The general purpose of LSNL is to serve the individual legal needs of the community and establish the program as a responsive community service agency, while providing quality legal services to the eligible client population.
LSNL is a non-profit Corporate Law firm providing legal services to those who cannot afford a private lawyer. No fee is charged for these services. However, before a case can be accepted, certain requirements must be met.
LSNL was formed on February 11, 2002, via a merger of Northwest Louisiana Legal Services, Inc. of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Kisatchie Legal Services Corporation of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Prior to the merger, Northwest Louisiana Legal Services and its predecessor, Caddo-Bossier Legal Aid Society, served the Shreveport area in providing legal services since 1967, while Kisatchie Legal Services Corporation provided legal services to the Natchitoches area since 1978. Additionally, as of January 1, 2002, the Legal Services Corporation awarded LSNL an additional twelve (12) parishes located in the uppermost northern section of Louisiana. Therefore, LSNL now serves twenty-six (26) of 64 or 41% of the parishes of Louisiana. The parishes served are Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Desoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.
LSNL has three (3) office locations, with the central office being located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and branch offices in Monroe and Natchitoches, Louisiana. LSNL employs a staff of forty-two (42) employees, which is comprised of an Executive Director, Litigation Director, Chief Financial Officer, three (3) Managing Attorneys, five (5) Senior Staff Attorneys, ten (10) Staff Attorneys, five (5) Paralegals, one (1) Compliance Auditor, three (3) Office Managers, one (1) Executive Secretary, ten (10) Legal Secretaries, five (5) Office Assistants/Intake Specialists, and one (1) Janitor.