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Bilingual Staff Attorney

Description: 

Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney (in English/Spanish) to provide civil legal services to low-income clients.  The position is based in Portland and primarily serves clients in Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes, Jefferson, Sherman, and Crook counties. 

 

ABOUT US:  OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services.  OLC operates eleven offices around the state.  It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.

 

OLC’s Portland Regional Office comprises four attorneys and two paralegals and shares office space with statewide staff, including the State Support Unit and Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

The office also works in partnership with OLC’s Salem Regional Office. We set priorities according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, administrative, health, education, consumer, tax, and civil rights.  We seek to make a real difference in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape poverty.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The staff attorney will handle impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts.  The attorney will conduct community education and outreach to clients and community-based groups, which includes irregular hours, frequent daytime travel and occasional overnight travel.  There are also opportunities to promote the interests of low-income individuals in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that directly affect our clients.

 

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive organization and a healthy work environment for all staff.  We strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply for a job with us.  Many of our employees come from backgrounds that have not always been represented in the legal field or have not been socially or economically privileged.  This helps them be more effective advocates for our clients and contributes to our strength as an organization.  Even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described, we hope you will consider applying, and we welcome your application.

 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  The salary scale ranges from $65,500 to $102,500, and placement on the scale is determined by years of relevant experience as an attorney.  Additional compensation for bilingual ability.  Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, paid moving expenses and bar study leave, among others.

 

Requirements: 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to independently manage a caseload.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, flexible and curious attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), Adobe, Zoom, and cloud-based phone services.

 

PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar, reciprocal eligibility for admission, or availability to sit for next exam
  • Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.
  • Between two and ten years of legal experience.

 

To Apply: 

Apply by February 16, 2024.  To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, a description of your Spanish proficiency, and list of three references to Marisa Samuelson, Managing Attorney, Portland and Salem Regional Offices, msamuelson@oregonlawcenter.org

 

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

OLC 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 work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace 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 and some colleagues 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, as you respond to this question.

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
February 16, 2024
Organization Information: 
Oregon Law Center
522 SW Fifth, Suite 812
Portland , OR 97204
United States