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2006 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 310-2590

 JUNE 29, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. announced today the Court’s adoption of an Emergency Pro Bono Criminal Legal Assistance Rule for Orleans Parish. The new rule was recommended by Frank X. Neuner, Jr., Immediate Past President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. The rule will allow qualified out-of-state attorneys, working under the supervision of Louisiana-licensed attorneys, to assist in the representation of indigent defendants if the criminal charge arises out of or relates to an act which is alleged to have occurred in Orleans Parish. The services of the approved out-of-state attorney must be requested by the Orleans Parish Indigent Defender Board or its Chief Indigent Defender.


According to Chief Justice Calogero, “The problems faced by indigent defendants in procuring representation following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina has been well documented. The Court is hopeful this new rule provides relief to the over-burdened Orleans Parish indigent defender system.”


The Emergency Pro Bono Criminal Legal Assistance Rule is the third pro bono legal assistance rule adopted by the Court at the request of the Bar Association. In October, 2005, the Court enacted its original Emergency Pro Bono Civil Legal Assistance Rule. The rule allows qualified out-of-state lawyers to provide limited pro bono legal assistance concerning issues arising out of Hurricanes Katrina or Rita and their aftermath. This rule generally allows qualified attorneys to provide legal assistance over the telephone to victims of the hurricanes. Thereafter, in early 2006, the Court passed a Supplemental Emergency Pro Bono Civil Legal Assistance Rule that allows qualified, non-admitted lawyers to provide limited in-court civil representation to poor clients under the close supervision of Louisiana lawyers affiliated with six Louisiana legal service providers/pro bono organizations. Out-of-state attorneys who wish to provide pro bono legal services pursuant to any of these rules must first apply and have their qualifications reviewed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.


The original Pro Bono Civil Legal Assistance Rule terminates at the end of August. The Supplemental Emergency Pro Bono Civil Legal Assistance Rule terminates on January 19, 2007. The new, third Emergency Pro Bono Criminal Legal Assistance Rule for Orleans Parish is effective through June 15, 2007.

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