SLO Legal Alternatives Brings In the New Year with a New Name and New Leadership

By: Stephanie Barclay, Executive Director

SLO Legal Alternatives, also known as “SLOLAC” will have a new name as of January 1, 2015. The organization, which has been providing free legal help to low-income SLO County residents for over 20 years, will now provide free services as the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (or “SLOLAF”). The change comes as the organization works to ensure the community is sent a clear message about the broad scope of services it performs, including providing free legal assistance to over 400 SLO County residents per year through the Senior Legal Services Project, the Government Benefits Program, the Loan Modification Program, and, starting January 2015, the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program.

The organization’s leader for the last 20 years, Mike Blank, has resigned as President but will remain on the board as Immediate Past President. The organization and the legal community are extremely grateful for the countless hours that Mike donated to help provide legal assistance to those most in need in SLO County. Dallas K. Mosier, a business, tax, and estate planning attorney at Carmel & Naccasha LLP, was elected President for 2015. Dallas has acknowledged that he has big shoes to fill and looks forward to continuing the legacy of this important organization. Director/Officers Marianne Kennedy and Scott Wall will continue to serve as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Collette Hiller has been elected the Secretary for 2015 and Angie King and John Carsel will continue to serve as directors.