24th Annual APSAC Colloquium

Don’t worry, there is still time to register for the 24th Annual APSAC Colloquium taking place from June 21st to June 25th at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Even if you can’t come, please sign up to participate in local events to welcome professionals in our field from across the country including a free second line with the Storyville Stompers brass band. Don’t miss out!

To officially register please visit



Committee for a Better New Orleans: 2016 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum

Dear CBNO Partner,

Nominations are officially open for the 2016 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, and the nomination form is attached. Whether it is an up and coming leader in your organization and/or another friend/colleague, please circulate this widely and send us your best and brightest!  http://www.cbno.org/programs/bryan-bell-metropolitan-leadership-forum/


Thanks so much,
Keith G.C. Twitchell, President
Committee for a Better New Orleans
(504) 430-2258

CBNO works to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government. Celebrating 50 years of building community in 2016!

On-line contributions to our work may be made at http://www.paypal.com; use the email address contributions@cbno.org. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Employment Opportunity: Bilingual Paralegal (Spanish/English)

Bilingual Paralegal (Spanish/English)

A growing Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation firm seeks to hire an experienced paralegal to join the team. To be considered, you should have: • 2+ years’ experience • A keen eye for detail • Strong research and writing skills • Possess the ability to thrive under pressure and meet deadlines in an environment with frequent interruptions. • Friendly personality to deal with clients. Paralegal Certificate preferred. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please email resumes to justine@caseycowley.com

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and VAYLA of New Orleans: Volunteers Needed

Dear Warriors for Justice,

The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and VAYLA of New Orleans will be hosting a Community Justice Legal Clinic (Immigration) on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am- 4pm in New Orleans East. We’re looking for Lawyers, Law Students, Translators and Justice Advocates to volunteer a couple of hours on that day to help provide support through out the day. Got a free day- come out and work for justice! Got a couple of hours- come out and work for justice!

CLIMATE & MIGRATION: We welcome all levels of volunteers to join us as we stabilize our community and build our movement for ecological equity and climate justice. Many new immigrants to the US are facing challenges directly connected to the insecurity that comes with our changing climate. The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy works with communities of color on the frontline of climate change to achieve climate justice and ecological equity. This community clinic will offer support to the immigrant community of New Orleans East and will be connected to broader community training around the issues of climate and migration.

INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING COMMUNITY JUSTICE: There’s something for everyone! Seasoned immigration attorneys become part of a client referral system. New lawyers get experience with immigration law and how to screen clients for benefits. Paralegals and law students get practical experience with client intake. And translators can get practical experience supporting legal services. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER as a volunteer (legal service provider, translator, general justice support.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: There will be trainings on June 11, 2016 for all legal service workers (Lawyers, law students, paralegals). All training will take place at VAYLA offices located at 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy., Suite A, New Orleans, LA 70129 on the dates and times listed. You will receive confirmation for at least one of the trainings listed below. Please make plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your training:
Saturday, June 11 @ 10am- Translators/ Interpreters Training
Saturday, June 11 @ 12pm- Legal Services Training
Saturday June 11 @ 2pm- Justice Advocate/Community Training- (Climate+ Migration)
Saturday June 18 @ 9am- General Volunteers Training
If you’d like more information, or if your organization is interested in offering a table of information about ancillary community services of upcoming events please e-mail Emilia Aguinaga (emilia@gcclp.org).


UNO CHART: Risk Literacy Curriculum


The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology (UNO-CHART) is excited to share its newly completed Risk Literacy curriculum, “Preparing for Storms in Louisiana, 2nd Edition.” The second edition is an update to the first edition based on feedback from adult education providers. The curriculum was designed in Plain Language to teach the concepts of risk as subject matter in literacy programs, as well as teach literacy through risk education. The curriculum has multiple parts, including a student manual, facilitator’s guide, take home guide, flashcards, and materials for nonreaders. The materials are also available on the web. Although the curriculum was designed with adult education programs in mind, it has also been helpful to senior centers and church groups because it provides easy to follow and fill out directions about preparing for hurricanes, particularly the Take Home Guide.

Here is a description and web link for each of the products:

Student Manual


The student manual is the core of the curriculum, and includes five chapters on how to prepare for storms, including information on hurricanes, preparation, evacuation, returning and protection.


Facilitator’s Guide


The facilitator’s guide can be used to teach the material in the student manual and take home guide, and includes 14 lesson plans with reading comprehension strategies.


Take Home Guide (English)


The take home guide is for student use in class as well as at home, so the students can study, review concepts and work on assignments.


Take Home Guide (English/Spanish)


The take home guide is for student use in class as well as at home, so the students can study, review concepts and work on assignments. The English/Spanish version includes both English and Spanish.




The flashcards are in Spanish on one side and in English on the other. They contain supplemental information on preparing for storms.


Nonreader Manual 


The nonreader manual uses the same curriculum as the student manual, but is designed for beginning readers.


Nonreader Facilitator’s Guide 


The nonreader facilitator’s guide includes lesson plans and flashcards that coincide with the nonreader manual.


Please let me know if you could use any more materials and we can deliver them to you. Tara Lambeth tlambet1@uno.edu