Portland Staff

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.

 

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.

 

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.