About Us

Mission Statement

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. is a nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to providing equal access to justice for low-income people through quality advocacy and education.

Message from the Executive Director, Jim Cook

Jim CookThank you for taking the time to learn about Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. We are Idaho’s largest nonprofit law firm with seven regional and two satellite offices, three toll-free legal advice lines, and a website with legal forms and educational content. Our mission is to provide quality civil legal services to low income and vulnerable Idahoans.  For many, we provide their only access to our judicial system.

Every year Idaho Legal Aid Services helps thousands of Idahoans with critical legal problems such as escaping domestic violence and sexual assault, protecting abused and neglected children, preserving housing, helping vulnerable seniors and stopping discrimination. Our Indian Law Unit provides legal help focused on Idaho’s Indian Reservations. The Migrant Farmworker Law Unit provides services tailored to the needs of Idaho's migrant population.

Our work benefits our clients, our communities and our state. For example, we annually obtain court orders requiring abusers to pay more than a million and a half dollars in child support, health insurance and daycare costs for their children while requiring them to act to end their violence. The stability provided by this representation allows formerly battered women to work and raise their children in a safe and stable environment where they can focus on life, rather than on their safety. To the larger community this translates into reduced demands on law enforcement, the courts, prisons, paramedics, emergency rooms and public assistance.  

I want Idaho Legal Aid Services to be the best at what we do. We continually apply technology (through our legal advice lines, web based interactive legal forms and future online client intake system) to serve more clients, more effectively. We are focused on improving client service, such as co-locating our attorneys at Idaho’s two family justice centers so they can serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the same venue as other providers. Finally, we are acting to strengthen relationships with the Idaho State Bar, Idaho Law Foundation, Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, Idaho Supreme Court, and many other organizations who are collectively working to provide equal justice for all. This will result in more and better services for our client community.

Thank you again for your interest in Idaho Legal Aid Services.


Here is a link to our 2020 Annual Report: 2020 Annual Report


Table of Contents

  1. Board of Directors
  2. Funding for this Site

Board of Directors

Idaho Legal Aid Services is governed by a nineteen member Board of Directors, comprised of attorneys and clients. These board members are appointed by Bar Associations and client organizations. They serve as volunteers and give much of their time to oversee ILAS' operations. We are fortunate to have these dedicated individuals providing guidance and direction for our program.


Fourth District Bar Assoc.
Paul McFarlane, President

Fifth District Bar Assoc.
Brooke Redmond, Vice President

Cathy Beck, Secretary

North Idaho Violence Prevention
Kathleen Centers

First District Bar Assoc.
Jillian Roderick

First District Bar Assoc.
Kinzo Mihara

Second District Bar Assoc.
Sarah McDowell-Lamont

Third District Bar Assoc.
Kim Brooks

West. Id Community Action
Hazel Young

Fourth District Bar Assoc.
William Mauk

Idaho State Bar Assoc.
Lora Breen

Women's and Children's Alliance
Miriam Mbotha

Fifth District Bar Assoc.
Seth Platts

Community Representative
Adriana Arteaga

Community Representative
Amber Williams

Sixth District Bar Assoc.
Mary Shea

Seventh District Bar Assoc.
Steve Brown

Seventh District Bar Assoc.
Boyd Peterson

Eastern Idaho Head Start
Kourtney Crossley

Funding for this Site

This website was made possible by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. The website was developed to establish a collaborative network of information sharing for the purposes of centralizing legal information and expertise on poverty law issues in Idaho, and provide easy access to invaluable legal information including community legal education materials, court forms, volunteer lawyer opportunities and links to additional resources within Idaho. We have more information about the site in our privacy policy, terms of use and legal disclaimer.

LSC LogoThe Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grants are intended to improve access to justice and legal information through the use of technology. The Legal Services Corporation provides federal financial support to organizations that assist low-income individuals and families with legal problems. The web site grant was one of 32 grants awarded to legal services programs in the nation in the year 2002.

LSC's support for this website is limited to those activities that are consistent with LSC restrictions.