Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney—Farmworker Program

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Oregon Law Center Staff Attorney—Farmworker Program

Position: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) staff attorney for its Farmworker Program to focus on issues affecting employment and other priority issues for agricultural workers in Oregon including health and safety and unlawful discrimination. The position will be located at OLC’s Farmworker Office in Hillsboro.

Background: OLC is an effective 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.

Description of Position: The Farmworker Program of the OLC consists of attorneys and community educators/paralegals whose focus is statewide and who specialize in representing farmworkers. The Farmworker Program’s client-based priorities are employment, housing for farmworkers, individual rights and occupational health and safety. The majority of our clients speak Spanish or one of the indigenous languages native to the southern states of Mexico, such as Mixteco, Triqui or Zapoteco. They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, poor working conditions including exposure to pesticides, unsafe housing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, and retaliation for the exercise of their legal rights.

Responsibilities: The attorney in this position is expected to engage in a combination of impact litigation and service cases, with a significant emphasis on impact work in state and federal courts. An important aspect of this position is to engage in intensive community outreach together with community educators/paralegals involving educational presentations to groups of farmworkers and visits to migrant labor camps. The practice requires the ability to handle irregular hours, travel, and to work creatively and collaboratively both internally and with other community partners. The attorney in this position is expected to handle cases originating from all agricultural areas of the state.

Qualifications: 0-5 years of experience. Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take next exam. Must have strong communication skills, be fluent in Spanish and relate well to Spanish and indigenous clients. Demonstrated dedication to low-income communities. Previous experience with farmworkers or low-income immigrants is preferred.

Salary/Benefits: Based on experience. Excellent benefits, including relocation and bar admission assistance.

Application: Send resume and cover letter by February 25, 2013 to: Julie Samples, Managing Attorney, Oregon Law Center, 328 W. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 or to jsamples@oregonlawcenter.org.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff.