OSB Volunteer Opportunities Directory — OSB CERTIFIED







Opportunites listed below are OSB Certified Pro Bono Programs.


Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services *
2740 SE Powell Blvd #2 
Portland, OR 97202
Contact: Sam Oliver (503) 688-2714
Email: soliver@catholiccharitiesoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: A wide variety of immigration cases, including removal defense, family visas, self-petitions by battered spouses, and others. Volunteers may perform any level of assistance ranging from discrete tasks up to full representation in immigration court.
TRAINING: Informal and as needed, through experienced immigration attorney. Extensive library of training materials. Occasional opportunities for formal seminars, when offered in the region.
OTHER: Spanish (or other) language skills greatly appreciated! Agency provides insurance. No specific time commitments.




Catholic Charities/El Programa Hispano Low Income Taxpayer Clinic *
138 NE 3rd St., Suite 140
Gresham Oregon 97030
Contact: Sarah Adams (503) 489-6828
Email: sadams@catholiccharitiesoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Low Income Taxpayer Clinics ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system by educating low income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities, by providing pro bono representation to taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS, by conducting outreach and education to taxpayers who speak English as a second language, and by identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers. Licensed lawyers and law students can receive basic tax-law training, advocacy skills, exposure to case management, and mentorship by an Oregon attorney. Spanish speakers are preferred. Level of commitment is flexible and will be based on individual circumstances.
OTHER: El Programa Hispano provides direct Spanish translation to all those cases that might require this service.



Center for NonProfit Legal Services *
225 W Main St.
Medford, OR 97501
Contact: Debra FJ Lee (541) 779-7292
Email: lee.debra@charterinternet.com

OPPORTUNITIES: Handling of conflict overflow cases representing the adverse party. Cases are usually in the areas of family law, housing, consumer, employment immigration, individual rights and public benefits law.
TRAINING: Training manuals provided; information sharing with experienced practitioners.



Columbia County Legal Aid Program *
PO Box 1400
St. Helens, OR 97051
Contact: Holly Barbour (503) 397-1628
Email: ccla@ados.net

OPPORTUNITIES: Cases involving family law and landlord-tenant.



Disability Rights Oregon *
610 SW Broadway Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
Contact: Barbara Herget (503) 243-2081
Email: welcome@disabilityrightsoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Representation of individuals with disabilities with issues related to special education, abuse and neglect, access and individual rights.
TRAINING: Mentor Attorneys available; other training as needed.
OTHER: DRO is a non profit, law office providing free advocacy services to people who have a legal issue related to their disability. Disability Rights Oregon is a certified pro bono progams offering free PLF coverage to pro bono practitioners.



Immigration Counseling Service *
519 SW Park Ave. Ste. 610
Portland, OR 97205
Contact: Barbara Babcock (503) 221-1689 ext. 103
Email: bbabcock@immigrationcounseling.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Cases involving family unity defense and unification, protection from persecution, deportation defense, and protection for victims of domestic violence.
TRAINING: Experienced attorneys available.
OTHER: Foreign language helpful, but not required. Agency provides insurance for exempt attorneys.



Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center
Senior Law Services
*
376 E 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Contact: Jean Beachdel (541) 342-6056 ext. 131
Email: jbeachdel@lclac.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Advice and counsel to seniorsby appointment at senior centers.
TRAINING: On the job. Volunteers have use of law library and expertise of legal services attorneys.
OTHER: Minimum time commitment is 2 hours.



Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center
Each of the offices in these legal aid programs coordinate pro bono opportunities in the communities they serve. Please discuss opportunities with the applicable contact listed. These legal aid programs are certified pro bono programs, offering free PLF coverage to pro bono practitioners.

Baker, Grant, Harney, & Malheur Counties,
Oregon Law Center - Ontario Office
*
35 SE Fifth Ave. #1
Ontario, OR 97914
Contact: Mandy Weeks (541) 889-3296
Email: mweeks@oregonlawcenter.org



Benton and Linn Counties
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Albany Regional Office
*
433 4th Ave. SW
Albany, OR 97321
Contact: Mitzi Naucler (541) 926-8678
Email: mitzi.naucler@lasoregon.org



Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas County,
Oregon Law Center - Coos Bay Office
*
455 S 4th, Suite 5
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Contact: Jim Young (541) 269-2616
Email: jyoung@oregonlawcenter.org



Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes Counties
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Central Oregon Regional Office
*
1029 NW 14th Street, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97701
Contact: Erika Hente (541) 385-6944
Email: erikahente@lasoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Full-service volunteer lawyer project for general civil practice and bankruptcy clinic. Also opportunities for lawyers to perform pro bono services for seniors at local senior centers..



