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 needs are greatest and where representation and advocacy can have the most impact for vulnerable Oregonians.

Our Programs

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.

LASO helps people protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.  We provide a wide range of services to help guide people through complicated legal proceedings. These include legal assistance and representation, self-help information, free legal clinics and pro bono assistance, and access to web-based information and forms.  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.

  • Counties served by Legal Aid Services of Oregon
  • Counties served by other legal aid organizations

Highest Priority Legal Needs

family law issues
(domestic violence)

access to safe, affordable housing

access to healthcare

protection of income

access to social safety-net programs
(i.e. elderly/disabled)

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 resources to get the legal help they need, LASO can help them to access the justice system.

We stand in solidarity with the Black community.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon denounces the brutal killing of all Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) at the hands of the police and others who oppress them in Oregon and across the nation.

As a legal aid organization, our mission is to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. 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 and violence are critical issues. We acknowledge the role of the legal community and policing and punitive systems in centuries of violence and oppression. We are responsible to our clients to work to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy as we fight for 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 the legal system.”

Our Accomplishments

Our Leadership

BOARD 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.

2023 MEETING DATES

May 13 10:00 a.m.
September 9 10:00 a.m.
December 2 10 a.m.

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