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Supervising Attorney – Portland Regional Office

The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking a supervising attorney. The person in this position supervises staff attorneys and paralegals and assists the Regional Director in directing the legal advocacy of the office. 

Background

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. The Portland office of LASO office serves Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties, a diverse service area requiring the ability to work effectively with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. The Portland Office has adopted a race equity agenda to guide its work with clients as well as its internal operations. The office has a strong commitment to building an inclusive, diverse workplace.

Responsibilities

This position assists the Regional Director in managing the legal advocacy in the office, supervises staff attorneys and paralegals, and handles his or her own caseload. The supervising attorney is expected to have experience solving client problems through strategic litigation and advocacy aimed at bringing justice to low income people in Oregon. This individual will manage complex intake systems directed at assisting clients in accessing program services, maintain relationships with community partners and help lead outreach efforts to marginalized populations. This job also requires effective management of several grants. While the person in this position will generally work from the Portland Office, the work will be done remotely when there are office closures related to COVID-19.

A significant part of this position is to bring enthusiasm and excitement to the work of the office and provide positive support and mentoring to new lawyers. This person is also expected to demonstrate an understanding of anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression and help lead the office in its effort to implement a race equity framework. 

Qualifications

Five years of legal experience required. Current Oregon State Bar membership preferred. Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable clients. The ideal candidate will have a broad range of poverty law experience and experience bringing impact litigation and advocacy to address systemic issues affecting our clients. This person should have experience and aptitude for supervising others. Housing law experience a plus.  Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression.  

LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language and are members of the Oregon State Bar.

Salary/Benefits

Salary based on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.

Closing Date

October 7, 2020

Applications

Send resume and letter of interest to:

Legal Aid Services of Oregon
520 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 700
Portland, OR  97204

projobs@lasoregon.org

LASO is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. 

We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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