Apr 19, 2018

Justice Tour 2018!


Contact: Dave Lanser

(504) 355-0988 • Email: dave.lanser@laciviljustice.org

NEW ORLEANS – In April of 2018, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) will embark on its third annual “Justice Tour.”  LCJC launched the Justice Tour in 2016 to address overwhelming legal need in the poorest and most underserved rural parishes of the state, and we are proud to announce that at the close of this third tour, we will have visited more than half of Louisiana’s parishes in 3 years and provided hundreds of families with free legal services in their time of need.   In addition to providing direct services to those who need it most, the Justice Tour calls attention to the need for more legal services in rural areas and supports local organizations by sharing critical information about existing resources and encouraging them to refer individuals and families to LCJC’s free legal hotline throughout the year.    In recognition of its success in raising awareness about barriers to justice in rural Louisiana, the tour was honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2016 “Legal Services Innovation” award.


Building upon the success of last year’s tour, LCJC will host civil legal clinics at libraries in 15 different parishes.  The clinics, which are open to the public, will allow residents to speak with an attorney about a wide range of civil legal issues including divorce & custody, consumer debt, housing, successions, and disaster recovery, offering advice, legal documents, and referrals free of charge.  In addition to holding free legal clinics, LCJC will meet with representatives of community organizations to discuss the main legal challenges facing each parish and build awareness about the services that LCJC offers.


“With poverty comes inequality, and with inequality comes injustice,” remarked Jonathan Rhodes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. “The Justice Tour will bring lawyers to the parts of our state that are in the greatest need with the goal of ensuring justice, equality, and prosperity for all.”


We invite you to join LCJC on our “Justice Tour” across Louisiana in 2018.  You can follow us and watch a video short about the tour at  http://laciviljustice.org/tour/

Dates & Times

Leg 1

04/23 – Tangipahoa Parish:  Tangipahoa Parish Library, 204 NE Central Ave., Amite, LA.   1 PM-3 PM.

04/24 Concordia Parish:   Concordia Parish Library, 1609 Third St., Ferriday, LA.   10 AM-12 PM.

04/25 LaSalle Parish:  LaSalle Parish Library, 3108 N 1st St., Jena, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.

04/26 East Carroll Parish:  East Carroll Parish Library, 109 Sparrow St., Lake Providence, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.


Leg 2

06/25 – Webster Parish: Webster Parish Library, 21 East and West St., Minden, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.

06/26 – Bossier Parish:  Bossier Parish Library, 2206 Beckett St., Bossier City, LA.  10 AM- 12 PM.

06/27 – Winn Parish:  Winn Parish Library, 200 North Saint John St., Winnfield, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.

06/28 – Natchitoches Parish: Natchitoches Parish Library, 450 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.


Leg 3

10/08 –Terrebonne Parish:  Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr., Houma, LA, 1 PM-3 PM.

10/09 – East Baton Rouge Parish:  East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA.  1 PM- 3 PM.

10/10 – Orleans Parish: East New Orleans Library, 5641 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.


Leg 4

11/12 – St. Mary Parish:  St. Mary Parish Library, 206 Iberia St., Franklin, LA.  1 PM- 3 PM.

11/13 – Iberia Parish: Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.

11/14 – Calcasieu Parish: Calcasieu Parish Library, 1304-1398 N Simmons St., Lake Charles, LA.  10 AM-12 PM.

11/15 – Avoyelles Parish: Avoyelles Parish Library, 660 North Main St., Marksville, LA. 10 AM-12 PM.

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Sep 22, 2017

Answering the Call-Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria



22nd 2017

Contact: Amelia Hoppe, Program Director


(504) 355-0980

Answering the Call

Louisiana Civil Justice Center to expand disaster hotline for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico amidst overwhelming need


The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC), in partnership with FEMA and the American Bar Association (ABA), Puerto Rican Bar Association, and U.S. Virgin Islands Bar Associations, is enthusiastically rising to the challenge posed by catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria by putting its long experience with disaster legal response at the service of its southern neighbors. LCJC’s disaster legal hotline will serve as a central, streamlined intake point where disaster-affected residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can immediately receive crucial legal information and referrals to the appropriate agencies and legal advocates. Operational since days after Irma made landfall, the hotline can be reached at (800) 310-7029 between the hours of 9am-4pm CST, Monday through Friday.  Assistance in Spanish is available on the hotline.

