Links to Law, Public Reports and Other Resources

For the convenience of its members and the interested public, LACDL maintains on its website; links to useful resources, links to colleague websites and access to documents of note to criminal defense lawyers in Louisiana.


Public Reports and Articles
After Half a Century, Gideon’s Promise Remains Elusive (Inside NACDL)
By Norman L. Reimer, NACDL Executive Director
The Champion, January-February 2012 Issue

"On January 8, 1962, Clarence Earl Gideon filed a pro se petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, and with that filing he forever changed America’s legal system. When the Court decided the case 14 months later, for most persons accused of serious crimes the notion of fairness was redefined. No longer was the Sixth Amendment right to counsel available only for those with the means to afford it; it was there for everyone charged with a felony. In the years since, the right has been expanded to include many misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency proceedings. The right has also been clearly defined as not just a right to any counsel, but rather to effective counsel."

Organizational and State Office Links:

American Bar Association -
Louisiana State Bar Associaiton - 
Baton Rouge Bar Associaiton -
Lafayette Bar Association -
New Orleans Bar Association -
Shreveport Bar Association -
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -
National Legal Aid and Defender Asociation -
Louisiana Governor's Office -
LA Secretary of State Office -
Louisiana Public Defender Board -

Resource and Useful Links:
Capital Defense Network - Provides information and support for death cases. 
Crimelynx -Legal resource center and lots of research links -
Innocence Project New Orleans -
The Smoking Gun - The Smoking Gun brings you exclusive documents--cool, confidential, quirky--that can't be found elsewhere on the Web. Using material obtained from government and law enforcement sources, via Freedom of Information requests, and from court files nationwide, we guarantee everything here is 100% authentic.
Legal Directory - The Blue Book online for free.

LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE - Contact your Legislatures or Look up a bill. It's all right HERE.


All questions regarding MCLE hours must be directed to the MCLE Committee’s administrative staff, which may be contacted by phone at (504) 828-1414 or (800) 518-1518; by e-mail at; or by fax at (504) 828-1416.THE COURT now administers Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credits.

LA MCLE - Attorneys may directly access information on their hours by going to the transcript area of the MCLE Web site,, located at the top right of the screen. Members are urged not to contact the Louisiana State Bar Association regarding MCLE, as the LSBA no longer administers MCLE and is unable to assist members with these inquiries.

This is the Felony Appeal center for indigent clients in Louisiana's Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court for non-felony and matters and Juvenile cases with an appeal of right.

Syracuse University's "Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse"
Reports interesting data on activities and trends of federal agencies, including the FBI, DEA, INS, IRS, ATF, Customs and more.

John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program:
The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program was recently launched by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance. Go to for eligibility information. The Web Page includes the on-line application for Louisiana's John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program.

Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Diversity Web Page link below for information on the LSBA's commitment to diversity as well as its many diversity initiatives, activities, and resources

State Legal Information: Cornell Law School- Louisiana Ethics -This link is to the legal information institute, highlighting Louisiana Legal Ethics Materials

State of Louisiana Constitution:
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