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August 14, 2017

2016 august flood from slls facebook

See our flood anniversary and FloodProof project newsletter here.

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.

August 10, 2017

laura tuggle

For Immediate Release:               

Contact: Laura Tuggle (504) 529-1000 ext. 270 or ltuggle@slls.org  


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 heir 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 https://floodproofapp.org.

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 https://vimeo.com/226507610/6ea3ec8103.

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.

August 7, 2017 

Check out this opportunity with SLLS find out more on our Facebook page.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law May 2017 graduates who are awaiting results from this summer's Louisiana Bar Examination can apply for this 8-week internship opportunity, which has positions at SLLS. Graduates for Justice interns at SLLS gain meaningful experience while making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people in Southeast Louisiana. Deadline to apply is August 13, 2017.

August 7, 2017

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. 

curator cle by the pro bono project

July 31, 2017

aba

ABA Center for Innovation announces eight inaugural Fellows, including SLLS Staff Attorney Amanda Brown of our Hammond office. Go here to learn more.

July 20, 2017

The "Bar Exam" pub quiz racks up high scores for SLLS!

Here are some photos from last night's SLLS fundraiser at Eiffel Society. 

Judge Bernadette D'Souza Roxanne Newman Doug Carey

From left: Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge and former SLLS attorney Bernadette D'Souza, SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman, and SLLS New Orleans Family Law Unit Managing Attorney Doug Carey

Judge Bernadette D'Souza Paul Tuttle Roxanne Newman

From left: Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Bernadette D'Souza, SLLS Low-Income Tax Clinic Managing Attorney Paul Tuttle, SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman

June 29, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

The American Can housing crisis -- and SLLS' advocacy -- make national news.  Go here to read the Associate Press article "Low-income residents losing homes as New Orleans rents soar," from the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

June 29, 2017

daily comet

Bayou Blue: go here to read about our Houma office Managing Attorney Salyria Gumms appearance June 13 at the Bayou Blue Center birthday and luncheon celebration.

June 20, 2017

Leavin' on a Jet Plane: SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle lands in Atlanta for the Heirs' Property in the South Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank.

Heir Property in the South Preventing Land Loss Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

From left: Louisiana Appleseed Executive Director Christy Kane with SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle.

 

June 15, 2017

SLLS AT THE EQUAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE FROM MAY 2017 BAR BRIEFS

SLLS attorneys on the move. Check out "Louisiana justice community members attend 2017 ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference" from this month's Bar Briefs.

June 9, 2017

SLLS Housing Attorney Hardell Ward to appear at the Heal Nola Fest and community resource fair this Saturday in New Orleans

heal nola fest

more about heal nola fest

June 6, 2017

SLLS recognizes Warren McKenna, III for service as the 2015-2016 SLLS Board President.

SPECIAL AWARD TO PAST SLLS BOARD PRESIDENT WARREN MCKENNA III

Left to Right: SLLS Executiver Director Laura Tuggle, Past SLLS Board President Warren McKenna III, SLLS Board Member Vivian Guillory

 

June 6, 2017

Hannah Adams advocates for SLLS clients on habitability issues at a public hearing on the Agency Plan, June 6th, 2017.

Hannah Adams advocates for SLLS clients on habitability issues at a public hearing on the Agency Plan at the Housing Authority of New Orleans, June 6th, 2017.

June 2, 2017

Sarah Campbell center receiving 2017 LSBA President's Award

We honor our Regional Director Sarah Campbell, above center ("Jamie" to us), honored with the 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award. Though Jamie is leaving us, we are glad she chose SLLS to cap off a brilliant public interest career. See all of the event photos from this year's public interest and pro bono awards ceremony here on our Facebook page.  She is pictured here with the Louisiana State Bar Association's incoming president Dona Renegar, left, and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Marcus R. Clark, right.

June 1, 2017

justice leage at state bar meeting destin fl

On the road: Executive Director Laura Tuggle strikes out for Destin, Florida, to join "The Justice League." She and other panelists at the state bar meeting will offer judges a session this Sunday about access to justice. On Wednesday Laura will join panelists in Florida for "When the Levees Broke," a session about disaster-related legal services.

Laura heads to Atlanta in mid-June for the Heir Property Conference. SLLS and Louisiana Appleseed have been heavily involved with the effects of heir property title clearing problems on disaster recovery. 

June 1, 2017

Making Louisiana Open its Doors Open Wide for Justice

Laura Tuggle kicks off plans to make SLLS' 50th anniversary truly golden.

slls 50th anniversary advisory committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT LAURA TUGGLE (504) 529-1000 ext. 270                                        WEDNESDAY, 5/31/2017
New Orleans, Louisiana – Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) announced today that it is has established a 50th Anniversary Advisory Committee to assist its Board in commemorating this milestone in its history. This fall, “Justice is Golden” as the agency turns 50.  “SLLS is honored to join forces with so many other community leaders with a demonstrated commitment to equal justice to amplify our impact and help drive future innovation and partnership in the interest of justice”said SLLS Board President Vivian Guillory.
The Committee, composed of distinguished judges, prominent attorneys, business leaders, foundation heads, and law school deans, held its first meeting on May 10, 2017 at the New Orleans office of Phelps, Dunbar LLC to begin its work. The Honorable Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, a former civil legal aid attorney early in her career, is the 50th Anniversary Advisory Committee Honorary Chair. Darrel Papillion, President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and a partner in Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC serves as Co-Chair along with R. Patrick Vance, senior partner at Jones Walker and a former SLLS Board President.
Remarking on the importance of SLLS, Honorary Chair Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said, “The help legal aid programs provide keeps faith with one of America’s core values – equal access to justice–and changes the lives of low-income people every day.” Pat Vance, Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Advisory Committee noted “For decades, SLLS has been at the forefront of increasing access to justice for vulnerable Louisiana citizens. I am thrilled to help lead this Committee as it lays a strong foundation to fight for fairness for the next fifty years.”
The committee will plan a year of activities, beginning with a Kick-Off event on November 8, 2017 at the Louisiana Supreme Court featuring a panel discussion on the “Future of Civil Legal Aid” from 4-5:30 p.m. followed by a reception. During the 50th Anniversary year from Nov. 2017 to Oct. 2018, an event will be held at each of Louisiana’s four law schools. The Committee will also work to increase awareness of the importance of civil legal aid to improving lives and in strengthening communities. A recent Economic Impact Study released by the Louisiana Bar Foundation found that for every $1 invested in civil legal aid, there is $8.73 of social return on investment through immediate and long-term benefits and taxpayer savings.

Co-Chair Darrel Papillion stressed SLLS’ critical role in our justice system, “If all Americans do not have reliable access to our courts to resolve disputes and redress wrongs, the promises of our founding fathers are rendered meaningless, and we fail to live up to our national promise of equal justice under law.”

SLLS’ 50th Anniversary Advisory Committee members are:
1. Honorary Co-Chair: Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court
2. Co-Chair: Darrel J. Papillion, Louisiana State Bar Association President and Partner in Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens LLC
3. Co-Chair: R. Patrick Vance, Senior Partner at Jones Walker and Past SLLS President
4. Valerie Bargas, Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas, Reed, & Helm LLC
5. David Bienvenu, Simon, Peragine, Smith, & Redfearn LLP
6. Dennis Blunt, Phelps Dunbar LLP
7. The Honorable Bernadette D’Souza, Civil District Court, Division K
8. Kurt Duncan, Capital One Bank
9. Thomas Galligan Jr., Dean of LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
10. Charmel Gaulden, Baptist Community Ministries
11. Rita Gue, Arlene & Joseph Mereaux Foundation
12. Ashley Aubrey Harrison, Whitney/Hancock Bank
13. Jan Hayden, Baker Donelson
14. Steve Herman, Herman, Herman, & Katz LLC
15. The Honorable Madeleine Landrieu, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and incoming Dean at Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law
16. David Meyer, Dean Tulane University Law School
17. Monte Mollere, Louisiana State Bar Association Access to Justice Director
18. John Y. Pearce, Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis, & Eagan, LLC
19. Judy Perry Martinez, Of Counsel Simon, Peragine, Smith, & Redfearn LLP
20. John Pierre, Chancellor Southern University Law Center
21. Darryl Phillips, Entergy Services, Inc.
22. Bill Quigley, Director of Loyola Law Clinic & Gillis Long Poverty Law Center
23. The Honorable Kern Reese, Civil District Court, Division L
24. Lauren Rogers, St. Charles Parish Bar Association
25. The Honorable Raymond “Ray” Steib Jr., 24th Judicial District Court, Division A
26. Marta-Ann Schnabel, O’Bryon & Schnabel PLC
27. Michael Williamson, President/CEO United Way of Southeast Louisiana
28. Rachel Wisdom, Stone, Pigman, Walther, & Wittmann LLC
29. The Honorable Lisa Woodruff-White, The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish, Division B
30. The Honorable Jay Zainey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Section A

About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
SLLS is Louisiana's largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid with 100 employees in six offices covering 22 parishes in Southeast Louisiana. Offices are located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Harvey, Hammond, Covington, and Houma. Its mission is to achieve justice for low-income people through direct case work, advocacy, and community legal education. It offers free legal representation in disaster law, family law, domestic violence, landlord-tenant, foreclosure, public benefits, consumer law, and more. SLLS receives significant funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and the United Way. In 2016, SLLS helped 27,000 vulnerable Louisiana citizens obtain or preserve over $22.3 million in economic benefits. It served 13,050 people in community legal clinics and education events. SLLS provided self-help resources, referral, and legal information to another 143,000 people through its public website www.LouisianaLawhelp.org.

June 1, 2017

Terrebonne bar association

SLLS Houma Attorney Lakethia Bryant elected Secretary of the Terrebonne Parish Bar Association.

Well done, Lakethia!

May 31, 2017

President-Elect  Ms. Dona Kay Renegar SLLS Sarah Campbell Justice Marcus  R. Clark

From left: Louisiana State Bar Association President-Elect Dona Kay Renegar, SLLS Regional Director Sarah "Jamie" Campbell, Justice Marcus R. Clark

Update: you can view photos from the event here on the LSBA's Facebook page.

Sarah

The envelope, please ...

SLLS and the community come out on top at the Pro Bono Awards ceremony held yesterday at the Supreme Court of Louisiana.  Among our honorees: Regional Director Sarah "Jamie" Campbell, who received the 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association President's Access to Justice Award.

Here is the post from the site of the Louisiana State Bar Association:

2017 Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, will recognize the pro bono accomplishments of public interest legal professionals and law students during the Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards Ceremony May 23, 2017 at the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans.

2017 Law Student Pro Bono Award
Kristen Richardson * Louisiana State University
Kyle Anderson * Loyola University
Yvonne Henshaw * Southern University
Kayla Patterson * Tulane University


2017 Friend of Pro Bono Award
24th Judicial District Court * Gretna
Family Justice Center of Acadiana * Lafayette
St. Charles Parish Bar Association * Luling
John Nickelson * Shreveport


2017 Pro Bono Publico Award
Curry & Friend * New Orleans
NeunerPate * Lafayette
William Cherbonnier, Jr. * Gretna
Taylor Eley * Covington
Phil Franco * New Orleans
Thomas Gibbs * Baton Rouge
Holly Gottschalk * New Orleans
Edward Roberts III * Alexandria
Thomas Womack * Baton Rouge


2017 Career Public Interest Award
Franchesca Hamilton-Acker * Lafayette
Zakiya Lagrange * New Orleans


2017 David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Judy Martinez * New Orleans

2017 LSBA President's Access to Justice Award
Sarah Campbell * Baton Rouge

2017 Children’s Law Award
Tenee Felix * New Orleans

Additionally, the ATJ Committee solicited the names of pro bono volunteers who have contributed 100 or more hours of pro bono legal services during the 2016 calendar year for distribution of certificates acknowledging this accomplishment. Those individuals are listed below.

2017 Century Club Award
Booker Carmichael * Baton Rouge
Christopher Coty * New Orleans
Jonah Freedman * New Orleans
Rena Hester * Baton Rouge
Cynthia Reed * Baton Rouge
Nisha Sandhu * New Orleans
Rachel Silvers * New Orleans
Charlene Smith * Metairie
Hugh Straub * New Orleans
Tyler Trew * New Orleans

May 22, 2017

Finishing strong, Sarah (Jamie to us) Campbell caps her distinguished public service career.

Below is Jamie (left) with Executive Director Laura Tuggle at the retirement party at our Baton Rouge office. In addition to holding key positions throughout her career, Jamie most recently served as our Baton Rouge based regional director. 

jamie and laura

Pictures of Jamie's retirement and board meeting cake

May 22, 2017 SLLS announces new arrival in Baton Rouge office.

We welcome Lykisha Vaughan as our new Managing Attorney for Family Law in Baton Rouge on June 5, 2017. Lykysha has been in private practice for the last four years focusing on family law, workers’ compensation, personal injury, general liability defense and plaintiff's tort law. Lykisha is a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU,  and she received her undergraduate degree in Latin with a concentration in secondary education and her master's degree in education from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Lykisha taught high school Latin and served as a department chair in the Virginia public school system. Lykisha is fluent in German and Latin and conversational Spanish.

May 22, 2017 

Supreme Scene at the 2017 Bar and Grille Cook-off to benefit SLLS. 

See more on our Facebook page.

 

Our young lawyer and staff A Team!

May 22, 2017

Well done!

No pun intended for this winning news from our Executive Director Laura Tuggle from the 2017 Bar and Grille Cook-off benefit for SLLS.

Doug Carey honored at 2017 bar and grille

SLLS Board Member Christopher Ralston, center, lauding SLLS Family Law Managing Attorney Doug Carey, right, at the 2017 Bar & Grille.

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Doug Carey received the Mark Moreau Award from the New Orleans Bar Association at the New Orleans Bar Association Bar & Grille fundraiser for SLLS. Doug was honored for his dedication to public interest work throughout his career, his legacy of training young lawyers, and his leadership in increasing access to justice. Congratulations to you Doug and I know this means a lot to you since Mark was a hero to all of us and how special it is to receive this award in his name.

In other news, SLLS won two awards this year in the NOBA Bar & Grille competition - all due to the incredibly hard work put in by our leaders Molly MacKenzie and Josephine Vanderhorst with strong back up from our Bar & Grille Krewe of Steve Reed, Sarah Whittington, Van Holmes, Gwynne Mashon, Plezetta West, Lynnette Tillis, Jeanie Nicholson, and Ayanna Butler. SLLS won 3rd place for Team Spirit and tied for 3rd place for those yummy mini lemon pies baked by Molly and Sarah ! Great job and a very good time was had by all. Funny photos to follow soon- if you took some of our "The Supremes Court" with our attire, please send them along. NOBA's website will also likely have some photos too. Our bedazzled Supreme Court judge robes were a big hit!

All funds raised help support the Veterans Justice Fellowship and our Fellow Jeanie Nicholson who is doing terrific work to increase access to justice and to stabilize the lives of vulnerable veterans.

Thanks to everyone who helped us out from our taster testers to anyone else who I may have inadvertently overlooked. This was a true team effort and really really fun too. -- Laura Tuggle.

May 11, 2017

"The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans Honors Law Community Members for Service to Others" including SLLS' C. Nicole Gaither -- here is an excerpt:

C. Nicole Gaither, J.D. ‘12 Ms. Gaither is a staff attorney in the family law domestic violence unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Ms. Gaither has represented countless low-income New Orleans families in family law and housing matters.

May 10, 2017 

Money Talks.

Our Low Income Taxpayer Unit Managing Attorney Paul Tuttle appears in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

paul tuttle in br for tax issue event may 8 2017

Paul attended the "IRS Small Business Forum" May 8 at the main library in Baton Rouge.

The event brought together IRS and related agencies that deal with small business people, including the Taxpayer Advocate, the state office of Economic Development, the Baton Rouge Library staff, and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  The group shared information about resources and services each offered for small business people and discussed the latest tax issues affecting small businesses.

paul tuttle speaks at lsba tax clinic cle may 1 2017

Here's Paul at "How to Help Low Income Taxpayers even if you are not a Tax Attorney." This recent Continuing Legal Education presentation sought to recruit pro volunteer lawyers for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. The Louisiana State Bar Association hosted this CLE May 1 at the New Orleans Bar Center.

May10, 2017  

bastion talk by slls vjf

(Photo edited to remove participants and identifying information.)

New Orleans Bar Association support in action: SLLS attorney and Veterans Justice Fellow Jeanmarie Nicholson talks about available services at the new Bastion community for veterans in the Gentilly area of New Orleans.  NOBA sponsors this project in partnership with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. 

May 8, 2017

2017 ejc

LA LA -- that's code for Louisiana Legal Aid at this year's Equal Justice Conference EJC in Pittsburgh. Our super crew this year drew from The Baton Rouge Bar Association, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, The Pro Bono Project and the Access to Justice Program of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

May 8, 2017 

Go here to read "Locals gather at Dutch Physical Therapy for flood insurance seminar", including a presentation by Rick Singer of SLLS.

Here's an excerpt:

"On Wednesday, guest speaker Sonia Brumen of the Louisiana Department of Insurance gave a brief presentation on the National Flood Insurance Program before fielding questions about flood insurance for the second half of the seminar. Before that, Rick Singer, managing attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, opened the session by offering free services to homeowners with title problems."

May 3, 2017

ana lopez

SLLS is pleased to announce the promotion of Ana Lopez to the position of domestic violence staff attorney in our Covington office.

Before becoming a staff attorney, Ana did paralegal work as a Covington-based paralegal for our New Orleans Housing Unit with support from a Lutz Fellowship. Ana will now handle domestic violence cases in Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. Ana is a 2016 graduate of Tulane Law School. She studied English Literature at Florida State University, and she is fluent in Spanish.

May 2, 2017

ejc 2017

SLLS' Laura Tuggle and Louisiana's Ultimate Team at EJC! Our Access to Justice community is well represented at this week's Equal Justice Conference in Pittsburgh.

laura tuggle

Laura Tuggle to talk about youth and crime at this week's Equal Justice Conference in Pittsburgh. Our Executive Director's session is this Thursday at 10:00am: "JRAP: A Partner Approach to Reducing Barriers for Youth Impacted by Criminal Records."

amy duncan

Amy Duncan, Louisiana State Bar Association
Access to Justice Training and Projects Counsel, and a frequent partner with SLLS on various projects, is also a speaker. Her session is also Thursday at 10:00 a.m.: "Addressing Gaps in Legal Services Through Collaborative Legal Incubators."

 

Rachel Piercey   Yoga Flow and Go, LLC

In addition to leading two free yoga sessions, Rachel Piercey (Yoga Flow and Go, LLC) is speaks at a session that taps her experience at the former Executive Director of The Pro Bono Project here in New Orleans.  On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. she will be part of "Beyond the Basics: Experienced Pro Bono Program Managers Dealing with Crisis and Setting a Steady Course for the Future."

April 27, 2017

Celebrate GiveNOLA Day this coming Tuesday with a donation to SLLS and a Fest! Go here to give.

CELEBRATE GIVENOLA DAY

April 27, 2017

pro bono attorney Janet MacDonell and Candy Hallmark of COAST

SLLS volunteer attorney gives people the  scoop about wills and successions today at a Council on Aging of St. Tammany public education event.  See pro bono attorney Janet MacDonell and Candy Hallmark of COAST, above.

 

 

April 26, 2017 

PAUL TUTTLE

The Tax Man: SLLS' Paul Tuttle to teach free continuing legal education attorney volunteers for low-income taxpayer clinic.  Paul is the managing attorney of our low-income tax clinic.

April 25, 2017

Gillis Long Award to Nicole Gathier
Here is SLLS attorney Nicole Gather receiving the Loyola Gillis Long Public Service Award. Loyola is honoring the recipients for their service on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in LS405. Our former CINC Summer 2016 law clerk Bethany Breaux is also being honored.

April 24, 2017

The Times-Picayune zooms in on the work SLLS Housing Attorney Hannah Adams in "Attorney for beleagured New Orleans renters fights uphill battle".

The Times-Picayune article about SLLS Housing Attorney Hannah Adams

April 24, 2017  Click the image below to learn more about National Reentry week (April 23-29, 2017).

NATIONAL REENTRY WEEK

SLLS hosts roster of Reentry week events. Check out the entire lineup here.

April 20, 2017

AYANNA BUTLER RECEIVING COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL AWARD FROM CASA JEFFERSON

Here is Ayanna Butler receiving the Community Professional Award at the CASA Jefferson 16th Annual Light of Hope ceremony. Ayanna is the managing attorney of our Child in Need of Care (CINC) Unit. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

 

 

April 18, 2017

medical legal partnership attorneys in maryland

Check out our distinguished SLLS crew at  the National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships 12th Annual Summit in National Harbor, MD: "Marry Our Missions."

Above, from left: Staff Attorney Sarah Bradley of our Baton Rouge office, Medical Legal Partnership Managing Attorney Elena Perez of our New Orleans office, and new attorney Jeanmarie Nicholson of our New Orleans office. 

 

April 17, 2017

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

SLLS enjoys a string of successful nominees to be honored this May at the 2017 Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards.

Those affiliated with SLLS include:

Sarah

Sarah "Jamie" Campbell, SLLS regional director in Baton Rouge (Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award) for lifetime service and achievement.

St. Charles Parish Bar Association (Friend of Pro Bono Award) for supporting the SLLS Access to Justice Center in St. Charles Parish.

Judy Perry Martinez (David Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award) for her support of SLLS, disaster legal services, and pro bono service.

Taylor Eley (Pro Bono Publico Award) for outstanding volunteer service with the SLLS Northshore Pro Bono Project.

Kyle Anderson (Law Student Pro Bono Award) for service to SLLS.

Here are all of the honorees:

2017 Law Student Pro Bono Award
Kristen Richardson * Louisiana State University
Kyle Anderson * Loyola University
Yvonne Henshaw * Southern University
Kayla Patterson * Tulane University

2017 Friend of Pro Bono Award
24th Judicial District Court * Gretna
Family Justice Center of Acadiana * Lafayette
St. Charles Parish Bar Association * Luling
John Nickelson * Shreveport

2017 Pro Bono Publico Award
Curry & Friend * New Orleans
NeunerPate * Lafayette
William Cherbonnier, Jr. * Gretna
Taylor Eley * Covington
Phil Franco * New Orleans
Thomas Gibbs * Baton Rouge
Holly Gottschalk * New Orleans
Edward Roberts III * Alexandria
Thomas Womack * Baton Rouge

2017 Career Public Interest Award
Franchesca Hamilton-Acker * Lafayette
Zakiya Lagrange * New Orleans

2017 David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
Judy Martinez * New Orleans

2017 LSBA President's Access to Justice Award
Sarah Campbell * Baton Rouge

2017 Children’s Law Award
Tenee Felix * New Orleans

Additionally, the ATJ Committee solicited the names of pro bono volunteers who have contributed 100 or more hours of pro bono legal services during the 2016 calendar year for distribution of certificates acknowledging this accomplishment. Those individuals are listed below.

2017 Century Club Award
Booker Carmichael * Baton Rouge
Christopher Coty * New Orleans
Jonah Freedman * New Orleans
Rena Hester * Baton Rouge
Cynthia Reed * Baton Rouge
Nisha Sandhu * New Orleans
Rachel Silvers * New Orleans
Charlene Smith * Metairie
Hugh Straub * New Orleans
Tyler Trew * New Orleans

April 17, 2017

New Orleans CityBusiness

Newly Elected SLLS Board Leaders mentioned in New Orleans CityBusiness. Check out "People this Week: New hires, promotions, awards," here.

April 11, 2017

Who Are Louisiana's Busiest Lawyers? Premonition's New Survey Provides Top Rankings

Hint: SLLS lawyers are among them.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3303278#ixzz4dz2rqD5H

April 7, 2017 CINC Unit Manager Ayanna Butler to receive this year's Community Professional Award from CASA Jefferson.

light of hope award for ayanna butler

A BUTLER

Read The Times-Picayune item about Ayanna and other honorees here

April 6, 2017 Read "Trump wants to cut off poor people’s legal lifeline" here.

April 5, 2017 (Event happening April 8, 2017) disaster resource fair new orleans east hospital saturday april 8

April 5, 2017

flood relief summit

April 4, 2017

The big picture: this chart shows the impact of our work in 2016.

March 28, 2017

Hardell Ward talks housing rights with youth at Liberty's Kitchen. Hardell is a staff attorney in our New Orleans housing unit.

March 22, 2017

SLLS met recently with U.S. Representative Garrett Graves of Louisiana's 6th Congressional District to discuss our disaster recovery work and the importance of civil legal aid.

L TUGGLE MEETING WITH US REP

From left:  SLLS Board President Vivian Guillory, Congressman Garret Graves, SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle, and our Louisiana Bar Foundation Disaster Legal Fellow Amanda Brown. Learn more here on our Facebook page.

March 22, 2017 

clean jacket day

SLLS partners with the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana to host Clean Jacket Day April 1, 2017.

Attorney and community volunteers will offer help with expungement issues to people in New Orleans' Estates (Desire) and Florida housing communities. Find out more here.

March 17, 2017

Laura Tuggle Live: Our executive director makes YouTube video to highlight our work to combat domestic violence.

March 15, 2017

DANGERS OF DEBT EVENT 2017 COAST

Check out our volunteer in action at our "Dangers of Debt" event at the Mandeville Community Center on Thursday, March 9th. 47 seniors attended. In addition to attendees, you see our volunteer attorney Nelson Rivers, with Mary Graver of COAST (Council on Aging St. Tammany). 

 

March 14, 2017

The Louisiana Weekly

Read about SLLS' efforts to help low-income renters here in The Louisiana Weekly: "City Council takes steps to protect low-income renters."

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/city-council-takes-steps-to-protect-low-income-renters/

March 7, 2017

Laura Tuggle to speak at the Federal Bar Association's "Civil Rights Etouffee" CLE April 7, 2017 at Adams & Reese LLP.  Her topic: "Disparate Impact Claims: Recent Case History and Application for Fair Housing Claims."

civil rights etouffee

March 3, 2017

Laura Tuggle at right

Go here to read LSC Updates: LSC Hosts "Congressional Briefing on Legal Aid's Importance to Disaster Recovery"

 

February 24, 2017

Restore Louisiana Task Force to Meet at State Capitol on Feb. 24 Edit Article
Friday, February 24, 2017 Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to speak. Go here to learn more.  Check out the live feed from Room 5 here.

 

February 22, 2017

Read "With aid coming, attorneys work to clear titles on more than 120 flooded homes" in The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

February 21, 2017

Go here to read "Louisiana Sen. Troy Carter, Rep. Walt Leger offer help to victims of New Orleans East tornado," from The Advocate.

February 14, 2017

Tornado survivors get on-the-ground help from SLLS

Above: SLLS Housing attorney Hannah Adams helps tornado victims at Joe Brown Park on February 9th.  

February 9, 2017

SLLS was on hand for "Super Tax Day" resource and tax preparation event in Baton Rouge

super tax day in Baton Rouge

February 6, 2017

disaster legal aid congressional briefing

February 3, 2017 SLLS list of self-help services grows. Check out "Lafourche Parish Courthouse to host free help desk" in houmatoday.com.

February 2, 2017

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle to speak during "After Nature Strikes: Legal Aid’s Role in Disaster Recovery" a congressional briefing about the role of civil legal aid in disaster recovery.

Read more here.

February 2, 2017 

Go here to read "Low-income American Can Company tenants can stay – for now," from The Times-Picayune. 

February 2, 2017

Go here to read about SLLS' FloodProof project in The Advocate: "Flood victims get legal help with property transfers, successions at Southern University event."

January 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Raushanah Hunter joined our Baton Rouge office as a staff attorney.  Raushanah's work focuses on SLLS' Baton Rouge Area Foundation Title Clearing grant. Raushanah is a graduate of Southern University Law Center, and she holds a Master's in Public Administration from Southern University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from LSU.

Raushanah comes to us after having spent the last four years as a solo practitioner.

January 25, 2017

The Advocate promotes Saturday's FloodProof project outreach event. Read "Southern University Law Center offers free legal aid on title issues for flooded homeowners" here.

January 19, 2017

Read about SLLS' "FloodProof" project here in The Advocate: "Attorneys to help flood victims with legal succession problems that keep them from getting disaster aid"

 

January 18, 2017

SLLS' efforts to promote decent housing recognized by this WWLTV piece: "City Council considering cracking down on irresponsible landlords." Watch the video or read the text here.

17th JDC

January 17, 2017 17th JDC Self-Help Desk opens in partnership with SLLS. 

Read about it here.

http://www.17thjdc.com/court-news/

January 12, 2017

Go here to read about SLLS' latest outreach and service effort in The Times-Picayune: "Hahnville gains new 'care center' for [sic] counciling and other resources"

January 5, 2017

FloodProof gears up for January 9 and January 28 community events:

Post Flood Disaster Recovery Fair
When
Mon, January 9, 6pm – 8pm
Where
Byrd Station Community, 6745 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge

Flood Proof Outreach and Intake
Southern University Law Center, A.A. Lenoir Hall, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Street, Baton Rouge, La. 70813
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

January 4, 2017

SLLS gets seasoned attorney to head its "FloodProof" Disaster Successions Project

Rick Singer joins our Baton Rouge office as the new managing Attorney with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation title clearing project. Rick received his law degree from LSU, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Rick joins us after many years in private practice at his own firm. We welcome Rick to SLLS!

December 22, 2016 American Can Co.: Press and Press Releases

Read here the piece from The Advocate: "Attorneys seek to block American Can Co. owners from ending leases with low-income resident [sic]"

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/business/article_29335320-c87f-11e6-9e46-4be12c12cbff.html?sr_source=lift_amplify

NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Contact: Monika Gerhart – 504-258-9294 – mgerhart@gnofairhousing.org
Hannah Adams – 504-529-1000 x.258 – hadams@slls.org
Housing Advocates Issue “Cease and Desist” Letter
New Orleans—Today, housing advocates at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) issued a letter to Audubon Communities to cease and desist Christmas evictions of low-income tenants in publicly funded apartments. Audubon Communities is the Atlanta-based firm that owns the complex known as the American Can Company.

"The investment of public funds in this property included a promise to provide affordable apartments at the American Can," noted Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of GNOFHAC. "Audubon Communities should honor their promise to Louisiana taxpayers and cease these evictions. Further, these evictions disproportionately impact people with disabilities, families which children, and people of color, possibly in violation of the Fair Housing Act."

"The low-income families we serve are being pushed out of their homes and priced out of their city," added Hannah Adams, Staff Attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, who represents a disabled Vietnam veteran facing eviction from one of the affordable units. "Audubon Communities bought a heavily subsidized affordable housing complex and now they need to follow the rules if they want to change the property to luxury housing."


In addition to the potential Fair Housing Act violations, the evictions may also run afoul of regulations required of taxpayer-funded properties, including requirements to notify tenants of proposed changes, and to consider options for ongoing affordability based on resident input.


Public funds invested in the property include: $29 million from the State in tax-exempt bond financing; $8.5 million in historic tax credits; 10 years of payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) property tax relief; and $7 million in grants and loans subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


GNOFHAC and SLLS are urging others in the community to join their efforts. A community sign-on letter is available here.

NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Contact: Monika Gerhart – 504-258-9294 – mgerhart@gnofairhousing.org
Hannah Adams – 504-529-1000 x.258 – hadams@slls.org


Housing Advocates Issue “Cease and Desist” Letter


New Orleans—Today, housing advocates at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) issued a letter to Audubon Communities to cease and desist Christmas evictions of low-income tenants in publicly funded apartments. Audubon Communities is the Atlanta-based firm that owns the complex known as the American Can Company.

"The investment of public funds in this property included a promise to provide affordable apartments at the American Can," noted Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of GNOFHAC. "Audubon Communities should honor their promise to Louisiana taxpayers and cease these evictions. Further, these evictions disproportionately impact people with disabilities, families which children, and people of color, possibly in violation of the Fair Housing Act."

"The low-income families we serve are being pushed out of their homes and priced out of their city," added Hannah Adams, Staff Attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, who represents a disabled Vietnam veteran facing eviction from one of the affordable units. "Audubon Communities bought a heavily subsidized affordable housing complex and now they need to follow the rules if they want to change the property to luxury housing."


In addition to the potential Fair Housing Act violations, the evictions may also run afoul of regulations required of taxpayer-funded properties, including requirements to notify tenants of proposed changes, and to consider options for ongoing affordability based on resident input.


Public funds invested in the property include: $29 million from the State in tax-exempt bond financing; $8.5 million in historic tax credits; 10 years of payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) property tax relief; and $7 million in grants and loans subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

GNOFHAC and SLLS are urging others in the community to join their efforts. A community sign-on letter is available here.

December 21, 2016

Read about SLLS Housing Attorney Hannah Adams' efforts to help elderly, disabled and other tenants here in today's article from The Advocate: "Low-income residents being ousted from New Orleans' American Can Co. affordable-housing complex."

December 20 2016

FloodProof gets ink across the country. Read "School helps build new app to help Louisiana flood victims" here.

December 20, 2016

SLLS Housing  Attorney Hannah Adams appears on WWL-TV. Watch "Dozens evicted from low-income units at American Can complex" here.

December 20, 2016

Louisiana Bar Journal dedicates its current issue to Access to Justice. Read it here

See page 272 for a feature about our work with the LIFT incubator program.

 

December 9, 2016

Read "BRAF offering assistance to clear property titles" in The Livingston Parish News.

December 8, 2016

The New York Times applauds LawHelp Interactive in "A Year of Big Ideas in Social Change." SLLS uses LawHelp Interactive to host online forms for a range of legal issues, showing that we are tech leaders in advancing access to justice!

Here at SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky developed resources hosted on LawHelp Interactive (LHI). These include interactive forms to help people create legal documents and letters. She developed interactive online training sessions for public interest and pro bono advocates, which also appear on LHI. 

 

 

 

December 7, 2016

Read "Lutz Fellowship expansion aids families hurt by floods" here to learn more about what our Tulane-sponsored Lutz Fellows are doing to help others.

December 6, 2016

SLLS is pleased to welcome Scott Ledbetter as our new Loyola/Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow. Scott is a 2016 graduate of the  Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Scott received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. Scott also holds an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate from Delgado Community College.  SLLS welcomes Scott, who begins work in our Houma office on December 12, 2016.

December 1, 2016

SLLS makes headlines for its disaster relief work, and for adding novel technology solutions to the mix.

Read "Louisiana Groups Leverage Technology to Streamline Title Clearing and Disaster Relief" in The National Law Review.  Go here for the story.

Read about SLLS' disaster relief work in "Baton Rouge flood victims can get title clearing help through new BRAF program." Go here for the story.

Read more here in The Advocate's story "From boots on the ground to suits on the ground, flood relief now revolves around clearing titles for lower-income residents."

 

November 28, 2016

NGA NGUYEN LEFT

2016 Public Service Award conferred on Nga Nguyen of SLLS at the "Summit Soiree: Salute to Community Excellence."  Nga, a paralegal with our New Orleans Family Law Unit, is pictured with Mayor Mitch Landrieu above.

November 14, 2016

SLLS welcomes new Lutz Fellow

Erin Tyrer joins SLLS Monday, November 28, 2016 as our new Lutz Fellow. Erin will work in our Baton Rouge office on domestic violence cases. Erin is a graduate of Tulane Law School and was sworn in to the Louisiana bar last month. Erin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science from Gettysburg College. Please join SLLS in welcoming Erin to Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

November 2, 2016

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle talks about civil legal aid and flood recovery on NPR's "All Things Considered" program. Listen here.

