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Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services partner to offer the Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship to a recent Loyola College of Law graduate who works for one year in one of SLLS' six offices, serving the unmet legal needs of the community.

  • 2016-2017 Fellow: Scott Ledbetter
  • 2017-2018 Fellow: Rachel Campbell
  • 2018-2019 Fellow: Kristina Bison
  • 2019-2020 Fellow: Andrew Maberry
  • 2020-2021 Fellows: Constance Tullier and Christopher Kerrigan
  • 2021-2022 Fellow: Chloe Rippel
  • 2022-2023 Fellow: Chanelle Johnson

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is the largest non-profit law firm in Louisiana, serving twenty-two parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. SLLS has offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. The organization provides free civil legal aid to low-income households and other vulnerable people.

The Monica and Mark Surprenant Graduate Award

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services are delighted to partner with Monica and Mark Surprenant to offer the Monica and Mark Surprenant Graduate Award, which provides funds that will be used as additional support for the Fall Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship.  This award will increase the salary of the fellow who continues working for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). The 2022 Fall Gillis Long Social Justice Fellow will receive the 2022 Graduate Award Recipient, an installment of $5,000 upon passage of the July 2022 Louisiana Bar Exam, which will then allow the recipient to be officially recognized as a practicing lawyer at SLLS. If the recipient does NOT pass the July 2022 Louisiana Bar Exam, he/she will not receive the Award, even if he/she subsequently passes the February 2023 Louisiana Bar Exam. A second $5,000 installment will be paid to the recipient in July 2024, assuming the Fellow is still working as a lawyer at SLLS on that date. The award is contingent on continued employment at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services after the one year Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship ends.