Acadiana Legal Service Corporation could not continue to provide access to justice to so many individuals without wonderful volunteers, and donors. Consider joining us to provide help to those in need.
Law Student Internships:
Each summer, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation hosts several law interns from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. These positions are generously funded by the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. During their time with us, interns rotate through all four of our substantive practice units, getting to experience a wide range of civil legal practice issues.
If you are a student and interested in joining us for some real world experience, contact:
Gillis Long Poverty Law Center
Non-Law Student Internships:
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation often hosts college students needing an internship or community service hours in a field related to some area of our practice. Your curriculum may be related to our legal work, or you might be a business major wanting to work with our Accounting or Administrative Services team. Either way, feel free to contact one of our six offices if you’d like to join the team for a semester or summer.
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation funds local pro bono programs in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport. These cooperative arrangements allow local attorneys to volunteer to provide legal help we otherwise would not have enough staff to deliver. All clients are screened by us to assure they are financially eligible for free assistance.
Benefits of volunteering include access to free continuing legal education programs and practice materials, as well as credit towards your annual CLE required hours.
Our areas of highest need are Family, Consumer, Housing and Succession matters. Even if these aren’t your practice areas, we’ll provide training and experienced co-counsel if needed. If you’re interested in volunteering to help someone in need, contact us at one of our six offices, or get in touch with your local partner:
Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project
Contact: Lizz Moreau White
Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation
Contact: Marilyn Lopez, Pro Bono Coordinator
Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation
Contact: Sandy Haan, Executive Director
Shreveport Bar Foundation
Contact: Lucy Espree, Pro Bono Coordinator
Unlike criminal defendants, persons facing civil legal problems have no right to appointed counsel. We help ordinary people, like a veteran denied rightfully earned benefits, an elderly person denied Medicaid benefits, a family fighting wrongful evictions or foreclosure, people trying to rebuild their lives in the wake of natural disasters, or a woman trapped in an abusive relationship.
Thank you for your support!