Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Statewide, private, nonprofit law firm founded 1967 that provides civil legal aid through 11 offices.
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Primary geographic focus: Alaska, RURAL
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: ALSC
Lists: LSC
Tags: Native American

Our lawyers and paralegals provide free legal services for civil legal issues.

ALSC was established in 1967 as a private, nonprofit law firm. Our mission is to provide high quality civil legal services to low income and disadvantaged people and communities to protect their safety, their health and promote family stability. We are dedicated to bridging the statewide gap between those who need civil legal help and those who are able to get it. We have an unwavering and longstanding commitment to assuring that Alaska’s rural communities have access to the justice system. Through advocacy, education, collaboration and litigation we empower individuals, protect fundamental rights, strengthen communities, create opportunities and achieve justice.

In an average year, ALSC enables approximately 6,400 low-income Alaskans to address critical civil legal issues directly affecting their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services such as health care and utilities. Legal guidance is provided by staff attorneys and Pro Bono volunteer lawyers who donate their time and expertise to further our efforts. Additionally, ALSC provides self-help resources to help individuals independently navigate the court system. Our legal experts publish information on a variety of issues, offer community legal education, and refer clients to other social services as needed.

By helping our clients, ALSC helps all Alaskans. Resolving serious legal problems of low-income Alaskans improves the quality of life for children, families, the elderly and disadvantaged, and for the entire community. Through a strategic partnership with the Alaska Court System and key public-interest nonprofit organizations across the state, ALSC helps make other institutions more efficient and effective while seeking to uphold the rights of all Alaskans to equal access to justice.

ALSC supports 11 offices that collectively serve every community in Alaska. Our offices are located in Anchorage, Bethel, Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Mat-su, and Nome.

ALSC’s budget is derived from a wide variety of sources: federal, state and local governments; tribal organizations; foundations; and private donations.

LSC program profile


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White House budget proposal cuts legal services for low-income Alaskans

Anne Hillman
Alaska Public Media
March 22, 2017
For the past 50 years, Alaska Legal Services Corporation has offered free legal help to low-income Alaskans.

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Alaska Bar programs provide some legal help for low-income residents

Leila Kheiry
KRBD (Ketchikan, AK)
August 29, 2017
The national Justice For All project this year granted the state a cash award to develop a plan for providing legal services to every state resident in need.

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Legal Aid Groups Think Bold To Fill Rural Gaps

RJ Vogt
May 12, 2019
"It became very clear that if we could work with our health care providers, we could have a much stronger footprint," Nelson said.

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Budget uncertainty could make it harder for the elderly to access medical care

KCAW (Sitka, AK)
July 30, 2019
Potential cuts to senior benefits and Medicaid have many concerned. But the elder community faces another potential setback – this one tied to cuts to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation.

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Bar Association wants more lawyers to donate

KUAC-FM (Fairbanks, AK)
December 4, 2019
Everyone accused of a crime has the right to an attorney, but that’s not a right for parties in civil cases. If you are getting a divorce, or someone sues you, you have to pay for legal counsel or go it alone.

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