LBF staff will return to the office on May 18 but the office will remain closed to the public through August 31, 2020

Disaster and Emergency Relief

We know that 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 violence centers are impacted with increased residents.  Vulnerable children need protection due to family instability and separation.  The economic security of the elderly is in jeopardy.  The stories are powerful and heartbreaking. 

Louisiana Bar Foundation Emergency Legal Aid Fund - Donate Now

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. 
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

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Puerto Rico Emergency Legal Aid Fund – Hurricane María

In these moments of crisis after the storm, in which hundreds of thousands of puertoricans suffered material loss, there is much need for help in emergency legal services. Donate to the Emergency Legal Aid Fund - Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Fund

Funding for immediate legal services is a significant need facing Texas and Louisiana hurricane victims.  Basic needs such as housing, employment, insurance and federal program benefits are issues for most citizens in the affected areas and not just for those living in poverty.  The LBF is working with stakeholders on the local, state and national level to most efficiently and effectively address the many needs. 

At this time, we have established the Louisiana Hurricane Harvey Disaster Fund to provide support to those in need.  Also, you may provide a donation directly to the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation Hurricane Legal Aid Fund.

Make a donation to the Louisiana Hurricane Harvey Disaster Fund.

Make a donation to the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation Hurricane Legal Aid Fund.

Checks may be sent payable to the Louisiana Bar Foundation/Harvey Disaster Fund, 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112

For more information, please contact LBF Development Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (504) 561-1046.



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