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Attorneys and Support Personnel:

The mission of the Oregon Law Center is to achieve justice for the low income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. Oregon Law Center does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation. Oregon Law Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Thank you for your interest.

Oregon Law Center supports the decision of the Oregon Supreme Court to grant diploma privileges to 2020 law school graduates and will not discriminate in hiring against lawyers admitted to the Bar through diploma privileges.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

 

Positions  Available

Position:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to drive and support an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity.  The Director of DEI will report directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for helping the organization apply an equity lens to both OLC’s internal dynamics as well as our community-facing work.  In coordination with the Executive Director and the DEI Steering Committee (a group of staff members from OLC and its partner program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, representing a broad cross section of both organizations, who are committed to creating an organizational shift in which diversity, equity, inclusion becomes a centerpoint in our work and culture), the Director of DEI will drive organizational efforts that ensure every staff member, no matter their race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, religion or any other historically marginalized identity, feels safe, included, and able to bring their full selves to work each day.

About Us:  OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services.  OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation.  OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.  OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the following essential functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.  In collaboration with the LASO and OLC Executive Directors and the LASO/OLC DEI Steering Committee, the Director of DEI will:

Drive & Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision

  • Support and create spaces for dialogue on racial justice issues including facilitating DEI Steering Committee meetings; and supporting staff and affinity/ally groups.
  • Build upon and further integrate OLC’s DEI strategy and plans across all aspects of the organization.
  • Manage logistics, provide administrative coordination, and carry forth work/ideas of the DEI Steering Committee.
  • Support strategic and programmatic DEI initiatives, while providing updates to staff, leadership and board on DEI goals, metrics, and benchmarks.
  • Coordinate with LASO’s Director of DEI to ensure statewide alignment as appropriate and necessary.
  • Serve as a point of contact for Affinity Groups to share ideas, seek information, give input related to DEI initiatives and ensure their ideas are heard and valued.
  • Audit case acceptance patterns to ensure equity in the provision of legal services.
  • Work with program and unit leadership and staff to ensure priorities are aligned with racial justice issues identified by the community.

 

Support Staff in Growth/Development of DEI Fluency 

  • Coordinate and manage all DEI-related trainings and programming for staff including management and OLC Board.
  • Provide technical assistance to staff seeking to incorporate anti-racism strategies into their areas of substantive advocacy.

 

Support Best Practices in Recruitment, Hiring and Retention

  • Support Human Resources in developing and maintaining equitable and inclusive recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. Activities may include:  training hiring managers and hiring committee members on implicit bias and reasonable accommodations; reviewing job postings with a DEI lens prior to posting; participating in hiring committees as requested; providing job posting and candidate selection recommendations; and participating in networking and recruitment.
  • Audit policies and practices related to diversity, harassment prevention, disability access, and other equity and inclusion issues.
  • Provide support in the creation and development of OLC’s restorative conflict model.

 

Measure, Monitor and Communicate DEI Progress

  • Create and implement a system for regular monitoring and sharing of progress on key DEI metrics that incorporates qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Draft and disseminate DEI-related communications and materials to all staff.
  • Prepare reports, updates or other documents associated with DEI strategies, projects, programs, or policies.
  • Other administrative and supportive duties as assigned.

 

Position Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice, racial equity, and restorative justice.
  • Working knowledge of DEI philosophies, methodologies, competencies, and programs.
  • Training and facilitation of diverse groups and levels of leadership.
  • Extensive experience leading and implementing DEI related programs or initiatives; or other experience as relevant.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment.
  • Experience with workplace mediation, restorative justice experience, and/or working with individuals/teams during times of conflict.
  • Experience with collaborating across multiple and diverse teams and priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe, and web-based video conferencing and learning platforms (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams).

 

Salary/Benefits:  $70,500 to $107,250 depending on relevant experience level.  Additional compensation for bilingual ability.  Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave, and paid moving expenses, among others.  

Application:  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until November 15, 2021.  To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Monica Goracke, mgoracke@oregonlawcenter.org.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon.  Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups.  It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to:  (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice?  Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff.  We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks two (2) staff attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense. The positions are based in Portland, Oregon and serve clients in Multnomah County. Each are a one-year, grant-funded, full-time position beginning in July. These positions are funded by Multnomah County, with the goal of providing legal help to renters facing eviction. Each attorney will maintain an active housing caseload and regularly appear in eviction court. The attorneys will work on a new team within OLC dedicated to eviction defense.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

Responsibilities: This staff attorney position will handle a housing caseload of clients with active eviction cases. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education and other resources for tenants. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely but may then move to working in-house at our downtown Portland office.

