NEW ORLEANS — Local volunteer lawyers will focus efforts on serving the public by sponsoring a variety of free legal clinics and resource centers throughout the month of October. The statewide “Month of Legal Service” coincides with, and will culminate in, the National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 21-28.
“In this difficult economic climate, the legal needs of the public have grown exponentially,” said Louisiana State Bar Association President Richard K. Leefe. “The goal of the Month of Legal Service is for attorneys to help make a difference in their communities by providing assistance to benefit those most in need.”
The court-based, self-help resource center will provide a particularly meaningful opportunity to bridge the gap between courts and the public. The helpdesk will provide services to litigants, or potential litigants, that include self-help information, legal advice, legal information and referrals to relevant agencies and other resources. Volunteer lawyers will help unrepresented litigants move their case forward and clarify when no actionable issue exists, or conversely, when they almost certainly need an attorney.
Free Month of Legal Service events based in Alexandria are listed below:
• Self-Help Resource Center. The Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project will host a self-help resource center on all topics. The Center will be open on Friday, Oct. 11 from 12- 3 p.m. at the 9th Judicial District Court (701 Murray St., 5th floor).
• Wills and Power of Attorney Clinic. The Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project will host this free legal clinic; attorneys will be available to prepare wills, both living and simple, and Power of Attorneys, both durable and healthcare. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Rapides Parish Main Library (411 Washington St.).
For updates on all Month of Service events and activities, go to: http://www.lsba.org/atj/LAMonthofService.
The Louisiana State Bar Association assists its more than 21,000 members in the practice of law. The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law.