In May 2014, the FBA, New Orleans Chapter, adopted a resolution in support of the Louisiana Campaign to Preserve Civil Legal Aid. It joined the efforts of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana State Bar Association and key Louisiana legal aid organizations by adopting the resolution. The campaign will raise funds for civil legal aid and increase awareness of the growing civil legal needs of our indigent citizens.
Civil legal aid provides free legal assistance to those who would otherwise go unrepresented: women who are victims of domestic violence, children who need a stable home or special education, the elderly whose economic security or health care is in jeopardy, consumers impacted by improper lending practices, communities impacted by disasters and many more. Unlike criminal cases, there is no constitutional guarantee of counsel in civil cases.
Declines in funding combined with Louisiana’s high poverty place our already challenged legal aid system in crisis. “Our civil legal aid programs will not survive without our help. Assistance from the legal community is critical to maintaining and developing resources that will provide low income Louisiana citizens meaningful access to the justice system,” Hon. Wendell Manning, LBF President.
Funding for civil legal aid will have a ripple effect, impacting not only the families served, but the community at large. Schools, businesses, government agencies and the state as a whole benefit from resolving civil legal problems. To learn more about the campaign or to make a donation, contact Laura Sewell at the Louisiana Bar Foundation, 504-561-1046 or email@example.com.