Portland Regional Office-Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Serving Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, Sherman and Wasco Counties

Housing Notice Clinic: The Housing Notice Clinic is a new pro bono pilot project coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project in the Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO). The Housing Notice Clinic matches pro bono attorneys with tenants to provide advice on their rental termination notice. The volunteer attorney will review a client’s housing termination notice and determine whether the notice is valid or defenses exist using a comprehensive check-list. Attorneys will sign up in advance to be available to take a case(s) on a specific week using an on-line sign up system. When LASO has a client to refer to a volunteer, a scheduled attorney will be contacted with conflict information and confirm they are able to accept the referral. Once the attorney has accepted the referral, LASO will provide the client contact information, rental agreement and termination notice(s) to be reviewed. Time commitment: Flexible. Attorneys can sign up to volunteer when it works for them. Attorneys will sign up weekly to be “on call.”  Attorney will review notices remotely and contact client via telephone and/or email to advise on whether their notice is defective based upon clinic materials. Attorneys have the flexibility to accept one case during their week or multiple cases. Also, the attorney may decline the referral if they are no longer available. Attorneys have the option of providing continuing legal help to tenants. This project is an excellent volunteer opportunity for young lawyers, lawyers interested in housing law, and attorneys who cannot commit to taking long-term cases.  A new CLE training video and extensive written materials are available for this project. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Panel. As unemployment claims continue to hit unprecedented levels, LASO is working to expand its pro bono attorney panel for low-income Oregonians with controversies involving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Unemployment insurance is the sole means of temporary wage replacement for workers and it is critical in preventing individuals and families from spiraling into poverty. This project connects UI claimants with volunteer attorneys to provide legal advice and possible representation at administrative hearings before the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings. Training materials are available. This is a virtual volunteer opportunity. For more information contact Brett Cattani at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail brett.cattani@lasoregon.org.

Bankruptcy Clinic.  The Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and LASO sponsor this project. The project consists of two components, a bankruptcy class and a legal clinic during which volunteer attorneys each meet with two clients for 30-minute appointments.  Anyone may attend the 45-minute class, 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 is held from 6:15-9:00 p.m. and alternates between sites in Beaverton, east Portland and downtown Portland.  12-15 attorneys, one mentor and one speaker are typically scheduled for each clinic. For more information contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

The Expungement Clinic.  The Expungement Clinic is a partnership between the Clackamas County Bar Association, Clackamas County Law Library, LASO, and the Clackamas Service Center.  The clinic design assists low-income clients in Clackamas County in completion of court expungement paperwork. Volunteer attorneys meet with clients to determine whether they qualify for an expungement. If the client is eligible, the volunteer attorney completes the necessary paperwork. The clinic provides one-time brief service to clients every other month on Friday mornings at 9:30 am.  For more information contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

Pro Se Assistance Project (PROSAP).   Volunteer family law attorneys provide limited assistance to clients requiring discrete family law 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 Legal Aid.  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. For more information contact contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

PROSAP Facilitation Clinic.  Attorneys with little (or no) family law experience can volunteer and help clients complete their pro se court documents.  Once the paperwork is completed, clients may attend the PROSAP clinic to meet with an experienced family law attorney.  Facilitation clinics take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 2 – 4:00 p.m. at Legal Aid. For more information contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

Senior Law Project.  The Senior Law Project consists of 25 monthly legal clinics held at nine senior center locations in Multnomah County.  Volunteer lawyers meet with clients who are 60 or over (or who are married to someone 60 or over).  The lawyers provide 30-minute consultations, on any civil legal issues, for up to six clients per clinic.  All clients 60 or over are eligible for a free 30-minute consultation, regardless of their income.  SLP volunteers provide continuing pro bono services for only those clients who meet LASO’s financial eligibility requirements.  LASO coordinates a monthly Elder Law Discussion Group to provide information and support. contact Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail jill.mallery@lasoregon.org.

Domestic Violence Project.   The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) matches pro bono attorneys with survivors of domestic violence for representation in contested restraining order hearings. These cases tend to have short timelines, involve limited issues and require a court appearance.  Attorneys sign up in advance to be available to take a case on a specific date (restraining order hearings are generally scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays). The project provides representation to clients in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. DVP is an excellent volunteer opportunity for new 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. DVP volunteers are not expected to assist clients with family law issues. For more information contact Brett Cattani at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail brett.cattani@lasoregon.org.

Legal Aid Night Clinic.  Attorneys from Stoel Rives, LLP and Dunn Carney LLP exclusively staff the Night Clinic in a partnership with LASO. The attorneys screen the cases and provide legal representation to clients. The clinics are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Two volunteer attorneys from the law firms 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. For more information contact Brett Cattani at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail brett.cattani@lasoregon.org.








Statewide Volunteer Opportunities:

ProBonoOregon Listserv:  If you don't see a case or a project that interests you on ProBonoOregon web pages, legal services offices around the state also post pro bono cases to the ProBonoOregon listserv each week. An attorney who is interested in accepting a pro bono opportunity contacts the listing office for full case information. This project allows pro bono attorneys to take a pro bono case when it fits best with their schedule.  You must sign-up for the Oregon Advocates website to join the listserv.  If not a member, click here.  Once signed up as a member, suscribe as a listserv user here

ProBonoOregon - A new way to volunteer! ProBonoOregon displays pro bono opportunities referred by legal aid on one easy-to-use web site. No passwords or pre-registration are required to use the site! Just click on the “Interested” link on any case or project described on the site, and legal aid will respond within two business days. ProBonoOregon allows volunteer attorneys to search, share and offer to help with available pro bono cases and projects from around the state. Cases and projects also can be searched based on geography, subject matter or other key factors. Click here to become part of making access to justice a reality for low-income Oregonians!

Statewide Tax ClinicThe Statewide Low Income Taxpayer Clinic provides advice and representation to low income clients who have a tax controversy with the IRS and related cases with the Oregon Department of Revenue.  Cases cover a range of state and federal personal income tax issues. Volunteer opportunities are also available for recent graduates and new members of the Bar. For more information, contact Guillermo Ramos at guillermo.ramos@lasoregon.org.