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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 its Farmworker Program. The position will provide services to Eastern Oregon but there is flexibility as to where the position will be based, including outside of Eastern Oregon.

Background
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.

Responsibilities
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.

Qualifications
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/Benefits
Salary based on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.

Closing Date
August 12, 2019

Applications
Send resume and cover letter to:
Laurie Hoefer, Program Director
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
397 N. First St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
farmworkerjobs@lasoregon.org

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.

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