Requirements:

  • Current Oregon State Bar membership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.

 

Preferences:

  • Experience representing tenants in eviction court in Oregon.
  • Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

 

Salary/Benefits: $61,500 to $98,250 depending on experience level. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and paid moving expenses, among others.

Application: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until June 2, 2021. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Senior Staff Attorney, Oregon Law Center, bstraus@oregonlawcenter.org.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks an efficient and effective Paralegal to work on a new residential eviction defense program for low-income clients. The position is based in Portland, Oregon and serves clients in Multnomah County. The position is a one-year, grant-funded, full-time position beginning in July. This position is funded by Multnomah County, with the goal of providing legal help to renters facing eviction.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

Responsibilities: The Paralegal will support a team of 3 or more attorneys representing tenants in eviction court. The Paralegal will provide litigation support – intakes, investigative assistance, document management, for example – on a high volume of eviction defense cases. Responsibilities also include assisting with regular review of the eviction docket, outreach to low-income tenants and assistance with their connections to non-legal resources such as rent assistance programs. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely but may then move to working in-house at our downtown Portland office.

Requirements:

  • A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive attitude.
  • Significant experience in: preparation and filing of legal pleadings, document management, conducting case-related investigative research and use of case management software.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.

 

Preferences:

  • Experience working with low-income communities.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe

 

Salary/Benefits: $40,000 to $64,000 depending on experience level. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and paid moving expenses, among others.

Application: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until June 2, 2021. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Senior Staff Attorney, Oregon Law Center, bstraus@oregonlawcenter.org.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Position: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in our Coos Bay office and serves clients throughout Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties. Located on the rugged southern Oregon coast with the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, Coos Bay has beautiful beaches, forests, and rivers that offer many recreational opportunities. Coos Bay also has a significant Native American population and is famous in the athletic world as the home of track star Steve Prefontaine.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

OLC’s Coos Bay office is a four-person team comprised of three attorneys and a legal assistant. We assist clients in meeting challenges to their basic needs including freedom from violence, housing, income maintenance, and protection/enforcement of civil rights. Our office sets priorities according to client need. We seek to make a real difference in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty.

Responsibilities: The staff attorney will handle a combination of impact litigation and individual cases in state and federal court, as well as engage in community outreach to clients, client service organizations, government agencies and other community stakeholders. There are also opportunities to assist with legislative and policy advocacy. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities. 
  • Experience with or interest in complex, impact litigation.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.

 

Preferences:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar, or reciprocal eligibility for admission.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Life experience with poverty, disability, or other minority affiliation.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

 

Salary/Benefits: $61,500 to $98,250 depending on experience level. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid moving expenses and bar study leave, among others.

Application: Position open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Bill Niese, Managing Attorney, OLC Coos Bay Office, at bniese@oregonlawcenter.org.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Position: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. This position is located in our Grants Pass office and serves clients throughout Josephine County. Nestled in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains along the beautiful Rogue River, Grants Pass is Oregon’s whitewater rafting capital. Famous for its temperate climate, Grants Pass also offers opportunities to explore ecologically unique wilderness areas, as well as small-town charm with a thriving arts scene, wineries, and a historic district.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

OLC’s Grants Pass office consists of three attorneys (including the advertised position) and a legal assistant. We set priorities according to client need; current priorities are housing law, family law, and individual rights. We seek to make real improvements in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty.

Responsibilities: The staff attorney will handle a combination of impact litigation and individual cases in state and federal court, as well as engage in community outreach to clients, client service organizations, government agencies and other community stakeholders. There are also opportunities to assist with legislative and policy advocacy. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Experience with or interest in complex, impact litigation.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.

 

Preferences:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar, or reciprocal eligibility for admission.
  • Life experience with poverty, disability, or other minority affiliation.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

 

Salary/Benefits: $61,500 to $98,250 depending on experience level. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid moving expenses and bar study leave, among others.

