Supervising Attorney Eviction Defense Project
Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time Supervising Attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, specifically residential eviction defense via our newly established Eviction Defense Project. The Supervising Attorney will supervise and co-counsel with attorneys within the Project on eviction defense cases. We are flexible on remote work and office placement within OLC’s statewide program. This position is limited-duration of two years.
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 does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.
Responsibilities: This staff attorney position will handle a housing caseload of clients with active eviction cases and will co-counsel with and mentor assigned Eviction Defense Project Staff Attorneys. Responsibilities include regular review of eviction docket filings, outreach to and collaboration with community-based partners for tenant education and other resources for tenants. As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.
- Current Oregon State Bar membership.
- Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
- A high degree of initiative and ability to manage a caseload.
- Desire and ability to work successfully as part of a team.
- Interest in and aptitude for managing legal aid staff.
- Demonstrated ability to take direction and guidance from low-income clients and their self-identified priorities and work for solutions within the legal process.
- Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
- Willingness to work irregular hours to meet the needs of clients.
- Experience representing tenants in eviction court in Oregon.
- Experience representing low-income clients.
- Spanish language skills are a plus.
Open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Becky Straus, Supervising Attorney, Oregon Law Center, email@example.com. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have preference as to geographic placement and whether you wish to be considered for placement outside of your preference area.
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 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.