State Support Unit
The state support unit consists of five experienced attorneys who work closely with attorneys in the regional legal services offices across Oregon. They co-counsel on major cases, answer questions for staff attorneys, set up moot courts and otherwise promote high quality legal services. They provide the core training curriculum for legal services lawyers in Oregon: new lawyer training, trial practice training, motion practice training and discovery training as well as coordinating statewide task forces to share information in specialized areas of poverty law. As part of their jobs, they monitor case management and priority setting systems in local offices to assure compliance with statewide standards set by the board. Since some of the legal aid offices in more rural communities have just two attorneys working in the office, the state support unit can increase the quantity and quality of services offered to clients through those offices by increasing the total staffing available and the types of expertise available to serve clients. The local office might have attorneys experienced in handling housing and family law issues; access to a state support unit attorney who is familiar with Social Security law permits the office to provide high quality service to more local clients.