50 Years of LAOC

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County celebrates half a century of expanding access to justice

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County (LAOC) is marking a major milestone: 50 years of providing meaningful access to justice to people who need it most. Since 1973, volunteer lawyers, board members and staff with LAOC have helped thousands of people through difficult life events—eviction, domestic violence, custody disputes—ensuring poverty does not stand in the way of having a legitimate voice in the legal system. Today LAOC is one of only two single-county legal organizations in Minnesota helping people in poverty and those who are marginalized resolve critical life-altering legal issues.

"The expertise, sensitivity, and advocacy their lawyers provide to the poor and powerless brings a measure of hope to those navigating a complex, confusing and, at times, impersonal legal system. Our entire Olmsted County community owes this important organization a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

-Senior Judge Kevin A. Lund


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