Welcome to Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is an effective, high-quality legal services program with a mission to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. LASO emphasizes areas of law where these needs are greatest and where representation and advocacy can have the most impact for vulnerable Oregonians.
LASO Program Information
Our eight regional offices serve the general low-income population and two specialized statewide programs serve farmworkers and provide representation on Native American issues. Because we have the resources to serve only a small percentage of the legal needs of our clients, our regional offices and statewide programs regularly engage in a priority-setting process where they survey low-income clients and groups, community partners, attorneys and judges to determine the most pressing legal need in their communities. The highest-priority legal needs include family law issues relating to domestic violence; access to safe, affordable housing; access to health care; protection of income; and access to social safety-net programs such as those for the elderly and people with disabilities.
LASO provides people with a wide range of services – including legal assistance and representation; self-help information; free legal clinics and pro bono assistance; and access to web-based information and forms – that help guide them through complicated legal proceedings to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. LASO takes a strategic approach to addressing domestic violence and other serious legal issues affecting our clients. We advocate for our clients in a variety of forums, we provide direct representation and we work with institutions such as the courts, government agencies, law enforcement and community partners to solve systemic problems in our client communities.
One study found that the single most important factor in decreasing the incidence of domestic violence is the presence of a legal aid office in the community. Sometimes legal help is all that’s standing between self-sufficiency and poverty. When low-income Oregonians lack the resources for needed legal help, LASO can help them to access the justice system.
Board of Directors
The Legal Aid Services of Oregon Board of Directors is made up of 18 directors. Members are from a variety of different backgrounds, including lawyers and client-eligible individuals from various regions of Oregon. More than half of the Board members are attorneys appointed by the Oregon State Bar and other bar associations.
Board of Directors Meetings
Most meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are held at 520 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon in Room 1120, but the time and location may vary in some situations. The meetings are open to public observation, but it is recommended that you contact us for specific meeting information and to make arrangements for us to admit you to the building by calling (503) 224-4094.
2016 Meeting Dates
- March 12
- May 21
- September 24
- December 3