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Issue: Vol 2  # 4
April 18, 2010   
In This Issue
Hold 'Em ...
Lady Justice Is Asking For You ...
Support The Project ...
Is This You? ...
Hold 'Em -- Texas Style!

  Mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 13th, 2010 from noon until the Longhorns come home for the 2nd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament hosted by the Young Lawyer's Section of NOBA and sponsored by Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

All proceeds from the day will go to support The Pro Bono Project.  We are so excited to once again be working with the YLS on this fun event.  The first tournament, held in 2008,  raised over $13,000 and we hope this year's participants will accept the challenge and beat this record.

  Full details will be in your May 'In Brief' -- but in the meantime --- circle the date and get your poker face ready!

Lady Justice Is Asking For You ...

   Come on down to the Audubon Tea Room  on Friday, October 1st  at 8:00 pm for the 2010 Justice For All Ball and party with our wild friends!  Lady Justice is asking for you, so mark the date on your calendar now.

   Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers will be playing some good ole' New Orleans tunes to get you up on your feet. Local restaurants and the Audubon Tea Room will provide food and drink. There will be prizes and more to take home at the end of the evening.

  Watch this space for more details in coming editions, but in the meantime -- join Lady Justice on October 1st because she's asking for you!
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JFAB 2009

     A lot is brewing as we swing into Spring!   Jazz Fest is on the horizon -- and that means summer is on the way! While boogeying to some of our great music -- be sure to applaud yourselves -- especially this week as we celebrate National Volunteer Week -- April 18-24!

     And, please mark your calendars now for some Hold 'Em Texas and other poker favorites in June, while October brings the Justice For All Ball in a new venue for 2010!  See the sidebar for more on these events.

     Happy National Volunteer Week!  We couldn't do it without you!

With gratitude,
Rachel Piercey
Executive Director

Celebrating People In Action ... Is This You?

While the differences between Port-au-Prince and New Orleans are vast, [Miami architect Andres] Duany spotted a similarity when it came to housing: Some survivors, especially the poor, don't have the proper documentation proving ownership of their now-ruined homes. That makes it difficult to ensure that government rebuilding grants go to the right homeowners.

Some families in Louisiana who qualify for the state's ``Road Home'' rebuilding grants can't get any money to rebuild or sell their ruined houses, which are technically owned by long-dead ancestors.

    This quote appeared in a February 20, 2010 Miami Herald article, "New Orleans is recovering, and offering lessons for Haiti"by reporter Marc Caputo. The article goes on to talk about New Orleans and Haiti's cultural similarities and how they can be a blessing and a curse in trying to restore Haiti post-earthquake, just as they have been in New Orleans.  If anything, it also shows that legal issues continue to impede progress on rebuilding New Orleans.
     Every day at The Project we continue to help many of the New Orleanians who are described in this article return to their city, restore their home ownership and get their lives back on track.

     It often seems like a puzzle, where the pieces lie in many people's hands - The Project's, our clients, and our volunteers, who continue to work diligently to resolve the simple and complex civil legal issues that have derailed progress for many.

     As we spend some time Celebrating People in Action during National Volunteer Week, beginning Sunday, April 18-24, we offer our gratitude to the multitude of volunteers who support the work of The Project with their time, talent and dollars to continue the process of getting people's lives back on track.  However, no one says it better than our clients*:
Now I feel relief, rejuvenated, renewed, rebuilt.  My kids are happy and safe. Thank you Pro Bono for this wonderful helping hand.  Your support was greatly appreciated. - Denise, Divorce Case
It's amazing.  I keep talking about [my experience with The Project] with everyone I know. - Troy, Paternity/Custody Case for 10 month old son.
Volunteer and client at a recent clinic.
Atty w/Client March 2010

My lawyer was great. The children are legally mine. I now have someone who can help me.- Terry, Adoption Case

My attorney was wonderful.  I can now move on with my life ... you gave me a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.- Carl, Bankruptcy Case

We both made decisions about what was needed and he added his expertise. With an attorney like the one I had, improvement is not needed.- Helen, Will Needed

My lawyer was very outstanding.  She talked to me, explained to me and moved quickly on my case. May God bless Pro Bono, as well as my lawyer.  Thank you, I really needed you [The Project] once again you were there for me. - Gillian, Custody/Visitation Case
     To the attorneys and other volunteers who worked on these cases, and the hundreds of others praised by our clients, whom we obviously don't have room to mention here - we thank you for being 'People of Action' wiling to commit your expertise, time and funds to The Pro Bono Project, our clients and our community.

* Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality. Quotes taken from actual Client Satisfaction Questionnaires.
Our Mission

The Pro Bono Project's mission is to provide free, quality civil legal services to the poor by engaging volunteer attorneys to render pro bono services.
  The Project serves Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes with funding from the Justice For All Ball and other sources.  The Project works in collaboration with other legal and social service providers to improve the quality of life for our clients and our community.