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Staff Attorney or Paralegal to Serve Domestic Violence Survivors – Portland Regional Office

The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking full-time paralegal or attorney to handle high volume consultation and legal advice for domestic violence survivors. While the person in this position will generally work from the Portland Office and the Gateway Domestic Violence Center, the work will be done remotely when there are office closures related to COVID-19. 

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 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.

Responsibilities
The duties of the paralegal or attorney include: conducting trauma-informed intake interviews with survivors of domestic, sexual and stalking violence and providing legal advice related to related civil legal rights including: protection orders, custody and divorce matters, housing, consumer and other civil legal needs. This person will provide litigation support to staff attorney working on family law cases, including client communication, gathering or reviewing discovery documents, legal research, and preparation of pleadings. An attorney hired in this position would primarily support the work of staff attorneys, but would also be expected to maintain a caseload consisting of contested restraining orders, and on rare occasions, divorce or custody.

This paralegal or 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 survivors, occasionally conduct trainings and participate in community outreach events.

Qualifications
Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income Oregonians, specifically DV/SA survivors. This person should have experience and training providing trauma-informed services to survivors. 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 frequently spoken by the communities we help.

Salary/Benefits
Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week. Placement on the salary scale is based on relevant experience. Salary range for attorneys begins at $61K and extends to $100K. Salary range for paralegals begins at $41,000 and extends to $65,000. Additional annual compensation of $3600 for bilingual ability. Generous benefits package including health insurance, 401(k), and substantial paid family leave and vacation time.

Closing Date
Review of resumes to begin on April 26, 2021. 

Applications
Send resume and letter of interest to:
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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