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SLLS honors veterans and their families by working every day to ensure they receive equal access to civil justice. More than 21 million veterans across the U.S. experience serious challenges, including unemployment, health problems, and homelessness. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),“on a single night in January 2017, about 40,020 veterans were experiencing homelessness.” We are dedicated to helping ensure those who bravely served our country have access to job opportunities, health services, and income when returning to civilian life. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we join advocates around the country to bring attention to the harm done by domestic violence and to remember the many people who lost their lives at the hands of those who they loved and trusted most. We are dedicated to stopping the cycle of violence by defending the rights of domestic violence survivors and supporting them in their time of need. Thankfully, our attorneys work relentlessly every day to ensure that the survivors have the resources they need to safely escape their abusers. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
This September during National Preparedness Month, we want to encourage families, the legal community, and community stakeholders in southeast Louisiana to be sure you are ready for the next disaster. SLLS helps vulnerable people be more resilient, year-round, by tackling legal barriers to economic opportunity, stabilizing homes and families, and handling successions to remove barriers to disaster recovery. Before disaster strikes, SLLS works in partnership with other justice community partners, bar associations, and pro bono volunteers to ensure that the “suits on the ground” are as ready to respond as the “boots on the ground.” Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 5th Annual “Bar Exam” fundraiser on July 18, 2018. Your help is essential to our mission of increasing access to justice and strengthening our community. The event was another great success, attended by over 125 attorneys, judges, law students, public officials, and social justice leaders. Special thanks to Walter Leger, Jr. for serving as our Quiz Master. And congratulations to all the night’s winners. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
In June, we join advocates around the country in honor of National Homeownership Month. For generations of Americans, owning a home has been synonymous with achieving the American Dream. Homeownership is the foundation of economic opportunity. This asset leads to higher generational stability for families. Many people use their home equity as capital to start small businesses, help their children attend college, and ensure that future generations of their family will have a safe place to call home. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
Every May, we join advocates around the country in honoring seniors during Older Americans Month. Currently, in Louisiana, 19% of seniors live in poverty. With few resources, they struggle to afford basic needs like shelter, food, and healthcare. Many are vulnerable to financial exploitation and elder abuse. SLLS is dedicated to using civil legal aid to improve the lives, health, and homes of our elderly clients. This newsletter highlights some of our work with older Americans. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
Though April is Fair Housing Month, everyday SLLS fights for the rights of tenants and homeowners when they face discrimination in housing. We recognize the strides our country has made, but there is much more hard work to do to ensure that all people have an equal right to housing regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, or ability. In commemoration of Fair Housing Month, we are featuring a recent housing success story. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
On March 14, 2018, SULC joined SLLS in commemorating our 50th anniversary of providing civil legal aid for low-income people. We marked the milestone with a free Professionalism CLE featuring a panel of distinguished speakers discussing how civil legal aid, pro bono attorneys, and law students help close the justice gap for vulnerable people. We highlighted our Flood Proof project, a partnership between SULC, SLLS, and a number of other organizations, launched after the Great Flood of 2016 to help families recover from the disaster. Click the button below to view the full newsletter.
Starting off the new year, we’re talking all things TECH! Through our online platforms, SLLS is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, increasing access to justice for all. In 2017, over 134,000 people visited LouisianaLawHelp.org, our statewide free legal information site where people can learn about their legal rights and connect with self-help resources and legal information. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.
On February 19, 2018, Tulane University Law School joined us to commemorate 50 years of SLLS providing civil legal aid for low-income people. We also celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Tulane Law School’s Pro Bono program. The event included a panel of distinguished speakers discussing how civil legal aid, pro bono attorneys, and law students help close the justice gap for vulnerable people. Click on the button below to view the full newsletter.