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Pro Bono Coordinator/Staff Attorney - Portland, OR
The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO-PRO) is seeking a full-time staff attorney with a minimum of 2 years of experience. The attorney in this position teams up with another pro bono staff attorney to help manage the office’s seven pro bono projects and a listserv for direct referrals on issues critical to low-income communities.
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 maintain two specialized programs focused 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. The Portland Regional Office of LASO (LASO-PRO) 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. The Portland Office has adopted a race equity agenda to guide its work with clients as well as its internal operations. The office has a strong commitment to building an inclusive, diverse workplace.
The attorney in this position is responsible for creating and maintaining excellent relationships with the private bar and helping to operate the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The staff attorney/pro bono coordinator will be responsible for conducting client intake, recruiting and mentoring pro bono attorneys, coordinating the daily operation of the office’s pro bono projects and some contract management. The functions of this position will include advising clients on legal matters but will not generally include representing clients.
Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively.
Experience coordinating volunteers and knowledge of family law, domestic violence issues, elder law, consumer and bankruptcy law is preferred. The applicant must have strong legal advocacy, writing and communication skills. 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 and are members of the Oregon State Bar.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon Is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Portland Regional Office is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages persons of color, LGBTQI individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.
Salary depends on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.
Closing Date: February 24, 2020
Send resume and letter of interest to:
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
520 SW Sixth Avenue, Ste. 700
Portland, OR 97204