Central Oregon Office-Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties
Central Oregon Bankruptcy Project. The Central Oregon Bankruptcy Project serves clients in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties. The Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and LASO sponsor this project. The project consists of two components, a bankruptcy class and a legal appointment during which volunteer attorneys meet with clients for ongoing representation, if determined to be eligible after screening. 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 bankruptcy class occurs quarterly in Bend. For more information, contact the Central Oregon Legal Aid office at (541) 385-6994 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for project flyer.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Virtual Clinic. The Virtual Clinic connects pro bono attorneys from MNG&D with rural clients from the Bend and Coos Bay service areas via video conference and Skype. Initial appointments are advice and consultation only, but attorneys may agree to further representation. Case types include landlord-tenant, consumer, small estate and small claims cases. For further information contact LASO's Statewide Pro Bono Manager Jill Mallery at (503) 224-4086 or e-mail email@example.com. Click here for project flyer.
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.
NAPOLS Project: The 2018 Barriers to Justice noted that Native Americans are 1.9 times more likely to experience an elder law or disability-related issue, such as homelessness. In 14 of the 17 categories surveyed, Native Americans experience problems at higher rates than non-Native people. Native American Program Legal Aid Services (NAPOLS) represents Native clients in tribal, state, and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings, on issues specific to an individual’s Native status. Pro bono attorneys provide assistance to Native clients around the state on a diverse range of matters, including consumer law and fair debt collection issues, family law, landlord/tenant, public benefits, elder law, and estate planning for clients with assets involving federal or tribal jurisdiction. Please contact Fabio Apolito at Fabio.Apolito@lasoregon.org
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 Clinic: The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.