EIN 72-1194167

The Pro Bono Project

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The Pro Bono Project engages volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and private citizens to provide free, quality civil legal services to the underserved members of our New Orleans community. The Project recruits, trains, and mentors pro bono attorneys on various civil legal aid matters and offers pro bono representation to qualifying low-income residents in the 6-parish Greater New Orleans area who need free legal representation.
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Program areas at The Pro Bono Project

The Project recruits, trains and mentors Pro Bono attorneys on a variety of civil legal aid matters. The Project offers Pro Bono representation to qualifying low income residents of The 6-parish greater new orleans area, who need free legal representation on The following matters: divorce, custody, child in need of care matters, low income housing issues, public benefits access, immigration relief, bankruptcy relief, consumer debt issues, successions, wills/estates, and health care directives/medical powers of attorney, etc. The Project assigns cases to volunteer attorneys that come in via general intake and also trains volunteers to work at specialized clinics throughout The year as needed. The Project provides legal representation to over 900 low income clients annually who are seeking an uncontested divorce. Many of our clients feel stalled in their lives if they cannot get a divorce; they are often not able to move on financially, emotionally or personally, and they lack The ability and understanding of The legal system to pursue a divorce on their own, Pro se. The Project strives to work with clients to prepare them for this life transition by screening and preparing their case, assigning it to a volunteer attorney on a clinic day, and then processing their divorce petition through The court. The Project provides legal representation to 80-100 children a year who are in child in need of care proceedings. These are children who have often been removed from The family home due to abuse or neglect, and are placed in foster care. The cinc attorney essentially serves as The voice of The child, who may have their own wishes about how to resolve The living arrangement. Cinc proceedings are fraught with emotion, and The child has often come from a troubling home environment. He or she may have other pressing social service and legal needs as well, so our cinc attorneys try to provide holistic representation and serve as an advocate for The child in other arenas (i.e. With The da's office, at school counseling sessions, etc.) Additionally, The Pro Bono Project, in cooperation with orleans civil district court and The 24th judicial district court, operates a self-help desk for individuals with domestic legal issues. The desk provides an option for people with family law questions to learn more about The court forms and filing process so they can better understand The legal system and represent themselves.

Who funds The Pro Bono Project

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF)Pro Bono Project$237,591
J Edgar Monroe FoundationGeneral Charitable Purpose$28,000
The Greater New Orleans FoundationFund Raising & Fund Distribution$16,501
...and 5 more grants received

Personnel at The Pro Bono Project

Christina C KahrExecutive Director$94,548
Kathryn Fernandez LafrentzDirector of Legal Services
Kelly DonaghyTreasurer / Director$0
Jedd MalishChair / Director / Board Member$0
Tracey KnightSecretary / Director$0
...and 18 more key personnel

Financials for The Pro Bono Project

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$641,358
Program services$130,821
Investment income and dividends$46,574
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,898
Net income from fundraising events$-66,220
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$46
Total revenues$755,477

Form 990s for The Pro Bono Project

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-13990View PDF
2021-122022-11-10990View PDF
2020-122021-11-08990View PDF
2019-122021-02-26990View PDF
2018-122019-12-26990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $28,000 from J Edgar Monroe Foundation
January 3, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 3, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
December 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $16,501 from The Greater New Orleans Foundation
December 25, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
Nonprofit Types
Crime and legal aid organizationsLegal service nonprofitsCharities
Human servicesCrime and lawLegal services
Fundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donationsAccepts online donations
General information
935 Gravier St 1340
New Orleans, LA 70112
Metro area
New Orleans-Metairie, LA
Orleans Parish, LA
Website URL
(504) 581-4043
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
5411: Legal Services
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