Staff Attorneys (Eviction Defense)
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking three full-time attorneys to work under a two-year grant intended to address housing instability and reduce illegal evictions. The attorneys will provide residential eviction defense services to low-income tenants. Responsibilities include tenant rights advice, negotiation with adverse parties, and representation in F.E.D. trials in justice and circuit courts. Each attorney will be assigned to work with a LASO office located in either Roseburg, Newport, Pendleton or Klamath Falls. Applicants who wish to work remotely will be considered but preference will be given to candidates local to the assigned office or willing to relocate or commute.
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs focus on services to farmworkers and on 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 problems faced by our client community.
Each attorney will handle a caseload of housing clients who have active eviction cases filed in circuit or justice court or have been served residential termination notices. Each attorney will work with clients using trauma informed principles to address the various needs of clients regarding the pending or potential eviction. The attorney will regularly appear in eviction court. Responsibilities also include outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education.
Compensation is based on a 35 hour work week. Placement on the salary scale is based on relevant experience. Salary range for attorneys begins at $61K and extends to $100K. Additional annual compensation of $3600 for bilingual ability. Generous benefits package including health insurance, 401(k), and substantial paid family leave and vacation time.
Review of resumes to begin on September 22, 2021.
Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income people. Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, communication skills, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism. LASO has a hiring preference for candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or another language frequently spoken by the communities we serve. Oregon State Bar membership required.
Send resume and letter of interest to: FEDjobs@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.