Douglas County,
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Roseburg Office
*
700 SE Kane St.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Contact: Sharon Lee Schwartz (541) 673-1181
Email: sharonlee.schwartz@lasoregon.org



Farmworker (Statewide)
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Farmworker Program
*
397 N. 1st Street
Woodburn, OR 97071
Contact: Laurie Hoefer (503) 981-5291
Email: laurie.hoefer@lasoregon.org



Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Pendleton Regional Office
*
365 SE 3rd St.
PO Box 1327
Pendleton, OR 97801
Contact: Arron Guevara (541) 966-1420
Email: arron.guevara@lasoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Full-service volunteer lawyer project for general civil practice; including limited representation or full representation. Also opportunities for retired or semi-retired lawyers to perform pro bono services.
TRAINING: Occasional CLE's sponsored by the VLP. Staff attorneys provide mentoring when needed.
OTHER: PLF coverage not required; time commitment varies.



Josephine County Volunteer Lawyers Project,
Oregon Law Center - Grants Pass Office
*
424 NW 6th St. #102
Grants Pass, OR 97528
Contact: Eric Dahlin (541) 476-2154
Email: edahlin@oregonlawcenter.org



Klamath and Lake Counties,
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Klamath Falls Regional Office
*
403 Pine Street, Suite 250
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Contact: Drew Hartnett (541)n 273-0533
Email: drew.hartnett@lasoregon.org



Lincoln County,
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Lincoln County Office
*
PO Box 1970
Newport, OR 97365
Contact: Linda Gast (541) 265-2833
Email: linda.gast@lasoregon.org



Marion and Polk Counties
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Marion-Polk Office
*
1655 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Contact: Michael A. Keeney (503) 581-5265
Email: michael.keeney@lasoregon.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Full-service volunteer lawyer project for general civil practice with a variety of panels of lawyers volunteering in a number of areas. Also opportunities for retired or semi-retired lawyers to perform pro bono services for seniors.
TRAINING: Occasional CLE's sponsored by the VLP and the pro bono committee of the Marion County Bar Association that are free to VLP volunteers. Staff attorneys provide mentoring when needed.
OTHER: PLF coverage not required; time commitment varies.



Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Portland Regional Office
*
921 SW Washington #500
Portland, OR 97205
Contact: Maya Crawford or Sarah Radcliffe (503) 224-4086
Email: probono@lasoregon.org

Bankruptcy Clinic. The Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and the VLP sponsor this project that provides information and representation to clients who are considering bankruptcy or who are already in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as pro se litigants. The project consists of two components, a class addressing bankruptcy issues and a clinic during which volunteer attorneys each meet with two clients for 30-minute appointments. Anyone may attend the 45-minute class, which is taught by a member of the bankruptcy bar or bench. Volunteer attorneys meet with clients, help them assess whether bankruptcy is appropriate, and if so, provide ongoing representation. The monthly clinic alternates between sites in Beaverton, east Portland and downtown Portland. 12-15 attorneys, one mentor and one speaker are typically scheduled for each clinic. Clinics are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:15-9:00 p.m. An online CLE and written training materials are available at www.oregonadvocates.org.



Domestic Violence Project. The Domestic Violence Project matches pro bono attorneys with victims of domestic violence for representation in contested Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) restraining order hearings, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act hearings (EPPDAPA) and stalking order hearings. These cases tend to have short timelines, limited issues and require a court appearance. Attorneys sign up in advance to be available to take a case on a specific day (restraining order hearings are generally held on Mondays and Thursdays). DVP volunteers represent clients in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties (you can choose which counties you want to take cases in). This project is an excellent volunteer opportunity for young lawyers, lawyers seeking litigation experience, and attorneys who cannot commit to taking long-term cases. This project covers a discrete area of law and most of the volunteers are not family law practitioners. Volunteers are not expected to assist clients with family law matters that may exist after the protective order hearing. An online CLE and extensive written materials are available for this project at www.oregonadvocates.org.