October 27, 2016

SLLS appreciates volunteers every day. We take this opportunity to highlight Gary Higgins, one of our volunteer lawyers, in honor of National Pro Bono Week.

GARY HIGGINS

R. Gary Higgins, Jr., a local pro bono hero from Covington, Louisiana, has been an unwavering volunteer for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ (SLLS) Northshore Pro Bono Project donating hundreds of hours to expand access to justice for vulnerable people. Gary began volunteering with SLLS while attending law school. He has continued to donate his time and talents after becoming a licensed attorney. Gary practices in the areas of family law, real estate, and successions. He is never shy about taking on new challenges and lending a hand to help people in need.

For the past year, Gary has regularly staffed SLLS’ Washington Parish Self Help Resource Center in rural Washington Parish, an area with a 26% poverty rate and no physical civil legal aid office located there. When SLLS decided to launch a new Self-Help Desk in St. Tammany Parish in June 2016, Gary answered the call to service. He has already donated almost 30 hours to this brand new initiative.

Gary volunteered at the Give NOLA Day event in May helping to set up and staff a table as well as encouraging donations for the cause. While in law school, he volunteered over a semester doing legal research and drafting pleadings. While studying for the bar he continued to handle legal research tasks and drafted domestic pleadings and memoranda. Once admitted to practice, Gary also took on pro bono divorce and custody cases. He has volunteered at all four of SLLS’s Wills for Heroes events where wills and other estate planning documents are drafted for first responders. No task is too big or too small for Gary. Always ready to help, he has even grabbed a ladder and changed out light bulbs in our Covington office when needed!

Mr. Higgins graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in History. He then went on to law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he graduated magna cum laude. While attending law school, he served as a teaching assistant for legal writing as well as a senior editor on the law review.

October 24, 2016 Staff News

Julia Wilson joined SLLS today as our new Lutz/Equal Justice Works Disaster Legal fellow. Julia will work from our Baton Rouge office. Julia is a graduate of Tulane University Law School and was sworn in to the Louisiana State Bar this past week. She earned her undergraduate degree in history from Loyola University New Orleans. October 19, 2016

Read "Southeast Louisiana Legal Services sets Ask-A-Lawyer events" from the New Orleans Advocate here.

October 17, 2016

SLLS Litigation Director David Williams is honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association's Legal Excellence in Advocacy Award at the 2016 Louisiana Justice Community Conference.

2016 ATJ AWARDS

David Williams, left with Luz Molina.

 

SLLS was well represented at the rest of the conference, too.

HARDELL WARD

Here is New Orleans office housing attorney Hardell Ward, left, on a panel about housing policy advocacy.

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky convened the Statewide Website meeting at the conference and spoke during the session about Self Represented Litigants.

tuggle laura

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle sat on panels about the future of access to justice and about building bridges to help incarcerated people re-enter society.

October 12, 2016

October 11, 2016

lawyers in libraries 2016

October 5, 2016 SLLS to aid flood survivors with sales tax refund issues.

October 5, 2016

SLLS in the community: we reach out at two events on October 15, 2016. SLLS will be at  a HUD Disaster Housing Resources Roadshow at Southern University Law Clinic in Baton Rouge on the same day.

Check out the community interest story by WFAB about the Baton Rouge event here.  Here is some key information from that piece:

The Southern University Law Center is looking to help anyone who has been flooded and are fighting with their landlord or people dealing with confusion about filling out paperwork. Southern has opened a disaster recovery law clinic just for flood victims who can not afford a lawyer. There will be volunteer attorneys, law center faculty and students to help people at the law school on Roosevelt Steptoe Drive. Free legal assistance is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but there will also be extended hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for people who can not make it during the day. They ask that people call (225) 771-3333 to make an appointment. For more information, click here.

That same day SLLS will boost its New Orleans outreach by participating in this community housing and resource fair -- see the

Community Housing and Resource Fair

October 4, 2016

SLLS announces yet another new staff member.

Danielle Barringer will start work as a Disaster Legal Fellow in our Baton Rouge office  October 17, 2016.

Danielle received her law degree from Southern University Law Center. She earned her undergraduate degee in political science and a masters degree criminal justice from the University of North Florida.  Danielle will handle disaster-related housing, title clearing and consumer issues. Please help me welcome Danielle to SLLS!

October 3, 2016

SLLS is pleased to announce yet another new staff member.

Today Arielle Young starts work as a Disaster Legal Fellow in our Hammond office. She received her law degree from the Southern University Law Center and her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL). Arielle will handle disaster-related housing, title-clearing and consumer legal issues.

September 28, 2016 

A huge thank you to the Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association for amping up support for SLLS at Legalpalooza. Check out this shot of The Whiskey Penguins.

The Whiskey Penguins at Legalpalooza.

 

September 21, 2016

david williams

SLLS Litigation Director David Williams will receive the Louisiana State Bar Association's Legal Service Excellence in Advocacy Award at the 2016 Louisiana Justice Community Conference.

SLLS congratulates David on this well-deserved honor!

September 20, 2016 Hannah Adams featured in Antigravity Magazine feature about housing evictions in Orleans Parish. 

Read "FIVE DAY NOTICE: OBSERVATIONS FROM EVICTION COURT" here.

September 19, 2016 SLLS' Paul Tuttle offers community education about title and tax issues.

PAUL TUTTLE PANELISTPaul Tuttle above center.

Paul joined a panel presentation on "preserving community wealth" for the National Re-Investment Coalition conference in New Orleans. He talked about successions and clearing property titles and  federal tax issues like the Earned Income Tax Credit, fraudulent tax preparers, and federal tax liens.

September 12, 2016

L Stansky Spanish Mobile Louisiana LawHelp.org presentation at Hispanic Resource Center

Going Mobile: Students  at the Hispanic Resource Center hear about Spanish mobile LouisianaLawHelp.org in Spanish, from SLLS' Lisa Stansky.

 

September 8, 2016

FEMA & Disaster Law Training to Loyola Law School Students and Pro Bono Attorney 9 8 2016

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle giving her September 8 presentation at the FEMA & Disaster Law Training for Loyola Law School Students and Pro Bono Attorneys

September 6, 2016

SLLS welcomes new staff, including recipients of public interest law fellowships.

Amanda Huff Brown joins SLLS as a a Graduate for Justice  for eight weeks to assist with staffing Disaster Recovery Centers and disaster issues in our Hammond Office.  Amanda is a 2016 graduate of Loyola Law School. She majored in Economics at LSU. While at Loyola, Amanda participated in the Litigation Technology Clinic which provides technical assistance to legal services providers. Please welcome Amanda to SLLS!

Carmen Barba joined SLLS  as a part-time law clerk with our new Jefferson Parish Eviction Diversion Pilot Project in our New Orleans Office on August 29, 2016. Carmen completed her first year at Loyola Law School. Carmen clerked with SLLS's Family Law Unit in New Orleans this past summer. Carmen is fluent in both Spanish and French.

Danielle Davis will join SLLS  as a part-time law clerk with our new Jefferson Parish Eviction Diversion Pilot Project in our New Orleans Office on September 7, 2016. Danielle is a 2016 graduate of Southern University Law Center. Danielle was a pre-law major at Our Lady of the Holy Cross College in New Orleans.

Victoria Wood will be joining SLLS as a Lutz Fellow in the Baton Rouge Office on September 12, 2016. Victoria is a 2016 graduate of Tulane Law School and was a double major in Political Science and International Studies at LSU. Victoria is fluent in Spanish.

Ana Lopez will also join SLLS as a Lutz Fellow in the Housing Unit in the New Orleans office on September 12, 2016. Ana is also a 2016 graduate of Tulane Law School. Ana studied English Literature at Florida State University and is also fluent in Spanish.

Rebecca Holmes will be joining SLLS as a Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging Fellow with our Medical Legal Project in our New Orleans office on September 12, 2016. Rebecca is a 2016 graduate of Loyola Law School and received her degree in Political Economics from Albertson College, College of Idaho.

Chelsea Fitzgerald will be joining SLLS as a Vanderbilt University Law School Public Service Fellow in our Housing Unit in our New Orleans office on September 12, 2016. Chelsea is a 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School also had a double major in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Florida. Chelsea is also fluent in Spanish.

August 30, 2016

SLLS Baton Rouge Managing Attorney Talya Bergeron's personal ordeal with the recent flood is covered by "The Waters Have Receded From Baton Rouge. Now Comes The Hard Part," by ThinkProgress.org.

Read the article here.

August 24, 2016

Laura Tuggle comments on relationship between clear title issue and flood recovery in this Louisiana Appleseed press release:

Lessons Learned: Changes in Law Will Help Flood Victims Rebuild

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Today more flooded homeowners will be able to access disaster-related funds, thanks to some post-disaster improvements made to Louisiana law in recent years.  Now, due to efforts by a state-wide nonprofit, Louisiana Appleseed, and its volunteers, flood victims can access disaster-related funds, even if they do not have clear title to their property.  In other words, now even if a home’s deed or title is in a parent’s or grandparent’s name, qualifying homeowners will be able to seek and obtain rebuilding funds.  This will enable many residents to rebuild, make productive use of their land and preserve wealth and assets.

After the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of low-income homeowners in Louisiana faced hardships and were not able to return to their homes, often because they did not have clear title to their property.  Many of them lived in family homes, passed down informally and outside of the legal system.  Without clear ownership, homeowners could not access recovery grants and loans needed to rebuild and return to their homes – thus severely delaying recovery.
“After the storms of 2005, our lawyers saw first-hand that when homeowners don’t have clear title and can’t get federal or state funds, it doesn’t just affect that individual or family.  It affects the entire community because it slows down recovery for everyone,” said Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), the state’s largest provider of free civil legal aid.

Since that time, Louisiana Appleseed, a pro bono nonprofit that recruits professionals to solve problems at the root cause, has been working with SLLS and others on ways to improve the outlook for families that face title issues – especially in times of disaster.  In 2008, Louisiana Appleseed and its attorney volunteer, Malcolm A. Meyer, began working with then Senator Edwin Murray to change the law on small successions, making it easier and less costly for family members to obtain clear title to inherited homes.

In 2012, Louisiana Appleseed, Meyer and Sen. Murray again teamed up to enact a law allowing a public entity to work with and distribute disaster funds to eligible co-owners who have resided in a house for at least a year if the property: (1) meets the definition of a small succession and (2) has been "damaged by a disaster or catastrophe for which a declaration of emergency or federal declaration of disaster or emergency was issued."  La. CCP 3422.1.  "Perhaps the most important change, for which Louisiana Appleseed advocated, is the addition of this new law which allows the family member who lived in the flooded property for the year before the disaster to apply for rebuilding funds without the need to gather signatures of all the other co-owners who may no longer live close by,” said Malcolm Meyer, the Louisiana Appleseed volunteer who drafted this part of the law.  Meyer also stated that the use of the phrase that the government agency "may conclusively presume that a co-owner in possession ... has been appointed by all co-owners to manage administer, repair, reconstruct and restore  [the home]" clearly shows the intent of the Legislature – that paperwork should not get in the way of helping people come home.
“In Louisiana, we can’t just deal with the crisis of today.  We have learned from the past – that we must be a proactive community – making improvements in the law now to protect against future harm,” said Louisiana Appleseed Executive Director, Christy Kane.  The revised law seeks to do just that, and residents should take advantage of these provisions, if they are able.

For further questions regarding the law changes, contact:

Christy Kane
Louisiana Appleseed
504-957-8945
ckane@appleseednetwork.org

August 22, 2016

laura tuggle

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle appears in the The New York Times piece "After Baton Rouge Flooding, Learning Lessons From New Orleans" Read it here.

August 11, 2016 louisiana lawhelp

leap project

Technology for Justice: Louisiana State Bar Association's "LEAP" library initiative boosts SLLS' new online forms and information guides.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) released free online legal forms hosted by LawHelp Interactive. The national civil legal aid community uses LawHelp Interactive to host automated forms to help people clear life's legal hurdles. SLLS paired these new automated forms with information guides designed for public libraries.
The New York Times applauded LawHelp Interactive in "Legal Aid with a Digital Twist." These resources extend help online anytime, anywhere, to anyone. SLLS won federal funding for the project through the competitive Technology Initiative Grant program of the Legal Services Corporation.
SLLS created automated forms and guides to help people create basic forms for small claims court, modification of child support, provisional custody by mandate, and some expungements. The forms and related resources are packaged into "LibGuides," a librarian-friendly format. Anyone can find the LibGuides and related forms here on LouisianaLawHelp.org, a free legal information and resource site administered by SLLS in partnership with Pro Bono Net.  Louisiana's site is part of the LawHelp.org network, which has won a Webby.
SLLS developed the automated forms with two innovative software programs:  Access to Justice Author and HotDocs. Access to Justice Author creates an interactive interview to help users enter information for the online form.  HotDocs meshes the user's answers into the form. The LawHelp Interactive site processes the form and delivers it to the user, who can print it, save it, or receive it by e-mail.  
"SLLS's initiative uses smart applications of technology to open more doors for those without an attorney to achieve justice on their own. Public libraries are natural partners in raising awareness of these vital self-help tools," said Liz Keith, Program Director at Pro Bono Net.  Pro Bono Net and its LawHelp Interactive site are key partners in SLLS' initiative to use libraries as a hub for connecting legal information with people who need it most.
"While it is preferable that all litigants be represented by an attorney, many litigants with limited means are unable to afford an attorney and are not able to obtain pro bono legal services," said Judge Lisa Woodruff-White, who chairs the  Self-Represented Litigants Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association. "Those challenges are even more pronounced in rural areas.  That is why web-based programs such as automated documents and LibGuides are a vital resource for many litigants.  Self-represented litigants seem to fare better and have a more positive view of the legal system if they have access to self-help resources versus those litigants without access to self-help resources," the judge added.
Another SLLS partner in this effort is the Legal Education & Assistance Program, also known as "LEAP." A project of the Access to Justice Program of the Louisiana State Bar Association, LEAP worked with SLLS during the development phase and will help spread the word about these online tools, especially among Louisiana libraries. 
Using technology to improve access to justice is gaining traction in the U.S. and abroad.  SLLS is on the cutting edge of Louisiana's technology-for-justice movement. With participation and input during a pilot project with the Orleans Parish Civil District Court, SLLS launched Louisiana's first automated uncontested divorce forms years ago. SLLS helped Louisiana become one of the first states to adopt a mobile format in English and in Spanish for LouisianaLawHelp.org, the free legal information site administered by SLLS and managed by Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky.    
About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
SLLS (slls.org) is Louisiana's largest provider of free civil legal aid. SLLS serves half of Louisiana's low-income people from six offices throughout southeast Louisiana. In many parts of our 22-parish service area SLLS is the only organization that can help. In 2015 SLLS aided more than 26,000 people, with a direct economic impact of  more than $17.5 million.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit leader in developing innovative technology and forging collaborations to increase access to justice. Its programs, including www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org, enable legal advocates to make a stronger impact, increase volunteer participation, and empower the public with resources and self-help tools to improve their lives. LawHelp Interactive makes implementing document assembly initiatives easier and less costly for legal aid organizations as well as pro bono and court-based access-to-justice programs. LawHelp Interactive is operated by Pro Bono Net in partnership with Ohio State Legal Services Association, with support from Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiative Grants program, among other funders, as well as from the HotDocs Corporation. 

Lisa Stansky
Website Coordinator
Southeast Louisiana Legal ServicesAugust 9, 2016

Go here to read "New Orleans receives $800K to combat chronic homelessness" from The Louisiana Weekly. SLLS is among the grantees in this joint effort.

August 3, 2016

SLLS' role noted in: "LSC Partners with Equal Justice Works for New Program Connecting Law Students to High-need Rural Areas." Go here to read the entire piece.

August 2, 2016 

Results Oriented: Roxanne Newman joins panel about recording and reporting outcomes at the Southeast Project Director and Administrator Annual Meeting in Florida.

Don Isaac of Florida Rural Legal Services, Roxanne Newman of SLLS, Larry Gardella of Legal Services of Alabama and Stuart Warren of Kentucky Legal Aid.

From left: Don Isaac of Florida Rural Legal Services, Roxanne Newman of SLLS, Larry Gardella of Legal Services of Alabama and Stuart Warren of Kentucky Legal Aid.

JULY 29, 2016

Southern Hospitality: SLLS convenes at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge for its all-staff meeting.

L Tuggle with the Chancellor John K. Pierre of Southern Univ. Law Center

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle with Chancellor John K. Pierre

SLLS also took this opportunity to thank the Louisiana Bar Foundation for its generous funding of SLLS' work.

Jane Sherman, La ura Tuggle, and Chancellor John K. Pierre

From left: President E. Jane Sherman.of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle, and Chancellor John K. Pierre of the Southern University Law Center.

JULY 28, 2016

Everyone passed -- and passed a good time -- at "The Bar Exam" this year. See for yourself:

2016 Bar Exam

SLLS thanks you for joining the pub quiz benefit to support our program! Many thanks also to Eiffel Society and to all of our sponsors and supporters.

JULY 26, 2016 

Elena Perez

Elena Perez is this year's luncheon speaker at The Kullman Firm Law Scholars Program.  Elena managers our Medical-Legal Partnership project here at SLLS, and her past work has focused intensively on Social Security benefits. 

JULY 5, 2016

"Zika could hit people in poverty hardest" in USA Today quotes SLLS Attorney Hannah Adams, who represents tenants in substandard housing.

JUNE 27,  2016

SLLS at the 22nd JDC Self help resource center, which opened June 20th:

22nd JDC Self help resource center

From left: Theresa Robertson, SLLS staff attorney, Covington office; Tomi Aina, SLLS summer law clerk (Tulane); Paula Charles, SLLS managing attorney, Covington office;
Tyler Cole, SLLS summer law clerk (Loyola); Patti Oppenheim, Judge Mary Devereux's staff attorney, Div K, 22nd JDC;
Brittany Caronia, 22nd JDC summer law clerk (Loyola); Daniel Obioha, SLLS summer law clerk (Loyola); Colton Acosta, 22nd JDC summer law clerk (LSU); Onsi Saleh, 22nd JDC summer clerk, (Tulane).

JUNE 27, 2016

L TUGGLE TALKS ABOUT RE ENTRY ISSUES AT BALTIMORE CONFERENCE

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle (above) participated in a panel called  “Why Cleaning the Slate Matters for Reentry Strategies,” today at the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention in Baltimore, MD.

JUNE 20, 2016

GNOHA

SLLS to provide free Fair Housing training

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) is holding a free fair housing training led by SLLS on Thursday, June 23rd, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 1429 S. Rampart St. All GNOHA members are invited to attend.

 

JUNE 16, 2016

Paul Tuttle Outreach in Gentilly Terrace

Paul Tuttle reaches out for SLLS at a Gentilly Terrace Neighborhood Meeting. Paul manages our Low-Income Taxpayer Unit.

 

JUNE 15, 2016

SLLS partners with UNITY to help Domestic Violence survivors with HIV. Read "Unity of Greater N.O. awarded $1.3M for domestic violence victims with HIV/AIDS" here, from The Times-Picayune. 

JUNE 13, 2016

Our good work gets some ink in "Medicaid expands, ERs brace, Ernest Burrell prays."  Read the piece from The Times-Picayune here. Check out a related piece here "How Hurricane Katrina created the road map for Medicaid expansion." from The Times-Picayune.

JUNE 8, 2016 

Hud calls for cleanup of public housing in Bogalusa

WWLTV: "HUD calls for cleanup of public housing in Bogalusa" Watch the video and read the story here.

 

JUNE 6, 2016

Paul Tuttle at the New Orleans AARP office Paul Tuttle and others at the AARP office in New Orleans

Above are photos from Paul Tuttle's recent presentation at the New Orleans AARP office.  Paul, managing attorney of our Low-Income Tax Credit Unit, spoke about home ownership issues like keeping clear title, tax liens, and passing property in successions.

MAY 25, 2016

2016 pro bono awards honoree jay welch with slls deputy director roxanne newman

SLLS is well represented at the  2016 Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards. Above: honoree and longtime SLLS attorney Jay Welch, left, with SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman.

SLLS attorney Jay Welch received the Career Public Interest Award. One of the Pro Bono Publico Awards went to SLLS volunteer attorney Christian Weiler for his work with our Low-Income Tax Credit program.
SLLS board member Rolando Urbina received a Pro Bono Publico Award. SLLS  board member Mark Suprenant received his third consecutive Pro Bono Century Award. Former SLLS attorney Stephanie Lintern also received a Pro Bono Century Award.

SLLS extends congratulations to all on their achievements and honors.

2016  pro bono awards

Left to right: Christian Weiler, Justice Scott Crichton, Paul Tuttle, Jay Welch, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson D. Hughes, III; SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer.

 

MAY 16, 2016

More than 30 law clerks will join SLLS for the summer.

Our clerks this year come from the Southern University Law Center, the Tulane University School of Law. the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. SLLS welcomes this year's summer clerk class.

 

MAY 16, 2016

Our Wills for Heroes Event in Slidell last Saturday was a great success. We had an abundance of great volunteers who helped 29 first responders! Here is the crew below:

Wills for Heroes

Back row from left to right: Gary Higgins, Kurt Duncan, Chris Williams, Nisha Sandhu, Patti Oppenheim, Dan Oppenheim, Joe Harvin, Janet MacDonell, and Emmet Bowling ( paralegal). Front row from left to right: Cynthia Bordonaro, Gisele Rose, Jessica Wood, Michele Echols, Kristen Stanley-Wallace, Andrea Erwin Potter, Amythist Kearney, and Erin Scarborough (paralegal).

MAY 4, 2016 

The Huffington Post notes SLLS' work to remove barriers to public housing.  Read "The Time Is Now to Invest in Second Chances" here.

APRIL 26, 2016


SLLS to partner with HANO for Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program Grant

Nani Coloretti serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Third from left.

Above, Nani Coloretti (third from left) serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program Grants: SLLS will team up with Housing Authority of New Orleans to help erase barriers to housing, jobs and education for youth. Read the full press release here or at the web address below.  The grants program represents a joint effort between HUD and the U.S. Department of Justice.

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2016/HUDNo_16-056

APRIL 25, 2016

Sam Brandao

Staff Attorney Sam Brandao of our New Orleans office spoke at a homebuyer's clinic last Friday. The Saint Bernard Office of Fair Housing in Collaboration with Family Resources of New Orleans & Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA)hosted the event.

APRIL 25, 2016 

Our Houma office reaches out to the Isle De Jean Charles Tribe.

 

APRIL 20, 2016

2016 BAR AND GRILLE TO BENEFIT SLLS

NUUTELLAAHH! There wasn't exactly a shouting contest, but everyone came out a winner after the 14th Annual Bar & Grille cooking competition to benefit SLLS. Find out which teams scored on top here. Check out photos from the event here.

APRIL 19, 2016

Acting Managing Attorney Foreclosure Prevention Unit Tony from today’s reverse mortgages presentation for COAST at the Lacombe Senior Center

Senior savvy: Acting Managing Attorney Foreclosure Prevention Unit Anthony Sartorio, above, from today’s reverse mortgages presentation for COAST at the Lacombe Senior Center. COAST is the Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish.

APRIL 19, 2016

 

2016 Mark Moreau Award goes to Jay Welch center. Also pictured Chin Chin Ho Moreau (left) and Laura Tuggle (right).

SLLS thanks the New Orleans Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division for another fabulous Bar & Grille! We are also proud to announce that SLLS attorney Jay Welch (above center) was there to receive the 2016 Mark Moreau Award. The award honors the memory of SLLS' late co-director. Jay is flanked by Mark's wife Chin Chin Ho Moreau (left) and SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle (right).

APRIL 18, 2016

Paula Charles of SLLS LEFT and Samonica Brown  of Northshore Families Helping Families

SLLS noted in "North Shore DA says justice system must have crime victims' trust." Read the article here.

Paula Charles, managing attorney of our Covington office, appears above left, joined by Samonica  Brown of Northshore Families Helping Families. Paula was a speaker at a crime victims' rights program hosted by the district attorney. 

APRIL 14, 2016

Maureen Morrow, left, with others for WBOK broadcast.

Maureen Morrow (left) from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Amy Duncan of the State Bar Association, joined others for a broadcast on WBOK 1230AM. SLLS thanks the United Way of Southeast Louisiana for giving us this opportunity to appear on "The United Way and You" show.

APRIL 14, 2016

Here are the pics from our wills/successions presentation for COAST at the Bush Senior Citizen Center on Monday, April 11, 2016. The presenter was Covington attorney Michele M. Echols.

Here are the pics from our wills/successions presentation for COAST at the Bush Senior Citizen Center on Monday, April 11, 2016. The presenter was Covington attorney Michele M. Echols.

SLLS was glad to hold a program about wills and successions at the Bush Senior Citizen Center this past Monday. The Covington attorney Michele M. Echols was the speaker for this event sponsored by  COAST (Council On Aging-St Tammany).

APRIL 11, 2016

Foodies unite! Come eat, drink and support SLLS at Sunday's celebrated lawyer cook-off to benefit SLLS: the Bar & Grille, hosted by the Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association.  Save when you buy your ticket in advance -- learn more here.

Bar & Grille Cook-off to benefit SLLS!

MARCH 16, 2016

FREE LEGAL CLINIC

MARCH 14, 2016

SLLS and COAST give 18 seniors a heads-up about the dangers of credit cards and other debt

COAST event about debt hazards for elders.

From left: SLLS Pro Bono Coordinator Cynthia Bordonaro, joined by Nelson Rivers, who presented the dangers of credit card and other debt, and Beverly Baham of COAST (Council on Aging -- St. Tammany).

MARCH 14, 2016

Victims of violence and their families must deal with emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of crime. The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund helps innocent victims and their families pay for the financial cost of crime when they have no other means of paying. The fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

SLLS offices in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, and Washington parishes will help domestic violence and sexual assault victims apply for these funds. SLLS will also help victims appeal denied claims.

MARCH 7, 2016

SLLS Technology Initiative
Grant supports new statewide online application for free legal aid.

As a leader in Louisiana’s legal services community, SLLS is launching a new online intake application. This new application is designed to help low income people apply online at any time of day or night for non-emergency legal matters.

This program will increase accessibility to justice for working and disabled individuals as well as those without transportation or nearby access to one of our offices.

In addition, the application will refer applicants to other legal resources including self help, online forms or other legal assistance programs.

All applicants in Louisiana can apply online:
https://apply.lanonprofitjustice.org/s…/shared/a2jviewer.htm

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

Terrebonne parish coa  event with slls

Our Houma office knows how to reach out. Check out the photo above from a recent event hosted by the Terrebonne Parish Council on Aging.

RURAL SUMMER LEGAL CORPS

Learn more about new opportunities with SLLS via the Rural Summer Legal Corps program.

The Rural Summer Legal Corps is open to law students from Equal Justice Works’ member schools who have completed their first or second year of law school by the start of summer. Participants must also agree to a criminal background check during the application process.

SLLS has a position open in Baton Rouge. The Fellow will work directly with a Directing Attorney in SLLS’ Baton Rouge office to implement the Rural River Parishes Outreach and Legal Clinic Project. The majority of the Fellow’s time will be spent organizing and preparing materials for legal clinics, assisting with intake and interviews, conducting research, and advocating for clients. The Fellow will also identify stakeholders, develop and distribute outreach materials, attend partner meetings to establish legal clinics, and complete follow-up activities to help SLLS achieve continuous program improvement.

The application deadline is February 29th. Apply here today.

SUCCESS FOR ALL

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Share the joy! Check out these SLLS Success Stories here.

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Congratulations to SLLS attorney Hanna Thomas, now Vice-Chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Law Day committee.

This nationally recognized Law Day program will be held Monday, May 2, 2016.

Local middle and high school students are invited to witness a formal opening of court for the naturalization of new United States citizens and then proceed to the 19th Judicial District Court, The Family Court and Baton Rouge City Court for interactive sessions with a panel of judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers.

FEBRUARY 15, 2016 

LiveHelp gets a boost from the Public Interest Law Society at the LSU Law Center.  Check out the PILS website here, and read the item about LiveHelp below or here

Powered by instant messaging, LiveHelp  enables law student volunteers to steer people to resources on LouisianaLawHelp.org. 

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

CENTRAL CITY COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

Dillard University Office of Community Relations will host a community health and wellness festival  in Central City at the Progressive Baptist Church -- 1214 S. Robertson Street, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be held in partnership with Progressive Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church and Union Bethel A.M.E. Church. We are expecting approximately 400-500 people to attend this new health outreach initiative in Central City.

The event will feature healthcare providers, financial planners, health forums, healthy cooking demonstrations, gardening activities, health screenings, music, foods, fitness and exercise, homebuyers information, fire safety, etc.

JANUARY 28, 2016

Read the latest edition of the SLLS newsletter here.

JANUARY 21, 2016

SLLS @ TIG

ONLINE FORMS PANEL STANSKYONLINE TRAINING PANEL STANSKY

Lisa Stansky spoke at this year's Technology Initiative Grant Conference about automated forms and online training. At TIG's request, she co-hosted a dinner focused on global access to justice efforts.

SLLS thanks the LSC TIG program for the generous scholarship that allowed Lisa to participate and speak at this year's event in San Antonio, Texas.

JANUARY 21, 2016

LAWYERS IN LIBRARIES

Check out SLLS and its outreach work in this month's Louisiana Bar Journal!

 

 

 

JANUARY 6, 2016

LISA STANSKY

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky will speak at the 2016 Technology Initiative Grants Conference. Learn more here. She is a panelist for two sessions: "Supporting Innovations in Advocacy through Online Forms" and  "Effective Online Trainings." 

DECEMBER 28, 2015

SLLS Board of Directors Honors Pro Bono Project Executive Director Rachel Piercey with a resolution recognizing her commitment to Louisiana's access to justice community. Rachel is retiring after many fruitful years with the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, which also enjoys a healthy partnership with SLLS. SLLS HONORARY RESOLUTION FOR R PIERCEY

Rachel Piercey, second from left, flanked by SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle and members of the SLLS Board of Directors Warren McKenna, III (far left) and Christopher K. Ralston (far right).

DECEMBER 22, 2015

LSC

Go here  to read "A Year-End Message to LSC-Funded Programs from Chairman John Levi and President Jim Sandman"

DECEMBER 14, 2015

Outreach at Mexican Consulate E Perez right Dec 14 2015

Elena Perez, a managing attorney with SLLS' Medical Legal Partnership Program (right),  reaches out to the community to talk about fair housing and landlord-tenant issues. SLLS thanks the Mexican Consulate for hosting Elena and our partner in today's event, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

WILLS AND SUCCESSIONS EVENT HOSTED BY SLLS AND OTHERS.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

SLLS' Paul Tuttle (center) presented our pro bono award to volunteer attorney Christian Weiler (left) of the Christian & Rees firm.

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

SLLS welcomes new staff to several offices.

Hannah Groedel has joined the Westbank office on November 2, 2015 as one of our new Lutz fellows. Hannah is working on Domestic Violence and Family Law cases.
Lekeisha McKarry joined the Houma Office on November 9, 2015. Lekiesha is handling Child in Need of Care cases.
Sydney Wessinger also joined our Baton Rouge office on November 9, 2015 as a Delta Service Corps member. Sydney is assisting us with outreach and helping us to coordinate the revisiting of our strategic planning.
Lakethia Bryant joined the Houma office today, November 16, 2015. Lakethia is handling foreclosure cases and other matters.
Josephine Vanderhorst also joined our Baton Rouge office today, November 16, 2015 as our other new Lutz fellow. Josephine is a paralegal assisting with CINC cases.

NOVEMBER 5, 2015

The Advocate

The Advocate highlights Jay Welch's celebrated Single Stop project at Delgado Community College. Read about it here.

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle quoted in "Arrest record not enough to ban public housing rental, HUD says." Read the story from The Times-Picayune here.

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions -- for Justice

SLLS will hold an early morning talk about its new medical-legal partnership project at the National Legal Aid & Defender Conference panel. The meeting is by invitation only.  SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle will be joined by Pro Bono Project Executive Director Rachel Piercey.  This meeting was also featured in the Medical-Legal Partnership Update.

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Belly up with the bar Sarah (Jamie) Campbell and Sarah Bradley

It's too darn hot! SLLS Regional Managing Attorney Sarah "Jamie" Campbell and SLLS attorney Sarah Bradley go all out to smoke the competition at "Belly Up with the Bar " cookoff to raise funds for our good work.  Many thanks to the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation for hosting this benefit for SLLS.

NOVEMBER 3, 2015 SLLS thanks the volunteers who celebrate pro bono all year long!

 

One of our key volunteers Christian Neumann Weiler (second from right) flanked by (from left) SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Managing Attorney Paul Tuttle, and SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle.

NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Another helpful community event hosted by SLLS and Louisiana Appleseed is just around tyhe corner:

OCTOBER 28, 2015 SLLS

Roxanne Newman right

SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month with radio appearance.  Here she is above right, with Amela Hutcheson, Executive Director of SAFE (Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment). The show was hosted by WHMD Kajun 107.1 FM. 

OCTOBER 28, 2015

HARDELL WARD

SLLS Attorney Hardell Ward strikes out against domestic violence in eviction case. Read all about it here in The Times-Picayune: "New Orleans apartments tried to evict domestic violence victim."

OCTOBER 26, 2015

SLLS celebrates pro bono all year long. This week is special.

Go here to see our events calendar to learn more.

Go here to learn more about our Northshore Pro Bono Project.

Celebrate Pro Bono

OCTOBER 26, 2015

Judge Bernadette D'Souza, distinguished SLLS alumna, is among the 2015 Champions of the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

CHAMPIONS OF THE FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

Judge D'Souza, who worked to combat domestic violence during her career with SLLS, was honored at last Friday's soiree to benefit the Family Justice Center's work.

OCTOBER 26, 2015

The Advocate

The Advocate notes SLLS role in providing services for veterans. Go here to read "Delgado to offer services to eligible military veterans, and other news of higher education."

 

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Health Fair Outreach

Susie Price of our Houma office reaches out  at the Lafourche Council on Aging's Annual Health Fair in Raceland.

OCTOBER 20, 2015

TULANE NEWS

Tulane Lauds Lutz Fellow Jessica Wood. Read "Lutz fellowships train new graduates, fill critical needs" here.

OCTOBER 19, 2015

Ranie Thompson from SLLS reaches out to our community across the river at the "Church without Walls" event in Gretna last Saturday. Here is Ranie, right, at the Temple Church of God In Christ in Gretna with Pastor Keith E. Thornton, Sr.

PASTOR THORNTON WITH RANIE THOMPSON

OCTOBER 16, 2015

SLLS Welcomes New Staff

• Michelle Jack is a new support staff member with our Baton Rouge One Stop Homeless Program. Michelle is working with Margherita McWilliams at the One Stop Center. Michelle comes to us with a wealth of experience in the business, medical, consumer retail and finance industries.
• Julia Jack (no relation to Michelle Jack) is a new staff attorney with our Employment and Benefits Unit in New Orleans. Julia previously was a judicial intern for Judge Dennis Bagneris on the Louisiana Forth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.
• Plezetta West will be starting as a new staff attorney in our Hammond office on October 27th. Plezetta will be working with Ranie Thompson on foreclosure cases and with Marie Wright on general civil cases. Plezetta has a Masters in Social Work in addition to her J.D. and has clerked for Judge Angelique Reed in First City Court and Judge Madeline Jasmine in the 40th JDC.

OCTOBER 16, 2015 

"These boots were made for walkin'" to the career development boot camp at Loyola University College of Law, where SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle gave the troops a pep talk. 

OCTOBER 14, 2015

AROUND THE BAR

SLLS gets nice mention in Around the Bar, the magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. 

Go here to read “Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides critical legal help for those most in need ”

 

OCTOBER 12, 2015

Single Stop Program at Delgado University scores award at Louisiana Justice Community Conference. 

SLLS attorney Jay Welch and SLLS were honored with the inaugural Legal Service Innovation Award for the program, which offers free legal help to Delgado students, particularly to remove hurdles to their progress in school and in life.

Below you see Jay Welch, left, accepting the award for the Single Stop Program at Delgado University. JAY WELCH

Longtime attorney and advocate Sachida Raman of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (below left) was honored with an inaugural award for his contribution to access to justice.

sachida raman and jay welch

OCTOBER 12, 2015

Laura TugglePaul Tuttle

Laura Tuggle and Paul Tuttle (both above) drew a crowd for CLE sessions at the Louisiana Justice Community  Conference.  Laura, SLLS' executive director, talked about housing issues for survivors of domestic violence and Paul, head of our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, talked about a range of tax issues.

 

OCTOBER 1, 2015

Meet SLLS attorney Artis Ulmer at the Gonzales Library later this month. Go here or click on the excerpt from the Ascension Parish Library newsletter below to learn more. ASK A LAWYER AT THE GONZALES LIBRARY

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

SLLS gets nice mention in "Covington Town Talk: Local lawyers work in quiet service to community" read it here.

http://www.nola.com/community/st-tammany/index.ssf/2015/09/covington_town_talk_local_lawy.html

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Check out this photo from our community education event for homeowners last night at Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West Restore in Covington.

Marie Wright, managing attorney of our Hammond office, and Maureen Morrow, an SLLS consumer law attorney, talked about wills and successions, consumer debt and fraud, bankruptcies and more. Also on hand: Cynthia M. Bordonaro, coordinator of the SLLS Northshore Pro Bono Project; and Lara Batchelder, M.ED., Homebuyer Services, Habitat for Humanity St Tammany West. SLLS thanks the American College of Bankruptcy for funding this event.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Vitter Announces $1.6M in Grants for Victims Support

See the site of U.S. Senator David Vitter here. The text of his announcement appears below.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Department of Justice will be awarding four grants totaling $1,653,598 for programs providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, implementation of substance abuse programs, and assist forensic scientists. Funding for two of these grants is through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Vitter has consistently voted yes on Senate and House floor votes to increase protections for and funding to combat the issue of domestic violence since he became a member of Congress. Most recently, Vitter supported the reauthorization of VAWA on February 12, 2013 and on March 26, 2012.

“This funding will provide support for the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of domestic violence, those struggling with substance abuse, and folks who have had crimes committed against them,” said Vitter.

The Wellspring Alliance For Families in Monroe, La. will be receiving a grant of $600,000 from the DOJ’s Legal Assistance for Victims Grant (LAV) Program which was reauthorized under VAWA. The program will strengthen assistance programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Funds from this grant will be used to provide support and legal assistance in family law matters in twelve parishes in northeast Louisiana – Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, LaSalle, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas and West Carroll.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans, La. will be receiving a grant of $398,289 from the DOJ’s LAV Program to strengthen assistance programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Project partners for this grant include: the Family Justice Center of New Orleans, Catholic Charites Archdioceses of New Orleans Immigration Services, and the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana of Marksville, La. will be receiving a grant of $544,768 from the DOJ’s FY 2015 Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (IASAP). Funds from this grant will provide for increasing coordination between the Tribe and outside law enforcement in matters related to substance abuse crimes, prevention, and treatment.

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement in Baton Rouge, La. will be receiving a grant of $110,541 from the DOJ’s FY 2015 Paul Coverdell forensic Science Improvement Grants Program. Funds from this grant will continue efforts to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services, reducing backlog, and train staff.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

UNITY OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS EVENTS

UNITY of Greater New Orleans knows there's no place like home. That is why they will have SLLS attorney Hardell Ward speak about evictions at Friday's Service Providers & Professionals Association meeting. Hardell is with the Housing Unit of our New Orleans office.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Takin' Care of Business . . . .Paul Tuttle at the Norman Mayer Library

SLLS attorney Paul Tuttle gives his audience the scoop about tax obligations for small enterprises last week. Organized by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the event at the Norman Mayer branch of the New Orleans Public Library connected the crowd with small business information and resources. Paul manages the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at our New Orleans office. 

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

PAUL TUTTLE SPEAKING AT CLE

Paul Tuttle, above, gives the scoop about small successions during a recent continuing legal education seminar about Katrina's legacy of title issues. Paul manages our Low-Income Taxpayer Unit in the New Orleans office.  The seminar was hosted by Louisiana Appleseed, SLLS and other partners.

AUGUST 31, 2015

K10 Citywide Day of Service

Check out these photos from our recent appearance at the Central City AL Davis Park K10 Community Resource Event. The event was part of the K10 Citywide Day of Service.

Central City AL Davis Park K10 Community Resource Event

Our happy outreach crew included SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle, top row, fourth from the right.

Central City AL Davis Park K10 Community Resource Event

Attendees received SLLS brochures and other information. Central City AL Davis Park K10 Community Resource Event

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle, right.

AUGUST 31, 2015

HUD EXCHANGE

Join HUD Exchange online at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow to learn how New Orleans ended homelessness for veterans (and how SLLS helped).

How New Orleans Ended Veteran Homelessness Webinar - Go here to sign on.

AUGUST 31, 2015

National and local media mark K + 10,  noting achievements and challenges for SLLS and other justice community partners.

Read all about it. Go here to see the media section of our Katrina anniversary site pages.

AUGUST 31, 2015 

SHRIVER CENTER

Laura Tuggle to speak during a Shriver Center online training about housing challenges for people with criminal records.

Go here to register online.

From the Shriver Center's announcement:

Laura Tuggle, executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and former general counsel for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), will talk about the strides made, setbacks experienced, and lessons learned in the ongoing advocacy campaign to improve HANO's criminal-records policies.

 

AUGUST 17, 2015

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle to address Jefferson Parish group later this month about the civil legal aid needs of survivors of domestic violence and assault. The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children is facilitating this meeting for the Jefferson Region Coordinated Community Response Team.

 

NPR NEW ORLEANS WWNO

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle on NPR: Listen to the story or read the transcript here: Katrina, New Orleans' Public Housing Is A Mix Of Pastel And Promises

SLLS was interviewed for this NPR piece that is part of continuing coverage marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

 

AUGUST 17, 2015

Meet SLLS September 26th at Dillard University's 9th Annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair.

DILLARD HOUSING FAIR DETAILS

AUGUST 10, 2015

Happening now: Deputy Director Roxanne Newman represents SLLS at the southeast region's meeting of civil legal aid directors and administrators. 

SLLS DEPUTY DIRECTOR ROXANNE NEWMAN FAR RIGHT

Roxanne Newman, right, joins a panel discussion about Legal Aid as Federal Grantees, Subgrantees and Partners in Federal Government Anti-Poverty Initiatives at the Southeast Project Director and Administrator Annual meeting (SEPDA). In the foreground: SEPDA President Harrison McIver.  On the left is Karen Lash, Deputy Director for Access to Justice Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Justice, joined by Radhika Singh Miller with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, center.

AUGUST 5, 2015

SLLS welcomes new attorneys to its Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices.

BATON ROUGE OFFICENEW ORLEANS OFFICE

Margherita McWilliams and Artis Ulmer joined SLLS  recently. Now they are part of  the team at our Baton Rouge office. Margherita, a longtime member of Louisiana's Access to Justice Community,will work with our One Stop program there to help people secure disability benefits. Artis will work with our new medical legal project related to the Capital Area Med-Law Partnership..

Amythist Kearney has joined the homeless unit in the New Orleans office, and C. Nicole Gaither has joined the housing unit, also in the New Orleans office. Nicole will work on housing and  oil spill cases, and Amythist will work on homeless and veteran's issues.

Please join SLLS in welcoming these new members of the firm.

 

JULY 29, 2015

A JEANMARIE

SLLS Westbank office Managing Attorney Andrea Jeanmarie joins Louisiana Appleseed and host Terry Westerfield for the United Way radio show. The topic: how title issues hinder disaster recovery in coastal communities. The show is slated to air on one or more metro area Entercom stations.
The program is scheduled to air Sunday 8/2/15 as follows:
WKBU     95.7 FM   6:00 AM                         WRNO    99.5 FM    7:30 AM
WLMG   101.9 FM   6:30 AM                        WNOE   101.1 FM   7:30 AM
WEZB     97.1 FM    7:00 AM                         KVDU   104.1 FM   7:30 AM 
WWL     105.3 FM    7:00 AM                        WODT    1280 AM    9:30 PM
WWL       870 AM     7:00AM                        WYLD      940 AM     9:30 PM
WWWL   1350 AM   7:30 AM

 

JULY 28, 2015

Capital Area United Way

SLLS helps Baton Rouge's Capital Area United Way celebrate 90 years of giving at the organization's 2015 annual meeting. Many thanks to Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P for inviting SLLS to this event.

CAPITAL AREA UNITED WAY LUNCH LAURA TUGGLE SARAH CAMPBELL

From left: Laura Tuggle, SLLS executive director, joined by Sarah (Jamie) Campbell, SLLS Baton Rouge regional director.

JULY 23, 2015 

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson calls on the bar to staff "Lawyers in Libraries" events.

        A foundation of our state and nation's justice system is the belief that all people should have the ability to exercise their legal rights, regardless of financial circumstance. Actualizing this ideal at a time when legal aid resources are so limited is an extremely challenging, yet necessary task facing our legal community. To effectively serve the public, new and innovative approaches are a necessity.  I applaud the Louisiana State Bar Association and local pro bono organizations for their October 29, 2015 "Lawyers in Libraries" statewide day of service which will bring pro bono attorneys in every parish in the state into public libraries to provide legal information and brief advice. I hope you will consider participating.
         Across our state, attorneys donate tens of thousands of hours of pro bono service every year. This donation of time and expertise yields benefits which are highly impactful in clients' lives, and represent the highest degrees of professionalism. "Lawyers in Libraries" will help make the public aware of that work, and also facilitate an opportunity for lawyers to provide much-needed assistance to the citizens of our state. It is my hope that the LSBA's partnership with Louisiana libraries will continue to expand, and that together we are better able to provide information and resources to the public.
         The demand for legal assistance is nothing new, but the ability for Louisiana's legal community to respond to this need is rapidly changing. I offer my full support of programming and partnerships which further" Access to Justice," and look forward to LSBA members connecting with communities across the state on October 29th and beyond.
         To participate in the Lawyers in Libraries day of service or for more information, contact Michael Schachtman at the LSBA (rnichael.schachtman@lsba.org), 504 619-0145 or 800 421-5722).

 

Here is a photo from SLLS' own Lawyers-in-Libraries event July 23 in Covington.

Covington Lawyers in Libraries Event July 23

JULY 23, 2015

"The Bar Exam" benefit for SLLS gets high scores among dozens of trivia fans. Here are some photos from last night's event at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue.  Go here to see more photos.

Roxanne Newman and Larua Tuggle

From left: SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman and SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle. 

 

The The Bar Exam Benefit for SLLS 2015 Eiffel Society

The Bar Exam in full swimg last night at the Eiffel Society.

Bar Exam goer and Roxanne Newman

From left, gleeful Bar Exam goer with Roxanne Newman, right.

JULY 22, 2015

Paul Tuttle from SLLS to speak about Katrina's legacy for those still entangled in title-clearing issues.

Louisiana Appleseed

Louisiana Appleseed and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services are co-hosting a free Continuing Legal Education seminar on August 26, 2015 in Westwego to address lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina, title clearing methods, small successions, and pertinent legislative updates.

Paul Tuttle, managing attorney of our Low-Income Taxpayer Unit is one of the event's expert speakers, joined by Malcolm Meyer, underwriting counsel for Stewart Title.

SLLS thanks the Greater New Orleans Foundation for providing support for this evenet.

Attorney attendees may accept cases on a pro bono basis. They will also learn more about the new rules that allow attorneys to earn CLE credit for doing pro bono work.

August 26, 2015; 3-4 p.m.
JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Pkwy.Westwego, La.
COST:  FREE TO ATTORNEYS (Applied for 1 Hour of CLE Credit)
Call 504-561-7304 to RSVP

JULY 21, 2015

Elder Law Boot Camp drills seniors about their rights.

SLLS at the Elder Law Boot Camp

The team at "Camp Thibodaux" for the Southeast Louisiana Elder Law Boot Camp, held July 16, 2015 at the civic center. Upper left: Salyria Gumms, managing attorney of our Houma office. Lower left: Krystal Talghani, staff attorney with our Houma office.

The event involved the combined efforts of the Lafourche Council on Aging, the St. Charles Council on Aging, the St. John Council on Aging the St. James Council on Aging, the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs and the Louisiana State Bar Association's Elder Law Task Force.

JULY 20, 2015

Meet SLLS at these Health and Katrina Anniversary Health and Resource Fairs -- August 29, 2015, 8:30-12:30 at these spots around town:

• Treme/7th Ward - Sojourner Truth Community Center
• Lower Nine and Florida/Desire - MLK School/Sanchez Community Center
• New Orleans East/Village de l'Est - Einstein School (Sarah T. Reed building)
• Algiers - Behrman Memorial Park
• Central City - AL Davis/KIPP Central City Academy
• Lake Area/Mid-City/Gentilly - Pontchartrain Park

JULY 20, 2015 

SLLS gets ready for its next "Lawyers in Libraries Event" Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library. Volunteer attorneys will be on hand from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. to notarize prepared documents. 

To learn more contact SLLS Pro Bono Coordinator Cynthia Bordonaro at cbordonaro@slls.org. 

 

JULY 16, 2015

SLLS unveils its first annual report.

Go here to see the 2014 Annual Report to learn more about the organization.

2014 annual report

Meet SLLS at the Kenner Calvary Baptist Church Health Fair Saturday, July 18, 2015.

When: Sat, July 18, 11am – 5pm
Where: Kenner Calvary Baptist Church, 929 South Sibley St. Metairie, LA 70003

MEET SLLS AT THE KENNER CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH

SLLS to be honored at the Katrina Heroes Award Commemoration sponsored by A Community Voice.  Learn more here.

A COMMUNITY VOICE

JULY 8, 2015

SAVE THE DATE!

THE

JULY 6, 2015

Find out more about SLLS attorney and New Orleans Bar Association Public Interest Law Fellow Laura Malveau.  Go here to read about her work in the Spring 2015 issue of Briefly Speaking, published by the New Orleans Bar Association.

Briefly Speaking article about Laura Malveau's work at SLLS.

JUNE 25, 2015

SLLS Homeless Unit Managing Attorney Sarah McMorris Marcello wraps up her distinguished career here to pursue graduate studies.

We will miss her!

SARAH MCMORRIS MARCELLO AT HER SENDOFF EVENT

Sarah at her sendoff event yesterday.

Recent honors include a Justice for a Greater New Orleans Award from SLLS and an Outstanding Advocacy Award from Unity of Greater New Orleans, an organization that combats homelessness.

JUNE 22, 2015

SLLS Executive Director
Laura Tuggle featured in the "Where Health Meets Justice" newsletter.

WHERE HEALTH MEETS JUSTICE

JUNE 17, 2015

DELGAGO SINGLE STOP

SLLS changes lives via its Single Stop Program at Delgado University. Check out the highlights in the program's newsletter here.

Learn more about Single Stop USA, and SLLS involvement with the Delgado Single Stop program here.

Here's an excerpt from the newsletter:

2015 Commencement - Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA  

Some people think of numbers as just cold, hard facts. We see each number as a story. Sometimes that story is as basic and essential as putting food on the table or keeping a family in their home. Other times it’s as awe-inspiring as a 21-year-old becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college and donning her cap and gown to accept her diploma, opening a whole new world of possibilities for her and her family.

This spring marks the 5th year anniversary of our Community College Initiative. Thanks to you, this year’s numbers tell more stories than ever. We hope you are proud of what we’ve accomplished together and as inspired as we are to help even more students and families.

JUNE 17, 2015

SLLS Board Member Regina Joseph recognized for her contributions at the annual luncheon for the Jefferson Parish retired senior volunteer program. Laura Tuggle addressed a crowd of more than 300. 

Jefferson Parish Retired Senior Volunteer Program Annual Luncheon

Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, SLLS Board Member Regina Joseph, and Jefferson Parish President John Young.

JUNE 11, 2015

SLLS reaches out this Saturday at the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.  Find out more from the Facebook page of the Baton Rouge One Stop Homeless Services Center.

Homeless Veterans Stand Down Baton Rouge June 13, 2015

 

JUNE 8, 2015

SLLS reaches out at New Orleans Housing Event

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

Hardell Ward (above right) one of our New-Orleans based housing attorneys, at Saturday's event.

JUNE 3, 2015

SLLS honors departing board member and leader R. Patrick Vance, welcomes new board members.

R. Patrick ("Pat") Vance, partner with Jones Walker, made incredible contributions to SLLS through his board service. Pat's term ends July 31, 2015. His leadership and wisdom during a time of major change for the agency was critical. Pat also dedicated many other years in other Board leadership positions, particularly as Treasurer. We will all miss him but know he will always be a strong supporter of SLLS. Warren McKenna, III of SLLS' board joined SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle recently at Jones Walker to  present Pat with a small token of our appreciation.

