The Access to Justice Commission of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) needs your input to help evaluate the accessibility of legal services by people in Louisiana who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Taking this survey will provide key insights that only organizations like yours can offer and will serve as a starting point towards building partnerships between the legal community and service providers to ensure that there is “no-wrong door” to finding legal aid.
Who We Are
- Created by order of the LA Supreme Court in 2015, the LSBA Access to Justice Commission is a group of statewide leaders in the legal community who convene to address the systemic issues that prevent families from accessing the Louisiana civil legal system.
- This year, the Access to Justice Commission is working on the National Center for State Court’s Justice For All project to study how Louisianans engage with service providers when they have a legal problem.
Why You Should Take the Survey
Oftentimes, organizations like yours are the first place a person turns when they have a civil legal need. These issues can prevent a person from getting a job, continuing their education, accessing medical care, or otherwise addressing important needs. During COVID-19, accessing the legal system can become a matter of emergency for people dealing with issues involving housing, employment, and public benefits. Your unique insight can help us identify important strengths and gaps in the legal resources network.
Take the 15-minute Survey:
As part of this study, we are asking community organizations, institutions, and agencies that work with people who may need or have sought civil legal aid to take a brief 10-15-minutes survey. The survey asks questions about Louisianians’ experiences with the legal system.
We are interested in the perspectives of all types of community stakeholders serving low-to-moderate income populations. Representative stakeholders might include, but are not limited to, organizations providing:
- Job placement and training
- Public benefits services
- Housing and homelessness prevention
- Childcare and family support
- Medical and mental healthcare
- Veteran services
- Other community outreach and social services
Your survey responses are critical to understanding how we can make the legal resource network more accessible – so that all Louisianans have access to justice, no matter their income. Additionally, we welcome you to forward this message to any of your partner organizations who also serve limited income Louisianans.
Thank you for your time and input! If you have any questions, please reach out to me or our Project Manager Amanda Brown, available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (601) 493-0484.