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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.

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State Legislative and Policy Advocate

Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time state legislative and policy advocate.  This position provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced advocate to work as part of a team dedicated to improving the lives of low-income Oregonians. Legislative and administrative advocacy at OLC focuses on issues related to poverty, including family law, employment, farmworker justice, civil rights, human services and public benefits, consumer law, landlord-tenant and affordable housing, healthcare, and domestic and sexual violence survivor advocacy.

About the Oregon Law Center

OLC is a statewide non-profit 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 client service offices, 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.

About this Position

The position is a full-time, exempt position based in Portland that reports to and is supervised by the director of public affairs and legislative advocacy.  The position will join the director and two legislative advocates, to make a team of four.  The position requires working in Salem on a daily basis during legislative sessions and at other times as necessary.  As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating partially remotely, and will adapt to circumstances as they develop.

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.

Responsibilities 

  • Provide high quality legislative and administrative advocacy for OLC’s client communities.
  • Help policy makers understand the needs of low-income people in Oregon and the impact various proposals could have on low-income people.
  • Craft strategic legislative, administrative, and budget priorities designed to be effective in both the short and long term.
  • Conduct policy research to assist with the development of policy priorities.
  • Work effectively with legislative counsel, OLC lawyers, community partners and other stakeholders to draft priority legislation and amendments.
  • Develop and maintain trusted relationships with the Governor’s office, legislators, legislative staff, and interim committees as well as community partners, agencies, coalitions, and the civil legal community.
  • Prepare high-quality expert testimony and information for legislative committees and staff, analyze measures, negotiate solutions, and track priority bills.
  • Help legal services advocates and community partners understand the legislative process, and legislative changes that impact client communities.


Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to OLC’s mission: justice for low-income communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracism and racial justice.
  • Exceptional prior relevant work experience.
  • A high degree of initiative and demonstrated ability to work in coalition.
  • Good judgment and ability to think strategically re: short-term and long-term policy agendas.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver.
  • Ability to work longer hours during the legislative session.


Preferences

  • Oregon-based legislative advocacy experience or legal services experience.
  • Experience with legislative, rulemaking, and agency budget negotiations.
  • Background in health care, public benefits, civil rights, justice reform or other poverty issues.
  • Legal training and OSB membership, or demonstrated ability to manage relationships with and technical input from lawyers and other stakeholders.
  • Two to ten years of experience.
  • Additional language skills are a plus.


Salary/Benefits: Salary/Benefits: 
The salary is determined via an established scale,

and placement on the scale is determined by years of relevant experience. The salary scale for this position ranges from $70,500 to $107,250 for zero to thirty years of 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 reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 29th, with first round of interviews to be scheduled in early September.  The position will remain open until filled. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Sybil Hebb at shebb@oregonlawcenter.org.  In order to ensure a confirmation of receipt of application, please include “Legislative Advocate Position” in the subject line.

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 to apply aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

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 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:  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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