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Elena Perez is the Managing Attorney of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ Pro Bono Program. She oversees internal pro bono efforts in all six of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services offices. She has been an attorney with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services since July 2009.
Elena is the current co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Pro Bono Subcommittee and is also the co-chair of the Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee, and was also the Chair for the Louisiana Public Benefits Taskforce from 2010-2016. She has handled cases at every level of the administrative process and in federal district court.
She received a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2006 and has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Human & Organizational Development with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Development and a second major in Child Development from Vanderbilt University.
Prior to joining Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Elena had her own practice and was also an attorney at a local Northshore law firm. She has handled cases involving Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, Employment, FEMA, Family Law, and Successions.