Below is a list of some of our partners in Louisiana:
American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU of Louisiana)
The ACLU of Louisiana is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fighting for individual rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the US and Louisiana Constitutions. Critical among those are rights to equal protection and due process, as well as the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The ACLU of Louisiana has been working to protect these rights in the courts, legislature and community since 1956.
Families and Friends of Louisiana╠s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children have joined together to fight for a better life for our children and our communities. FFLIC is mothers, grandmothers, families who struggle with disability or mental health. FFLIC is allies of families who fight the systemic abuse that tears down communities and families. FFLIC supports and offers advice to each other, and helps develop leadership skills among its members. FFLIC works to united and empower people to fight for change and build strong communities.
Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University School of Law
The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, named in memory of a distinguished member of the United States House of Representatives and prominent Louisiana attorney who throughout his life was committed to excellence in legal services, exemplifies Loyola's commitment to the community. Founded in 1985, it enables Loyola University College of Law to expand its legal education and public service activities both within and beyond the boundaries of the greater metropolitan New Orleans area. Several of the activities sponsored or founded by the center are the Loyola Law Clinic, Summer Internship Programs, Loan Forgiveness Program, and a Distinguished Speaker Series.
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL)
Founded in 1997, the mission of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana is to transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities in order to instill hope and to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive. Through advocacy, media support, organizing and policy work, JJPL remains committed to improving the quality of juvenile justice statewide, including implementation of evidence-based best practices and programs. JJPL continues its efforts to ensure that each child who comes in contact with the justice system is provided effective, quality representation in a system that focuses on rehabilitation, education and alternatives to incarceration.
Louisiana Appleseed uncovers and corrects injustices and barriers to opportunity through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform. Working with our huge pro bono network, Appleseed identifies, researchs and analyzes social injustices, makes specific recommendations, and advocates for effective solutions to deep-seated structural problems. Appleseed projects ensure that state and local policies and procedures are just and that public defenders and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system are equipped with the tools necessary to ethically and effectively represent criminal defendants.
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL)
The vision of LACDL is to become the premier state association for advancing the professional interests of criminal defense practitioners and their clients. The purposes of LACDL are to: protect and insure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the Louisiana and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases; to resist any efforts which are being made to curtail these rights; to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of these objectives through educational programs and other assistance; and through this cooperation, education and assistance to promote justice and the common good; to assist the courts, legislature, and law enforcement agencies in accomplishing their legitimate functions consistent with the rule of law and the protection of individual rights guaranteed by the Louisiana and United States Constitutions. LACDLĺs membership is comprised of private defense attorneys and public defenders from around the state. In 2010, LACDL combined with the Louisiana Public Defenders Association with the unified purpose to preserve, protect and defend the right to counsel.
Louisiana Bar Foundation
The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana. LBF exists to preserve, honor and improve Louisiana's system of justice by funding, developing and otherwise promoting efforts which enhance the legal profession, increase public understanding of the legal system and advance the reality of equal justice under the law. The LBF supports programs that provide free legal services for the poor in all 64 parishes of the state of Louisiana.
Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice (LCLE)
The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice awards and administers federal and state grants under a diverse number of programs, and serves as a resource on the latest criminal justice issues.
Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA)
The mission of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to assist and serve its members in the practice of law, assure access to and aid in the administration of criminal justice, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation and the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promotet he professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University
The LSU Law Center was established in 1906 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools and approved by the American Bar Association since 1924. The LSU Law Center is named in honor of Paul M. Hebert, dean of the school from 1937 - 1977. In 2008-09, the Law Center sponsored 22 moot court, trial advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution teams that provided 85 students the opportunity to develop their legal skills beyond traditional classroom instruction. Doctor/Diploma in Civil Law, in the United States and is only one of two such programs in the Western Hemisphere. LPDB has partnered with LSU's Law school on internship programs, improvements to juvenile defense, with the Public Interest Law Society and through recruiting efforts.
Southern University Law Center (SULC)
The Southern University Law Center provides exceptional legal training to a diverse student body, while it maintains its role of giving opportunity to under-represented racial, ethnic, and economic groups. SULC develops leaders who are committed to public service and access to justice.
Tulane University School of Law
Through Tulane's Criminal Defense Clinic, third-year law students represent indigent defendants charged with felonies and misdemeanors in the criminal district court. Clinic students also brief and argue appeals in the state appellate courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court. At the trial court level, students investigate, prepare, and argue motions preparatory to trial on cases ranging from misdemeanor shoplifting to second degree murder. Accompanied by a supervising attorney, students take an active role in trial by conducting juryvoir dire, making opening statements, conducting direct and cross-examination and giving closing arguments. Subsequent to Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane Criminal Clinic has been integrally involved in the re-building of the Orleans Parish criminal justice system.
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