MBLB Sponsors LBF Annual Gala Fundraiser for Civil Legal Aid

MBLB was proud to be a sponsor of the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 38th Annual Gala that was held on April 19, 2024, at The World War II Museum in New Orleans. Lawyers, judges, and professors gathered from across the state to support the LBF’s mission to fund civil legal aid programs across all 64 parishes in Louisiana. This year’s honorees were:

  • Distinguished Jurist:  Hon. Elizabeth Erny Foote, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Distinguished Attorney:  Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Taylor Porter, Brooks, & Phillips
  • Distinguished Professor:  John K. Pierre, Southern University Law Center
  • Calogero Justice Award:  Bernard E. “Bernie” Boudreaux, Jones, Swanson, Huddell LLC

In attendance were attorneys Alan Brackett, Dominic Carmello, Alex Domingue and Katie Fox. Alan served as President of the LBF for 2022-2023 and has been a Fellow for more than 20 years. During this time he has served three terms as Chair of the Greater Orleans Community Partnership Panel and Grants Committee and two years as Chair of the Children’s Legal Services subcommittee. Alan has received the prestigious LBF President’s Award twice in recognition of his outstanding support, dedication and advancement of the mission and goals of the LBF as well as his volunteer service above and beyond and leadership role in major LBF accomplishments.

As Alan notes, “Access to justice is a critical need in Louisiana. We have a high poverty population and there are several barriers to the legal system that persist.”

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2024 Louisiana Bar Foundation Horn Blower Award, which was given to the Lagniappe Law Lab in recognition of outstanding support and leadership in promoting the mission to advance the legal profession, increase public understanding of the legal system, and advance the reality of equal justice under the law.

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The LBF relies on charitable contributions from individuals, law firms, corporations, and other foundations to help fund civil legal aid programs. Your gift will go a long way in supporting the LBF’s mission. Based an analysis conducted by the independent organization, Community Services Analysis LLC, the total net social return on investment for Louisiana’s civil legal aid programs during the 2022 fiscal year was 1,799%. In other words, for every $1 invested in Louisiana’s civil legal aid services, these programs deliver $17.99 in immediate and long-term consequential financial benefits.

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