Louisiana State Bar Awards Amber Sheppard Century Award

The Louisiana State Bar Association awarded Slidell lawyer Amber Sheppard the Pro Bono Century Club award this past May. The prestigious award is awarded based on an attorney providing pro bono (free) legal services to the community in excess of the suggested 50 hours. Amber surpassed the suggested hours and clocked in over 100 hours.

In order to be granted the award, the attorney must be nominated for an approved pro bono organization in the state. Amber and Tubbs the dog were nominated by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Over the past year Amber handled multiple divorces and wills for the organization. She was often a participant at Wills For Heroes providing wills and powers of attorney for first responders/military/veterans and their families at no cost.

Amber Sheppard and Tubbs the Dog teaching 3rd graders at Bonne E Cole Middle School about service dogs, therapy dogs, and disabilities.

In addition to her work with SLLS, in 2022, Amber also provided pro bono services for:

Amber and Tubbs have always felt legal services should be accessible to everyone. We try to make legal information as funny and painless as possible, even in the hardest times for folx.

In addition to their legal pro bono services, Amber and Tubbs' work for the nonprofit Be Fierce & Kind Canine has been for the benefit of the community. They designed and implemented the first therapy dog program in the 22nd Judicial District Court. They work in the Child In Need of Care (CINC; abused or neglected children), Family Preservation Court, and Assisted Outpatient Treatment Court (AOT; mental health services). The duo also travel the region presenting Continuing Education courses or informational discussions to businesses, organizations, and schools about Louisiana assistance dog laws.

Pictured here are fellow recipients Christie Tournet, Cynthia Petry, Gary Higgins, Erinn Neyrey, and Kathleen Legrende along with SLLS Northshore Pro Bono Project Director Cynthia Bordonaro and Justice Will Crain.