For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Stansky, Website Coordinator, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
504.274.0459 or 504.529.1000, ext. 279
LouisianaLawHelp.org Launches Free Mobile Website
Information about free civil legal aid programs, legal issues, self-help tools
and courthouse self-help centers now on m.louisianalawhelp.org.
New Orleans, Louisiana, February 4, 2014
LouisianaLawHelp.org announces "m.louisianalawhelp.org," a free mobile legal information site especially for low-income people. Site visitors can use their phones to find free civil legal aid programs, information and other resources. LouisianaLawHelp.org is part of the national LawHelp.org network of nonprofit legal information sites that empower people to find help and help themselves.
Many low and moderate income people use mobile phones for internet access. For many a mobile phone is the only reliable source of Internet access. This new mobile site puts key resources from LouisianaLawHelp.org into their hands.
LouisianaLawHelp.org is Louisiana's online source of free legal aid referrals, know-your-rights information and a variety of self-help tools. LouisianaLawHelp.org and its new mobile site are administered by the nonprofit legal aid organization Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in conjunction with Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit leader in increasing access to justice for the disadvantaged.
The mobile site enables visitors to search for free civil legal aid programs by zip code. A special site tool called "No Lawyer? Find a Self Help Center" guides mobile site visitors to help desks and similar resources found in courthouses and other places around the state. The site offers information and resources related to family, housing, consumer, employment, benefits and other areas of concern to low-income people. The "Seniors" topic includes information and resources of special interest to older Louisiana residents.
The mobile site detects mobile device visitors to LouisianaLawHelp.org and directs them automatically to the mobile site. Visitors to the mobile site have the option of viewing the full LouisianaLawHelp.org site as well. The mobile site's URL is m.louisianalawhelp.org. The main site's URL is www.louisianalawhelp.org.
LouisianaLawHelp.org first appeared in 2003. In 2013 the site served more than 100,000 unique visitors. Launched January 30, 2014, mobile LouisianaLawHelp.org (m.louisianalawhelp.org) was developed with support from the Technology Initiative Grant program of the Legal Services Corporation. Louisiana is the second LawHelp.org state to launch a mobile site.
About Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is Louisiana's largest non-profit provider of free civil legal aid. Offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma, and New Orleans cover a 22-parish service area, handling a range of issues spanning family, housing, public benefits, consumer, and tax, among others. SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. In 2003 SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance. In recent years the program expanded to serve areas in and around Baton Rouge and Houma.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platformswww.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. Pro Bono Net has also developed Pro Bono Manager, pro bono practice management software that helps AmLaw 200 law firms increase pro bono participation, manage pro bono caseloads more efficiently and raise internal and external awareness of pro bono efforts. For more information, please visit www.probono.net.