Your pro bono case from start to finish.

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Working on a pro bono case? What happens from start to finish.

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The process starts when a person calls Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) to apply for free legal help.

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SLLS reviews the application. If the client is eligible and if the case is accepted, SLLS transfers the file to The North Shore Pro Bono Project. The North Shore Pro Bono Project is part of SLLS.

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The North Short Pro Bono Project does a few things before sending the case to the volunteer attorney.

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SLLS has the client sign a retainer agreement.

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SLLS gets a completed, signed and notarized In Forma Pauperis Affidavit.

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Bonnie Probono SLLS sends a letter to the client explaining that the case was referred to a volunteer attorney and providing that lawyer’s contact information.

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Bonnie Probono SLLS sends a case referral letter to the volunteer attorney with the client’s contact information.

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The pro bono lawyer also get the client’s file with the referral letter. The North Shore Pro Bono Project mails the client’s file with the referral letter to the volunteer attorney.

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The pro bono attorney handles the case.

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If the case involves an In Forma Pauperis Affidavit, the pro bono attorney must attach this to the petition or other court papers filed for the client.

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The pro bono attorney follows the recommendations set out in the referral letter. The pro bono attorney should contact the pro bono coordinator if a question arises.

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The pro bono attorney’s objective is to bring the case to judgment.

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JUDGMENT You must send any Judgment to the North Shore Pro Bono Project.

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The North Shore Pro Bono Project can’t wrap up (close) the case file until it has a copy of the Judgment.

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Send Judgment to North Shore Pro Bono Project! Get a final Judgment! Report your hours to the North Shore Pro Bono Project!

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It’s a winner for everybody!