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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. OLC does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation. 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. OLC 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. Thank you for your interest.

Positions  Available

POSITION: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) Paralegal to support the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients. This position is limited-duration through July of 2024 and does not require formal paralegal certification or training. 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, 7 paralegals (including the advertised position), 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Paralegal’s duties will include daily handling of multi-line phones, walk-ins, mail, and faxes; performing eligibility intake interviews; and entering data into the client database. The Paralegal will also provide assistance to clients with their connections to non-legal resources. 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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Spanish language skills.
  • A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.


PREFERENCES:

  • Experience working with low-income communities.
  • Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS: The salary scale ranges from $40,000 to $64,000 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: Position open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of our Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Heather Kemper, Deputy Director, hekemper@oregonlawcenter.org or 522 SW 5th Ave., Ste. 812, Portland, OR 97204.

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.

Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks an efficient and effective, Paralegal to work on a new residential eviction defense program for low-income clients. This position is based in Portland, Oregon and is intended to serve clients in Multnomah County. The position is limited-duration of one-year with a possibility of an extension depending on funding availability.

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 facing eviction. The Paralegal’s primary responsibility is to share intake responsibilities amongst the 7-person Paralegal team to manage a high volume of requests from tenants for eviction defense support. The Paralegal must have Spanish language fluency and be able to conduct intakes with Spanish-speaking callers as well as interpret Spanish-speaking calls for non-Spanish-speaking attorneys. Other responsibilities may include litigation support – printing and mailing, investigative assistance, document management, for example – on fast-paced eviction defense cases or translating documents from English to Spanish. Responsibilities may also include outreach to low-income tenants and communities, including building relationships with culturally-specific community-based organizations. The Paralegal will provide assistance to clients 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 individuals hired for these positions may start their employment working remotely.

Requirements:

  • A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Spanish language skills.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.


Preferences:

  • Experience working with low-income communities.
  • Experience in: legal intake calls, preparation and filing of legal pleadings, document management, conducting case-related investigative research and use of case management software.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe

 

Salary/Benefits: $40,000 to $64,000. Placement on the fixed salary scale is based on 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 accepted on a rolling basis beginning June 10, 2022, and the position is open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Supervising 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 a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income individuals on employment and employment-related housing, health and safety, and civil rights, matters.  The position is based in Gresham, Oregon and serves farmworkers statewide.  A diverse and thriving city located immediately to the east of Portland, Gresham is just minutes from Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 

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 operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.

OLC’s Gresham Farmworker office comprises three attorneys (including one managing attorney) and one community educator/outreach worker as part of a larger Farmworker Program. The Farmworker Program sets priorities according to client need; current priorities include employment, occupational safety and health, housing, and civil rights.  Most of our clients speak Spanish or one of the indigenous languages native to Mexico and Central America, such as Mixteco, Triqui, Zapoteco, Mam, and Akateco.  They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, inadequate housing, unsafe work conditions including excessive heat, hazardous chemicals, violence, and sexual harassment. The most common form of discrimination they face is retaliation for asserting their legal protections.

Responsibilities:  The staff attorney will handle all phases of litigation in state and federal courts including intake, investigation, filing complaints, engaging in discovery, making, and defending dispositive motions, alternative dispute resolution, and trial.  There will be a significant emphasis on impact work that affects large numbers of farmworkers, such as class actions. The staff attorney will meet, investigate, and interview farmworkers on assigned cases, sometimes outside of normal business hours, as well as engage in intensive community outreach and education together with OLC’s community educators involving educational presentations to farmworkers and community-based groups.  Attorneys in the Farmworker Program work some irregular hours, with some travel during the daytime and occasionally overnight, and some outreach to clients in the evenings.  

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.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish
  • Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  •  Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a litigation caseload.
  • Commitment to developing litigation and other advocacy skills.
  • 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
  • Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.
  • 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).

Preferences:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar, or reciprocal eligibility for admission.
  •   Experience representing low-income clients, especially farmworkers.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.

Salary/Benefits:  The salary scale ranges from $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 Julie Samples, Managing Attorney, Gresham Farmworker Office, jsamples@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, LGBTQIA+ 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 and some colleagues may 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.

