Top left: Denise Puente building in the Lower Ninth Ward. Top right: Judy Perry Martinez at Women Build 2018. Bottom left: Bill Wright, former NOAHH Board Member, at Unity Build 2017. Bottom right: NOAHH Board Member Melissa Lilly helping frame and sheath a home.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, local lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals teamed up for NOAHH’s Bench & Bar Build to give back to the community by building homes for hard-working families. That tradition was renewed in 2018 and 2019.

Bench and Bar Build is a collaboration of local legal professionals (judges, partners, associates, paralegals, professional staff, government/non-profit employees) coordinated by New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers work side by side with a hard-working New Orleans Habitat Partner Family, who will purchase the home upon completion.

Way to Get Involved

Legal professionals are invited to participate in Bench and Bar Build through volunteering, sponsorship, and hospitality efforts. Whether you choose to swing a hammer, wield a paintbrush, recruit volunteers, or donate lunch and snacks, your support is valuable. This is an excellent opportunity to build relationships and strengthen professional networks, all while having a lasting impact on a Habitat partner family.

Participants will receive:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Post-build seafood and beverages
  • Bench & Bar Build t-shirt

Bench & Bar Build sponsorships are available for groups with varying volunteer opportunities for groups of all sizes. Download the sponsorship packet to learn about how you can be a sponsor or click here to sign up. Bench and Bar 2022 will take place on Saturday, October 1, and Saturday, October 15!

Get Involved

Contact Jay Huffstatler at 504-609-3332 or by email to learn more.

Bench and Bar 2022 Committee

Carl Butler • John Creevy • Alex Degiulo • Cassie Gailmor • Judge Meredith Grabill • Jay Huffstatler • Tyler Nichols • Marguerite Oestreicher • Chris Ralston • Ann Theriot • Elizabeth Wilson • Bill Wright

Bench and Bar 2022 Sponsors

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, download our sponsorship packet or click here to sign up.

Silver Sponsors 2022

Herman Herman and Katz logo.

Bronze Sponsors 2022

 Chaffe McCall logo. Phelps Dunbar logo. Jackson Lewis logo. Butler Law Firm logo. Deutsch Kerrigan logo.  

Lunch Sponsor 2022

Jones Walker logo.

Beer/Oyster Sponsors 2022