Ms. Fatima Mann will receive the 2018 LSBA Law Student Pro Bono Award. The awards ceremony will be held at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the courthouse located on 400 Royal Street in New Orleans. Ms. Mann began her Pro bono efforts upon entering Law School. Recognizing a responsibility to serve her current community of Austin, TX and underserved communities, Ms. Mann founded two organizations: Austin Justice of Coalition and the Counter Balance Foundation.
As a founder of Counter Balance Foundation, Ms. Mann has written policies assisting with body-wear for the Austin Police Department and Juvenile curfew, ending the meet and confer process. Ms. Mann has also lobbied for Sandra Bland by organizing the largest Sandra Bland march in Texas. As a founder of Austin Justice of Coalition, she has participated in community restoration projects, provided cultural resources and assistance to survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the Great Flood of 2016 in Louisiana. After these natural disasters, Ms. Mann provided supplies such as water, cleaning supplies, toiletries, food, canoes, and boats. She collected $22,000 in donations and three times that amount in in-kind donations. Not only did Ms. Mann provide supplies and collect donations, she also aided in recovering approximately 400 citizens in the affected areas. Ms. Mann has also traveled to St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico to assist with the hurricane recovery efforts of Hurricane Maria.
In addition to her organizations, Ms. Mann has created Feed El Barrio, which brings organic fruit and vegetables to underserved communities in Austin, TX through Urban Roots farmers. Ms. Mann also created summits for women of underserved communities, which provides a place where women can unapologetically be themselves.