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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

Cannabis Worker Resilience Partnership

The Cannabis Worker Resilience Partnership is a holistic, multi-agency collaboration to support workers in the illegal cannabis industry facing wage theft, labor trafficking, dangerous work conditions and retaliation. The Partnership includes community-based organizations providing humanitarian assistance, legal services programs engaging in outreach, community education and legal representation and mental health organizations providing support and referrals. The positions are funded through the end of 2025.

POSITION: The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a Community Outreach Worker (Educator) to support the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients as part of the grant-funded Cannabis Worker Resilience Partnership. This position is based either in Gresham or Woodburn, Oregon and serves clients throughout the state. The position is part of the Oregon Law Center’s Farmworker Program and is funded through the end of 2025.

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.

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 Community Outreach Worker’s duties will include interviewing clients; giving educational presentations to groups of agricultural workers in Spanish; building partnerships with other agencies and community organizations; developing and implementing outreach strategies including Spanish (and perhaps other) language media; producing informational flyers; visiting farmworkers at migrant labor camps and other community settings; supporting legal representation and advocacy work; and completing other support tasks as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Conversational English
  • 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.
  • a valid Oregon driver’s license and access to a vehicle to travel.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours on occasion to meet the needs of clients.

 

PREFERENCES:

  • Experience working with low-income communities.
  • Fluency in a Meso-American indigenous language (such as Mixteco, Mam, or Kanjobal).

 

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.

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; review of resumes to begin on September 15, 2022. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your language proficiency to Julie Samples, Managing Attorney, OLC Gresham Farmworker Office, jsamples@oregonlawcenter.org or 138 NE 3rd Street, Suite 203, Gresham, Oregon 97030.

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, 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.

LASO Farmworker Program, NWJP, and OLC Farmworker Program each seek an attorney (three total) for an innovative partnership to support cannabis industry workers in Oregon.

The Cannabis Worker Resilience Partnership is a holistic, multi-agency collaboration to support workers in the illegal cannabis industry facing wage theft, labor trafficking, dangerous work conditions and retaliation. The Partnership includes community-based organizations providing humanitarian assistance, legal services programs engaging in outreach, community education and legal representation and mental health organizations providing support and referrals. The positions are funded through the end of 2025.

Cannabis Worker Resilience Legal Partners

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO):
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients.

The Farmworker Program consists of eight staff, including attorneys and paralegal/outreach workers. The majority of our clients speak Spanish or one of the Mesoamerican indigenous languages such as Mixteco, Triqui or Zapoteco. We emphasize areas of the law that community members tell us are most important to them and where representation and advocacy can achieve long term change. We work together with our clients to overcome the challenges they face including systemic racism, unpaid wages, poor working conditions, unsafe housing, and other forms of discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of their legal rights. We use strategies including community education, legal representation, and systemic advocacy.

Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (NWJP):
NWJP protects workplace dignity by supporting the efforts of low-wage, immigrant and contingent workers to improve wages and working conditions and to eliminate imbalances in power that lead to inequity. NWJP works to bring the values of collaboration and shared leadership, courage and adaptation, empowerment, and respect of cultural differences to its workplace culture and all of its work in the community.

NWJP has seven attorneys and four paralegals/support staff that work collaboratively together and with our clients to build power as a way of dismantling structural racism and inequities. NWJP’s staff offers high-quality, direct legal assistance to workers and their organizations; supports organizing efforts; educates workers, their leaders and the public about workplace rights; advocate for better employment laws; and promotes greater access to low-cost employment legal assistance. NWJP serves workers all over Oregon and engages in litigation and policy advocacy regionally and nationally.

Oregon Law Center (OLC):
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 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. OLC is actively working to build an organizational culture that centers racial equity.

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.

Position Description: This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work with partners to provide innovative legal assistance to immigrant workers in the cannabis industry with one of Oregon’s three workers’ rights legal nonprofit organizations. Together with the low-wage, contingent and immigrant workers we represent, we will work to dismantle structural racism and inequities and help eradicate extremely exploitative working conditions. The central activities of the positions are client counseling and representation, outreach and education, support of worker-led advocacy, public education, and collaboration with legal and community partners. While primarily focused on workers’ rights law, the attorneys will support some workers with immigration legal needs, including screening for possible referrals and supporting them with affirmative- relief based on their employment cases. We are looking for attorneys committed to strategically using their legal training to create long-term change for working people.

