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Staff Attorney, Senior Law – Portland Regional Office

The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking full-time staff attorney. This position will focus primarily on legal issues important to low-income seniors. 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.

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 focused on services to farmworkers and on issues impacting Native Americans. 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 Regional Office of LASO serves a poverty population of more than 220,000. The 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.

The senior law staff attorney is responsible for maintaining a senior focused caseload that includes a range of legal issues including elder abuse, financial exploitation, consumer, health access and public benefits issues with a focus on access to health care coverage and services. This attorney is also expected to work closely with community-based organizations that serve Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and immigrant communities to identify legal issues important to seniors, conduct trainings and participate in community outreach events. In addition to serving individual clients, this attorney is expected to spend substantial time identifying and advancing cases and projects designed to achieve broad impact on significant problems in the client community. The senior law staff attorney position is responsible for some grant reporting and management. Finally, this position supports the Volunteer Lawyer’s Senior Law Project (SLP) which includes providing mentorship to pro bono attorneys through this program.

Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable senior populations. 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. Experience handling senior law cases is a plus. LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language and are members of the Oregon State Bar.

Compensation is based on a 35 hour work week. Placement on the salary scale is based on relevant experience. Salary range begins at $61K and extends to $100K. Additional compensation of $3600 for bilingual ability. Generous benefits package including health insurance, 401(k), and substantial paid family leave and vacation time.

Closing Date
Open until filled. Review of resumes to begin April 9, 2021.

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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.