Our Office

Who we are

Legal Aid Society of Story County is a non-profit corporation, formed in 1974 to provide legal assistance in civil matters to families who cannot afford to hire an attorney in private practice.



  • The office will be closing at 3:00pm on Thursday, March 23. Regular hours will resume Friday.

Our Attorneys

Peggy Michelotti
Executive Director 

Peggy served as a Staff Attorney in our office for five and half years before accepting a position at the Story County Attorney’s Office. While at the County Attorney’s, Peggy sat on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid. She returned to our office as the Executive Director in March of 2022. Peggy graduated from Drake Law and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in September of 2015. Peggy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2012 and her Associate of Arts degree from Muscatine Community College in 2009. Peggy is a devoted public servant who has coached Mock Trial for the Ames Community School District since 2016. Peggy is a past President of the Story County Bar Association and remains active in the organization.

Bethany Miller
Bethany joined our office as a staff attorney after graduating from Drake Law School in 2016. During her time at Drake she worked as an intern for the Iowa Division of Worker’s Compensation and a variety of private firms. Bethany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University in 2013. She majored in Pre-Law, knowing from an early age that she wanted to be an attorney.


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  • Send any questions or necessary documents to us at: contact@legalaidstory.org

Over 48 years of service


A young, energetic team


Working to get results

Our Supporters

Story County ASSET
Iowa State Bar Association
United Way
Story County Community Foundation