Now Hiring: Tenant Lawyer

The Commons Law Center is a fast-growing nonprofit organization that provides direct legal services and community education to low- and moderate-income Oregonians. The Commons is launching a Tenant Eviction Defense Program and seeks two new lawyers
to join the team as attorney fellows. Fellowships are for a term of three years to provide practical training to new lawyers. One attorney fellow will be based in an serve the tri-county area around Portland. The other will be based in Southern Oregon, at The
Commons’ first remote office. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Regularly litigate in multiple counties, navigating local rules, customs, and
  • Do extensive, substantive legal work to protect tenants from eviction, including
    legal research, document drafting (trial memos, exams, motions, settlement
    proposals), and regular, tough negotiations with opposing counsel and parties;
  • Manage all communication with clients, opposing parties and attorneys, and
    witnesses, including intake consultations, phone conferences, trials, and
  • Use quality controls to ensure excellence across programs, including extensive
    policies and procedures, templates, checklists, and other internal systems and
  • Develop and deliver culturally-competent community education and conduct
  • Help develop program infrastructure to scale service delivery, including
    document automation, workflow management systems, templates, and forms;
  • Help maintain and develop relationships with community-based organizations,
    partners, funders, and the local bar to connect tenants to needed legal services;
  • Consistently and reliably spend 30 of your 40 hours a week completing legal
    work that solves client problems in ways clients themselves find valuable; and
  • Leverage the organization’s tech stack to optimize workflow and communications


Oregon State Bar license in good standing. Comfort working with all kinds of people. Commitment to public interest law and access to justice. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reports to:                     Tenant Eviction Defense Program Director

Salary & Benefits:      $45-50K, depending on experience, plus healthcare, generous vacation time, and a flexible work schedule.

To Apply:                      Please email with the subject line “Tenant Attorney,” indicate whether Metro-area or Southern Oregon is your desired location, and attach a single PDF including a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, three references, and short writing sample.