Background and History


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. Click here for contact information for each of our locations.


Our lawyers and paralegals provide free legal services for civil legal issues including:


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

ALSC 2015 Financial Statements

ALSC’s Most Recent 990 Form

Economic Impacts and Social Benefits of Legal Assistance Provided by ALSC

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