Portland Staff


Monica GorackeMonica Goracke

Monica joined OLC in 2005 as a staff attorney focusing on the legal issues of homeless people. She became managing attorney of the Portland Regional Office in 2009. Monica supervises the office’s legal work, conducts outreach and community presentations, litigates in state and federal court, and works with local and state policy makers. After law school, Monica clerked for a federal district court judge in Montgomery, Alabama, and then worked as a staff attorney for three years at Disability Rights Advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, and is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Williams College. Monica enjoys riding her bike and making ice cream.

IMG_1274Moisés Ceja

Moisés began his OLC career in 2010 as a staff attorney in the Woodburn Farmworker office, where he gained experience serving Spanish-speaking clients on legal matters related to employment,health,safety,housing and individual rights. In 2014 he became a staff attorney in the Portland Regional Office,where he continues to focus on employment litigation,community outreach and other legal needs having been prioritized by the client community. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and also holds his B.A. from UCLA. Having grown up in low-income,Spanish-speaking communities in Oregon and California, Moisés shares a language, cultural background with many of OLC’s clients. He enjoys reading and staying physically active.

IMG_1262David Henretty

David joined OLC in 2003 as managing attorney of the Ontario Regional Office in rural eastern Oregon. In 2008, David relocated to Portland and now practices primarily employment law as a staff attorney in the Portland Regional Office. David previously worked at legal aid programs in Colorado and in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky. He has experience representing clients in farm worker and immigration matters. Fluent in Spanish, David often provides information on employment and immigration law to client groups. David spent his formative years in West Virginia and Michigan, graduating from University of Wisconsin Law School. Outside of work, he spends time rafting rivers throughout the West.

Eleanor MorfinEleanor Morfin

Having joined OLC when it first began in 1996, Eleanor is one of our founding staff members. She previously worked for Oregon Legal Services in Oregon City, Oregon Human Development Corporation in Cornelius, Hillsboro and Portland, and a Colorado nonprofit that helped low-income people find jobs and access education. Eleanor supports the Portland Regional Office as a paralegal and also staffs the Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt pro bono clinic for Spanish speakers. She is a native of New Mexico. Outside of work, Eleanor spends time tending her beautiful garden.

corinaCorina Serrano

Corina joined the Hillsboro Regional Office in 2014 as a part-time bilingual intake specialist and is now the full-time legal assistant for the Portland Regional Office. Corina grew up in Eugene, Oregon.  She previously worked in customer service and property management.  Currently, Corina is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Family and Social Services, with a minor in Spanish.  She enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, and traveling to Eugene.

 

FullSizeRenderMarisa Samuelson

Marisa joined the Portland Regional Office as a staff attorney in 2015. She primarily handles matters dealing with housing, employment and public benefits. Marisa grew up in Oregon and is fluent in Spanish. She has worked in southwest Arizona as a public defender for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as well as an assistant city prosecutor in Tucson. She has also served as a volunteer attorney with Catholic Charities of Oregon Immigration Legal Services. Marisa has an undergraduate degree from Macalester College, a master’s degree from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism,her law degree was earned at University of California Hastings College of Law. She enjoys trying new restaurants out and spending time with her family.

BeckyBecky Straus

Becky joined the Portland Regional Office in 2015 as a staff attorney focusing on housing, homelessness and other legal needs of OLC’s client community. Most recently, she spent three and a half years as legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, advocating for the protection and advancement of civil liberties in the state capitol and in cities and counties across Oregon. Becky began her legal career with OLC’s legislative team, assisting with our advocacy efforts during the 2011 state legislative session. As part of her work at OLC, Becky serves on A Home For Everyone Coordinating Board, an advisory body created by the Cities of Portland and Gresham, Multnomah County, and Home Forward to create shared oversight of the community’s work to end homelessness. A native Chicagoan, Becky is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and Kenyon College. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Gus; playing and hearing music around Portland,exploring Oregon’s outdoors.