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Employment Opportunities

Attorneys and Support Personnel:

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

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

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Positions  Available

Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney – Lane County
Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Ontario, OR
Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Salem, OR

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Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney – Lane County

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 Eugene and serves clients throughout Lane County with some responsibility for statewide leadership.

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

The Lane County Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center office consists of nine attorneys (including the advertised position), four legal assistants, one grant writer, and one administrator.  We set priorities according to client need; current priorities are housing law, domestic violence, senior law, immigration law, public benefits, and individual rights.  We seek to make real improvements in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty.

Responsibilities:
This position will focus on the affordable housing crisis. The attorney will engage in local legislative, administrative, and other advocacy related to funding for affordable housing, long-term use restrictions, tenant protections, zoning, land use, manufactured home parks, and homelessness.  The attorney will also provide leadership statewide. The attorney will also have a case load of individual clients related to affordable housing issues.

Requirements:

Admission to Oregon Bar or sitting for the next exam.
Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities.
A high degree of initiative and ability to manage work independently.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Ability to think creatively when addressing our clients’ issues.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
Ability to manage an active caseload of individual clients.

Preferences:

Fluency in Spanish.
Zero to five years of experience.
Experience with complex advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and groups.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

How To Apply:

Send resume and letter of application (including three references) to ehente@oregonlawcenter.org

Job open until filled.

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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Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Ontario, OR

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

Background:
OLC is an effective legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven offices around the state. It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system. The Ontario office provides legal services to four counties in rural Eastern Oregon. The office service area includes a high poverty rate and a high percentage of people who speak Spanish and other languages. The office has a history of being an integral part of the community and effectively using advocacy skills to improve conditions for clients through complex litigation and policy advocacy. Office priorities are set according to client need. Ontario is a rural community, located on the Snake River in the Treasure Valley at the border with Idaho. It is approximately one hour west of Boise and an easy drive to beautiful deserts, mountains, and rivers.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Oregon Law Center Managing Attorney – Salem, OR

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

Background:
OLC is an effective legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven offices around the state. It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system. The Salem office provides legal services to Marion, Polk, Linn, and Benton counties. This office has a focus on class action litigation, legislative and administrative lobbying, and representation of LSC-ineligible populations. Office priorities are set according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, and civil rights issues. The Salem office is located in Oregon’s charming state capital, nestled in a picturesque part of the Willamette Valley that is still relatively affordable, 40 miles from Portland and 60 miles from both the Pacific coast and the Cascades.

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

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

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

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

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