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 closed on TUESDAY, MAY 22 – FRIDAY, MAY 26 as we move physical locations.

There may be additional interruptions during the next few weeks. Please call ahead before coming to the office or reach out via email! An email link is provided on this page.

The Legal Aid Society of Story County was recently named runner up in the Community Champion category of the 2023 Reisman Awards. Over 300 submissions from law firms around the world were considered. Even as the runner up, this prestigious award recognizes the work, mentorship and community focus of our office. We are proud of the dedication, expertise and client centered focus of all of our staff. We thank CLIO and Jack Newton, CEO and Founder for the honor. We look forward to participating in the CLIO CONFERENCE in October.

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

Celebrating 49 years of service


Community and client focused


Working to get results


Our Major Supporters

  • Story County
  • Story County Local Option
  • City of Ames
  • ISU – GSB
  • Story County Bar Association