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. 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.  Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Thank you for your interest.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Positions  Available

OLC Staff Attorney (3 Positions) — Hillsboro, Oregon
Oregon Law Center Supervising Attorney—Lane County Regional Office
State Support Attorney – Housing Law — Portland
Statewide Litigation Paralegal
Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney – Woodburn Farmworker Office

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OLC Staff Attorney (3 Positions) — Hillsboro, Oregon

POSITION:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks three full-time staff attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients.  The positions are based in Hillsboro, a city of 106,000 located about 45 minutes west of Portland, and serve clients throughout the northwest region of Oregon, including coastal, urban, and agricultural communities.

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 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.

OLC’s Hillsboro Regional Office comprises seven staff attorneys, two paralegals, five legal assistants, one supervising attorney, and the managing attorney.  Office priorities are set according to a community-based client needs assessment; current priorities are housing, family, public benefits, employment, seniors, and immigrant rights.  The office has two satellite locations in St. Helens and McMinnville.  The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The staff attorneys will handle an independent caseload of impact litigation, individual cases, and policy work focusing on the priorities listed above.  The staff attorneys will also conduct community education and outreach to clients, community-based groups, and partner organizations.  One position will be based two days per week in OLC’s St. Helens office.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 0-5 years of legal experience.
  • 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, and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
  • Admission to Oregon Bar or available to sit for next exam.

PREFERENCES:

  • Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Life experience with poverty, disability or other minority affiliation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary depends on experience.  Good benefits package offered.

HOW TO APPLY:  To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Heather Kemper, Managing Attorney, Hillsboro Regional Office, at hekemper@oregonlawcenter.org.  Open until December 27, 2019.

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

Oregon Law Center Supervising Attorney—Lane County Regional Office

POSITION: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time supervising attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients as well as to assist the managing attorney in providing leadership for the Lane County Regional Office. The position is based in Eugene, serving clients in Lane 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 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.

OLC’s Lane County Regional Office has a managing attorney, eight staff attorneys, four legal assistants, a grants and reports specialist, and a Senior Law Service director. The office is located in Eugene, and provides outreach to six rural communities. Priorities are set according to client need. Current priorities include family law, focused on domestic violence and sexual assault; immigration for victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; housing, focused on fair housing and subsidized housing; administrative law; employment law; consumer law; elder law; and in-home care hours for seniors and people with disabilities. We seek to make a difference in clients’ lives, and to help eliminate the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape from poverty.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The supervising attorney will be responsible for supervising and mentoring assigned staff; managing sites and projects; working with the Managing Attorney to create and maintain high-quality services with impact focus; maintaining a varied caseload initially focusing on family law and immigration, 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.

REQUIREMENTS:
Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take the next bar exam.
Strong litigation skills.
Strong orientation to systemic impact work.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, and positive attitude.
Attention to detail.
Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
Interest in and aptitude for managing legal aid staff.

PREFERENCES:
Fluency in spoken and written Spanish or another language spoken in the client community.
Experience serving urban and rural areas and non-English-speaking communities.
Training or experience in the dynamics of domestic violence and providing trauma-informed services. 4 or more years of legal aid experience.
Management experience.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary depends on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Good benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply by December 27, 2019. To apply, submit your resume and letter of interest to Erika Hente, Managing Attorney, Lane County Regional Office, ehente@oregonlawcenter.org.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

State Support Attorney – Housing Law — Portland

Description of Position: This unique statewide housing litigation position is responsible for the quality and quantity of housing litigation in Oregon’s legal aid programs. The person in this statewide position generates enthusiasm and excitement for the programs’ advocacy, helping attorneys see themselves as leaders, and helping people gain confidence, focus on systemic advocacy and excel in their work. This attorney will work to improve the programs’ capacity to provide high quality representation in more difficult and complicated high-priority cases when they arise. A significant part of the assignment is to ensure that all legal services attorneys in Oregon have the necessary support, mentoring and capacity to fully develop their litigation and other advocacy skills. This statewide housing attorney will serve as advisor or co-counsel in significant litigation and will coordinate housing law advocacy around the state, including facilitating the quarterly Housing Law Task Force.