Founded in 2005 to provide emergency legal assistance to displaced victims of hurricane Katrina, LCJC understands just how essential emergency legal services are to both short-term and long-term community recovery.   Disasters are not confined to certain states and U.S. Territories, and LCJC is proud to partner with national and federal entities to ensure that the survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria get the assistance that they need during this moment of crisis. “Just as so many came to our aid after Hurricane Katrina, we are dedicated to assisting the survivors of Irma and Maria,” explained Jonathan Rhodes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.  LCJC has assisted tens of thousands of people through the hotline, gaining experience and expertise in responding to a number of disasters from Hurricane Katrina to the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Isaac, Baton Rouge Flooding, New Orleans Tornados and many in between. “The devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is likely to be a Katrina-level event,” Rhodes said and added that, “Of the many lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, we know the value of legal assistance as survivors rebuild homes and communities. Whether it’s a FEMA claim, private insurance or contractor issue, disaster legal services play a critical role in disaster response and long-term recovery.”

To help LCJC in the recovery process for Puerto Rico and USVI please consider donating with the button below.


22 de septiembre de 2017

Contacto:            Amelia Hoppe, Directora del programa.


(504) 355-0980

Contestando a la llamada

Louisiana Civil Justice Center ( Centro de Justicia Civil de Luisiana, LCJC,  en sus siglas en inglés) para ampliar la línea de atención directa a desastres en las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico debido a la necesidad abrumadora.


LCJC, en asociación con FEMA (Agencia General para el Manejo de Emergencias), American Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Estados Unidos), Puerto Rican Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico) y  U.S. Virgin Islands Bar Associations (Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico), se enfrenta con entusiasmo al reto generado por los catastróficos huracanes Irma y María, poniendo a disposición de sus vecinos sureños su vasta experiencia con respuestas a los asuntos legales que surgen en situaciones de desastre. La línea directa legal de LCJC para casos de desastre servirá como un punto central de atención telefónica donde los residentes afectados por el desastre de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos, pueden recibir de inmediato información legal crucial y ser referidos a las agencias y defensores legales apropiados. En funcionamiento desde días después de que Irma tocara tierra, la línea directa puede ser contactadas en el teléfono (800) 310-7029 de lunes a viernes, entre las 9 am y 4pm CST.  Esta línea directa dispone de ayuda en español.


Fundada en 2005 para proveer asistencia legal de emergencia a las víctimas desplazadas por el huracán Katrina, LCJC entiende la importancia de los servicios legales de emergencia, tanto a corto como a largo plazo para la recuperación de la comunidades afectadas. Los desastres no se limitan a ciertos estados y territorios de los Estados Unidos, y LCJC se enorgullece de asociarse con entidades nacionales y federales para asegurar que las sobrevivientes de los huracanes Irma y María reciban la asistencia que necesitan en este momento de crisis. “Muchos vinieron a nuestra ayuda tras el huracán Katrina, ahora nosotros estamos dedicados a la tarea de ayudar a los sobrevivientes de Irma y María”, explicó Jonathan Rhodes, Director Ejecutivo del Louisiana Civil Justice Center. LCJC ha ayudado a decenas de miles de personas a través de la línea telefónica, adquiriendo experiencia y respondiendo a un sin fin de desastres como el huracán Katrina, el derrame de petróleo de BP, el huracán Isaac, las inundaciones de Baton Rouge, los tornados de Nueva Orleans y muchos otros. “La devastación en las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico es probablemente un evento a nivel de Katrina”, dijo Rodhes, y añadió que “De las muchas lecciones aprendidas tras el huracán Katrina,  entendemos el valor de la asistencia jurídica mientras los sobrevivientes se preparan para reconstruir sus casas y comunidades. Ya sea una reclamación a FEMA, un seguro privado o un asunto con un contratista, los servicios legales desempeñan un papel crítico en la respuesta a tras el desastres y la recuperación a largo plazo “.


El Centro de Justicia Civil de Luisiana (LCJC) es una organización sin ánimo de lucro 501 (c) (3) que provee servicios legales a personas de bajos ingresos, personas mayores y afectados por desastres en Luisiana. A través de una línea directa sin coste, da ayuda legal gratuita, ofrece clínicas comunitarias así como otros programas, el LCJC proporciona asistencia legal crítica para más de 10.000 residentes cada año. Obtenga más información en http://www.laciviljustice.org.




