Paige Sensenbrenner (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1987), Senior Partner in Charge of the Adams and Reese New Orleans office, has been selected to the Pro Bono Task Force of the Legal Services Corporation, which will help develop additional resources to assist low-income Americans facing foreclosure, domestic violence and other civil legal problems.
Sensenbrenner was one of 50 pro bono task force members drawn from the judiciary, corporations, private practice and the legal aid community and selected around the nation by LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi.
“The Task Force’s work is of critical importance,” Levi said. “Studies have found that only a small fraction of low-income Americans receive the help of a lawyer in addressing their civil legal problems, and increasingly individuals are having to handle their legal matters on their own.”
Levi added: “We are indeed fortunate to have these wonderfully accomplished individuals on this task force to identify new ways to marshal pro bono resources and strengthen civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.”
The Task Force will identify and recommend to the Board new and innovative ways in which to promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the country, including urban areas, rural areas and areas with underserved populations.
Established in 1974, LSC, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, receives an annual appropriation from Congress to promote equal access to justice and to provide for the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.
Adams and Reese has long been a pioneer in providing pro bono service to the 13 offices in which the firm’s attorneys work. The 2011 American Lawyer Magazine Pro Bono Report ranked Adams and Reese among the top 100 pro bono firms in the nation, listing the firm at No. 86, calculated by average number of pro bono hours per lawyer and the percentage of lawyers who perform more than 20 hours of pro bono work in a year. Adams and Reese has been ranked on the Am Law pro bono list since 2007.
In 2010, Adams and Reese attorneys and advisors performed a total of 6,300 pro bono hours for more than 100 different pro bono project organizations and causes throughout the nation. The 2010 total was an 18 percent increase from the 5,314 pro bono hours in 2009. In the last five years combined, Adams and Reese attorneys have performed a total of more than 25,000 pro bono hours.