Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney—Hillsboro Regional Office

$61,500 - $98,250 yearly
  • Oregon Law Center
  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Oct 19, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a staff attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients. This position is based in Hillsboro, a city of 106,000 located about 45 minutes west of Portland, and serves clients throughout the northwest region of Oregon, including coastal, urban, and agricultural communities. From historic Astoria, Oregon’s “Hollywood North,” to the spectacular beaches of the north coast, wineries of the western Willamette Valley, international cuisine and minor-league baseball, this region of Oregon has a lot to offer.

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.

OLC’s Hillsboro Regional Office consists of twelve attorneys (including the advertised position), 6 paralegals and 1 office manager.  Office priorities are based on client need.  Current priorities include housing, family, public benefits, employment, seniors, and immigrant rights. We seek to make real improvements in clients’ lives and to help eliminate the underlying causes of poverty. The office has two satellite locations in St. Helens and McMinnville.  The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney will handle an independent caseload of impact litigation, individual cases, and policy work focusing on the priorities listed above.  The staff attorneys will also conduct community education and outreach to clients, community-based groups, and partner organizations.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • 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.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to manage work independently.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to think creatively when addressing our clients’ issues.\
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
  • Ability to manage an active caseload of individual clients.

PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Oregon Bar or sitting for the next exam.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
  • Zero to five years of experience.
  • Experience with complex advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and groups.
  • Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.
  • Significant IT skills with cloud-based phone services, Office Suite, and Adobe.

SALARY/BENEFITS: $61,500 to $98,250 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.

APPLICATION: Resumes will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2022. Position is open until filled. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Michael Pijanowski, Managing Attorney, OLC Hillsboro Regional Office, mpijanowski@oregonlawcenter.org or 230 NE Second, Suite F, Hillsboro, Oregon 97053.

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, and people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. We strive to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued because we believe such an environment is essential to our work serving clients. 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.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.