The Law Office of Natalie Blackman is dedicated to helping individuals understand their rights and explore their legal options when it comes to Employment Discrimination, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury. The office represents clients throughout Louisiana. Our Attorney, Natalie Blackman, Esq., has the skills and resources to handle all aspects of your case from start to finish.
Natalie Blackman is a native of Avoyelles Parish. She is known for her strong work ethic and dedication in fighting for the greater good of her community. She graduated from Avoyelles High school in 2000. She graduated from Southern University in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. She received her law degree from Southern University Law Center in 2014, where she was a member of the Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty, the American Inns of Court, and the Black Law Student Association. While at Southern University Law Center, Natalie also served as a legal writing teaching assistant.
After law school, Natalie went on to further strengthen her trial skills. She is a 2017 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and a 2015 graduate of Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.
Natalie believes that a strong relationship between attorney and client is the key element in her cases. This means not only returning phone calls but taking as much time as needed to understand the client and the impact tragic events have had on the life of the client and his/her family. If she is not able to help you, in many instances she can help you find the right attorney for your case.
2017 Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College
2015 Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Alumni
2016 LSBA LIFT member
National Employment Lawyers Association
Louisiana Association of Justice
Louisiana State Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Avoyelles Parish Bar Association
Louis Martinet Legal Society
Americans Inn of Court
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- Louisiana State Bar Association # 35662
- National Criminal Defense College
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- Q. I'm currently on leave for PTSD caused by sexual harassment. The owners were aware I was sexually abused when younger.
- A: Employment law cases are fact sensitive so I cannot assess your chances of winning in Court based on the information provided; however, you should definitely file a claim with the EEOC. Mediation is optional; however, if your employer agree to it, it would not hurt you to go through mediation. If mediation fails, you can still request a Right to Sue (after 180 days) and take it to court.
- Q. Can my employer intimidate me into quitting because of health reasons, instead of letting me go on sick leave?
- A: No, an employer cannot intimidate you into quitting because of health reasons. Generally, you can take sick leave if you are eligible, and it is available. Eligibility and availability would depend on the sick leave policy of your employer.
- Q. My manager has been touching me inappropriately. What can I do?
- A: File a claim with the EEOC for sex discrimination. You can find the intake questionnaire at eeoc.gov. You should also gather any documentation you have to prove that you have reported these instances to the District Manager.
- Q. Im trying to get joint custody of my child but ive been in trouble with the court system before. What should or can i do
- A: You can still file for joint custody. Some areas in Louisiana have family self-help centers that provide forms and guidance in child custody issues if you cannot afford a private attorney. Your trouble with the court system may be taken into consideration; however, the decision will not be based on that alone. There are a number of factors that Louisiana courts take into consideration when awarding custody. Custody is awarded based on the best interest of the child. I have listed them below. You should assess your standing amongst all the factors when considering filing for joint custody. Art. 134. Factors in determining child's best interest The court shall consider all relevant factors in determining the best interest of the child. Such factors may include: (1) The love, affection, and other emotional ties between each party and the child. (2) The capacity and disposition of each party to give the child love, affection, and spiritual guidance and to continue the education and rearing of the child. (3) The capacity and disposition of each party to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care, and other material needs. (4) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, adequate environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity of that environment. (5) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes. (6) The moral fitness of each party, insofar as it affects the welfare of the child. (7) The mental and physical health of each party. (8) The home, school, and community history of the child. (9) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age to express a preference. (10) The willingness and ability of each party to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other party. (11) The distance between the respective residences of the parties. (12) The responsibility for the care and rearing of the child previously exercised by each party.
- Q. How to obtain a Pro Bono attorney
- A: In Louisiana criminal cases, if you are unable to afford a private attorney, the state will appoint you one from the Public Defender's office.