SLLS also welcomes its new board members Claudette Williams, appointed by the Citywide Tenants Council in New Orleans, and Patrick Henry Yancey of Houma, appointed by the Terrebonne Parish Bar Association.

R. Patrick Vance Apppreciation Event

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle with R. Patrick Vance and SLLS Board Member Warren McKenna, III.

JUNE 3, 2015

Many good fellows honored at area luncheons and gatherings.

Here are photos from the North Shore Annual Fellows Luncheon at Gallagher's Grill on May 28, 2015.

North Shore Fellows Luncheon

Dunbar Healy above, chair of the North Shore Community Partnership Panel, presenting SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman a $2,500 check to support our Washington Parish Self-Help Desk.NORTH SHORE FELLOWS LUNCHEON

Roxanne Newman, above, with Dunbar Healy, Michael Conroy and Tom Snyder at the North Shore Annual Fellows Luncheon.

Capital Area Annual Fellows Luncheon

Anne Gregoire, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, above left, with Roxanne Newman and Michael Rubin during the Capital Area Annual Fellows Luncheon May 21 at Zolia Bistro.

GREATER NEW ORLEANS FELLOWS RECEPTION

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle (above right) was presented checks to support our work at the May 28 Greater New Orleans Annual Fellows reception at the Louisiana State Bar Association's New Orleans center. You can see the entire Facebook photo album from the event here.

MAY 19, 2015

Louisiana Supreme Court

SLLS BOARD MEMBERS AMONG THOSE HONORED AT ANNUAL PRO BONO AWARDS.

SLLS was well represented at the 2015 Pro Bono Publico & Children's Law Awards ceremony yesterday evening at the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association honored SLLS board member Jay Jalenak, Jr. of Baton Rouge with the David Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. SLLS North shore volunteer attorney Roy Burns received a special award, and Amethyist Kearney was honored for performing more than 100 hours of pro bono service, among other law students and attorneys with connections to SLLS.

Joseph (Joe) Oelkers III, executive. director of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation received the 2015 Career Public Interest Award.

We extend our best wishes to all those recognized for their wonderful work.

Check out all of the photos from the event here on Facebook.

PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARDS AT THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT

SLLS Board Member Jay Jalenak with SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle and SLLS north shore pro bono honorees at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

MAY 18, 2015

Hannah Adams

Meet Hannah Adams, our 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellow

Read about her fellowship here.

Hanna's work will focus on the intersection of housing and health issues.

Below is an excerpt from the description posted to the site of Equal Justice Works.

In the first six months, Hannah will:
• Establish an on-site legal services clinic at a local health center and work with medical providers to identify patients whose health conditions may relate to substandard housing
• Represent tenants in negotiations with landlords over maintenance issues, affirmative litigation to address substandard housing conditions, and evictions where there is a habitability-related defense
• Develop curricula and conduct trainings on Louisiana tenant protections for health care providers, tenants, housing providers, and pro bono attorneys

MAY 12, 2015

SLLS Attorneys lead public benefits discussions in New Orleans, Baton Rouge.

The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children hosted Staff Attorney Elena Perez recently for a discussion about public benefits and other issues related to family violence.

Elena Perez is an attorney in our New Orleans office.

Sarah Bradley was a trainer for the "Social Security Disability 101" CLE in Baton Rouge co-hosted by SLLS, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and Kean Miller LLP.

Sarah is an attorney in our Baton Rouge office.

MAY 6, 2015

The Legal Services Corporation highlights SLLS' success for a homeless veteran on its "#LSCstories"page. Read about it here.

 

LSC AT 40

 

MAY 6, 2015

GiveNOLA Day Raises Thousands for SLLS!

Thank you to all of our supporters.

GiveNOLA Day

MAY 5, 2015

Read about SLLS' housing advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Go here for "Abused … then evicted," in this week's Gambit.

Gambit Weekly

 

APRIL 29, 2015

Here's a photo from our recent outreach event for the Isle de Jean Charles Tribe.

Outreach event for the Isle de Jean Charles Tribe

APRIL 21, 2015

WWNO.ORG RADIO STORY ABOUT SLLS SINGLE STOP

Check out SLLS Attorney Jay Welch on the radio talking about our Single Stop program at Delgado Community College. Click the image above or go here for the story.

APRIL 20 2015

Talya Bergeron, managing attorney of the Family Unit of our Baton Rouge Office, will chair the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation's  Law Day. Read the news alert here. 

 

APRIL 20 2015

SLLS Baton Rouge attorney earns special child welfare law credential.

Rodney Hastings, an attorney in our Baton Rouge office, received recently his Child Welfare Law Attorney Certification.as a Child Welfare Law Specialist.  This certification is awarded by the National Association of Counsel for Children and accredited by the American Bar Association. Congratulations, Rodney!

APRIL 20, 2015

The Trumpet

The Trumpet covers SLLS' work in a special edition of its newsletter. Go here to read the entire edition.

APRIL 16, 2015

SLLS goes on tour with Louisiana Appleseed and the state Attorney General's Office to educate people about foreclosure. For dates and times see our events calendar.

Attorney General tour for community education about foreclosure.

APRIL 13, 2015

CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION

Go here to read  "Baton Rouge care providers and lawyers collaborate to remove barriers to health" about SLLS' involvement with this Medical-Legal Partnership Program.

APRIL 8, 2015

SLLS to receive Alexander P. Tureaud, Sr. Award

MARTINET SOCIETY GREATER BATON ROUGE CHAPTER

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services will receive the 2015  Alexander P. Tureaud, Sr. Award by the Louis A. Martinet Society of Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. The award recognizes SLLS' dedication to providing legal services to our most needy citizens. SLLS will receive the award at the 2015 Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Talya Bergeron, managing attorney of the family law unit in our Baton Rouge office, is the second vice president of the Louis A. Martinet Society of Greater Baton Rouge.

APRIL 2, 2015

CINC TRAININGAYANNA BUTLER AT CINC TRAINING

Attorneys from across Louisiana learned about Child in Need of Care cases at a recent training SLLS organized. SLLS thanks the firm of Kean Miller for its generosity in providing meeting space and refreshments. 

APRIL 1, 2015

MARCH 30 PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENT

Make no bones about it: SLLS Hammond Managing Attorney Marie Wright and staff attorney Maureen Morrow get an anatomy lesson and educate the public about consumer debt and other topics during Monday's community education event at Northshore Technical Community College. SLLS thanks the American College Of Bankruptcy Foundation for supporting this event.

MARCH 30, 2015

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness award grants -- SLLS is among the recipients, click the image below to go to the story in The Times-Picayune.

SLLS RECEIVES GRANT

 

MARCH 24, 2015

Winners Announced for Hackcess to Justice - Louisiana

SLLS is proud to have participated in Louisiana's inaugural hackathon for access to justice!

 

MARCH 23, 2015

Extra helpings for Access to Justice -- cooking teams vied for medals and to raise funds for SLLS at Sunday's Bar & Grille, sponsored by the young lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association. Many thanks to NOBA's YLD, and to our award-winning team of chefs!

 

MARCH 19, 2015

DONATION DRIVE FOR SLLS AT TULANE

MARCH 18, 2015

The Puentes Information and Resourdes Fair is this Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Bonnabel High School Gymnasium.

Here is the flyer in Spanish. Go here for our SLLS Calendar listing about the event.

MARCH 9, 2015

SLLS awarded grant from Bread for the World to support advocacy on behalf of the homeless. 

Breat for the World

MARCH 2, 2015

Meet SLLS at this community housing fair.

 

MARCH 2, 2015

Meet SLLS at the Pro-bono Immigration and Legal Services Fair

Bilingual staff (where needed) and bilingual outreach materials.
Event Date:
March 21, 2015
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bonnabel High School (gym
nasium)

2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner, La 70065
 

FEBRUARY 26, 2015

SLLS Tax Unit Managing Attorney Paul Tuttle speaks to those gathered today at the  Covington branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library for SLLS' first community education event about tax issues. Today's event was funded by the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Our New Orleans Office holds a remembrance event today for Mark A Moreau, former co-director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and longtime justice community leader.

Chin Chin Moreau, widow of SLLS' late Co-Director Mark A. Moreau, and their daughter Janine will visit SLLS' New Orleans office to see "Mark's Wall"  and to offer a donation on the occasion of the first anniversary of Mark's death. They expect to arrive by 3:15 p.m.

Mark was a legendary mentor, champion of justice, and visionary leader. His leadership by example touched lives and proved just how much one person can help create a more just society.

“As we remember Mark Moreau, I am reminded that his devotion to helping the less fortunate through the legal process was only outweighed by his devotion to his family.  Mark exemplified the quiet dignity of answering his calling to serve others, even throughout his illness.  His influence has had a permanent impact on the SLLS mission.  We miss you Mark!” – SLLS Board President Warren McKenna, III

“Mark was a legendary mentor, champion of justice, and visionary leader, who by example, showed all whose lives he touched what a difference one person can make in helping create a more just society.” – SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle

Learn more here about Mark's achievements from the piece about him from The Times-Picayune.

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

SLLS DEPUTY DIRECTOR ROXANNE NEWMAN

SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman will speak at the Basic Family Mediation Training Thursday and Friday, February 27-28. The training will be taking place at the University of New Orleans. Roxanne has received accolades for work in family law, especially her efforts to combat family violence. Roxanne will be joined by I am co-presenting with Becki Kondkar, director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at Tulane University Law School. The program was arranged by Professor Bobby Harges of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Tune in at 3:30 on Wednesday, March 4 to see SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman on “Lifestyle” hosted by Stephen Cefalu. The show airs on Access St. Tammany, a government access television channel. Roxanne will highlight SLLS’ upcoming seminars. Watch Roxanne on the small screen or your computer monitor. Here’s how, courtesy of the site of Access TV.

Access St. Tammany is available through multiple service providers. Charter communication subscribers can find us on Channel 197 SD, Channel 710 1080i HD, and Channel 710 1080i HD with the digital cable box. Users who wish to view the HD channel without a HD cable box can do so by rescanning the cable channel lineup with their HDTV. AT&T U-verse subscribers can find us on Interactive channel 99, menu item Access St. Tammany. Web users and smart tv owners can view our high definition webstream at www.stpgov.org.

FEBRUARY 24, 2015

Not your everyday hacks: Access to Justice Committee members and SLLS' Executive Director Laura Tuggle and SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky provided support to the LSBA ATJ Committee in its effort to launch Louisiana's first ever hackathon for justice.  Learn more about the event here.

HACKCESS TO JUSTICE HACKATHON AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS COLLEGE OF LAW MARCH 21 AND 22

Check out the Hackathon Facebook page here.

FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Meet the people of SLLS at a free community education event about tax issues!

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

 

THE DAILY COMET

SLLS awarded $30,000 Terrebonne Parish contract to serve low-income clients. Read about the action of the parish council in The Daily Comet here.

FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Hear this! Laura Tuggle will appear on WBOK's "United Way and You" show with Mary Ambrose Tuesday (tomorrow) morning at 10:00 a.m. Click on the image below to learn more.

WBOK AM

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Sixteen civil legal aid leaders selected for health care fellowship -- SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle is among them.

WHERE HEALTH MEETS JUSTICE

Read here about Laura's experiences at the recent "Where Health Meets Justice"  training and leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

JANUARY 29, 2015

Always in good taste: support SLLS on March 22, 2015 at the Bar & Grille cook-off.

NEW ORLEANS BAR ASSOCIATION YOUNG LAWYERS BAR & GRILLE COOK OFF TO BENEFIT SLLS

Teams of lawyers vie for cooking prizes and raise funds for us at this event, hosted by the Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association. Join us at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. Find out more here.

JANUARY 21, 2015

On the road again: SLLS reaches out to seniors in Cut Off and Golden Meadow.

Cut Off Senior Center

Above is a photo from "Legal Issues Affecting Today's Seniors" a legal information session our Houma office held with the Lafourche Council on Aging at the senior center in Cut Off.

Golden Meadow SLLS outreach

Above are photos from our Houma offfice's SLLS outreach event at the Golden Meadow Senior Center. The Center celebrated its 100th birthday!

JANUARY 15, 2015

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCPORATED

SLLS Honored with grant from Aleria's Promise Initiative

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle will attend the presentation event recognizing support for SLLS' work to combat domestic violence. The press release below provides details.

Aleria’s Promise Initiative Announces Grant Recipients
On Thursday, January 15, the one-year anniversary of Aleria Cyrus Reed’s death, the Aleria’s Promise Domestic Violence Initiative will award its first grants to community organizations that combat domestic violence and support victims, announced Chandra Stacie, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Nu Gamma Omega Chapter, which established the initiative. 
The grants presentation is part of a “Remembering Aleria” commemoration that begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Nu Gamma Omega building, 1747 Main St.  A brief outdoor candlelight prayer service and moment of silence follows the presentation.
IRIS Domestic Violence Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Southern University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic are this year’s grant recipients, Stacie said.
According to Jacqueline A. Nash, who chairs the Aleria’s Promise initiative, the awardees provide free legal services for victims, but they must pay court filing fees.  “We are proud to partner with these organizations to help defray court costs for displaced domestic violence victims, many of whom have limited finances or limited control of their finances. “
For more information about Aleria’s Promise Domestic Violence Initiative, contact Jacqueline A. Nash at jnashatty@gmail.com.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.-Nu Gamma Omega Chapter created Aleria’s Promise Domestic Violence Initiative following the death of Aleria Cyrus Reed, a Chapter member, at the hands of her estranged husband on January 15, 2014.  The initiative focuses on awareness, education, direct services, and prevention programs to end the devastating cycle of domestic violence.
In October 2014, the initiative held “Night of Promise,” its first fundraiser and domestic violence advocacy awards presentation.  Proceeds from “Night of Promise” provide funding for educational programs, housing resources, legal fees, and relocation costs for displaced domestic violence victims.

JANUARY 7, 2015

SLLS kicks off a great new year.

2015 is revving up quickly at SLLS. Here are just a few things happening at our offices:

  • Crews of "alternate winter break" law clerks are here to provide research and other help to our attorneys and staff. Right now we have students from the University of Wisconsin Law School and the University of Missouri School of Law.
  • Our first-ever  New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA) and the New Orleans Bar Foundation (NOBF) fellowship launches to support SLLS' work on behalf of domestic violence survivors and low-income families.
  • Our collaboration with the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and the New Orleans Family Justice Center spark an incubator project to offer up to 30 hours per month of pro bono assistance in domestic violence and family law cases for the greater New Orleans area..
  • SLLS Managing Attorney Paula Charles will address the St. Tammany Commission on Families on January 13, 2015 to offer information about new domestic violence laws and protective orders.

JANUARY 7, 2015

CityBusiness

New Orleans CityBusiness covers SLLS' NOBA fellowship. Read the story here.

JANUARY 7, 2015

Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation

SLLS is getting support from many corners to press on with its mission to combat domestic violence. The Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation awarded SLLS a grant to support the Keeping Families Safe Project. SLLS will deliver holistic aid to domestic violence survivors an area covering the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Ascension, Livingston, and Pointe Coupee.  In addition to services, SLLS will also conduct community outreach and develop online resources.

JANUARY 7, 2015

GREATER NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is funding a Culture Keepers initiative to support SLLS' advocacy on behalf of tribal people of Isle de Jean Charles, whose homeland is sinking. The mission: to help preserve this group's heritage and way of life. Among other things, SLLS educate tribal leaders about relocation rights. To learn more about the challenges faced by the people of  Isle de Jean Charles, go here to access articles from The Atlantic and other sources.

DECEMBER 16, 2014

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle has been invited to address a joint meeting of the Louisiana Senate Committee on Judiciary A and the House Committee on Civil Law & Procedure this week.  The topic: legal issues related to housing challenges faced by victims of domestic abuse. The goal of the session is to carry out  SCR 181 of the 2014 Regular Session, which provides for examination of these issues. Learn more about SCR [Senate Concurrent Resolution] 181 here. Ms. Tuggle will appear Thursday.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

SLLS will present a family law training for pro bono attorneys in cooperation with Louisiana's class of Incubator Fellows and attorneys working with Project Hope at the Bishop Perry Center. Presenters from SLLS include Litigation Director David Williams, Harvey Managing Attorney Andrea Jeanmarie, New Orleans Family Unit Managing Attorney Doug Carey, and SLLS Staff Attorney Tim McEvoy. Go here for more information about the LIFT incubator program, which introduces new attorneys to public service.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle to serve as 2015 Where Health Meets Justice Fellow. 

During her fellowship year Laura will join her fellowship class in skills development and other activities, including the February 2015 meeting at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington DC.

DECEMBER 9, 2014

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF BANKRUPTCY FOUNDATION

New SLLS grant will fuel efforts to help people confront the burdens of consumer debt.

SLLS received an American College of Bankruptcy Foundation Consumer Debt Pro Bono Grant.  The funds will enable SLLS to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to address consumer debt matters, to hold at least four community outreach events, and to develop resources for self-represented people who use our Washington Parish self help desk. These efforts affect our parishes on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain.

DECEMBER 3, ,2014

GNOFHAC

"For Rent: Unsafe, Overpriced Home for the Holidays." Coalition including SLLS releases white paper on substandard rentals. Go here  to read it.
See the related news story "New Orleans rents rise as housing quality declines, report finds" here.

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

21ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

SLLS  presents "Louisiana’s New Domestic Violence Laws and their Implications," at yesterday's Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the 21st Judicial District Court.

SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman (standing) delivers the presentation with SLLS attorney Michele McDaniel (seated).

