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New Lawyer Fellow: Asset Preservation Pilot Program

​The Commons Law Center has a unique job opportunity for the right community-minded attorney. We have entered into a groundbreaking asset preservation pilot program in partnership with the African American Alliance for Homeownership through funding from the City of Portland Housing Bureau. We seek a New Lawyer Fellow to help build the program and directly provide estate planning and probate-related legal services for longtime residents of Portland’s Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area and N/NE Study Area to promote homeownership and asset preservation.

This is the right position for you if:

  • ​You are excited to be involved in creating and developing a new program, and you aren’t afraid of the challenges that may come with that;
  • You are comfortable not having all the answers, and not afraid to ask questions to figure them out;
  • You want to build your legal career by learning modern ways to practice law while helping historically underserved populations;
  • Meeting people and building relationships comes naturally, like a community organizer;
  • You are highly organized and can multi-task to manage your caseload and community contacts;
  • You’re warm and caring and want to help members of this community through challenging situations;
  • You’ll be eager to train and manage a team of volunteers and law clerks once you’re up to speed;
  • You have at least some of the patience of a social worker or kindergarten teacher;
  • You know how to use tools, resources, and your experience to create high-quality work product.

Responsibilities specific to the Asset Preservation Pilot Program include:

  • ​Collaborate closely with the African American Alliance for Homeownership’s team to promote, develop, and deliver legal education to support marketing and outreach;
  • Provide legal services to grant-qualified clients;
  • Maintain program reporting requirements;
  • Support further fundraising and program development efforts.

This New Lawyer Fellow will work within our three-year fellowship framework and may also provide family law, small business, and nonprofit legal services to qualified clients. Fellows work closely with law clerks, supervising pro bono partners, and supervising staff attorneys.



Reports to:


Oregon State Bar license in good standing.

Commitment to public interest law & A2J.

Cultural competency to work with diverse communities.

Executive Director.

$45,000/year plus benefits.

To apply, Submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to amanda[at]thecommonslawcenter.org with the subject line “New Lawyer Fellow – Asset Preservation Pilot Program.”