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1 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Civic Center Complex, Room 105
Evansville, IN 47708
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"A man's poverty is no excuse for twisting justice against him"
Exodus 23:6


The Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Inc. is a not-for-profit law firm, a 501C(3) corporation.  Since 1958, when the firm was created by our local bar association, the Legal Aid Society has provided legal assistance of the highest quality to low income residents of Vanderburgh County.  Today, throughout Vanderburgh County courts, administrative agencies and other legal forums, the firm's lawyers counsel and advocate for those members of the community who have no money with which to hire private attorneys.  Legal Aid charges its clients no fees.

The Legal Aid Society's major funders are the City of Evansville, County of Vanderburgh, and United Way. Legal Aid is a member agency of the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Inc.

The Society is overseen by a board of directors of twelve persons.  Six of those persons are attorneys appointed by the Evansville Bar Association.  Six of those persons are citizens who live or work in Vanderburgh County and are not attorneys, three of whom are appointed by the Mayor of Evansville and three of whom are appointed by the Vanderburgh County Commissioners.  Board members serve terms of three years and may be reappointed for a second term.

An interlocal operating agreement between the City of Evansville, County of Vanderburgh, and United Way, approved by the Mayor, County Commissioners, County Council, City Council, and United Way of Southwestern Indiana, is on file with the State Board of Accounts and the Attorney General.


Legal Aid uses its resources to help struggling families and individuals challenged with legal stressors to efficiently resolve their problems.  However, the firm's true impact and its value to the community are most resonantly expressed in the stories of its clients and of the successful outcomes they have realized with Legal Aid's expert assistance.


The Legal Aid Society believes that low income persons should enjoy meaningful access to a full range of high quality legal services so that they can anticipate and prevent legal problems from arising, solve their legal problems, and protect their legal rights.

Helping those in need, solving our community's problems, and remedying injustices are the core values we share with our funders. Most of the firm's work involves assisting very vulnerable families, the elderly, the disabled, victims of domestic violence and children.

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