About the Louisiana
Capital Assistance Center
The Louisiana Capital
Assistance Center is a New Orleans based non-profit law office
established in 1993 as the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center.
The LCAC provides representation to Louisiana indigent capital
defendants at the trial level. The LCAC also represents some
defendants on direct appeal or post-conviction, in federal as
well as state court, and in other states in the South, e.g.,
Mississippi and Texas.
The LCAC also acts as a
resource office, consulting with public defenders handling
capital cases around Louisiana. It has assisted dozens of
lawyers in the region at every stage, particularly in those
parishes where the death penalty is used most aggressively. The
LCAC assists with case theory development, pre-trial litigation,
jury selection, Atkins litigation, penalty phase preparation,
and mid-trial writ writing. LCAC lawyers also conduct frequent
trainings for capital counsel around the state. Recent trainings
have focused on Capital Jury Project data, competency
determinations, Atkins v. Virginia, eyewitness
identification expert testimony, ballistics, and mitigation. The
LCAC also authors reports, studies and manuals for the benefit
of those practicing criminal law or working in the field of
criminal justice policy.
In addition to its direct representation and consult work, the
LCAC pursues individual legal issues and projects designed to
have a broader impact on capital litigation. Some of these
include the Motion for New Trial Project, Blackstrikes,
the Mental Health Justice Project, and Client Welfare.