana Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the first donation in the amount of $25,000 to the newly established Infinity Fund, which...

Grantee Board and Staff Training

Thursday, 07 January 2021

We will host Grantee Board and Staff Training sessions February 24, February 26, and March 5. These training events are aimed at strengthening leadership by reviewing board member responsibilities, setting program and administration priorities for the organization, identifying current client...

Louisiana Bar Foundation Announces the Kendall Vick Public Law Fund

Tuesday, 05 January 2021

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) announces the establishment of the Kendall Vick Public Law Fund valued at $3 million. To provide a path for continuing its mission, specifically with respect to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), the Kendall Vick...

LBF Launches new program Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Speak Out for Justice! Focus on Civil Legal Aid is a new project of the LBF’s Education Committee launching this Spring. The purpose of this program is to support the LBF’s educational goals by increasing the understanding of the vital...

Check Out the LBF 2020 Winter Newsletter

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

Read all about it! Get up to date LBF News- Year End Giving Opportunity President's Message Gala Honorees and Info 2020-21 Board of Directors LBF Kids' Chance Scholarship Applications Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award-Nominate Now Meet Cassie Carreras, LBF...

Scholarships for Children of Injured Workers-Apply Now

Scholarships for Children of Injured Workers-Apply Now

Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Online applications are now open for the The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program. This scholarship is for dependents of Louisiana Workers’ killed or permanently and totally disabled in a work accident. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year...

Carreras Named LBF Finance Director

Carreras Named LBF Finance Director

Monday, 02 November 2020

Cassie L. Carreras has been named the Finance Director of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Cassie will oversee the Foundation’s fiscal operations. Cassie began her career as a credit analyst at Hancock Whitney Bank upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in...

LBF 35th Annual Fellows Gala is April 23, 2021

Monday, 02 November 2020

The Louisiana Bar Foundation will celebrate the 35th Annual Fellows Gala Friday, April 23, 2021. The gala is the LBF's largest annual fundraiser and will be a hybrid event taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans located at 601...

Gov. Edwards Proclaims Kids' Chance Awareness Week

Gov. Edwards Proclaims Kids' Chance Awareness Week

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards has proclaimed November 9-13, 2020 Kids' Chance Awareness Week in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) President Skip Philips is holding the official proclamation. Every year the entire Kids’ Chance community (now in 48...

LBF Receives Appreciation Award from The Pro Bono Project

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is honored to be named The Pro Bono Project Distinguished Donor for the 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Awards! The Pro Bono Project will host the Volunteer Appreciation Event virtually during the 2020 National Celebration of Pro...

LBF VIRTUAL POP UP TOUR

LBF VIRTUAL POP UP TOUR

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Louisiana Bar Foundation President Skip Philips will POP UP in your area! Learn about civil legal aid, the increased need for services, and how it impacts your region. Attend this free 30-minute educational session "Why the LBF is Good for...

President's Message October/November 2020

President's Message October/November 2020

Monday, 19 October 2020

Protecting Families During the Pandemic October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence recently reported that one in three women in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. According...

LBF Grant Application, LRAP Application Available online October 1

Thursday, 01 October 2020

The Louisiana Bar Foundation’s (LBF) grant application for 2021-22 funding will be available online beginning Oct. 1. The deadline for submitting grant applications is Dec. 1, 2020. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) application for 2021-22 funding will be available...

LBF Establishes Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund Donate Now! After a disaster, civil legal aid needs are dramatically increased. Displaced families and individuals experience a variety of legal needs. Many need help with successions and title clearing to access federal recovery dollars. Domestic...

LBF President Appoints 2020-21 Chairs for Community Partnership Panels and Committees

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr., the 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) has appointed chairs for all Community Partnership Panels (CPP) and committees. Philips said, “Our volunteers are driven by a firm belief that all Louisianans deserve a fair...

President's Message August/September 2020

President's Message August/September 2020

Friday, 21 August 2020

During the public health emergency, the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) has maintained relatively normal operations, including making important decisions about grants for the coming year. We are very excited that we were able to maintain funding for our grants in...

Louisiana Bar Foundation Awards $8.7 Million for Civil Legal Aid

Friday, 31 July 2020

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF), a statewide organization, recently awarded more than $8.7 million in grants to assist women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, and those facing loss of their homes with civil legal aid issues....

Louisiana Bar Foundation Statement on Social Justice

Friday, 24 July 2020

As the principal organization responsible for funding civil legal aid in Louisiana, the Louisiana Bar Foundation is keenly aware of its responsibility to organizations and volunteer lawyers who every day provide direct legal services to the marginalized and underserved members...

COVID-19 and Louisiana’s Civil Legal Aid Network

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

In the COVID-19 era, the Louisiana Bar Foundation supported civil legal aid network are the first responders to those who need help navigating the legal system. Unfair Eviction – Protecting Homes Although Orleans Civil District Court judges halted all residential...

Make Your Nomination Now for 2020 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award

Monday, 13 July 2020

Nominations for 2020 Distinguished Honorees and Calogero Justice Award must be submitted electronically by Friday, September 18, 2020. Please take the time to submit the name(s) of nominees from your area. Be sure to include a brief statement on nominees....

LBF Kids' Chance Awards $35,000 in Scholarships

Monday, 29 June 2020

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship program is awarding $35,000 in scholarships to seven students in Louisiana for the 2020-21 school year. Scholarships are awarded to dependent children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently and totally disabled in...

President's Message June/July 2020

President's Message June/July 2020

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

In these unprecedented times, the number of our citizens facing life-changing challenges increases every day. Through no fault of their own, more families find themselves qualifying for civil legal aid and more civil legal issues are surfacing. Civil legal aid...

Welcome 2020-2021 LBF Board of Directors

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Welcome our new board of directors: 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr. of Baton Rouge; Vice President Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans; Treasurer Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans; and Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert...

Thank You Gala Donors!

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Thank you to the LBF donors who made their 2020 Gala sponsorships charitable/business donations. We appreciate your generosity and support. These donations allow the LBF to continue funding the work of our grantee partners to help those of limited means...

Philips to Lead the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2020-21 Board

Friday, 15 May 2020

Welcome Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr. of Baton Rouge, the 2020-21 president of Louisiana Bar Foundation. Other officers are Vice President Christopher K. Ralston of New Orleans; Treasurer Alan G. Brackett of New Orleans; and Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert of...

Support 365 Days of Justice!

Support 365 Days of Justice!

Monday, 04 May 2020

At the Louisiana Bar Foundation, we believe justice is for everyone, every day. Celebrate a special event or a loved one by dedicating a day in their honor. Donations range from $25 to $365 depending on which days you purchase....

President's Message April/May 2020

President's Message April/May 2020

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Get to know Harry J. (Skip) Philips, Jr., LBF 2020-21 President, see his interview by LBF Secretary Deidre Deculus Robert in the April/May Louisiana Bar Journal. Click here for full article

LBF Annual Assembly Events Rescheduled for May 14-15 and will be held virtually

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Given the dynamic Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation, the following events held during the LBF Annual Assembly: Board Meeting, Kids Chance, Grants Committee, and Fellows Meeting - have been rescheduled from April 2-3 to May 14-15 and will be held virtually. ...

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Kids' Chance Program

Kids' Chance provides higher education scholarships to children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently disabled. . .
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Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

An integrated civil legal aid service delivery portal that leverages artificial intelligence and subject matter expert contributors.
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Oral Histories Program

The LBF Education Committee produces a continuing series of oral histories. . .
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Members of the Louisiana Bar Foundation are referred to as Fellows. Fellowship consists of judges, lawyers. . .

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



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