Purpose Statement: Improved legal outcomes and stability for families and individuals living in poverty
Mission Statement: LAOC ensures access to justice by providing meaningful legal representation in civil matters to our low-income neighbors.
Vision Statement: Legal Assistance aims to have a positive effect on our entire community by championing:
- Stability for families
- Accountability that leads to better housing
- Relief for victims of domestic violence
- Alleviation of overburdened Courts
WHAT WE DO: LAOC provides legal services to individuals through four programs:
- Direct representation by the LAOC staff attorneys in the areas of family law and landlord tenant law
- The Volunteer Attorney Program (“VAP”) where private attorneys agree to take cases for clients who have been screened through the LAOC intake process and need representation in a matter that is not an area of LAOC expertise, where there is a conflict of interest with LAOC and the client, or when LAOC attorneys are not able to take on additional cases and the client needs immediate assistance
- A landlord tenant hotline where any caller can speak to a trained advocate regarding housing issues
- Clinics and other outreach programs sponsored by LAOC including:
- Weekly landlord tenant clinics offered by LAOC staff attorneys for income-qualifying clients
- Eviction clinics offered weekly by LAOC staff attorneys for Olmsted County residents who have been served with an eviction summons
- Weekly Women's Shelter clinics offered by LAOC staff attorneys for residents of the Rochester Women's Shelter and Support Center
- Semi-monthly clinics offered by LAOC staff attorneys through Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA)
- Clinics offered at the Olmsted County Law Library where LAOC recruits volunteers to host weekly family law clinics, monthly financial and consumer law clinics, and bi-monthly expungement clinics
- Family Law clinics offered monthly at the Dodge County Courthouse
- Family Law Clinics offered monthly at Fillmore County Social Services
- Wills clinics for low-income seniors held semi-annually
- Legal clinics held at Community Health Service, Inc.
- Immigration clinics for undocumented individuals held semi-monthly
WHO WE SERVE: LAOC provides free legal services to low-income residents of Olmsted County.