Ask a lawyer: free legal advice at the St. Bernard Parish Library

St. Bernard Parish Library is pleased to announce that it is participating in the fourth annual Lawyers in Libraries statewide program in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Participants in the free ‘ASK A LAWYER’ event set for Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the St. Bernard Parish Library, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette can receive free legal advice on a variety of non-criminal topics. Half-hour appointments can be scheduled from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. by calling the library at (504) 279-0448. Appointments are encouraged but ‘walk-ins’ are also welcome.

Attorneys will be available for one-on-one consultations. Participants can have questions answered on subjects such as: Bankruptcy, Civil Lawsuits, Collection Matters, Custody, Divorce, Evictions, FEMA/Disaster Benefits, Food Stamps, Foreclosures, Housing, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI/SSDI, Successions, Taxes and Wills. The individual sessions will be held in the library’s foyer.

The “Lawyers in Libraries” program is part of a legal aid initiative called the Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides much-needed legal information and resources to the public via local libraries.

“The Louisiana State Bar Association is committed to making attorneys available to everyone in Louisiana with legal issues, regardless of financial circumstance. This includes the “Lawyers in Libraries” program, which enables attorneys to provide direct services to their communities at no cost. Public libraries are natural starting points for people in search of legal information and resources, and this type of innovative partnership is why Louisiana is considered a national leader when it comes to Access to Justice,” said LSBA President Dona Renegar.

“The program has consistently grown over the last several years after being launched in 2014 under the leadership of then LSBA President Larry Shea of Shreveport. In 2016, 125 attorneys conducted over 70 events in one day, serving over 700 people statewide. We expect that this year’s event will be even bigger, thanks to the many pro bono attorneys who donate their time and expertise,” added Renegar.

The “Lawyers in Libraries” initiative was designed in partnership with the LLA, Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Law Library, and other partners.

For more information about the program, go to:

The Louisiana State Bar Association assists its more than 22,000 members in the practice of law. The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law.