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Summer Clerkship - Farmworker Program

The Farmworker Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks clerks and/or externs for Summer 2022.
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 in civil cases. In addition, a statewide project addresses tax issues and two specialized programs focus on services to farmworkers and on issues that impact 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.  

Positions
LASO is seeking law clerks for summer 2022. Farmworker Program clerkships are available in Woodburn and Hillsboro. LASO also offers additional clerkship opportunities. General clerkship positions are available in our regional offices of Albany, Portland, and Roseburg. Statewide Tax Clinic clerkships are available in Portland.
LASO employees are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Optional in person opportunities may become available. 

Type of Legal Work 
LASO’s Farmworker Program represents agricultural workers in cases that involve employment, housing, unemployment, and tax issues. Law clerks will work on many aspects of client services including outreach to labor camps and community organizations, legal research and writing, conducting client interviews, and drafting administrative complaints and pleadings.

Qualifications
Class standing of 1L or 2L at time of application. Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other marginalized 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. LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language.  For Farmworker Program positions, Spanish language proficiency highly preferred.

Funding
A limited number of paid positions are available; pay is $600/week.  LASO will also coordinate with fellowship programs.

Closing Date
Positions open until filled.  Review of resumes to begin on January 20, 2022. 

To Apply
Please be sure to include which position(s) and office(s) you are applying for (General (Albany, Portland, or Roseburg), Farmworker (Woodburn and Hillsboro), or Statewide Tax Clinic (Portland) clerkships). Applicants are encouraged to apply through the Northwest Public Service Career: https://law.lclark.edu/nwconsortium/nw-public-service-career-fair/. Materials are due there by January 19, 2022 at noon. LASO will be conducting virtual interviews at the Seattle Fair on February 4, 2022 and at the Portland Fair on February 5, 2022.
Alternatively, please send resume and letter of interest to: Laurie Hoefer, Farmworker Program Director, at farmworkerjobs@lasoregon.org

 

We celebrate diversity
LASO is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve and is diverse in race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities, work background, experience and education. We believe that the outcome of such diversity is our greatest strength and a matter of basic human fairness. It is to this end that we strongly encourage applications from people of color and people from any other underrepresented and historically marginalized group to apply for this position.

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