Virtual Legal Clinics with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership for library patrons. Starting November 1, 2020, SLLS will offer a free virtual library legal clinic to eligible library patrons for civil cases. The legal clinic is focused on assisting low-income families and individuals with civil legal issues. Federal income guidelines are used to determine eligibility for legal representation.

Legal Issues Covered Include:

  • Evictions
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Federal Tax Issues
  • Employment
  • Public Benefits (SNAP and Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security)
  • Foreclosures
  • Bankruptcies
  • Consumer Issues
  • Divorces and More

The clinic does not handle personal injury, criminal cases, or malpractice cases.

If you are interested in the legal clinic, fill out the form or call the Library at (225) 231-3750 if you need help completing the form.

DEI Online Certification Program


The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has partnered with the America, My Oyster Association to provide a curated list of online courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Courses are completely free and 100% accessible online. Current and recently graduated high school and college students are encouraged to participate in this program. On completion, they will be provided with a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) certificate. Courses:

To access these courses, go to and click on ‘Digital Library’ then A-Z List, and choose from the list. You can also click here to go directly to The first time you access it, you will click ‘create profile’ and set up a password for your account. From then on you will use your library card number and password to access it. Once your account has been set up you can search for the courses below:

  • Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences – Find greater meaning, well-being, and productivity by learning how to interact with others across differences. Continue your Thrive journey and discover how to create inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions. Course Length: 40 Minutes
  • Unconscious Bias – We’re all biased. Our experiences shape who we are, and our race, ethnicity, gender, height, weight, sexual orientation, place of birth, and other factors impact the lens with which we view the world. Course Length: 24 Minutes
  • Communicating with Empathy – When you seek to understand the perspective of another person, you are practicing empathy. When empathetic communication is encouraged at work, individuals feel more comfortable speaking openly, they feel like they matter, and they feel safe. Course Length: 37 Minutes
  • Body Language for Leaders – Research shows that when your verbal and nonverbal signals are out of alignment, people are forced to choose between what they hear and what they see. And subconsciously, they’ll believe your body language. Course Length: 39 Minutes
  • Leading Inclusive Teams – High-performing teams are comprised of employees who feel empowered, valued, and accepted. By taking steps to establish an inclusive team dynamic, you can positively impact both your team’s morale and your bottom line. In this course, learn how to create a shared understanding of why inclusion is important for your team, as well as revamp your own leadership and communication practices to ensure that your diverse team continues to thrive. Course Length: 1 Hour

Gale Presents: Udemy Courses: To access these courses, go to and click on ‘Digital Library’ then A-Z List, and choose Gale Presents: Udemy from the list. You can also click here to go directly to Gale Presents: Udemy. The first time you access it, you will login with either a Microsoft or Gmail account, and use that same account when you return to access the courses again. Once your account has been set up you can search for the courses below:

  • A Diversity Deep-Dive, Leadership Insights and Lessons! – The Research and Evidence, on Diversity and Inclusion; Insights, Lessons, and Strategies, for Leaders and Managers. Course Length: 4 Hours
  • Unconscious Bias: Fuel Diversity and Become a Better You – Defeat unconscious bias and build diversity and inclusion into your life even if it seems impossible right now! Course Length: 2 Hours
  • Psychology of Diversity and Unconscious Bias – Understand Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination and How to Reduce Their Influence at Work and Your Community. Course Length: 2.5 Hours
  • Ally Up: Using allyship to advance diversity & inclusion – How to connect across difference and build a better, more equitable workplace and world — together. Course Length: 2 Hours
  • Leadership: Essentials for Career Development – Learn to manage and lead with diversity. Course Length: 2.5 Hours

Capital Area United Way Community Conversation Survey

Capital Area United Way’s (CAUW) Community Conversation survey is NOW LIVE! The survey can be accessed at or by scanning the QR code in the graphic.

The purpose of this survey is to hear from citizens in the Capital area about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the community. CAUW wants to know how we can all work together and address the community’s challenges as we continue to fight for the health, education, income stability and basic needs of their 10-Parish service area.

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, these conversations are unable to be held in person as done in the past; however, these conversations are still important in defining CAUW’s future goals and endeavors.

Your answers to the survey will direct CAUW’s funding priorities and assist them in developing new strategies – after all, where you want the dollars invested is where CAUW will turn its focus.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, this survey is more important than ever. Be a part of the conversation!



Know Your Rights: Upcoming Webinars from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services will host three free webinars to help you find out if you qualify for free legal assistance and provide you with information on topics like divorce, eviction, and domestic violence.