Amy Van Horne, Legal Aid of Nebraska ( Board president, has formally announced Laurie Heer Dale as the new executive director of Legal Aid of Nebraska effective October 10, 2022.

Heer Dale will be joining Legal Aid after working as the director of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, where she was responsible for developing, managing, and advancing innovative pro bono programs for Nebraska. Prior to that role, she was employed at Legal Aid of Nebraska, where she served in various capacities; director of client and community engagement services, director of access, managing attorney for Legal Aid’s AccessLine®, and coordinator of the Private Attorney Involvement program.

Heer Dale earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from Creighton University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. A native of Iowa, she is married to Terry Dale and the mother of four children. In addition, Heer Dale is an appointed member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Self-Represented Litigation Committee and a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association.

Legal Aid of Nebraska was established in 1963 and is the largest statewide nonprofit civil legal aid provider in Nebraska, providing free high-quality services to low-income Nebraskans in all 93 counties. Legal Aid’s mission is “to promote justice, dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency through quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn.” Legal Aid has offices in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Bancroft, Grand Island, Norfolk, Lincoln, and Omaha. The organization’s administrative offices are located in Omaha. Learn more at