Community and Pro Bono Leaders
Krebs Farley is committed to helping the most vulnerable members of our community. We are particularly committed to the pro bono representation of children in “Child in Need of Care” cases. Since our founding, the firm has worked in partnership with The Pro Bono Project to represent hundreds of children who have been abandoned, abused and/or neglected in the State of Louisiana. In such cases, our attorneys provide children with quality legal representation to ensure that their needs are met while their family situations are resolved. This often requires attorneys to advocate for appropriate medical care or additional educational assistance such as tutoring or the implementation of individual education plans. Our attorneys represent children so that they can achieve a permanent living situation, either through reunification with a parent, permanent guardianship or adoption.
In addition to its work for children, the firm also participates in many other pro bono activities. Firm attorneys regularly volunteer to serve the homeless at a local shelter, The Ozanam Inn. Our attorneys also volunteer for the New Orleans Bar Association’s Habitat for Humanity project, to assist people in realizing the dream of home ownership. Finally, our attorneys provide pro bono legal representation to people of limited means in a variety of civil matters such as adoptions, divorces, name changes, and contractor fraud cases.
After Hurricane Katrina, the law firm provided pro bono services to administer a grant of $2.5 million given by the country of Qatar to rebuild 100 homes in the Treme. The Treme neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans and an important center of New Orleans’ African American and Creole cultures. The program’s goal was to help reestablish long term home owners in the Treme to restore both the neighborhood and its culture. The administration of the program performed by Krebs Farley ranged from identifying qualified applicants, preparing a bid process for each of the applicant’s homes, identifying suitable contractors, drafting security agreements with the home owners, drafting contract agreements with the contractors, and monitoring the progress and completion of the Project. The goal of 100 homes was achieved in early 2009.
The firm and its attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades for exemplary pro bono efforts. For example, the Pro Bono Project named us the Pro Bono Firm of the Year for 2005 and 2012, and the Louisiana State Bar Association awarded us the Pro Bono Publico Award in 2003. In addition, several of the firm’s attorneys have received awards from The Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, and The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans, in recognition of the hours devoted to the representation of children in Louisiana.
KFP Pro Bono Work in the News
- On the Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Krebs Farley is remembered for its efforts to restore the historic New Orleans neighborhood of Treme.August 2015
In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Pro Bono Project pays tribute to the many people who came to its aid in helping those most in need in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.