Emeritus Attorney Maury Rice with State Sen. Patrick Testin and Assemblywoman Katrina Shankland (left); Rice is honored by Ret. Judge Frederic W. Fleishauer and Judges Patricia Baker and Michael Zell. (Contributed)

Portage County Legal Aid Society turns 30

By Brandi Makuski

STEVENS POINT — Emeritus Attorney Maury Rice has been awarded a Legislative Citation for his service to the Portage County Legal Aid Society (PCLAS). Rice was instrumental in the establishment of the PCLAS 30 years ago.

The PCLAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal representation and assistance to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. It was established in 1994 to address the legal needs of low-income residents in the community, operating through grants and donations to ensure accessible legal services.

Those in attendance at the award ceremony included members of the Anderson O’Brien Law Firm, PCLAS members, Sen. Patrick Testin, Rep. Katrina Shankland, and Judges Patricia Baker, Michael Zell, Louis Molepske, and Frederic W. Fleishauer (retired).

Rice retired from active law practice on Jan. 31, 2001.

The organization assists with civil cases that “significantly impact” families, safety, property, and basic necessities. The PCLAS handles a wide range of civil cases, including family law, housing law, public benefits law, consumer and utility law, small claims matters, driver’s license reinstatement, and pro se divorce help.

To qualify for assistance, applicants must meet financial eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines and the legal issue must be a civil matter based in Portage County. Prospective clients must complete an application and undergo screening before their case is accepted.

For more information or to seek assistance, visit the PCLAS website or contact them at (715) 544-6822.