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Sep 01, 2017

Harvey Disaster Legal Clinic


September 1, 2017


Contact: Harrece Gassery, Staff Attorney, Louisiana Civil Justice Center



Civil Legal Assistance for Disaster Victims



In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) is traveling to Cameron and Calcasieu parishes to provide emergency legal assistance to disaster-affected families.    Next week, LCJC Staff Attorney Harrece Gassery will host a series of “walk-in” clinics to provide direct services to residents with questions and concerns about disaster related legal challenges.  Individuals seeking help should bring all relevant documents and state ID.


If constituents of the affected parishes are not able to attend on the dates listed below, LCJC is happy to help via its toll-free disaster hotline (1-800-310-7029). On the hotline, LCJC staff provides assistance with issues involving FEMA, insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, successions, home-repair contracts and consumer-protection matters.   Legal assistance for Spanish-speaking callers can be arranged via a callback appointment. Referrals to appropriate local or state agencies will also be provided by the hotline volunteers.


Community members should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster legal services.  LCJC attorneys will only assist self-represented litigants on their civil legal issue and will not assist individuals with criminal issues. In the case that the LCJC attorney is unable to help the individual will be given referrals to the appropriate agency.

Tuesday, September 5th:


Sulphur Regional Library

9am to 12noon – Conference Room

1160 Cypress

Sulphur, LA 70663

(337) 721-7141


Central Library

2 pm to 5 pm- Thielen Room, 2nd Floor

301 West Claude

Lake Charles, LA 70605

(337) 721-7116


Wednesday, September 6th:


Hackberry Branch


983 Main Street

Hackberry, LA 70645

Phone: 337-762-3978


Grand Lake Branch


10200 Gulf Highway

Lake Charles, LA 70607

Phone: 337-598-5950





The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides legal services to low-income, elderly and disaster-affected persons in Louisiana. Through a toll-free legal aid hotline, community clinics and programs, the LCJC provides critical legal assistance for more than 10,000 residents each year. Learn more at www.laciviljustice.org.


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Mar 17, 2017

Justice Tour 2017- LCJC is back on the road!

March 15th 2017
Contact: Jesse Rafert, Operations Manager
(504) 355-0983 • Email: coordinator@laciviljustice.org
Louisiana Civil Justice Center Launches “Justice Tour”

NEW ORLEANS- In March 2017, The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) will embark on its second “Justice Tour.” LCJC launched the Justice Tour in 2016 to address overwhelming legal need in the poorest and most underserved rural parishes of the state. The first tour visited 15 different parishes, providing over 500 people with direct legal assistance and, through new partnerships with libraries and local organizations,
sharing critical information about existing legal resources at the local and statewide levels with rural communities. In recognition of its success in raising awareness about barriers to justice in rural Louisiana, the tour was honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2016 “Legal Services Innovation” award.


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Sep 27, 2016


LCJC joined NothLouisianaLegalSerives this past week for their annual staff training and their legal clinic at the Webster public library. We love working with our partners in the north to provide services to all of our Louisiana population.

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Mar 03, 2016

Arabic Clinics

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center is proud to announce a new clinic tailored to the Louisiana Arabic speaking community. LCJC’s Director of Legal Services, Evian Mugrabi, Esq, will conduct a series of bilingual clinics and Q&A sessions oriented towards the legal needs of Arabic speakers. LCJC has a strong commitment to providing free legal aid and resources to vulnerable communities, and is excited to expand their services to immigrant and non-English speaking groups.

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Jan 19, 2016

MLK Senior Clinic

LCJC was thrilled to be apart of MLK Service day with the Martinet Society Lawyers this past Monday. LCJC attorneys and Martinet Society Lawyers worked with Hollygrove Seniors to create Estate planning documents as well as provide vital resources. Thank you to Carrollton Hollygrove Senior Center for housing us!


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Nov 30, 2015

Jefferson Parish Domestic Violence Program

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) is proud to announce a new initiative to provide victims of domestic violence the best possible services in Jefferson Parish. The LCJC has partnered with the Jefferson Parish District Courthouse, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services  to expand the services offered at LCJC’s 24th Judicial District Court help desk. Now, in addition to LCJC attorneys to help pro bono litigants, the help desk will also have a Southeast Louisiana Legal Services attorney and Metropolitan social workers on hand to help persons affected by domestic violence file protective orders, obtain safety planning and other social services, and get representation for protective order hearings. The LCJC is proud to be a part of helping Jefferson Parish citizens overcome domestic violence.


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Nov 23, 2015

Families Helping Families MLP Webinar

Louisiana Civil Justice Center invites you to learn about its Medical Legal Partnership with Children’s Hospital and how it assists doctors and improves patient outcomes. Register on Families Helping Families of Jefferson Parish website today!

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