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May 5, 2015 (Tuesday):
GiveNOLA Day hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation - more details coming.

September 18, 2015 (Friday):
The 2015 Justice For All Ball at Audubon Tea Room
Committee Chair: Steven Lane, managing partner of Herman, Herman & Katz and Board Member

Honorary Chair:
Mrs. Gayle Benson, Philanthropist and Community Activist. We'll have a full profile of Mrs. Benson in an upcoming issue of In Brief. Additional JFAB details to follow.

The Project office will be closed for Mardi Gras on Monday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 17th.

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Our Mission

The Pro Bono Project's mission is to provide free, quality civil legal services to the underserved by engaging volunteer lawyers 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.

The Mission Is The Message ...

As we open the doors on 2015, In Brief chatted with new Board Chair Carole Cukell Neff of Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel LLC to talk about her goals for The Pro Bono Project in 2015.


Carole Cukell Neff  
Carole is a long-time supporter of The Project and has been on the Board since 2007. She has chaired the Succession Committee following Hurricane Katrina and has served on the Executive Committee for the past 3 years so she knows the needs of the organization, its volunteers and clients very well.


In 2011, she was instrumental in putting together The Project's planned giving program, Pro Bono For Life. As a Board-certified Estate Planner and Administrator, it's only natural that the expansion of this program is one of her top priorities for 2015.


"The work of The Project is an important legacy for the attorneys in this city. For others outside the legal community to invest in The Project now, and for the future, we must take the first step," says Carole.


Over the course of this year, Carole plans to convene a task force to forward the conversation and activities about planned giving among members of the legal community.


Carole adds, "Lawyers make wills, too. They can help kick start the Pro Bono For Life planned giving program and make it a reality. If we don't, then who will?"


Welcome to our first 2015 issue of In Brief. It's only January and the year is already filling up with CLEs, clinics, events and of course, clients!

We recently hosted the new Board member orientation in the Founders' Room at the Louisiana Bar Center and want to extend a wonderful welcome to our new 2015 Board members:  
  • Dominique Bright-Wheeler of Capital One
  • Joseph E. Ching of The Law Offices of Joseph E. Ching
  • Michael DePetrillo of Jones Walker and 2014 JFAB Co-Chair
  • Dana Douglas of Liskow & Lewis APLC
  • Irain 'Ira' Gonzales, Adams & Reese LLC
  • Chris Short, Attorney, Jefferson Bar Association Representative

Our sincere thanks to Capital One for providing funding for our Consumer Credit Clinics that we'll be hosting at Delgado Sidney Collier Campus at 3727 Louisa Street in Gentilly on the fourth Friday of every month throughout 2015.The first one is this Friday, January 23 from 2:30-4:30 pm. If you're interested in volunteering for this, please email Jesse George.  


In addition to everything else we have going on, thanks to our student volunteers who have been coming and going throughout the past several weeks. Please check out their experiences on our website at: LAW STUDENTS.  


The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono recently published its Pro Bono Year In Review report for 2014. It offers some great insights from the past year and what we can look forward to in 2015. Give it a read.  


As technology becomes more and more critical to the success of The Project, we want to remind you to check our website, our Facebook and Twitter pages regularly for information about what's happening at The Project. When you follow us on Facebook and Twitter and set up alerts, you'll be notified every time we post so you won't miss a thing.  

Happy New Year everyone! Mardi Gras is just around the corner!!

As always, thanks for your support!

All the best,
Rachel (Signature)
Rachel Piercey
The Pro Bono Project