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 May 31, 2022. 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 a full-time bilingual staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. The position is based in Salem and primarily serves clients in Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties. Salem, Oregon’s historic state capital, is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, 40 miles from Portland and 60 miles from the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains.

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 operates eleven offices around the state. It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.

OLC’s Salem Regional Office comprises two attorneys and a paralegal and works in partnership with OLC’s Portland Regional Office. We set priorities according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, administrative, health, education, consumer, tax, and civil rights. We seek to make a real difference in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape poverty.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney will handle impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts. The attorney will conduct community education and outreach to clients and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel and occasional overnight travel. There are also opportunities to promote the interests of low-income individuals in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that directly affect our clients.

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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to independently manage a caseload.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, flexible and curious attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Adobe, Zoom, and cloud-based phone services.


PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar.
  • Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.
  • Between two and ten years of legal experience.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS: The salary scale ranges from $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.

HOW TO APPLY: Position open until filled. To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Marisa Samuelson, Managing Attorney, Portland and Salem Regional Offices, msamuelson@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 and some colleagues 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.

POSITION: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time Paralegal to support the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients. The position does not require formal paralegal certification or training. 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 comprised of two attorneys and one paralegal. 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: 

  • 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
  • Provide general information and referrals
  • Help with other office projects as needed
  • Occasional travel throughout Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties

 

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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, flexible and curious attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Adobe, Zoom, and cloud-based phone services.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS: The salary scale ranges from $40,000 to $64,000 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. 

HOW TO APPLY: Position open until filled. To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Bill Niese, Managing Attorney, 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 and some colleagues 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. 

POSITION:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients.  The position is based in Salem and primarily serves clients in Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties.  Salem, Oregon’s historic state capital, is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, 40 miles from Portland and 60 miles from the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains.

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 operates eleven offices around the state.  It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.

OLC’s Salem Regional Office comprises two attorneys and a paralegal and works in partnership with OLC’s Portland Regional Office.  We set priorities according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, administrative, health, education, consumer, tax, and civil rights.  We seek to make a real difference in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape poverty.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The staff attorney will handle impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts.  The attorney will conduct community education and outreach to clients and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel and occasional overnight travel.  There are also opportunities to promote the interests of low-income individuals in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that directly affect our clients.

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. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to independently manage a caseload.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, flexible and curious attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Adobe, Zoom, and cloud-based phone services.

 

PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar.
  • Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.
  • Between two and ten years of legal experience.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The salary scale ranges from $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.

HOW TO APPLY:  Position open until filled.  To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Marisa Samuelson, Managing Attorney, Portland and Salem Regional Offices, msamuelson@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 and some colleagues 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.

Position:  The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time 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.

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.
  • 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:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar, or reciprocal eligibility for admission.
  •   Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.

 

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: 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:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time Supervising Attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense via our newly established Eviction Defense Project.  The Supervising Attorney will supervise attorneys within the Project on eviction defense cases in the City of Portland.  This grant-funded position is limited-duration through June 2023.  The position will work partially remotely and partially in our Portland office.

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 and will supervise and mentor assigned Eviction Defense Project Staff Attorneys.  In addition to casework, responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education and other resources for tenants.  

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.

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.
  • Interest in and aptitude for supervising casework of legal aid staff.
  • 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 $70,500 to $107,250 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 will be considered on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2021. Position open until filled.  To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Managing Attorney, Eviction Defense Project, 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.

Position:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks multiple staff attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense via our newly established Eviction Defense Project.  We are hiring in office locations around the state and are flexible on remote work and office placement. All positions are limited-duration of either one-year or two-years, depending on the placement, with possibility for renewal. Each attorney will maintain an active housing caseload and regularly appear in eviction court.  Court appearances are expected to be remote, to the extent that the local court maintains remote appearances as an option. 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 beginning August 6, 2021, until all positions are filled. 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 if you have preference as to geographic placement and whether you wish to be considered for placement outside of your preference area.

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.

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