Application: Position open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Eric Dahlin, Managing Attorney, OLC Grants Pass Office, edahlin@oregonlawcenter.org or PO Box 429, Grants Pass, Oregon 97528.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks four (4) staff attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense. The positions are based in each of four OLC offices around the state: one in each of Portland, Ontario, Grants Pass and Coos Bay. Each is a two-year, full-time position funded through the American Rescue Plan Act
(ARPA). Each attorney will maintain an active housing caseload and regularly appear in eviction court. The attorneys will work on a new statewide team within legal aid dedicated to eviction defense.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

Responsibilities: This staff attorney position will handle a housing caseload of clients with active eviction cases. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education and other resources for tenants. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.

Requirements:

  • Current Oregon State Bar membership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.

 

Preferences:

  • Experience representing tenants in eviction court in Oregon.
  • Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

 

Salary/Benefits: The salary scale ranges from $61,500 to $98,250 and placement on the scale is determined by years of relevant experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and paid moving expenses, among others.

Application: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until July 23, 2021. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Supervising Attorney, Oregon Law Center, bstraus@oregonlawcenter.org. Please indicate in your cover letter to which office you are applying (Portland, Ontario, Coos Bay or Grants Pass) and whether you wish to be considered for more than one office.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

POSITION: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, particularly in the area of family law for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This position is based in Hillsboro, a city of 106,000 located about 45 minutes west of Portland, and serves clients throughout the northwest region of Oregon, including coastal, urban, and agricultural communities. From historic Astoria, Oregon’s “Hollywood North,” to the spectacular beaches of the north coast, wineries of the western Willamette Valley, international cuisine and minor-league baseball, this region of Oregon has a lot to offer.

ABOUT US: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

OLC’s Hillsboro Regional Office consists of twelve attorneys (including the advertised position), 6 paralegals and 1 office manager.  Office priorities are based on client need.  Current priorities include housing, family, public benefits, employment, seniors, and immigrant rights. We seek to make real improvements in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty. The office has two satellite locations in St. Helens and McMinnville.  The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will focus on providing services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The attorney will provide high quality, trauma-informed legal services to survivors and work closely with domestic violence providers in our five county service region. The attorney will appear in County Circuit Courts in restraining order and domestic relations matters. The attorney will also work with community partners, help the office identify impact issues and conduct outreach to our client community. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their

   self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.

  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to think creatively when addressing our clients’ issues.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
  • Ability to manage an active caseload of individual clients.

 

PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar or sitting for the next exam.
  • Zero to five years of experience.
  • Experience with complex advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and groups.
  • Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS: $61,500 to $98,250 and placement on the scale is determined by years of relevant experience as an attorney. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid moving expenses and bar study leave, among others. Application: Position open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Heather Kemper, Managing Attorney, OLC Hillsboro Regional Office, hekemper@oregonlawcenter.org or 230 NE Second, Suite F, Hillsboro, Oregon 97053.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, and people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. We strive to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued because we believe such an environment is essential to our work serving clients. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

POSITION: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense. This is a one-year, full-time position. This position is based in Hillsboro, a city of 106,000 located about 45 minutes west of Portland, and serves clients throughout the northwest region of Oregon, including coastal, urban, and agricultural communities. From historic Astoria, Oregon’s “Hollywood North,” to the spectacular beaches of the north coast, wineries of the western Willamette Valley, international cuisine and minor-league baseball, this region of Oregon has a lot to offer.

ABOUT US: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

OLC’s Hillsboro Regional Office consists of twelve attorneys (including the advertised position), 6 paralegals and 1 office manager.  Office priorities are based on client need.  Current priorities include housing, family, public benefits, employment, seniors, and immigrant rights. We seek to make real improvements in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty. The office has two satellite locations in St. Helens and McMinnville.  The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This staff attorney position will handle a housing caseload of clients with active eviction cases. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education and other resources for tenants. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current Oregon State Bar membership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.

 

PREFERENCES:

  • Experience representing tenants in eviction court in Oregon.
  • Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  $61,500 to $98,250 and placement on the scale is determined by years of relevant experience as an attorney. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid moving expenses and bar study leave, among others. Application: Position open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Heather Kemper, Managing Attorney, OLC Hillsboro Regional Office, hekemper@oregonlawcenter.org or 230 NE Second, Suite F, Hillsboro, Oregon 97053.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, and people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. We strive to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued because we believe such an environment is essential to our work serving clients. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.