Louisiana Appleseed recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to solve problems at their root cause.

Our goal is to advance social justice by effecting change at the policy, or systemic, level.

Louisiana Appleseed’s projects seek to increase access to education, opportunity and justice.

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2016 Good Apple Award Recipients

Louisiana Appleseed announces the 2016 Good Apple Award recipients.  These awards are given to outstanding community members who have shown tremendous generosity and commitment to pro bono excellence. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum.  For sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please contact Tara Richard at trichard@appleseednetwork.org or at 504-561-7304.

2016 Good Apples

Jeff Richardson, Martin Stern and Ron Sholes of Adams and Reese LLP and Justice Harry Lemmon, ret. — for research and advocacy to encourage the Supreme Court of Louisiana to create a court rule allowing continuing legal education (CLE) credit for attorneys who perform pro bono work to help indigent clients. 

Sylvia Roberts, posthumously– for her passion and dedication to help victims of domestic violence, as well as for her efforts to prevent teen dating violence by educating youth about healthy relationships.

Sarah Vandergriff, Legal Director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) — for strengthening our schools through her collaborative work on a legal handbook for charter school board members, educating them about laws governing charter schools. 

Jessica Vermilyea, State Director for Upbring Disaster Response — for her extensive work in disaster recovery, helping families across Louisiana obtain housing assistance and funds needed to repair their homes, including helping clients facing title and succession issues as barriers to recovery.





2015 Good Apples

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., for dedicated legal research and appellate advocacy work benefiting Louisiana Appleseed and other area nonprofits, and for its pro bono work related to housing issues and assisting Louisiana’s homeless population.

Jennifer Barriere and Lee Reid of Adams and Reese, LLP for researching and editing the Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook, as well as developing and presenting related CLE programs.  The legal handbook and seminars assist board members and administrators in addressing some of the more pressing legal and organizational issues facing Louisiana’s charter schools.

Andrew Graeve and Kyle Wallace of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. and Amy Duncan of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center for drafting an extensive white paper addressing the ongoing systemic issues related to the debt buying industry in Louisiana and advocating on behalf of consumers affected by predatory debt collection practices.



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Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook CLE

Friday, September 26, 8:00-10:00 a.m. This FREE continuing legal education course will review the new Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook, a joint project of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and Louisiana Appleseed.

Every attorney in attendance will receive a copy of the Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook.

Register here.




Gov. Jindal Signs Bill Protecting Low-Income Property Owners From Predatory Partition Sales

BATON ROUGE (June 16, 2014) –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new law protecting the interests and needs of vulnerable property owners across Louisiana and tightening laws to protect low-income property owners from predatory partition sales. Act 279, signed into law on May 28, 2014, was introduced by Senator Edwin R. Murray with the help of Louisiana Appleseed and its team of volunteer attorneys, led by Malcolm A. Meyer. The Act passed unanimously through the House and Senate.

Read the full press release here (pdf).



Louisiana Appleseed Increases Food Access for Public School Students


Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option. Until now, Louisiana schools were unable to take advantage of Universal Meal Programs without losing their ability to count students eligible for at-risk funding. Louisiana Appleseed and its community partners worked with the Louisiana Department of Education to amend the policy by which it determines the at-risk count for schools wishing to participate in Universal Meal Programs. The updated policy ensure that schools opting for programs such as Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option will be able to provide free meals to all their students while simplifying their paperwork, streamlining meal service, decreasing school food service costs and, most importantly, promoting good nutrition and helping improve student performance.

Louisiana Appleseed volunteer, Allison Berger Tiller, has written a handbook to inform schools about these programs and to help them determine if taking advantage of Provision 2 and eventually the Community Eligibility Option is the right choice for their students. It is intended to provide schools with the pertinent policy information they need to assist them in making an informed decision. The easy guide has been printed and a helpful website developed through the generosity of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Special thanks to the Pennington family foundation for additional funding. To learn more about this initiative, please visit http://feedmoreforless.com/, or click on the pdf of the guide below.  

If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the guide or have any questions about this project, please contact Louisiana Appleseed Program Director, Tara Richard at trichard@appleseednetwork.org




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Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Louisiana Appleseed unveiled their new joint publication Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook in 2014. The Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook covers all the basic legal requirements of charter governing boards, from the fundamentals of charter school law and the governing board’s role, to open meetings laws and code of ethics. Copies of the handbook will also be made available to every charter governing board and charter school in the State of Louisiana. For more information, please contact Tara Richard at 504-561-7304.



Want to learn more about our projects?

Watch this 4 minute video, produced in conjunction with the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 2010 Calogero Justice Award. Appleseed thanks the Louisiana Bar Foundation for this honor and for producing this video!