Bienvenu and Martinez to Serve on the SLLS Anniversary Committee
This year marks the 50th anniversary for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). To commemorate this milestone in SLLS history, an Anniversary Advisory Committee composed of distinguished judges, prominent attorneys, business leaders, foundation heads, and law school deans has been established.
SLLS is Louisiana’s largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid with 100 employees in six offices covering 22 parishes in Southeast Louisiana. Offices are located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Harvey, Hammond, Covington, and Houma. Its mission is to achieve justice for low-income people through direct case work, advocacy, and community legal education. It offers free legal representation in disaster law, family law, domestic violence, landlord-tenant, foreclosure, public benefits, consumer law, and more. SLLS receives significant funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and the United Way. In 2016, SLLS helped 27,000 vulnerable Louisiana citizens obtain or preserve over $22.3 million in economic benefits. It served 13,050 people in community legal clinics and education events. SLLS provided self-help resources, referral, and legal information to another 143,000 people through its public website www.LouisianaLawhelp.org.