Legal Aid Services of Oregon stands in solidarity with the Black community. We denounce the brutal killing of George Floyd and all Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) at the hands of the police and others who oppress them, whether in Minnesota, Oregon or anywhere in our nation.
As a legal aid organization, our mission is to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. We emphasize the right of our clients to decide the solutions that we pursue for the issues they face, and our clients have long told us that racial discrimination is a critical barrier preventing them from escaping poverty. We are responsible to our clients to work to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy as we fight for economic justice on their behalf.
Legal aid lawyers and staff across the state will continue to work together to bring equity, justice, and integrity into our communities and our legal system.
Margaret is 52 with three grown children. For years, she lived with physical abuse and threats from her husband. After she insisted he move out, he threatened her and her family. Terrified, she called the police, who told her to get a stalking order. She didn’t know how to get one, so she contacted a domestic violence shelter. The shelter connected her with Legal Aid Services of Oregon. A LASO lawyer helped her get a protective order. This helped her to stay safe at work when her husband began stalking her there. Her lawyer also helped her get spousal support so she can complete a vocational program and become self-sufficient. Margaret said, “It was heaven-sent, being able to go to legal aid and get some help when I was between a rock and a hard place and had no money for a lawyer.”
Welcome to Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides access to legal help for people to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. As a civil legal aid program, LASO assures fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of how much money you have. Through our own staff attorneys and hundreds of volunteers, LASO gives free legal help to thousands of low-income and elderly clients each year in matters relating to their physical safety, access to food and shelter, and other critical legal needs.
LASO’s mission is to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services.