Here are photos from the August 22nd Court Improvement Day at the 22nd JDC. Cindy is our Northshore Pro Bono Project Coordinator. See our Facebook page for information about the fabulous prizes! Our North Shore Pro Bono Coordinator Cindy Bordonaro, hosting the ceremonies below, plus appearing with event participants.

Cindy Bordonaro

Cindy Bordonaro with Cindy Petry of Covington

Cindy Bordonaro with Suellen Richardson of Covington

James Knight with Cindy Bordonaro

From left: Patricia Bonneau, Judge Mary Devereux, and Cynthia M. Bordonaro

From left: Judge Mary Devereux, Judge Dawn Amacker, Cynthia M. Bordonaro, and Ernest Anderson of Slidell

Marcus Foster is a new Lutz Fellow assigned to our Baton Rouge office. A graduate of Tulane Law School and Ursinus College, Marcus will target domestic violence and family law.
Alexandra Kamp is our new Lutz/Louisiana Bar Foundation Child Welfare fellow in our Westbank office. A graduate of Tulane Law School and the University of Southern Mississippi, Alexandra will focus on Child in Need of Care cases.
Alexis Erkert Depp joins SLLS’ New Orleans Housing Law Unit as our new Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow. Alexis’ project focuses on mitigating the collateral consequences of mass incarceration in the greater New Orleans area by increasing access to stable, affordable housing for low-income formerly incarcerated people (FIPs). A graduate of Appalachian State University and the Northeastern University School of Law, Alexis clerked for LLS in our  Housing Law Unit in the New Orleans office in 2015.

Hosted at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Library in Baton Rouge.

Flood Proof was there — Louisiana Rep. Edward “Ted” James District 101 meeting with the Louisiana Department of Insurance and the Restore Louisiana program.

For details, contact Cynthia M. Bordonaro, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator

Wills for heroes event Friday, September 29th at the Covington Courthouse. Stay tuned for details as to time of the event and content, or contact:
Cynthia M. Bordonaro
Attorney at Law, Pro Bono Coordinator
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Northshore Pro Bono Project
423 N. Florida Street
Covington, LA 70433
Office: 985-893-0076 x 519
Toll Free: 1-800-891-0076
Fax: 985-893-6774

The work of SLLS housing attorney Hannah Adams is featured in “Over a hundred families in New Orleans East facing eviction in September,” by WWLTV.

Click above to read about SLLS’ disaster recovery work in “Our flooded neighbors need a hand, New Orleans: Editorial” from The Times Picayune.

Our flood recovery work is featured in”Flooded-out families get legal help proving home ownership, leading to $3 million in disaster funds.” Read the piece from The Advocate here.

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Laura Tuggle (504) 529-1000 ext. 270 or

Flood Proof Project Helps Disaster Survivors Recover
BATON ROUGE, La—As the one year anniversary of last year’s devastating August 2016 flood approaches, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) and its “Flood Proof” project partners are pleased to announce that 106 disaster impacted homeowners have been assisted to unlock $3,045,763 in flood recovery funding or other economic benefits. “Flood Proof’s” goal is to help survivors living in their property informally passed down to them after the death of a loved one, get the legal proof they need to show they own their home. Such proof is often a requirement to receive federal recovery funds, insurance proceeds, loans, and other rebuilding resources. The project provides free legal services to eligible homeowners living in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Livingston parishes whose homes were flooded. Another 154 families still have pending cases.

“While we have made progress in helping move our community forward, we still have a long way to go”, said SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle. “Though it has been almost a year since the flood wreaked havoc, it seems like yesterday for thousands of people who still have been unable to rebuild. Due to the generous support of our funders, volunteers, and community stakeholders, we plan to continue the project to help as many vulnerable families as possible get the help they need to recover.”

Support for the project is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Project partners include SLLS, Louisiana Appleseed, Southern University Law Center, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation.

Since its inception last fall, “Flood Proof” has participated in 84 outreach events reaching 4,900 survivors. Three events are planned this week:

August 10, 2017 5:30pm-8:00pm Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Rd. Baker, La 70714

August 12, 2017 9:00 am-12:00pmDenham Springs Junior High School 401 Hatchell Ln.

Denham Springs, LA 70726
August 12, 2017 9:00 am-4 p.m. Arsenal Park, 930 N 7th St. Baton Rouge, LA 70802

To make it easier for survivors to access free legal help, the “Flood Proof” app was created. The app is available for download on Android and Apple phones.

We are excited to announce it is now available online at

We are grateful to the ABA Center for Innovation and Stanford University for their support in creating the app.

A new video made possible by the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness explaining the app and how we are making a difference in the lives of survivors is at

Disaster impacted families needing free legal help to prove ownership of their homes to help them recover from the flood, can call 1-844-244-7871, download the app, visit the website, or come out to outreach events.

SLLS also provides free civil legal services with other kinds of disaster-related problems impacting survivors like FEMA appeals, foreclosure prevention, contractor disputes, landlord-tenant problems, and family law matters.

Check out SLLS Family Law Unit Managing Attorney Doug Carey in action (standing at left) during The Pro Bono Project’s recent CLE about serving as a curator.