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Staff Attorney – Albany Regional Office

The Albany Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking a full-time attorney for the limited duration of 18 months. The attorney will provide residential eviction defense services to low-income tenants. Responsibilities include tenant rights advice, negotiation with adverse parties, and representation in eviction trials in justice and circuit courts. Attorneys may work remotely a majority of the time.
Background
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve low-income individuals throughout the state and two specialized programs focus on services to farmworkers and 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. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients.

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 justice or circuit court. The attorney will regularly appear in eviction court. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings and outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education. The position will provide representation in Linn and Benton counties.

Qualifications
Current Oregon State Bar membership required. Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Demonstrated enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work as a team. Understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required.

Salary/Benefits
Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week. Salary range for attorneys begins at $61K and extends to $100K depending on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage; 6% employer retirement contribution; generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; and paid moving expenses.

Closing Date
Open until filled. Reviews of resumes to begin June 24, 2022.

Applications
Send resume and letter of interest to:

Tomas Hernandez
albanyjobs@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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