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Employment Opportunities

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 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.