Who We Are

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We provide free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. We believe all people of central and southern Illinois should have access to justice, income security, adequate housing, quality education, healthcare, safety from violence and exploitation, and the opportunity to improve their own lives.

Our mission is to provide low income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services in order to obtain and maintain their basic human needs. Through advice, representation, advocacy, education, and collaboration, we seek:

  • to achieve justice for those whose voices might otherwise not be heard;
  • to empower individuals to advocate for themselves; and
  • to make positive changes in the communities we serve.


Land of Lincoln is governed by its own Board of Directors made up of attorneys and eligible clients who live throughout our 65 county service territory. We are not a government agency. We are independent advocates for our clients. Much of our funding comes from the federal Legal Services Corporation, which receives funding through congressional appropriations. Other Land of Lincoln funders include:

  • Lawyers Trust Fund
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • local United Ways
  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office
  • Area Agencies on Aging


View our 2017 Annual Report to learn more about our impact.
View our 2017 IRS Form 990 to learn more about our financials.