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List of Louisiana Legal Resources

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  • The Capital Appeals Project protects the rights of Indigent Defendants on Death Row in Louisiana. If you are in need of these specific services, please contact us.
  • If you are searching for other legal resources in Louisiana, read on to learn of resources for criminal cases, civil cases, advocacy and re-entry.

Louisiana Bar Associations

The Louisiana State Bar Association

  • The Louisiana State Bar Association has a directory of Louisiana attorneys listed by name and location. 
  • You can search the LSBA directory of Louisiana attorneys online.
  • You can also call the toll free number for assistance finding an attorney: (800) 421-5722.

Local Bar Associations

Some Louisiana cities have local bar associations that you can contact for a referral:

Modest Means Directory

Advocacy Organizations

The Promise of Justice Initiative

  • The Promise of Justice Initiative (PJI) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for criminal justice reform, civil rights protections, and the abolition of the death penalty and other excessive inhuman punishments. PJI works alongside impacted men and women seeking fair and just treatment under the law. 
  • For more information, call (504) 529-5955 or email

East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC)

Vera Institute of Justice, New Orleans

Criminal Cases

The Innocence Project of New Orleans

  • The Innocence Project of New Orleans is a non-profit law office providing investigation and representation for innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana. 
  • They do not accept inquiries or applications over the phone or via email. Applications must be mailed to their office. More information can be found on the Innocence Project New Orleans website.
  • For those imprisoned in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, ask an Inmate Counsel Substitute for an application form. Inmate Counsel Substitutes are trained in the IPNO application process and can make sure applications contain all the information needed to screen a case.
  • For those at other prisons, send a letter to IPNO requesting an application form: Case Manager, Innocence Project New Orleans, 4051 Ulloa Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR)

Public Defenders

Public Defenders are attorneys appointed to your case only if the judge decides that you don’t have the money to hire a private attorney.

Civil Cases

The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center

American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU)

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people throughout Louisiana on a wide range of civil suit issues, including domestic violence and housing rights. They have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Houma, New Orleans, Hammond, and Harvey.
  • For contact information for their six offices, or to apply online for assistance, visit the SLLS website.

The Pro Bono Project

Re-Entry Services

Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana

The First 72+

  • The First 72+ provides support for formerly incarcerated individuals in the first three days following their release from prison, including: a ride home, clothes, food, rides to social services offices to get state identification, social security cards, enrollment in public benefits, visits with parole/probation, and healthcare. 
  • For more information, call 504-324-8859 or email
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