Lacy receives award for work with abused and neglected children

Assistant District Attorney Otha Curtis Nelson; Leslie Lacy, Child Advocacy Program attorney; and CASA Advocate Supervisor Susan Murrell. Lacy received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award.

Leslie Lacy, an attorney with the Child Advocacy Program of Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services, received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award at the Together We Can Conference, Oct. 13-15 in Lafayette, La.

Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award
Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award
Lacy’s long-term commitment to improving the lives of children is evident in her seven years representing abused and neglected children in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish. She zealously advocates for her clients’ best interests, ensures their voices are heard and goes above and beyond to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

The staff of Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association nominated Lacy for the award. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve as advocates for children in foster care. Lacy often works with Capital Area CASA’s staff and volunteers to strategize and further advance her clients’ best interests.

The award was created in memory of Catherine Lafleur, an attorney and law professor who worked to protect abused and neglected children in Louisiana. She lost her battle with cancer in 2006.