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Staff Attorney – Portland Regional Office
The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking a full-time attorney to represent immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Clackamas County. This is a three-year grant funded position through the Office of Violence Against Women. The project aims to increase legal access for low-income Latine/x and immigrant survivors in Clackamas County. This attorney will be stationed at the LASO office at A Safe Place Family Justice Center in Oregon City, OR, at least two days a week. The position is 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 provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. 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.
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.
This attorney will provide trauma-informed representation to immigrant survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a wide range of civil matters to increase survivor safety, including protection order hearings, child custody cases, housing, immigration relief and employment matters. In addition to representing clients, this person will collaborate with grant partners to develop referral systems and trainings to community partners. This attorney is also expected to work closely with on-site community-based organizations at A Safe Place and collaborate to provide outreach to culturally specific organizations to reach marginalized communities. The attorney will specifically work with the Latina Services Program of Clackamas Women Services A Safe Place to support Latine/x survivors and identify areas for impact litigation and community education.
Competitive candidates will be bilingual in English and Spanish; a demonstrated interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income Oregonians, specifically DV/SA survivors; 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. There will be a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and are members of the Oregon State Bar.
Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week. Salary range for an attorney is $61K - $100K annually 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.
Review of resumes to begin on October 31,2022
Please provide a written response to the following question and submit as part of your application materials. Limit response to 500 words.
LASO is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our mission that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace environment in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences in your response.
Send resume and letter of interest to:
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
520 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 700
Portland, OR 97204
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.