The Pro Bono Project

The Pro Bono Project's mission is to provide free, quality civil legal services to the underserved members of our community. By engaging volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and private citizens, we serve clients throughout the region who otherwise might not have access to the civil legal help they need. The Pro Bono Project works in collaboration with other legal and social service providers to improve the quality of life for our clients and their communities.

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Category: Human Services
Parish: Orleans
The Pro Bono Project exists to ensure that all underserved citizens of six local Louisiana parishes can find lawyers willing to donate time and civil legal experience to help them resolve civil legal problems. These issues range from family law matters like divorces, custody agreements, name changes, and adoptions; to property questions related to successions and estate planning, proof of title, contractor litigation, and consumer complaints; to debt issues, and much more. The Project provides free legal services in civil cases with merit (excluding emergencies, criminal cases, or civil cases that are fee-generating). We establish income eligibility by using the federal poverty level guidelines.

In addition to individual representation, The Pro Bono Project conducts legal clinics throughout the area including those devoted to successions, family law, homeless issues, consumer debt problems, and elder law. Please see our Clinics webpage for a complete schedule:
Six-year-old Ca'Ron waited almost his whole life for a happy ending. When it became clear that Ca'Ron's grandparents, Carl and Clarvette, needed to be his legal guardians for school, doctors and others, they sought out The Project for help in formalizing their relationship through an adoption. We matched this family in need with a volunteer lawyer, who received mentoring help and support from The Project as she represented them through the adoption process in family court. One morning in late August, Ca'Ron walked into the St. Bernard Parish Courthouse with his grandparents and volunteer lawyer, and he walked out as Carl and Clarvette's son.