About Us

Our Mission

The mission of SLO Legal Assistance is to develop programs in San Luis Obispo County that provide and promote free legal-aid services, assistance in self-representation, and conflict resolution for low and moderate income individuals, including seniors and veterans. Services, provided by trained attorneys and paralegals, include direct legal representation, educating clients for self-representation, and facilitating conflict resolution.

  • 1992

    Incorporation

    San Luis Obispo County Legal Alternatives Corporation (SLOLAC), a California non-profit corporation was formed in 1992, by a group of attorneys determined to provide access to legal services to the under served community.

  • 1993

    Initiated Programs

    SLOLAC starts the TRO Clinic for victims of domestic violence, the Volunteer Legal Services Program and the Conflict Resolution Program of the Central Coast.

  • 1996

    Area Agency on Aging Grant

    SLOLAC is awarded the grant from Area Agency on Aging to provide legal services for seniors in San Luis Obispo County.

  • 2001

    Creative Mediation Services Named

    Conflict Resolution Program's name is changed to Creative Mediation Services

  • 2001

    Volunteer Legal Services Program

    SLOLAF created the Volunteer Legal Services Program, matching needy clients with pro-bono legal services.

  • 2002

    Creative Mediation Services Spin Off

    Due to the success of the program, SLOLAC helps Creative Mediation Services spin off and become an independent non-profit organization.

  • 2002

    Volunteer Legal Services Program Spin Off

    Volunteer Legal Services Program is spun off and taken over by the SLO County Bar Association.

  • 2005

    Women's Shelter Program Collaboration

    In collaboration with the Women's Shelter Program, SLOLAC expands the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic to include other family law legal services to limited income self-represented litigants.

  • 2009

    Judge Hilton - Seitz Award

    Retired Judge and SLOLAC volunteer, Honorable Douglas Hilton, is bestowed the Seitz Award in recognition of his volunteer work for SLOLAC in the areas of foreclosure and loan modification

  • 2012

    Carsel - Seitz Award

    SLOLAC board member, John Carsel, is bestowed the John Seitz award by the SLO County Bar Association and designates SLOLAC as the non-profit to receive a donation in honor of his award.

  • 2014

    Annual Fundraiser Begins

    In light of funding cuts and a growing elderly population, SLOLAC holds its first annual fundraiser, a barn gala at Greengate Ranch in Edna Valley to fund its expansion.

  • 2014

    Executive Director Hired

    To facilitate continued growth of client services, SLOLAC hires its first Executive Director, prominent local attorney, Stephanie Barclay.

  • 2014

    Veterans' Grant Collaboration

    SLOLAC enters into a partnership with Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo to provide legal services to homeless and at-risk veterans in their Supportive Services for Veteran Families program made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

  • 2015

    Name Change

    To highlight it's charitable mission, SLOLAC changed its name to San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation ("SLOLAF").

  • 2015

    Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Collaboration

    SLOLAF enters into a partnership with the Women's Shelter Program to provide legal supervision and support for its Legal Assistance for Victims grant that it received from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

  • 2015

    Ernst - Seitz Award

    SLOLAF supporter, Don Ernst, is bestowed the John Seitz award by the SLO County Bar Association and designates SLOLAF as the non-profit to receive the $1,000 donation in honor of his award.

  • 2016

    Medal of Merit Award

    SLOLAF is awarded a Medal of Merit grant from Spokes for having demonstrated improved governance and management practices.

  • 2016

    Senior Citizen Program of the Year

    Senior Legal Services Project is nominated for Senior Citizen Program of the Year, an award sponsored by Central Coast Commission on Senior Citizens & Area Agency on Aging

  • 2017

    YPNG Partner Organization

    SLOLAF is chosen as the Young Professionals Networking Group's non-profit partner for 2017-2018.

  • 2017

    Helping Hundreds of Families in Need

    Today, SLOLAF helps hundreds of San Luis Obispo County families who are in need of legal services.

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