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16 Aug 2023

Full-Time Staff Attorney with Legal Aid in Portland, OR

Legal Aid Services of Oregon – Posted by Legal Aid Services of Oregon Portland, Oregon, United States

Job Description

The Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon is seeking an attorney to serve domestic and sexual violence survivors in Multnomah County. The position is a grant-funded position with the possibility of continued funding. Current funding will extend to December 2025. This will primarily be a family law caseload including representation of clients in restraining orders, divorce and custody matters with the opportunity to expand into other areas of civil litigation as it relates to crime victim rights. This position will be eligible for a partial remote work option.


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 focused 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 client community problems.

The Portland Regional Office of LASO 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.

The position is funded by Oregon’s State Justice Reinvestment Grant Program and services are restricted to survivors of crime with legal matters that arise in Multnomah County.


Responsibilities will include conducting weekly trauma-informed consultations and representing survivors of crime, including domestic and sexual violence and stalking and will be responsible for quarterly grant reporting alongside the Regional Director. The litigation caseload will include restraining orders, custody and divorce matters, and other civil legal needs. This attorney is also expected to work closely with community-based organizations as a liaison to LASO for organizations that that serve Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and immigrant communities to receive referrals, identify legal issues important to crime victims, conduct regular trainings and attend outreach events.


Competitive candidates will be bilingual in English and Spanish (or other commonly spoken language of our client populations); have proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income Oregonians, specifically DV/SA survivors; experience providing trauma-informed services to survivors; enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively; as well as a demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. LASO has a hiring preference for members of the Oregon State Bar.


Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week. Salary range is $66.2K – 73.7K for 0-5 years’ experience; $75.2K – 81.2K for 6-10 years’ experience and $82.7K-105.2K for 11-32 years’ experience annually; salaries are determined by relevant work experience and our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Additional $4.3K annually for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage; 6% employer retirement contribution; generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; and paid moving expenses.

Closing Date 

Review of resumes to begin on September 15, 2023.

We celebrate diversity  
LASO is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve and is diverse in race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities, work background, experience and education. We believe that the outcome of such diversity is our greatest strength and a matter of basic human fairness. It is to this end that we strongly encourage applications from people of color; people from any other underrepresented and historically marginalized group; people who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; people who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression; or can otherwise demonstrate a commitment to advancing our diversity mission. 

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How to Apply

Send resume and letter of interest to: projobs@lasoregon.org    As a part of your letter of interest, please address the following:  LASO 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 mission that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace environment 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 in your response. Please note, we will not review applications that are not emailed directly to the above email address. If you require reasonable accommodation for a disability during the application/hiring process, please contact Meghan Collins, Director of Administration, at Meghan.Collins@lasoregon.org.

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Attorney, Legal Aid, non-profit, and public interest. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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