OREGON CRIME VICTIMS LAW CENTER
Interested parties should send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample of no more than ten pages by email by 5 P.M. Feb. 25th to address below.
The Oregon Crime Victims Law Center is currently seeking a staff attorney to be located either in Central Oregon (Deschutes/Jefferson/Crook Counties), Southern Oregon (Jackson/Josephine/Douglas/Klamath Counties) or Portland, depending on applicants. The Staff Attorney is responsible for representing and advocating for clients of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, a pro bono legal clinic, in crime victims’ rights cases in criminal matters, in civil protective order proceedings, and in other matters arising as a result of victimization. Additionally, the attorney will be responsible for conducting training for attorneys and others who assist crime victims in enforcing their statutory and constitutional rights.
Educational Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school.
Professional Qualifications: Member of the Oregon Bar in good standing.
Professional Experience: Two (2) years of civil or criminal litigation experience. Experience in the criminal justice system working with victims of crime may substitute for one (1) year of litigation experience. Experience working with non-profit organization(s) and boards of directors a plus. Fluent Spanish a plus.
The Staff Attorney will represent victims in criminal and delinquency cases, protective order proceedings (FAPA, EPPDAPA, Stalking, and SAPO), and in other matters arising from their victimization.
The duties of the Staff Attorney will include:
- Providing direct legal representation to crime victims in protective order, criminal, tribal court, and administrative proceedings.
- Providing training and guidance for pro bono attorneys who are representing crime victims.
- Conducting intake interviews with prospective clients.
- Developing relationships with prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, domestic and sexual violence nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders in the criminal and civil justice systems who work for the benefit of crime victims.
- Working closely with OCVLC’s Executive Director and Senior Staff Attorney to ensure the smooth function of case management.
- Compiling stock motions and other technical assistance documents necessary to assist pro bono attorneys and others seeking to assist crime victims in the enforcement of their rights.
- Providing victim advocacy services, including referrals and resource information, to crime victims as needed.
- Developing relationships with other agencies and nonprofits who work with the Center's clients.
- Providing regular progress reports to the Executive Director and/or Senior Staff Attorney.
- Maintaining statistics on intakes and cases for grant reporting purposes.
This position requires a valid driver's license and reliable transportation, as some travel will be necessary.
Written and oral communication skills; organizational skills; grant reporting skills; facilitation skills; computer technology management skills; ability to interact with diverse populations; strong independent problem-solving skills; knowledge and understanding of the rights of crime victims as well victims’ services at the state and federal levels; an understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking; litigation skills; and the ability to work productively and independently.
Salary and Benefits:
This is budgeted as a 1.0 FTE position, with a starting salary range of $70,000-$75,000, depending upon qualifications and relevant experience.
Benefits include 100% medical, dental, vision insurance for employees plus 50% for dependents; disability insurance for employees, and optional participation in a SIMPLE IRA with an employer match of up to 3%. Vacation and sick leave accrue based on length of employment, starting with 1 day of vacation and .5 sick day per month. Legal malpractice insurance and Oregon State Bar fees are paid.
This position is full-time. Moving expenses up to $3,000 will be included for qualified applicants willing to relocate to Central Oregon or Southern Oregon.
This position is largely funded by, and dependent upon, state and federal grants.
Interested parties should send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample of no more than ten pages by email by 5 P.M. Feb. 25th to:
Rosemary W. Brewer, Executive Director
Oregon Crime Victims Law Center
7412 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Suite 209
Portland, OR 97225