Rob Welsh, Evashevski Elliott PC
Rob Welsh, Evashevski Elliott PC
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
ROB WELSH is a committed pro bono volunteer and strongly believes in increasing access to justice to low income populations.
Rob works for a small law firm in the Corvallis/Albany area called Evashevski Elliott, PC, where he maintains a general practice oriented to a more rural geography. Rob became interested in pro bono after participating in Project SCRUB (Scrubbing Criminal Records to Unlock Barriers), a pro bono expungement clinic administered through the Hillsboro Regional Office of the Oregon Law Center.
We greatly appreciate Rob's dedication to pro bono work and passion to make a difference in the lives of his low-income clients by advocating for their legal rights.
What kind of pro bono work are you involved in?
I currently take referrals from Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) for assistance with obtaining set-aside orders of arrests or convictions and other cases involving restoration of certain rights, relief from registration requirements or reductions in fines and fees.
Why did you decide to do pro bono work?
I decided to do pro bono work, in part, to gain experience. Set-aside work offers an opportunity to meet with clients, conduct client intake, review a no-so-simple statue that has associate interpretive case law, and prepare limited pleadings for submission to the court. I even argued my first motion in court while volunteering.
I chose this particular type of pro bono work because there are a lot of collateral consequences associated with a conviction or just general entanglement with the crime control system. This can include loss of housing, loss of a job, loss of associations with family and friend, loss of government benefits, loss of rights, etc. I don't believe it's fair, by and large, for a person's life to be entirely destroyed as the result of a conviction. I'm doing a very small part, but hopefully, it's part of a larger effort to rehabilitate an allow people to have a second act.
Why do you feel it's important for you to do pro bono work?
People need help, and if I, in my limited capacity can offer some help, then I will do it.
Statewide Volunteer Opportunities:
ProBonoOregon Listserv: Legal service offices around the state post cases to this listserv one time per 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.
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 Sarah Lora at email@example.com.
The Family Law Project: Connecting Family Law Attorneys to clients across the state via Skype or Zoom Meeting for a document review or family law consultation. Click on the "SignUp.com" button below to volunteer. For more information, contact Heather Kemper at firstname.lastname@example.org.