Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

Improving legal outcomes for individuals and families living in poverty

Mission, Vision & Values


LAOC ensures access to justice by providing meaningful legal representation in civil matters to our low-income neighbors of Olmsted County.


Legal Assistance aims to have a positive effect on our entire community by championing:


How we achieve our mission & vision. LAOC provides legal services to individuals through four programs:

  1. Direct representation by the LAOC staff attorneys in the areas of family law and landlord tenant law.
  2. The Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) where private attorneys agree to take cases for clients who have been screened through the LAOC intake process and either 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.
  3. A landlord tenant hotline where any caller can speak to an attorney or trained advocate regarding housing issues.
  4. Clinics and other outreach programs sponsored by LAOC including:
    • Weekly landlord/tenant clinic offered by LAOC staff attorneys for income-qualifying clients
    • 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
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