Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Who We Are:
SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. Back then, SLLS gave legal help to poor people in five north shore parishes. December 31, 2002 marked an important turning point for SLLS. The 2002 merger between SLLS and New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC), which was founded in 1967, created a combined service area covering 10 Louisiana parishes.
SLLS more than doubled its footprint with its most recent expansion to areas in and around Baton Rouge and Houma. SLLS now serves an area nearly twice the land mass of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.*
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SLLS now covers 22 southeast Louisiana Parishes:
East Baton Rouge Parish
East Feliciana Parish
Pointe Coupee Parish
St. Bernard Parish
St. Charles Parish
St. Helena Parish
St. James Parish
St. John The Baptist Parish
St. Tammany Parish
West Baton Rouge Parish
West Feliciana Parish
Our main goal is to handle civil legal problems of as many poor people in our service area as we can while keeping up our standards of high-quality service.
Our next goal is to remain involved with community efforts to improve the quality of life for the poor.
To meet our goals, SLLS provides direct representation to the poor and much more. SLLS also works with community groups and social services agencies by giving up-to-date information about legal issues affecting the poor in Louisiana. SLLS also works with other legal advocacy organizations around the state and around the nation on litigation projects and educational efforts to protect the legal rights of the poor and to improve their lives.
SLLS has historically faced rising demand for its services without a corresponding increase in resources. SLLS responded to the community's greater need for legal aid by using new technology, seeking pro bono help, developing new approaches to the delivery of legal services, and by widening our funding base.
Still, SLLS does not have enough resources to handle all of the problems that come to us. SLLS prioritizes certain types of cases, and different offices may handle different types of cases. For some problems, SLLS may only be able to give advice or brief service. For other problems, SLLS may be able to provide extended representation. For more information about the kind of cases we handle in general, click here. SLLS tries to identify community resources, both legal and non-legal, which may help people with problems we cannot handle.
*According to Census Bureau geographical data.
Your support makes a difference! Please mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services P.O. Drawer 2867 Hammond, Louisiana 70404