ROXANNE NEWMAN AND MICHELE MCDANIEL

Judges William J. Crain and Robert H. Morrison, III, listen along with Ivy Graham, president of the 21st JDC Bar Association.

Judges William J. Crain and Robert H. Morrison, III, listen along with Ivy Graham, president of the 21st JDC Bar Association.

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Surf to Nola.com at 10:00 tomorrow (Thursday) to catch The Times-Picayune Live Chat with SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle about income disparities. Click on the image below to see more.

T-P LIVE CHAT WITH LAURA TUGGLE

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

SLLS Staff Attorney Steve Reed joins in Volunteers of America Veterans Day event.

SLLS at VOA event

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

SLLS takes part in a domestic violence remembrance event at Franklinton courthouse. Covington office Managing Attorney Paula Charles was honored for her work to combat domestic violence. She is pictured below -- third from the right.

Domestic Violence Remembrance Event at Franklinton Courthouse

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle quoted in Times-Picayune piece on income inequality -- click on the image below to see more.

The Times-Picayune

OCTOBER 30, 2014

The LSBA recognizes all of its Lawyers in Libraries, and includes SLLS' Talya Bergeron in the event's photo gallery

Here is Talya helping a patron at the Pointe Coupee parish library. Talya is the managing attorney of our Baton Rouge office.

TALYA BERGERON

OCTOBER 29, 2014

Reaching out -- New Orleans Bar Association website features SLLS community event.

SLLS Staff Attorney Stephanie Lintern iis on the left, Click the image for the item. STEPHANIE LINTERN IN NOBA NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 29, 2014

SLLS gets nice mention by UNITY GNO for  its work to end homelessness for veterans.  Click the image below to read more.

UNITY GNO

OCTOBER 27, 2014

SLLS reaches out at libraries, community events.

SLLS attorneys and staff turned out for a host of events over the past week or so. In honor of the national Pro Bono Celebration, SLLS staffed Lawyers in Libraries events in at least four libraries in our service area. Attorneys appears at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, at the Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries of New Orleans, and at a local Veterans Stand Down event. 

OCTOBER 20, 2014

SLLS awarded federal grant for tech project.

The Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) Program of the Legal Services Corporation funded SLLS' proposal to develop automated online forms to enhance resources available for self-represented people. The project focuses on a partnership with public libraries, which are often where people who cannot find lawyers turn for help. 

SLLS website coordinator Lisa Stansky is working on two other TIG projects: one to develop statewide enhanced online training resources for Louisiana's justice community, one to enhance the live mobile version of the LouisianaLawHelp.org self-help website. SLLS also has received TIG support to develop a statewide online intake system for Louisiana's LSC programs and key partners. SLLS thanks the Legal Services Corporation for its generous support of these efforts.

Read about SLLS' project and other TIG awards here: LSC Awards Nearly $3.5 Million in Technology Grants to Legal Aid Organizations

OCTOBER 13, 2014

The New Orleans Bar Association Golf Benefit is a hit for SLLS. Click the image below to read all about the event and the winners.

SLLS GOLF BENEFIT SPONSORED BY THE NEW ORLEANS BAR ASSOCIATION

OCTOBER 9, 2014

WWL-TV covers SLLS' efforts to get Medicaid for the Homeless.  Click the image below to go to the story and video.

SLLS WORKS TO GET MEDICAID FOR THE HOMELESS STORY FROM WWLTV.

 

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Volunteers recognized for their service.

2014 ASK A LAWYER DAY VOLUNTEERS NORTHSHORE PRO BONO PROJECT

Why are these people smiling? They volunteered their time to help others, and it shows. This group was recognized for their service by the Northshore Pro Bono Project of SLLS at the Slidell Bar Association’s meeting on October 2nd  at LaRosetta’s Restaurant. The lawyers from left to right are Michele Blanchard-Airey, Tracey Powell, Joseph Anderson, Ernest Anderson, Patricia Dearing,  Robert Binney, Jesmin Basanti-Finley, William Faustermann, Robert Brandt, and Ann Duvic. SLLS' Northshore Pro Bono Project thanks them for their support!

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Skadden Fellow Joins SLLS.

SKADDEN FELLOW SAM BRANDAO

SLLS welcomes Samuel Brandao, who will work from our New Orleans office. His two-year Skadden Fellowship will target housing discrimination faced by those with disabilities. to begin a two-year Skadden Fellowship. Sam is a New Orleans native, a musician, and a former high school English teacher. Sam earned his juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School and he has served as a federal judicial clerk and a Louisiana State Supreme Court clerk. SLLS thanks the Skadden Foundation for supporting Sam's work with us.

Learn more about the Skadden Fellowship program here.

 

OCTOBER 3, 2014

Please turn your cell phones on! Library patrons try out mobile LouisianaLawHelp.org during live (and lively) presentations.

Slidell library

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky hit the road to public libraries in Slidell and to Mandeville this week. There patrons learned how to find legal information and resources on the mobile and full versions of LouisianaLawHelp.org. Those with smart phones handy were able to surf the mobile site for themselves. The rest of the group watched the demonstration on a projection screen. Everyone also learned how to use the full site, which is also accessible via the mobile site.  Nearly 100,000 people have visited LouisianaLawHelp.org so far this year!

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

SLLS' Talya Bergeron hits the airwaves with an appearance on "Major Topics" from KQXL- FM (Q106.5)

Talya, a managing attorney in our Baton Rouge office, discussed domestic violence and its impact on the community with host Major Reginald.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Libraries host sessions about Louisiana LawHelp.org by SLLS' Lisa Stansky -- go here for the item from The Times-Picayune.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Washington Parish Self Help Resource Center Opens!

Read the story from The Daily News here.

SLLS thanks the 22nd Judicial District and United Way of Southeast Louisiana for their support of this project, which will link visitors to self help resources and information about family issues. Here is a photo from this week's inaugural event. 

Washington Parish Self Help Resource Center Opening Event

Pictured left to right: SLLS volunteer Linda Scaife, LSBA Self-Represented Litigation Counsel Michael Schachtman, 22nd Judicial District Court Deputy Court Administrator Rachel Edelman, SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman, SLLS Executive Director Laura Tuggle, SLLS Covington Office Managing Attorney Paula Charles, and United Way of Southeast Louisiana Washington Parish Executive Director Charlotte Champagne. The Self Help Desk is funded by a Community Outreach Mini-Grant from United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

"United Way holds pair of kickoff events"  Go here to read this item mentioning SLLS from The Daily News (Bogalusa) that mentions SLLS' service to the community.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

SLLS named a partner in Mayor Landrieu's economic opportunity initiative.

See "Mayor Landrieu Announces Economic Opportunity Strategy for Disadvantaged Job Seekers and Businesses" announced Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (identified incorrectly as Southeastern Louisiana Legal Services) is named as a partner in the effort. Read the press release here.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Baton Rouge office welcomes an attorney.

SLLS' Baton Rouge office now has Laura Tamblyn among its staff attorneys. Laura is a member of the general civil unit. Her work focuses on consumer cases, Chapter 7 bankruptcies, contract issues and debt collection defense. SLLS welcomes Laura.

AUGUST 26, 2014

LSU law students check out mobile LouisianaLawHelp.org and learn about LiveHelp navigator project.

About 70 law students gathered to hear about LiveHelp and other public interest opportunities while munching on pizza in a lecture hall a LSU's  Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky asked the group to pull out their cell phones to introduce the group to the mobile version of LouisianaLawHelp.org.  Students also heard about how they can volunteer to be LiveHelp navigators -- remote operators who help visitors to LouisianaLawHelp.org find information on the site.

 

AUGUST 18, 2014

SLLS attorney appointed to Ethics Advisory Service Committee

The roster of the Ethics Advisory Service Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association now includes Rodney Bancroft Hastings, an attorney with the Child in Need of Care unit in our Baton Rouge office. Learn more about the committee here. SLLS congratulates Rodney

AUGUST 8 2014

SLLS receives UWSELA Grant for Washington Parish Self-Help Desk.

UWSELA grant for self help desk in Washington Parish

Congratulations to Paula Charles, managing attorney for our Covington office, for helping to make this project happen, and for the generous support of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.  The photo above shows presentation of the check to SLLS on August 1, 2014.

AUGUST 7, 2014

SLLS attorney Tim McEvoy to speak at "PB&J" CLE  -- Pro Bono & Juveniles

A local effort to match immigrant children with pro bono attorneys will get some support from a special CLE event September 4th. SLLS staff attorney Tim McEvoy, will be among the speakers at the day-long event sponsored by the Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, or AILA. For more information go here for the listing on probono.net/la's Events page.

SLLS' Lisa Stansky to give presentation about LiveHelp at LSU

LIVEHELP BUTTON

LSU law students looking for a novel volunteer opportunity will hear from Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky on August 25 about LiveHelp, an interactive service that allows law students to guide visitors to what they are looking for on www.LouisianaLawHelp.org.  Louisiana's LawHelp site is an online resource with information about free legal services providers, self-help legal information and other  resources tailored to low-income people. For several years running, law students from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center have volunteered to serve as LiveHelp "navigators," online guides who steer people to information on the site.

 

JULY 30 2014

SKADDEN

Skadden Fellow to join SLLS

SLLS will have yet another Skadden Fellow shortly. Samuel Brandao, a Tulane University Law School graduate, will join the New Orleans office to protect disabled low-income tenants from housing discrimination. Learn more about The Skadden Fellowship program here. See the list of the current crop of Skadden Fellows here.

JULY 28, 2014

Rodney Hastings takes leadership post with LSBA Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee

Rodney has been appointed vice-chair for the Louisiana State Bar Association's Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee. The Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee serves the Bar and the public in furtherance of the association’s goals of prevention and correction of lawyer misconduct and assistance to victims of lawyer misconduct.  Rodney was also reappointed to the LSBA's Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee. Congratulations, Rodney!

 

JULY 18, 2014

New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Public Service Award will honor the memory and career of Mark A. Moreau

Mark A. Moreau, longtime SLLS co-director, will be honored posthumously by the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Mark's Camille F. Gravel, Jr. Public Service Award will be presented at the association's August 28, 2014 annual meeting and luncheon. The announcement lauds Mark as "a champion in the battle for civil rights and equal justice irrespective of financial means."

JULY 17, 2014

Trivia fans storm The Rusty Nail to help SLLS!

There wasn't much elbow room Wednesday evening as people poured onto the patio of The Rusty Nail for the first-ever Pub Quiz to benefit SLLS.

"The Bar Exam" demanded quick wits and endurance. Contenders racked their brains for  answers to probing questions culled from literary, tabloid, and trendy fringes of law and culture.

Quizmaster and incoming New Orleans Bar Association President Walter J. Leger, Jr., presided over the competition. SLLS thanks all who attended and all who organized this event to make it a success. Special thanks to our sponsors: Tulane University Law School and Lexis/Nexis.

 

JULY 16, 2014

Reminder: join us tonight for The Bar Exam -- a pub quiz to support SLLS!

The bar exam pub quiz to benefit. SLLS

Excitement. Drama. Fun. Food. Facts. All of this awaits you in New Orleans at The Rusty Nail, where contestants will vie to find answers to probing questions crafted by a dedicated team of trivia fans.  Click the image above for ticket information and to check out this event on facebook.

 

JULY 14, 2014

ACCESS TO JUSTICE LOGO LSBA

Louisiana State Bar Association taps SLLS attorneys for key posts.

SLLS will be well represented this year among state bar leaders, including the Access to Justice Committee, which recently added Executive Director Laura Tuggle to the general membership roster and to the ATJ Policy Committee.

The incoming Access to Justice Committee also includes new and returning SLLS members.  SLLS New Orleans Family Law Unit Managing Attorney Doug Carey and Foreclosure Unit Managing Attorney Ranie Thompson are new members.  Reappointed members include SLLS Baton Rouge Directing Attorney Sarah "Jamie" Campbell, SLLS  Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky, and SLLS Liman Fellow Ivy Wang. Brian Lenard, who recently retired from more than 30 years of service as SLLS' Executive Director, is continuing as a committee member.

Elena Perez, a staff attorney with SLLS' Employment and Benefits Unit, has been named co-chair of the  Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee.  SLLS New Orleans Housing Unit Manager Amanda Golob has been appointed to the LSBA's Community Action Committee. Margaret Morley, staff attorney with the Family Law Unit in SLLS' New Orleans office, is the interim chair of the Louisiana Family Law Task Force.

JUNE 27, 2014

Got answers? Bring them to The Rusty Nail July 16th for the first-ever Pub Quiz to benefit SLLS.

PUB QUIZ TO SUPPORT SLLS

JUNE 18, 2014

Watch Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson confer the 2014 Mark A Moreau Award on SLLS Litigation Director David Williams. Click the image at left below to watch a YouTube video of the ceremony.

2014 MARK A MOREAU AWARD CEREMONY DAVID WILLIAMS HONORED

From left above: David alongside Dr. Chin Chin Ho, wife of the late Mark Moreau; Louisiana Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson; New Orleans Bar Association President Mark C. Surprenant.

David Williams receives 2014 Mark A. Moreau Award from the New Orleans Bar Association

The New Orleans Bar Association honored the public interest career of SLLS Litigation Director David Williams at a luncheon today. David is the 2014 recipient of the Mark A. Moreau Award, established by the New Orleans Bar Association to honor the name, memory and work of SLLS' former co-executive director.

 

JUNE 17, 2014

Check out SLLS' Facebook page for a profile of law clerk Temia Griffin, who is working in our Harvey office.

JUNE 6, 2014

Lisa Stansky a panelist at Louisiana Summer School for Judges

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky showed judges key features of mobile and main sites for LouisianaLawHelp.org.  This free legal information site (administered by SLLS) was one of the tools offered to judges at "Getting Better All the Time," a panel about resources for self-represented litigants at this week's Louisiana Judicial College Summer School for Judges. 

The Hon. Lisa Woodruff-White of the Family Court for East Baton Rouge Parish moderated the panel, which also included Jennifer B. Eagan, Liaison Counsel with the Louisiana Supreme Court's Judicial Administrator's Office, and LSBA Access to Justice Program Self-Represented Litigation Counsel Michael Schachtman.  All panelists serve on the Louisiana District Judges Association Self-Represented Litigant Committee chaired by Judge Woodruff-White.

 

JUNE 6, 2014

DAVID WILLIAMS

SLLS Litigation Director David Williams to receive 2014 Mark A. Moreau Award

The New Orleans Bar Association will honor SLLS Litigation Director David Williams and his career of public service with the 2014 Mark A. Moreau Award. Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will present David with the award at a June 18, 2014 luncheon. SLLS gives its best wishes to David on this great honor.

The New Orleans Bar Association established this annual award to honor former SLLS' Co-Director Mark A. Moreau, who also received inaugural honors. The award recognizes outstanding careers in public interest law. Those who wish to attend may contact the New Orleans Bar Association.

 

MAY 28, 2014

LBF PSA FOR LOUISIANA CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE CIVIL LEGAL AID

See Ayanna Butler, managing attorney of SLLS' Child in Need of Care Unit, featured in a public service announcement to raise awareness of the Louisiana Campaign to Preserve Civil Legal Aid. Click on the image above to view the PSA. Go here to learn more about how you can help keep civil legal aid strong in Louisiana.

 

MAY 21, 2014

Brian D. Lenard receives top honors from the Louisiana State Bar Association's Crystal Gavel Awards Program; ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court also notes other SLLS achievements.

Recently retired Executive Director Brian D. Lenard was conferred the Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism at last night's Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards at the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The award is the premier honor conferred by the Louisiana State Bar Association's Crystal Gavel Awards Program. Brian was recognized for his career of service other than his three decades of leadership with SLLS. Below is Brian with Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and Richard K. Leefe, immediate past president of the Louisiana Bar Association.

B LENARD CRYSTAL GAVEL AWARD WITH CHIEF JUSTICE JOHNSON AND LSBA PRESIDENT RICKARD K. LEEFE

Tuesday's evening ceremony also recognized recently retired SLLS Child in Need of Care Unit Managing Attorney Darlene T  Bewley, who received a Children's Law Award, and SLLS Northshore Pro Bono Project volunteer Robert Binney, recognized for his pro bono service. 

2014 PRO BONO AND CHILDRENS LAW AWARDS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

From left: SLLS 'Executive Director Laura Tuggle, with honorees Darlene T. Bewley, Robert Binney, and Leah Hipple McKay Award recipient and former SLLS Executive Director Brian D. Lenard, and SLLS' CINC Unit Manager Ayanna Butler, Deputy Director Roxanne Newman and Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky.

Below: SLLS Deputy Director Roxanne Newman congratulates volunteer attorney Robert T. Binney.

ROXANNE NEWMAN CONGRATULATING ROBERT BINNEY

 

 

MAY 14, 2014

Unity of Greater New Orleans highlights SLLS' disability benefits work.

A recent newsletter from Unity of Greater New Orleans praised SLLS for its work to secure Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for homeless people. Way to go, SLLS!

 

MAY 12, 2014

After 34 years of amazing service, SLLS Executive Director Brian Lenard passes the mantle to incoming Executive Director Laura Tuggle. SLLS thanks Brian for his dedication, direction and vision. Here are some photos from Brian's last day at SLLS' Hammond office.

Brian Lenard and Laura Tuggle at the Hammond Office

Brian and cake

Brian and  staff at the Hammond office.

 

MAY 12, 2014

Ericka Garnett Windon to speak at "Indispensable Family Law Advice CLE"

Ericka, an attorney with the Family Law Unit in SLLS' New Orleans office, will be a speaker at a May 15, 2014 CLE offered by the New Orleans Bar Association.  She is one of several panelist who will discuss mediation in Civil District Court. 