The statewide housing attorney will be a member of an eight person team — the State Support Unit (SSU) — that coordinates statewide advocacy by subject matter specialization. The Director of Litigation supervises the team. The other members of the team provide leadership on complex litigation, public benefits and health law, employment law, family law, domestic violence, litigation and technology, immigration-related litigation, ethics and general litigation support. The person in this position will participate in statewide attorney training events. The SSU provides services to a statewide farmworker unit and legal aid offices located in seventeen communities across Oregon. The legal aid offices have a strong focus on systemic advocacy and serve diverse low-income communities with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking clients.

This position provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced litigator who wants to use teaching and leadership skills to increase the quality and quantity of litigation in legal services throughout Oregon. This position offers the opportunity to work creatively and strategically to improve the lives of low-income Oregonians on issues identified by client communities.

Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities. A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively. Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive, energizing personality. Significant litigation (including complex, systemic litigation) experience in the area of housing law.

Preferences: Experience mentoring other attorneys and advocates. At least eight years of relevant litigation experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer: OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities and people from other traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of application to ejohnson@oregonlawcenter.org or Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, 522 SW 5th Ave. #812, Portland, OR 97204

Apply by February 21, 2020. Job open until filled.

Statewide Litigation Paralegal

Description of Position: OLC seeks an efficient and effective Litigation Paralegal who wants to work on high impact litigation to improve the lives of low-income Oregonians. This unique statewide litigation paralegal position is based in downtown Portland but will work on important cases throughout Oregon.

The statewide litigation paralegal will be a member of an eight person team — the State Support Unit (SSU) — that coordinates statewide advocacy by subject matter specialization. The Director of Litigation supervises the team. The other members of the team provide leadership on housing, homeless rights, complex litigation, public benefits, health law, employment law, family law, domestic violence, litigation and technology, immigration-related litigation, ethics and general litigation support.

This position will have two important and exciting roles. First, the person in this position will provide litigation support – investigative assistance, document management, pleading preparation – on a number of high impact cases from around the state. Second, the person in this position will provide training and technical support to non-attorney staff working at legal aid offices throughout Oregon. This position offers an exciting opportunity to add efficiency and capacity to high impact litigation aimed to achieve justice for low-income communities in Oregon.

Requirements: A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively. Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive, energizing personality. Significant experience in: preparation and filing of legal pleadings in both state and federal court, document management, conducting case-related investigative research and use of case management software.

Preferences: Spanish fluency, experience in working with low-income communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer: OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities and people from other traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of application to ejohnson@oregonlawcenter.org or Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, 522 SW 5th Ave. #812, Portland, OR 97204

Apply by February 21, 2020. Job open until filled.

Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney – Woodburn Farmworker Office

POSITION: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income farmworker clients on matters related to their status as farmworkers. The position is based in Woodburn, Oregon and serves farmworkers state-wide.

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 Woodburn Farmworker office will comprise three attorneys (including one managing attorney), a paralegal and a community educator/outreach worker and is 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. The majority of our clients speak Spanish or one of the indigenous languages native to Mexico and Central America, such as Mixteco, Triqui, Zapoteco and Akateco.  They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, inadequate housing, exposure to pesticides, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, and retaliation for asserting their rights.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney will handle litigation with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts. An important component of this position is to engage in intensive community outreach and education together with community educators involving educational presentations to farmworkers and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel, home visits and other outreach with farmworkers in the evenings in various parts of the state, and occasional overnight travel.

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.
  • 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.
  • Zero to five years of experience.
  • Experience representing low-income clients, especially farmworkers.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

  • Salary depends on experience
  • Good benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: Job open until filled.  To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency and list of three references to Mark J. Wilk, Managing Attorney, Woodburn Farmworker Office, mwilk@oregonlawcenter.org or 230 W. Hayes St., Woodburn, Oregon 97071.

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.