We’re Hiring our First New Lawyer Fellow

We are seeking an energetic, motivated individual who is committed to our mission of closing the access to justice gap in Oregon. You will work closely with our Executive Director, Staff Attorney, and Pro Bono Partners to deliver legal services to our clients and build legal education programs for our community partners.

We are an innovative practice that is constantly seeking out ways to deliver high-quality legal services at scale. Our operations leverage emerging best practice for law practice management powered by modern technology and an outstanding team.

Our fellows progress through a three-year competency framework that will develop your skills and expand your responsibilities as you demonstrate your improving capabilities. We are a learning organization, and we strive to incorporate the notion of kaizen, or continuous improvement, in everything we do.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represent low-income clients in family law, estate planning, probate, nonprofit, small business law, and/or other practice areas as we expand our capabilities. Your work will be supervised by our staff attorney and pro bono partners.
  • Deliver high quality legal services to our clients with compassion and empathy.
  • Use the team kanban board to sustainably manage our fast-paced, demanding workflow.
  • Utilize quality controls for legal service delivery, including technology systems, knowledge banks, checklists, frequently used legal resources, and standardized policies and procedures.
  • Work to meet organizational financial targets and other goals by managing and monitoring  monthly Key Performance Indicators.
  • Develop community legal education programs, including community outreach, curriculum development, volunteer recruitment, and general promotions.

Requirements

  • Oregon State Bar license in good standing (or pending; recent graduates who have taken the Oregon Bar Exam are encouraged to apply).
  • Comfort working with all kinds of people, from pro bono partners in the tallest buildings downtown to people who have never talked with a lawyer before.
  • Cultural competency.
  • Spanish fluency a plus.

Compensation

This fellowship is a salaried position at $40,000/year plus benefits.

The Commons Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and clients.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send an email to hello@thecommonslawcenter.org and include:

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in our program
  • Your current resume
  • A law school transcript (unofficial is OK)
  • A short (between 4-8 pages) writing sample
  • Names and contact information (phone, email, entity worked for, relationship to you) for three professional references
  • Short answers (250-500 words) to two of the following:
    • Describe a social justice learning moment you’ve had recently.
    • What current entrepreneurial effort do you admire?
    • How do you measure impact?
    • What are you trying really hard to accomplish or improve on this year?
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