 

MAY 7, 2014

Staff transitions in SLLS' New Orleans Office

Ayanna Butler is the new managing attorney for the Child in Need of Care (CINC) Unit in the New Orleans office. Amanda Golob is the new managing attorney for the Housing Unit in the New Orleans office.  Joseph "Jay" Hebert is the new managing attorney for the Consumer and Successions Unit in the New Orleans office. Congratulations to all.

 

APRIL 30, 2014

SLLS welcomes large class of summer law clerks.

Some 34 law students will join SLLS to gain valuable experience and provide valuable help to our six offices over the summer months.  A college student will also assist with special projects this summer.

 

APRIL 23, 2014

SLLS at the Dillard University Agency Fair

SLLS New Orleans Housing Unit Managing Attorney Amanda Golob and Housing Unit paralegal Jean Barney met the Dillard University community today at the university's agency fair.   Amanda (right) and Jean (left) are all smiles as they receive a Certificate of Appreciation for SLLS' participation.

A GOLOB AND J BARNEY AT DILLARD UNIVERSITY

 

APRIL 17, 2014

Crystal Gavel Award to honor SLLS Executive Director Brian D. Lenard.

SLLS is pleased to announce that Executive Director Brian D. Lenard will be honored for his dedication, volunteerism and service with a 2014 Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award. This honor conferred by the Louisiana State Bar Association's Crystal Gavel Award Committee recognizes "outstanding lawyers and judges who have been unsung heroes and heroines in their communities." Please join us in congratulating Brian on this tribute to his work and commitment.

APRIL 17, 2014

Here is a photo of SLLS Housing Unit Managing Attorney Amanda Golob (sixth from left) and her crew of law school volunteers. Go here to read "St. John’s Law Students Spend Spring Break Helping Underserved Communities in New Orleans."

APRIL 17, 2014

Now on your small screen: SLLS Interim Deputy Director Laura Tuggle and SLLS New Orleans Housing Unit Managing Attorney Amanda Golob talk about basic landlord-tenant issues on the air with John Redmann.

Watch it here.

APRIL 10, 2014

It's Fair Housing Month! SLLS is helping to spread the news.

SLLS Interim Deputy Director Laura Tuggle appeared yesterday evening to talk about fair housing issues at the Sojourner Truth Community Center in New Orleans.  Her talk is the latest in a series of presentations there by SLLS.

MARCH 31 2014

Roxanne Newman appointed new Deputy Director for SLLS.

SLLS is pleased to announce Roxanne Newman's appointment as deputy director. Roxanne has served as managing attorney of SLLS' Covington office. Roxanne's promotion will enable her to work closely with current Interim Deputy Director Laura Tuggle. Laura will rise to the position of executive director upon the retirement in May of SLLS Executive Director Brian Lenard. Please join SLLS in congratulating Roxanne on this achievement.

 

MARCH 28, 2014

Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky joins LEAP panel about legal self-help for library visitors.

Lisa Stansky of SLLS' New Orleans office gave recap of LouisianaLawHelp.org to librarians gathered for "Legal Self-Help in Public Libraries - Your Library Can Play a Role." The session was a featured event on Friday, March 28 at the Louisiana Library Association's Conference at Lafayete's Cajundome.

Lisa and other panel participants are all members of the coordinating committee for LEAP (Legal Education & Assistance Program) launched by the Access to Justice Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. LEAP was formed to provide training and resources to make public libraries viable information hubs for self-represented people with legal problems.

MARCH 27 2014

SLLS prospective executive director-Laura Tuggle joins first-ever Louisiana Housing Corporation Fair Housing Task Force.

MARCH 24, 2014

A winner all around -- SLLS' Derby Pie sweeps Crowd Favorite category at the 2014 Bar & Grille cook-off to benefit Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Here are some photos from yesterday's event at City Park's Peristyle. SLLS thanks the Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association for sponsoring this event to benefit SLLS!

Pie

The pie that took the cake, so to speak.

MARCH 19, 2014

SLLS appears on the March 18th edition of "Bayou Time" for HTV10: Ranie Thompson, foreclosure unit manager in SLLS' New Orleans office, and Krystal Talghani, staff attorney with SLLS' Houma office talk about foreclosure issues.

MARCH 18, 2014

Attorneys from SLLS create many opportunities for seniors to connect.

  • Houma office Manager Salyria Gumms and staff attorney Krystal Talghani will hold an outreach event at the Montegut and Chauvin Senior Centers on March 19, 2014, and at the Golden Meadow Senior Center on March 25.

  • SLLS will also appear at the Schriever Senior Center on March 27th.

  • Marie Wright, managing attorney of SLLS' Hammond office, will appear at the 18th Annual Senior Crime Expo May 8, 2014, at the Abundant Life Church in Denham Springs.

  • Find these and other SLLS events on our Community Calendar.

MARCH 18, 2014

Representatives from SLLS' Houma office appeared before the Terrebonne Parish Council on March 12, 2014. Watch the video of the proceedings here.

MARCH 17, 2014

Meet SLLS Staff Attorneys Amanda Golob and Hardell Ward at the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Resource Fair, March 28, 2014.

Location: Housing Authority of New Orleans (Board Room)
4100 Touro Street Blg B
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122.

Time: 10:30AM. - 2:30PM. (Vendors set up is 10:00am)

Contact Person: Lesley Offner (504-670-3300 ext 3438)

MARCH 13, 2014

Meet SLLS at the first annual Jefferson Parish Community Action Program Housing Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Marrero Community Center, 1861 Ames Blvd., Marrero, La.

MARCH 13, 2014

Ayanna Butler has been selected as the new managing attorney of SLLS' Child In Need of Care Project (CINC). SLLS congratulates Ayanna on this achievement.

MARCH 13, 2014

TAXES

Jacqueline Childers, managing attorney of the tax unit in SLLS' New Orleans office, will attend the Tulane Tax Roundtable on March 21, 2014.

MARCH 13, 2014

SLLS has been selected attend the ABA Section of Litigation Legal Services Delivery Committee Fundraising Training Program in Phoenix, AZ this April. SLLS' team includes Paul Tabary, who sits on SLLS' board of directors; Gwynne Mashon, Nerw Orleans staff attorney; and Jacqueline Childers, New Orleans tax unit managing attorney.

MARCH 11, 2014

MEET US AT THE FAIR!

COMMUNITY HOUSING AND RESOURCE FAIR

MARCH 10, 2014

SLLS has a role in the proposed overhaul of Louisiana's landlord-tenant law.

Read "Bill seeks to change Louisiana's landlord-tenant laws" from The Times-Picayune.

House and keys

FEBRUARY 25, 2014

In Memoriam: Mark A. Moreau

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) mourns the passing of Co-Executive Director Mark A. Moreau. He passed away peacefully on Feb. 25, 2014 after a battle with a long illness. For almost four decades, Mark valiantly led SLLS through good times, tough times, and times of crisis. His tireless dedication to justice for the poor, his unwavering support for generations of young lawyers, and his devotion to the highest ideals of the profession show that Mark was indeed one for the ages. He epitomized the best and the brightest in all of us. SLLS' work will continue to honor his memory.

Our thoughts go out to his family. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street in New Orleans.

The news obituary from The Times-Picayune appears here. Mark's family has chosen to share a YouTube video about Mark.

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Get ready for the 12th Annual Bar & Grille Cooking Competition to benefit SLLS!

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association.

Sunday. March 23, 2014 at the Peristyle in City Park.

Find out more here.

FEBRUARY 17, 2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Tuggle Named Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Longtime Executive Director Brian Lenard to retire in May 2014.

New Orleans, Louisiana, February 17, 2014

The Board of Directors of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) named Laura Tuggle as the organization's new Executive Director at its February 12, 2014 meeting. SLLS is the largest non-profit provider of civil legal services to Louisiana's poor serving 22 parishes in six locations. Longtime Executive Director Brian Lenard will retire in May 2014. Co-Executive Director Mark Moreau retired in 2013.


Tuggle's appointment represents a sea change in leadership for SLLS. Her new post consolidates certain duties once shared by SLLS' Executive Director and Co-Executive Director into a single position. The move by the Board of Directors follows an extensive national search and a program-wide strategic planning initiative.

Board Chair R. Patrick Vance, partner at Jones Walker LLC said "We are confident that Laura is the right choice to provide dynamic leadership for SLLS. With the support of our partners and dedicated staff, our community can expect future innovations as well as a continued commitment to excellence in civil legal aid."

Tuggle joined SLLS in 1993, rising from staff attorney to managing Attorney of the organization's Housing Law Unit in New Orleans. She was honored with the 2005 Reginald Heber Smith Award, a national award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, to recognize her unique accomplishments in advancing justice for low-income people. Laura received her undergraduate degree in 1984 from LSU, and her Juris Doctorate in 1987 from Tulane Law School. Before joining SLLS, Laura worked for the New Orleans Pro Bono Project as a staff attorney and Homeless Legal Program Manager. Laura left SLLS in 2010 to serve as General Counsel at the Housing Authority of New Orleans under a reform administration, returning to SLLS in 2013.

"Ms. Tuggle has already proven herself to be a dedicated advocate for the low-income people of our area, and is an outstanding choice for this position," says outgoing Director Brian Lenard.

SLLS looks forward to this new era in its history of service to the people of Louisiana.

About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is Louisiana's largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid. Offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma, and New Orleans cover a 22-parish service area, handling a range of issues spanning family, housing, foreclosure, Children in Need of Care, public benefits, consumer, and tax, among others. SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. In 2003 SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance. In recent years the program expanded to serve areas in and around Baton Rouge and Houma. The program also receives significant funding from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and is a recipient of the United Way.

FEBRUARY 17, 2014

For Immediate Release
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Re-Elects Board of Director Officers

New Orleans, Louisiana, February 17, 2014

The Board of Directors of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) re-elected officers to their positions for 2014 at the agency's February 12, 2014 meeting. SLLS officers for 2014 are R. Patrick Vance, partner at Jones Walker LLC as Chairman of the Board, First Vice-President Warren McKenna, partner at The McKenna Law Firm LLC, Second Vice-President, Regina Joseph, Client Board Member, Treasurer, Vivian Guillory, Retired Chief Administrative Law Judge with the State of Louisiana, Assistant Treasurer, Lila Arsan, Client Board Member, and Secretary, Jay Jalenak, partner with the Kean Miller Law Firm.

About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is Louisiana's largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid. Offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma, and New Orleans cover a 22-parish service area, handling a range of issues spanning family, housing, foreclosure, Children in Need of Care, public benefits, consumer, and tax, among others. SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. In 2003 SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance. In recent years the program expanded to serve areas in and around Baton Rouge and Houma. The program also receives significant funding from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and is a recipient of the United Way.

FEBRUARY 11, 2014

Baton Rouge Bar Association Member Spotlight finds SLLS Attorney Raveen A. Hills. Read about Raveen and her achievements here. Raveen practices Family Law with our Baton Rouge office.

JANUARY 30, 2014

LouisianaLawHelp.org Launches Free Mobile Website. Information about free civil legal aid programs, legal issues, self-help tools and courthouse self-help centers now on m.louisianalawhelp.org.

New Orleans, Louisiana, February 4, 2014
LouisianaLawHelp.org announces "m.louisianalawhelp.org," a free mobile legal information site especially for low-income people. Site visitors can use their phones to find free civil legal aid programs, information and other resources. LouisianaLawHelp.org is part of the national LawHelp.org network of nonprofit legal information sites that empower people to find help and help themselves.

Many low and moderate income people use mobile phones for internet access. For many a mobile phone is the only reliable source of Internet access. This new mobile site puts key resources from LouisianaLawHelp.org into their hands.

LouisianaLawHelp.org is Louisiana's online source of free legal aid referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools. LouisianaLawHelp.org and its new mobile site are administered by the nonprofit legal aid organization Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in conjunction with Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit leader in increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged. SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky coordinated with Pro Bono Net when developing Louisiana's mobile site.

The mobile site enables visitors to search for free civil legal aid programs by zip code. A special site tool called "No Lawyer? Find a Self Help Center" guides mobile site visitors to help desks and similar resources found in courthouses and other places around the state. The site offers information and resources related to family, housing, consumer, employment, benefits and other areas of concern to low-income people. The "Seniors" topic includes information and resources of special interest to older Louisiana residents.

The mobile site detects mobile device visitors to LouisianaLawHelp.org and directs them automatically to the mobile site. Visitors to the mobile site have the option of viewing the full LouisianaLawHelp.org site as well. The mobile site's URL is m.louisianalawhelp.org and the main site's URL is www.louisianalawhelp.org.

LouisianaLawHelp.org first appeared in 2003. In 2013 the site served more than 100,000 unique visitors. Launched January 30, 2014, mobile LouisianaLawHelp.org (m.louisianalawhelp.org) was developed with support from the Technology Initiative Grant program of the Legal Services Corporation. Louisiana is the second LawHelp.org state to launch a mobile site.

About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is Louisiana's largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid. Offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma,
and New Orleans cover a 22-parish service area, handling a range of issues spanning
family, housing, public benefits, consumer, and tax, among others. SLLS began in 1979
with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. In 2003 SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance. In recent years the program expanded to serve areas in and around Baton Rouge and Houma.

About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms-www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org -to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. Pro Bono Net has also developed Pro Bono Manager, pro bono practice management software that helps AmLaw 200 law firms increase pro bono participation, manage pro bono caseloads more efficiently and raise internal and external awareness of pro bono efforts. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.

SLLS at the Technology Initiative Grant Conference.

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky and staff attorney Eric Foley were among some 200 attendees at the January 2014 Technology Initiative Grant Conference in Jacksonville, FL. The conference known as TIG is the only national conference geared to the use of technology by civil legal aid programs.

SLLS participated courtesy of having two TIG awards -- one to develop enhanced interactive online training materials and one to develop a statewide online intake form. Lisa Stansky co-hosted a mobile technology affinity dinner at the conference.

Housing issues on tap for SLLS attorney presentations.

Housing issues are the focus of these recent and upcoming SLLS public presentations.

SLLS Interim Deputy Directory Laura Tuggle and SLLS Baton Rouge Managing Attorney Pam Moran offered a fair housing training at Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless in Baton Rouge.

SLLS housing attorney Hardell Ward will join Laura Tuggle for a landlord-tenant and eviction training February 5, 2014. The Neighbor Development Foundation is sponsoring the event as a landlord education course.

Laura Tuggle plans to provide training for staff of the Housing Authority of New Orleans in the near future.

See these items from our news archives.

Mark Moreau honored by Louisiana State Bar Association, also honored at New Orleans Bar Association Annual Meeting.

SLLS Co-Director Mark Moreau was conferred the 2013 President's Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Here is the text of letter from Louisiana State Bar Association President Richard K. Leefe.

On behalf of the Louisiana State Bar Association and its Board of Governors, I am writing to present you with the LSBA President's Award in recognition of your dedication to the profession and public. Your work as an attorney and public interest advocate has transformed for the better the lives of countless men, women, and children throughout Louisiana and has been a shining example for all attorneys to follow. We--the attorneys of Louisiana--are indebted to you for your service and selfless contribution to the legal profession and fellow man.

Mark Moreau also received the award established in his name last night at the 89th Annual Dinner Meeting of the New Orleans Bar Association. The award is a testament to Mark's achievements and dedication during his long career with legal services, most recently as Co-Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

The Legal Services Corporation awards SLLS two new Technology Initiative Grants.

One grant supports the work of Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky to develop enhanced online training resources, and the other grant supports the work of Lisa Stansky, SLLS staff attorney Eric Foley and others to develop a statewide online intake system integrated with the Louisiana legal services community's case management system.

SLLS' Lisa Stansky teams with court, bar and library partners to establish services for self-represented litigants.

The Louisiana District Judges Association's Self-Represented Litigant Committee is moving forward with a project to provide training and resources to public libraries -- places self-represented litigants often turn to for help.

SLLS Website Coordinator Lisa Stansky is a member of the committee and will work with the state bar's Self-Represented Litigation Counsel Michael Schachtman, Law Library of Louisiana Director Georgia Chadwick and other project partners.

Roxanne Newman receives special recognition at Safe Harbor 2013 Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil.

Roxanne Newman received special recognition for her work at this year's Safe Harbor 2013 Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil.

Safe Harbor is the domestic violence program that serves St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. The vigil is held each year to honor victims of domestic violence. This year's ceremony was on October 10th at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office in Slidell.

Roxanne's award cited her "outstanding support and service on behalf of victims of domestic violence." Roxanne is the managing attorney of SLLS' Covington office. SLLS Covington attorneys Paula Charles and [name withheld] also received certificates of appreciation for their work with survivors of domestic violence.

Baker Donelson takes first place at golf tournament for SLLS

Lawyers swung into action (literally) at last Friday's golf tournament to benefit SLLS. The Young Lawyers of the New Orleans Bar Association hosted the event, and SLLS expresses its appreciation for the generosity of all who participated.

This was a win-win situation all around. Here are the results of the tournament, from the site of the New Orleans Bar Association.
Congratulations to the 2013 Winners

1st Place: Baker Donelson
2nd Place: Simon Peragine
3rd Place: Madsen Kneppers & Associates

Putting Contest: John Pearson

Closest to the Hole
- 8th: Bob Braiwick
- 11th: Stephen Myers
- 16th: Matt Woolf

Longest Drive: Charles Riley

On the road again: Ranie Thompson at the Equal Justice Conference

Ranie Thompson panelist for "Katrina to Sandy: Where are we now?" at the 2013 Equal Justice Conference in St. Louis. Ranie has travelled extensively to speak about legal services disaster response strategies. She manages the foreclosure unit of SLLS' New Orleans office.


SLLS' Salyria Gumms honored at Pro Bono Awards Ceremony

The Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association will recognized Salyria Gumms' exemplary service at the 2013 Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards Ceremony. Salyria, managing attorney of SLLS' Houma office, received the Career Public Service Award.

The bench and bar conferred awards on all honorees during the May 21, 2013 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

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