Job Details

Housing Law Attorney

Oregon Law Center, Portland, OR

Job - Law

Close Date: 02/21/2020

Description of Position: This unique statewide housing litigation position is responsible for the quality and quantity of housing litigation in Oregon’s legal aid programs. The person in this statewide position generates enthusiasm and excitement for the programs’ advocacy, helping attorneys see themselves as leaders, and helping people gain confidence, focus on systemic advocacy and excel in their work. This attorney will work to improve the programs’ capacity to provide high quality representation in more difficult and complicated high-priority cases when they arise. A significant part of the assignment is to ensure that all legal services attorneys in Oregon have the necessary support, mentoring and capacity to fully develop their litigation and other advocacy skills. This statewide housing attorney will serve as advisor or co-counsel in significant litigation and will coordinate housing law advocacy around the state, including facilitating the quarterly Housing Law Task Force.

The statewide housing attorney will be a member of an eight person team -- the State Support Unit (SSU) -- that coordinates statewide advocacy by subject matter specialization. The Director of Litigation supervises the team. The other members of the team provide leadership on complex litigation, public benefits and health law, employment law, family law, domestic violence, litigation and technology, immigration-related litigation, ethics and general litigation support. The person in this position will participate in statewide attorney training events. The SSU provides services to a statewide farmworker unit and legal aid offices located in seventeen communities across Oregon. The legal aid offices have a strong focus on systemic advocacy and serve diverse low-income communities with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking clients.

This position provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced litigator who wants to use teaching and leadership skills to increase the quality and quantity of litigation in legal services throughout Oregon. This position offers the opportunity to work creatively and strategically to improve the lives of low-income Oregonians on issues identified by client communities.

Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities. A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively. Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive, energizing personality. Significant litigation (including complex, systemic litigation) experience in the area of housing law.

Preferences: Experience mentoring other attorneys and advocates. At least eight years of relevant litigation experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer: OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities and people from other traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of application to ejohnson@oregonlawcenter.org or Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, 522 SW 5th Ave. #812, Portland, OR 97204

Apply by February 21, 2020. Job open until filled.