Pro Se Assistance Project. This project is co-sponsored by the Multnomah County Family Law Court and volunteer attorneys provide limited assistance to clients requiring discrete legal advice or document review. Attorneys are scheduled to meet with three clients, each for a 45-minute appointment. Clinics are held from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Multnomah County courthouse. Attorneys respond to discrete family law questions and/or review documents prepared by unrepresented litigants. Attorneys are NOT expected to provide ongoing representation to clients and clients sign a retainer agreement detailing the limited scope of the attorney-client relationship. Volunteer attorneys must have family law experience to volunteer for this project. PROSAP Facilitation Clinic. Attorneys with little (or no) family law experience can volunteer for this portion of the Clinic, by helping clients complete their pro se documents. Once the paperwork is completed, clients attend a "regular" PROSAP clinic to meet with an experienced family law attorney. Facilitation Clinics take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 2 - 4 PM at Legal Aid.



Statewide Tax Clinic. The Statewide Low Income Taxpayer Clinic provides advice and representation to low income clients who have a tax controversy with the IRS or the Department of Revenue. Pro bono tax cases are referred through a listserve where basic case information is posted. An attorney interested in taking the case responds to the email and conflict checking information is provided. Cases cover a range of state and federal personal income tax issues including collections, examinations (audits), innocent spouse claims, and tax court cases. Volunteer opportunities are also available for recent graduates and new members of the Bar.



Senior Law Project. The Senior Law Project (SLP) began in 1978 and is the VLP's largest project, with over 25 legal clinics per month. Volunteer lawyers meet with clients who are 60 or over (or who are married to someone 60 or over) at nine senior center locations in Multnomah County. They provide 30-minute consultations, on any civil legal issues, for up to six clients per clinic. All clients 60 or over are eligible for free 30-minute consultations, regardless of their income. SLP volunteers provide continuing pro bono services for only those clients who meet VLP financial eligibility requirements. The VLP sponsors a monthly Elder Law Discussion Group to provide information and support.



Legal Aid Night Clinic. LASO co-sponsors this evening clinic with Stoel Rives, LLP. Clinics are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Standard Insurance Building (downtown Portland), and every other clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys outside of Stoel Rives. Volunteer attorneys screen the cases and provide continuing legal representation to clients with meritorious cases. Two volunteer attorneys are scheduled for each clinic and each attorney meets with up to four clients per clinic. The following issues are referred: consumer law, small claims advice, criminal record expungements, landlord/tenant damage claims, estate planning, and uncontested guardianships.



Native American (statewide)
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Native American Program
*
1827 NE 44th Ave. Suite 230
Portland, OR 97213
Contact: Kristy Barrett (503) 223-9483
Email: kristy.barrett@lasoregon.org


Statewide Service
Oregon Law Center - Portland Office
*
921 SW Washington St. Suite 516
Portland, OR 97205
Contact: Lori Alton (503) 473-8326
Email: lalton@oregonlawcenter.org

ProBonoOregon Listserv. Pro bono cases needing assistance are posted by legal aid offices around the state every Thursday. An individual attorney who is interested then contacts the applicable office for more information and conflicts information. Easy to use, no obligation to take a matter. Listings are formatted so you can easily determine the type of case and the type of assistance needed.



Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and Yamhill Counties
Oregon Law Center - Hillsboro Office
*
230 NE 2nd Ave., Ste.F
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Contact: Leslea S Smith (503) 640-4115
Email: lsmith@oregonlawcenter.org



Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic *
310 SW 4th Ave., Ste. 1018
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Richard Slottee (503) 768-6500

OPPORTUNITIES: Assist and mentor students in representation of low-income clients in family law, consumer, and employment issues. Provide assistance in developing micro business.
TRAINING: Backup assistance provided by clinical professors.
OTHER: Must have PLF Coverage. Time commitment varies.



