Bench and Bar Build

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.

Bench and Bar build 4-square.

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.

Ways to Get Involved

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

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!

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 sign up here.

Silver Sponsors 2022

Bronze Sponsors 2022