The Louisiana State Bar Association or LSBA is a mandatory state bar association headquartered in New Orleans. It requires all attorneys wishing to practice in the state to be admitted to its organization. Its origins date back to 1847 when it was called the Association of the Bar of New Orleans. Later it was known as the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Associated before it became known by its current name today.
It became a mandatory bar in 1941 when it came under the jurisdiction of the state’s supreme court. Prior to that, it was a voluntary organization that did not require attorneys to join. It now regulates and oversees the function of the Louisiana legal profession. It has the authority to investigate and discipline attorneys who are in violation of ethics and professional standards.
In exchange for their membership dues, LSBA members receive a variety of benefits that include access to free legal research. They can find case law and other information for their own cases and clients at no charge. The service is called Fastcase and allows lawyers to conduct research at their leisure in order to benefit clients or grow their own practices.
They also get their names and contact information listed for free in the LSBA attorney directory. This directory is provided online for the general public. Attorneys whose names are included can garner more clientele than attorneys who do not join or are expelled from the LSBA.
The public likewise benefits from services that the LSBA provides at no cost. The attorney directory is the most extensive resource provided for the public. People can use it to locate attorneys in all parts of the state and in every legal specialty. They get the name and number of an attorney who may be willing to take their case.
Further, the LSBA offers information on pro bono programs in which lawyers in the state can take part. The month of October is pro bono month. During this month, lawyers are encouraged to take cases at no charge if they are willing and capable. Other information found on the website include details about prepaid or reduced cost legal services.
The LSBA is located at 401 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130. Members and the public can use the online email contact forms to reach out to the LSBA.