National Crime Victim Law Institute
310 SW 4th Suite 540
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Meg Garvin, (503) 768-6819
Email: ncvli@lclark.edu or garvin@lclark.edu

OPPORTUNITIES: Pro bono attorneys needed on crime victim law issues in both criminal and civil proceedings. Direct representation opportunities in state and federal criminal proceedings in Oregon when victims' rights are at issue (e.g., on motions to quash subpoenas for victim records, the right to be heard at plea and sentencing, restitution), as well as in collateral civil or administrative matters such as restraining or protective order proceedings, compensation claims, housing and employment issues, and more. Other opportunities include assisting NCVLI with amicus curiae participation on victim law issues in state and federal cases nationwide and aiding with legal publications on victim law.
TRAINING: NCVLI provides mandatory 1 hour introductory webinar training on victims' rights to all pro bono attorneys and periodic more advanced trainings. In addition, all pro bono attorneys who take cases have no cost access to NCVLI's legal research team that can provide intensive assistance with any case, and they can access NCVLI's bank of victim law webinars and pleadings.
OTHER: PLF coverage provided. No specific time commitments. Statewide opportunities available.



Oregon Advocacy Center, Disability Law *
620 SW 5th Ave., 5th floor
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Barbara Herget (503) 243-2081
Email: welcome@oradvocacy.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Representation of individuals with disabilities with issues related to special education, abuse and neglect, access and individual rights.
TRAINING: Mentor Attorneys available; other training as needed.
OTHER: DRO is a non profit, law office providing free advocacy services to people who have a legal issue related to their disability. Volunteer attorneys need to have PLF coverage; time commitment varies as case requires.



Oregon Crime Victims Law Center
310 SW 4th Suite 612
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Rosemary Brewer or Cristina Damiani, (503) 208-8160
Email: rosemary@ocvlc.org or cristina@ocvlc.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Pro bono attorneys needed to represent petitioners in restraining order cases that have parallel criminal cases pending against the respondents for sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Pro bono attorneys also may represent crime victims on particular issues in criminal cases, such as on motions to quash subpoenas seeking access to the victim, victim's real property, cell phone, computer, etc.; restitution hearings, etc.
TRAINING:The center conducts periodic training in conjunction with the Portland-based National Crime Victim Law Institute. It also has a victims' rights law handbook and staff attorneys available for consultation.
OTHER: PLF coverage provided. No specific time commitments. Spanish (or other) language skills and/or location outside of the Portland metro area are pluses!



Oregon State Bar Military Assistance Panel *
P.O. Box 231935
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR
97281-1935

Contact: Kay Pulju (503) 620-0222 ext. 402
Email: kpulju@osbar.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteer panelists shouldexpect to give at least one hour of advice and counseling regarding the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Oregons consumer protection laws, and general information on the rights of families with a member in active dutyto a client free of charge. It is up to the attorney and client to decide whetherto continue the attorney/client relationship beyond the pro bono consultation.
TRAINING: OSB provides free video training sessions and written materials covering specific legal issues addressed by SSCRA and applicable provisions of related areas of law.
OTHER: The state bar will maintain a list of pro bono attorneys and lawyers offering reduced fees who are available to assist Oregons mobilized service members and their dependents. The list will be available to both the National Guards JAG Corps and individual military personnel.



Oregon State Bar Problem Solvers Program *
P.O. Box 231935
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR
97281-1935

Contact: George Wolff  (503) 620-0222 ext. 418
Email: gwolff@osbar.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteer panelists should expect to give at least 30 minutes of advice and counseling to Oregon youth. The program is available free of charge to any Oregon youth aged 11-17. Volunteers can specify the substantive practice area(s) they want to cover. The legal issues can run the gamut. However, the most common issues involve domestic relations, consumer law, criminal, employment, DMV and school discipline. The population served by this program generally has no access to legal services and little experience with courts and the justice system.
TRAINING: Written information provided.
OTHER: No PLF required. Volunteers receive free PLF coverage



Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC)  *
310 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 1000
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Rebecca Martinez Griffin (503) 768-6940
Email: sblc@lclark.edu

The Small Business Legal Clinic is an Oregon State Bar certified pro bono program. Staffed by a clinical law professor, and student interns, the SBLC assists low income, women and minority entrepreneurs with all manner of business transactional work, including:

Business Financing: Including review of lending contracts and advice about loan terms

Contract Review and Drafting: Including vendor contracts, leases, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, franchise agreements, licensing agreements, etc.

