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Join us for our free CLE and luncheon celebrating SLLS' Northshore Pro Bono Project's 10th year of providing legal help to vulnerable people. While we strongly encourage everyone to stay for the full-day we understand that time constraints may limit you to only attend specific sessions, please let us know in the Google Form which sessions you will be attending. Click on the invitation below for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!
On February 19, 2018, Tulane University Law School hosted a CLE to discuss SLLS 50th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration how civil legal aid, pro bono attorneys, and law students help close the justice gap for vulnerable people. Speakers included: Chris Ralston, Partner at Phelps Dunbar and SLLS Board Member; Judy Perry Martinez, Of Counsel at Simon, Peragine, and SLLS Distinguished Fellow; The Honorable Judge Bernadette D'Souza; and Ana Lopez, Lutz Fellow 2016-2017, and current SLLS Domestic Violence Attorney. We also honored Mr. Laurent Lutz for his strong commitment to civil justice. Mr. Lutz, a 1986 Tulane Law School graduate, funds fellowship positions for Tulane graduates at SLLS. These Lutz Fellows protect the rights of vulnerable clients in domestic violence and child protection cases.
"There's no such thing as a solo act. Social justice is a team effort." - Prof. Bill Quigley In October 2018, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law hosted the finale of a year-long series of events to commemorate SLLS' 50-year history. Prof. Quigley's words spoke volumes to all who attended and the conversations the panelists had at each of our events supports just how true his words are. From legal aid attorneys like those of us at SLLS who've committed their entire lives to working for vulnerable people, to our brothers and sisters from the private bar who volunteer their time and expertise to increase access to justice, to judicial self-help desks and other programs to help pro se litigants, and to the law school legal clinics who are molding the next generation of social justice advocates - all of our work is vital in the fight for fairness. Thanks to all of the law schools, the 50th anniversary committee members, and all of the generous sponsors who made our year-long series of events possible. We look forward to continuing the fight for fairness with you - defending the rights of low-income families and vulnerable people for 50 More Years.
On May 11, 2018, we were excited to welcome our supporters and partners to see the new office space for our New Orleans location at 1340 Poydras St. We celebrated SLLS's accomplishments over the last 50 years and shared our stories of how SLLS improves the lives of vulnerable people. During the event, we also honored Mark Moreau, who led SLLS as one of our Executive Directors for many years, inspiring generations of public interest attorneys. His family joined us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony where we named our new conference room in his honor. To see more pictures from the event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Southeast-Louisiana-Legal-Services-SLLS-637874626286257/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1991138757626497
On March 14, 2018, Southern University Law Center (SULC) hosted a CLE to commemorate SLLS’s 50th Anniversary. The panel featured distinguished speakers discussing how civil legal aid, pro bono attorneys, and law students help close the justice gap for vulnerable people. Speakers included: Vivian Guillory, SLLS Board Chair; The Honorable Lisa Woodrow-White, Family Court of East Baton Rouge and SLLS 50th Anniversary Advisory Committee member; Charles Cain, former Capital Area Legal Services attorney; and two SULC Access to Justice interns.
November 9, 2017 We kicked off the beginning of our organization’s 50th anniversary year with the “The Future of Civil Legal Aid” CLE and the “Justice is Golden” reception at the Louisiana Supreme Court. Special thanks to Chief Justice Johnson and the CLE panelists, Vivian Guillory, Dona K. Renegar, Jim Sandman, and Hilarie Bass. This event was our kick-off for a year-long commemoration of SLLS’s 50th anniversary, celebrating what we’ve done, where we are now, and planning for the future as we continue to fight for fairness for vulnerable people for another 50 years. Thank you to all of the members of the 50th Anniversary Year Committee members and all of our event sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible. To see pictures from the event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Southeast-Louisiana-Legal-Services-SLLS-637874626286257/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1715487515191624 To see banners from the “Justice is Golden” exhibit, visit: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/59535137/slls-50th-anniversary-justice-is-golden-exhibit-program-book
July 18, 2018 Over 100 attorneys, law students, judges, and social justice advocates joined us for a fun night of trivia and prizes to raise funds for civil legal aid. For more information about the event and to see pictures from the night, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/602688060113526/
Thanks to our event sponsors!Partners for Justice: Jones Walker, Tulane University Defenders of Justice: Blake Jones, Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer LLC, Irwin Fritchie, Pandit Law, Phelps Dunbar, USI Allies of Justice: Stephen and Tamarin Armbruster, Degan, Blanchard, and Nash, Gilsbar, Goldstein & Bendana, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn Friends of Justice: Duplantier, Hrapmann, Hogan & Maher, RAM Computer Services