Civil Rights Section members are committed to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens. The section has co-sponsored CLE programs and in 2003 partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, the Gillis Long Poverty Center of Loyola University School of Law, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Lawyers Guild to present a CLE program that examined how civil rights and liberties have changed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Louisiana Association for Justice is a voluntary bar association whose statewide membership is composed mostly of lawyers who have a trial practice. Both defense and plaintiff attorneys belong to the association; however, most LAJ members represent consumer plaintiffs in civil actions. LAJ attorney-members are small business owners, maintaining a practice and supporting an office staff of fewer than 20 people.