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Staff Attorney, Eviction Defense – Central OR Regional Office (Bend)

The Central Oregon Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) located in Bend is a seeking full-time attorney for the limited duration of one year. The attorney will provide residential eviction defense services to low-income tenants including tenant rights advice, negotiation with adverse parties, and representation in F.E.D. trials in circuit court.  

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.

Responsibilities
The attorney will handle a housing caseload of clients who have been served residential termination notices or who have active eviction cases filed in circuit court. The attorney will regularly appear in eviction court. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education, and creation of tenant-facing resources. The position will provide representation in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. Applicants who wish to work remotely will be considered but not preferred; preference will be given to candidates local to Central Oregon or willing to relocate.

Qualifications
Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income Oregonians. Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism. LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language frequently spoken by the communities we serve, and are members of the Oregon State Bar.

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. 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 August 2, 2021. 

Applications
Send resume and letter of interest to:
bendjobs@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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