Employment Counseling: Including retaining or terminating employees, drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements, and independent contractor issues

Entity Selection and Formation: Determining the appropriate legal structure (e.g. LLCs, corporations, partnerships), drafting owners' agreements, and assisting with regulatory compliance and permitting issues

Intellectual Property: Including copyright and trademark creation and protection
Regulatory Compliance: Helping clients comply with local, state, and federal regulatory schemes

OPPORTUNITIES: In addition to its teaching clinic, the SBLC operates the SBLC pro bono project, providing opportunities for business transactions lawyers to meet with clients at the SBLC on selected days. The SBLC sets up appointments and runs conflict checks. Lawyers are able to specify time slots that work for them to come to the office and meet with pre-screened clients. Volunteer law students who earn pro bono honors credit are available to assist pro bono attorneys.
OTHER: Call Assistant Director Rebecca Martinez Griffin for additional information on volunteer times and for additional information.



St. Andrew Legal Clinic, Family Law *
807 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
Contact: Shelly Matthys (503) 281-1500
Email: smatthys@salcgroup.org



232 NE Lincoln St. Ste. H
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Contact: Kelly Lemarr (503) 648-1600
Email: klemarr@salcgroup.org



421 High St. #210
Oregon City, OR 97045
Contact: Elaine Hamm (503) 557-9800
Email: ehamm@salcgroup.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Provide intake and consultation services in the area of family law only in clinic setting.
TRAINING: Written information and on-site training. First visit spent observing only. Mentor attorneys available.
OTHER: PLF coverage not required for exempt attorneys; flexible time commitment, clinics held every Wednesday and alternate Tuesdays.



United States District Court, District of Oregon
1000 SW Third Avenue, Room 740
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Nicole Munoz (503) 326-8014
Email: Nicole_Munoz@ord.uscourts.gov
Contact: Laura Brennan (503) 326-8163
Email: Laura_Brennan@ord.uscourts.gov

OPPORTUNITIES: The U.S. District Court Pro Bono Program appoints attorneys to represent pro se parties in civil cases who, in the Court's opinion, require and are qualified to receive them. Such parties (who are often incarcerated) typically lack the financial means or legal experience to adequately deal with the issues and proceedings in U.S. District Court. The representation may be for all purposes or for the limited purposes of reviewing claims or of participating in mediation or settlement.
TRAINING: The court is in the process of compiling tips on dealing with inmates and obtaining mentors for appointed attorneys.  Tutorials for electronic filing and program procedures are available on the Court's website at www.ord.uscourts.gov.
OTHER: To register as a volunteer, please complete the Pro Bono Application Form located on the Court's website or contact Nicole Munoz.


Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)
520 SW Yamhill, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97202
Contact: Shalini Vivek, 503.274.5477 x3
Email: VRLCORProBono@victimrights.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Provide free legal services to victims of rape and sexual assault in civil and administrative cases. The VRLC focuses on issues related to privacy, safety, immigration, housing, education, employment, and public benefits
TRAINING: Two hour pro bono attorney training required. (CLE credit awarded.) Contact VRLC for upcoming training date. Formal and informal mentoring available.
OTHER: Provide free legal services to victims of rape and sexual assault in civil and administrative cases. The VRLC focuses on issues related to privacy, safety, immigration, housing, education, employment, and public benefits



Youth, Rights & Justice (YRJ) *
SchoolWorks, Youth Justice Corps
401 N.E. 19th Ave, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97232
Contact: Kathy Gordon 503-232-2540, ext. 259
Email: Kathy.g@youthrightsjustice.org

OPPORTUNITIES: Youth, Rights & Justice, Oregon's nonprofit law firm for children, is seeking volunteer attorneys, including law firm partners/associates and corporate counsel, who will help some of Oregon's most vulnerable children get the support they need to stay in school, succeed and graduate. Volunteers will represent youth in education matters. Youth will be in the foster care system, the juvenile justice system or both. Issues may involve school discipline, special education or a combination of the two. A majority of the youth will be Latino and reside in Washington County.
TRAINING: Will be provided, along with ongoing consultation and mentorship
OTHER: Attorneys who do not have malpractice coverage for pro bono representation are eligible for coverage under Youth, Rights & Justice's malpractice insurance.



* Indicates that the Program is an OSB Certified Program and that the program may provide malpractice coverage for PLF Exempt Attorneys for work being done for the program. Attorney should always check to make sure the coverage is still in effect.



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