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Bilingual Staff Attorney – Farmworker Program
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) full-time staff attorney for the Pendleton/Eastern Oregon office of its Farmworker Program.
LASO is a non-profit organization that gives free legal assistance to low-income clients in civil (non-criminal) 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.
The Farmworker Program consists of a director, four attorneys (including a supervising attorney), two paralegals and an office manager located in three different offices. The majority of our clients speak Spanish or one of the indigenous languages native to the southern states of Mexico, such as Mixteco, Triqui or Zapoteco. They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, poor working conditions, unsafe housing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of their legal rights.
Pendleton is situated near national forests, natural wilderness areas and scenic waterways that offer many opportunities for outside recreational activities, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. An historic city that still retains echoes of the old west, Pendleton is located in sunny northeastern Oregon, approximately 3 hours’ drive from Portland and Boise, 250 miles from Seattle and 45 miles from a college town, Walla Walla, Washington.
The staff attorney will represent agricultural workers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. The caseload, involving a combination of impact litigation and service cases, consists primarily of employment, housing, health and safety, civil rights, unemployment and tax cases. The staff attorney will also be involved in community education and outreach to migrant labor camps and community-based groups, which may include flexible and irregular hours and occasional overnight travel.
We seek applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities; excellent legal and interpersonal communication skills; a high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively; ability to speak, read and write Spanish; and membership in the Oregon bar, eligibility for reciprocity or a willingness to take the next bar exam.
Salary based on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.
June 25, 2019
Send resume and cover letter to:
Laurie Hoefer, Program Director
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
397 N. First St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
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.