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Staff Attorney, Housing, Family Law and General Civil Litigator – Portland Regional Office
The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking full-time staff attorney for a two-year contract position. The position is a generalist civil litigator with an emphasis on housing legal issues important to low-income Oregonians including affirmative housing litigation on behalf of clients who have experienced discrimination and habitability issues. The position will focus half-time on housing work but will also include additional areas including, but not limited to family law and employment discrimination. This position will be eligible for a partial remote work option.
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 staff attorney will be responsible for conducting initial client meetings (intake) and maintaining a housing-focused caseload, including affirmative cases related to the enforcement of Fair Housing laws, attainment of safe and habitable housing, and protections from retaliation, as well as defensive representation of tenants in eviction proceedings. The staff attorney will also handle a range of poverty law cases such as family law, employment discrimination, consumer rights, health and public benefits. 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 those communities, conduct trainings and participate in community outreach events. This attorney will also assist others in the office in advancing cases and projects designed to achieve broad impact.
Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable 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 housing 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. 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.
Review of resumes to begin on August 13, 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.