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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.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Positions  Available

Paralegal – Portland Regional Office
Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Ontario, OR
Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Salem, OR

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Paralegal – Portland Regional Office

Job Description:
Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time paralegal who is bilingual in Spanish and English. All legal support staff positions at OLC are called paralegals. This job does not require formal paralegal certification or training. Its primary duties involve intake, reception, and litigation support for the office. The position is located in a downtown Portland office that is comprised of five attorneys and a paralegal. The office serves eight counties in northwest and central Oregon.

OLC is a nonprofit 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 operates eleven regional offices around the state.

Responsibilities:

  • General office support: receptionist duties, including answer phones, receive mail, monitor and order supplies, manage calendar
  • Staff the front desk and greet visitors in a professional and positive manner
  • Organize, manage, and maintain office systems and the physical office
  • Conduct client intake interviews and maintain detailed and accurate case notes
  • Assist attorneys with litigation and other forms of advocacy, including but not limited to: investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research, document review and other aspects of trial preparation
  • Conduct outreach and community presentations and produce educational materials
  • Interpret for Spanish-speaking clients and translate documents
  • Provide general information and referrals
  • Help with other office projects as needed
  • Occasional travel throughout northwest and central Oregon

Qualifications:
Bilingual in Spanish and English (written and verbal). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong office IT skills. Relate well to and have empathy for low-income clients. Learn quickly, adapt easily, and enjoy supporting an office. High school diploma or GED. Experience in a legal setting is helpful but not required.

Salary/Benefits:
Full-time position; salary depends on experience. Strong benefits package.

Application:
Apply by May 20, 2020. Send resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Marisa Samuelson, Managing Attorney, Portland Regional Office, msamuelson@oregonlawcenter.org. Please be sure to describe your Spanish proficiency level. No phone calls please.

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.

 

Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Ontario, OR

Position:
Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a managing attorney to provide leadership and management for the five-person office located in Ontario, Oregon.

Background:
OLC is an effective 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 offices around the state. It has a litigation 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. The Ontario office provides legal services to four counties in rural Eastern Oregon. The office service area includes a high poverty rate and a high percentage of people who speak Spanish and other languages. The office has a history of being an integral part of the community and effectively using advocacy skills to improve conditions for clients through complex litigation and policy advocacy. Office priorities are set according to client need. Ontario is a rural community, located on the Snake River in the Treasure Valley at the border with Idaho. It is approximately one hour west of Boise and an easy drive to beautiful deserts, mountains, and rivers.

Responsibilities:
The managing attorney is responsible for creating and maintaining an excellent legal aid office as defined by our criteria for manager evaluation and program values statement. The managing attorney will handle and supervise impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on class action lawsuits and other impact cases in state and federal courts. The managing attorney will engage in education and outreach to clients and community groups, and will build positive and effective relationships with community partners. The managing attorney will promote mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among a diverse staff, and will challenge and inspire others to achieve positive results and grow professionally. This position offers an exciting opportunity to use leadership skills to make a real difference for the low-income communities of Oregon.

Requirements:
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities.
A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and positive attitude. Experience with complex, impact litigation.
Demonstrated ability to think creatively about how to address low-income clients’ legal issues. Demonstrated ability to mentor individuals and facilitate effective team interactions.
Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take next exam.

Preferences:
Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
Leadership and supervision training and/or experience.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation. How

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and list of references to Monica Goracke, mgoracke@oregonlawcenter.org. Open until filled.

OLC is proud to be 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.

 

Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Salem, OR

Position:
Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a managing attorney to provide leadership and management for the three-person office located in Salem, Oregon.

Background:
OLC is an effective 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 offices around the state. It has a litigation 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. The Salem office provides legal services to Marion, Polk, Linn, and Benton counties. This office has a focus on class action litigation, legislative and administrative lobbying, and representation of LSC-ineligible populations. Office priorities are set according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, and civil rights issues. The Salem office is located in Oregon’s charming state capital, nestled in a picturesque part of the Willamette Valley that is still relatively affordable, 40 miles from Portland and 60 miles from both the Pacific coast and the Cascades.

Responsibilities:
The managing attorney is responsible for creating and maintaining an excellent legal aid office as defined by our criteria for manager evaluation and program values statement. The managing attorney will handle and supervise impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on class action lawsuits and other impact cases in state and federal courts. The managing attorney will engage in education and outreach to clients and community groups, and will build positive and effective relationships with community partners. The managing attorney will promote mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among a diverse staff, and will challenge and inspire others to achieve positive results and grow professionally. This position offers an exciting opportunity to use leadership skills to make a real difference for the low-income communities of Oregon.

Requirements:
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities.
A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and positive attitude. Experience with complex, impact litigation.
Demonstrated ability to think creatively about how to address low-income clients’ legal issues. Demonstrated ability to mentor individuals and facilitate effective team interactions.
Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take next exam.

Preferences:
Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
Leadership and supervision training and/or experience.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

How To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and list of references to Monica Goracke, mgoracke@oregonlawcenter.org. Open until filled.

OLC is proud to be 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.r