Fellows Class Project

In partnership with Louisiana Appleseed, the Fellows Class Project Series is a way for new Fellows to become involved and be a part of the LBF mission.

The 2017 Fellows Class Project will focus on the Legal Service Corporations (LSC) Liaison Project. The LSC Liaison Project will educate communities throughout Louisiana about the importance of LSCs and how the recent decline in state and federal funding, in addition to Louisiana’s high poverty, place our already challenged civil legal aid system in crisis.  This topic is extremely important considering the recent study conducted which determined that for every $1 invested in Louisiana’s civil legal aid services, $8.73 in immediate and long-term consequential financial benefits was returned to the state.

Through a professionalism CLE for the class, Louisiana Appleseed will provide the Fellows with an overview of the importance of addressing this crisis—including the areas of law LSCs handle, the clientele they service, and their overwhelming need for additional resources. The Fellows will help by visiting their local LSC office to observe and to better understand the various types of legal assistance that LSCs provide to low-income and vulnerable people who cannot otherwise afford legal help.  The Fellows will then be asked to assist Louisiana Appleseed by reaching out to groups—such as rotary clubs, community associations, social clubs, and other local organizations—in their geographic area to raise awareness of the LSCs’ important work and to advocate for additional resources.  Additionally, this project would support the Louisiana Campaign for Civil Legal Aid and would complement the work of the Access to Justice Commission’s Funding Committee and others to increase funding for civil legal aid.

The Class of 2017 will meet on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at noon at the LBF Office, 1615 Poydras St., Ste. 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112.

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2016 Fellows Class Project

The Fellows Class Project of 2016 focused on Appleseed's Clear Title Project. The Clear Title Project educates residents throughout Louisiana about how to preserve home ownership. Fellows helped provide law-related education to community members regarding how to transfer title to inherited property, properly and legally, and about how the lack of transfer can cause serious barriers to recovery after a disaster. 

2015 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows Class Project of 2015 focused on educating Louisiana attorneys about the new "CLE credit for Pro Bono work" rule. The Fellows reached out to attorneys in their geographic areas to educate them about the new rule and to encourage them to take on pro bono cases.

2014 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2014 focused on researching the application of Louisiana's In Forma Pauperis (IFP) laws to indigent case filings and developing strategies to ensure uniform application.

2013 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2013 focused on assisting individuals and communities with foreclosure and housing-related issues related to the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement.

2012 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2012 focused on heirship property and title clearing.

2011 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2011 focused on increasing community awareness about teen dating violence and the importance of prevention through education.

2010 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2010 focused on preserving homeownership through community outreach. The class attended community events and talked to homeowners about the importance of obtaining clear title to their property. Attendees were given a copy of Appleseed's Protect Your Property: Heir Property in Louisiana, a homeowners guide to building wealth and protecting assets.

"Becoming a LBF Fellow and a member of the Class Project Series was a great opportunity for me to volunteer in a unique and rewarding way." Hon. Marie A. Bookman (ret.)

"I thoroughly enjoyed helping educate our community about the importance of clear title and the resources available to them in our legal community." Patricia A. Garcia

2009 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2009 focused on domestic violence.

2008 Fellows Class Project
The Fellows class of 2008 focused on Equitable Funding for Special Needs Children. LBF Fellows researched national and statewide policies for funding special needs children's education and have compiled research and data into a report.

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