The position requires the ability to work well with colleagues and a variety of external partners including unions, civil and immigrants’ rights organizations, law enforcement agencies and community and advocacy groups.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities;
  • Experience working with diverse communities and demonstrated cultural competence in addressing the legal needs of immigrant workers;
  • Commitment to developing litigation and other advocacy skills;
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a litigation caseload;
  • Excellent communication, writing, organizational and research skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player;
  • Ability to think creatively and a willingness to implement unconventional legal strategies to blaze new legal trails;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, as well as a desire to disrupt existing systems of oppression;
  • Willingness to work irregular hours on occasion to meet the needs of clients;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish; and
  • Oregon bar accreditation, or ability and willingness to obtain it as soon as possible.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated litigation skills.
  • Experience in employment law.
  • Demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights.

 

How to apply: Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. We would like the successful applicant to start no later than November 1, 2022, but preferably before. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

LASO, NWJP and OLC are collecting applications for all three open positions. First round interviews will be with representatives from all three organizations, while second round interviews (and job offers) will be extended by each organization individually.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three references to Julie Samples, Oregon Law Center at jsamples@oregonlawcenter.org. Please include the posting you are applying for in the subject line. You may indicate which organization you would like to work for, but all applicants will be considered by all organizations initially.

LASO, NWJP and OLC strive to be affirming, positive, diverse work environments and are equal opportunity employers. We strongly encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity and/or who come from our client communities to apply.

Salary: Salaries vary slightly between organizations, but are based on union-negotiated contracts and depend on experience. As an example, a successful candidate with 0-5 years of experience working full time would expect to make approximately $60,000 to $69,000 a year, but applicants with more experience are encouraged to apply. Placement on the union scale is determined by years of relevant attorney experience. Additional compensation for bilingual abilities.

All three organizations provide health care benefits, retirement benefits, and generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. More details about individual organizations’ benefits will be available through the application process.

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 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: 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.

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 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, Deputy Director, hekemper@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 full-time supervising attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients as well as to assist the managing attorney in providing leadership for the Hillsboro Regional Office, serving five counties in Oregon’s northwest coastal region. Hillsboro is 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.

Background: 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 Hillsboro Regional Office has locations in three communities (Hillsboro, McMinnville, and St. Helens). It comprises nine staff attorneys, seven paralegals, and two supervising attorneys, in addition to the managing attorney. Office priorities are set according to client need; current priorities are housing, family, public benefits, seniors, civil and immigrant rights. The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

Responsibilities: The supervising attorneys will be responsible for supervising and mentoring assigned staff; assisting in the management of sites and projects; working with the Managing Attorney to create and maintain high-quality services with impact focus; maintaining a varied caseload, including strategic impact litigation; promoting mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among a diverse staff, and challenging and inspiring others to achieve positive results and grow professionally.

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 Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, self-awareness, and sense of humor.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, and a high degree of initiative and resilience.
  • 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).
  • Member of Oregon State Bar or successful completion of the next exam.
  • Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities.
  • Leadership and supervision training and/or experience.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or another language spoken by our client communities is helpful

 

Salary/Benefits: The salary scale ranges from $70,500 to $107,250 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, and paid moving expenses, among others.

Application: Send resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Michael Pijanowski, Managing Attorney, mpijanowski@oregonlawcenter.org. Open until filled. Review of resumes to begin September 6, 2022.

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 three efficient and effective Paralegals/Intake Specialists to work on our residential eviction defense program for low-income clients.  Two of the positions are based in Portland, Oregon to serve clients in Portland and Multnomah County and one position is flexible on office placement and is intended to serve clients statewide. The positions are all grant-funded and limited-duration from one to two years.  They will focus primarily on intake and some paralegal duties, but formal paralegal training is not required.

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

Responsibilities:  The Paralegal/Intake Specialist will support a team of attorneys representing tenants facing eviction. The Paralegal/Intake Specialist will provide litigation support – primarily doing intakes, but also with some opportunity for investigative assistance, document management, for example – on a high volume of eviction defense cases. Responsibilities also include outreach to low-income tenants and communities, including building relationships with culturally-specific community-based organizations. The Paralegal/Intake Specialist will provide assistance to clients with their connections to non-legal resources such as rent assistance programs.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe.
  • Experience in: preparation and filing of legal pleadings, document management, conducting case-related investigative research and use of case management software.


Salary/Benefits:
 $40,000 to $64,000 depending on experience level.  The salary scale is fixed and placement on the salary scale correlates with 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 August 30, 2022, and positions open until filled.  To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Managing 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 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.

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