Legal Aid Office Opens a Year After Fire


Legal Aid of Nebraska held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at its newly renovated offices at the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln. Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Pat Carraher, Lincoln office managing attorney; Patrick Rogers, board of directors president; and Milo Mumgaard, executive director. (Courtesy Legal Aid of Nebraska)
By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Lincoln – A three-alarm fire broke out in a century-old historic building in downtown Lincoln on President’s Day 2018, leaving Legal Aid of Nebraska and others with millions of dollars in damage and no permanent office space.

The nonprofit organization has risen from the ashes of the fire with a new office space in Lincoln’s Terminal Building, which is now open to the public.

Legal Aid held an open house last week at the new office, 941 O St. The office currently has 25 staff members and works with many vol­unteers, including pro bono counsel in the region.

“It’s a wonderful new space for our hundreds of low-income Lincoln clients,” said Pat Carraher, managing attorney of the Lincoln office. “It’s convenient, set up for both walk-in self-help clinics and regular client representation, and provides a contemporary environ­ment for our passionate staff.”

The office has a modern, profes­sional look and is driven by tech­nology, according to Executive Director Milo Mumgaard.

“This new space is also a tangible commitment by Legal Aid to ‘mak­ing equal justice happen’ in even more effective ways in Lincoln and across Nebraska,” Mumgaard said in a news release.

The Terminal Building, located at 10th and O streets, was built in 1916 as the headquarters of the Lincoln Traction Co. According to the property’s website, it was de­signed by Chicago architect Paul V. Hyland and is an example of the Commercial style. The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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