The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO-PRO) is seeking a full-time staff attorney. This position will focus primarily on housing work.Background: 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. Responsibilities: The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a housing-focused caseload but will also handle a range of poverty law cases such as employment discrimination, consumer rights, health and public benefits and occasional family law. This attorney is also expected to work closely with community-based organizations that serve communities of color and immigrant communities to identify legal issues important to clients, provide advice via community-based legal clinics, and conduct housing law trainings for clients, members and staff of community-based organizations. In addition to serving individual clients, attorneys are expected to spend substantial time working on cases or projects designed to achieve broad impact on significant problems in the client community, including multi-plaintiff litigation and policy advocacy. Legal Aid Services of Oregon Is an Equal Opportunity Employer: LASO 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/ Benefits: Salary depends on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan. Closing Date: Open until filled. Review of resumes to begin on March 30, 2020.
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. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Housing experience is a plus. LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language and are members of the Oregon State Bar.