The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, and legal technical assistance nationally. This position is based in our Portland, Oregon, office. We seek a part-time, self-directed, experienced Oregon attorney, with excellent writing and organizational skills (as well as a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, and commitment to serving vulnerable individuals) to join our team.
The half-time (.5 FTE) attorney will provide legal screening, consultation and representation to victims of (primarily non-intimate partner) sexual assault; help plan and deliver regional and statewide trainings for advocates and lawyers on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs; recruit, train and mentor pro bono attorneys; and collaborate with community partners. Some (mostly in-state) travel and driving is required. The position is funded by a 3-year federal grant.
- Provide sexual assault victims with comprehensive legal consultations, representation and referrals.
- Represent VRLC clients in areas impacted by the sexual assault, including privacy, safety, immigration, employment, education, housing, financial compensation or public benefits, and limited criminal justice system advocacy. Representation includes, but is not limited to, motion practice, civil protection order hearings, administrative hearings, and extrajudicial proceedings.
- Participate in weekly intake and case assessment meeting with other staff attorneys.
- Provide legal education and training related to sexual assault representation to attorneys and advocates.
- Conduct outreach and training to and collaborate with community partners, including private pro bono attorneys, rape crisis centers, medical and mental health providers, and law enforcement.
- Participate in client services data collection.
- Other duties as directed.
- Experience working with vulnerable populations.
- Minimum of four (4) years litigation/courtroom experience in Oregon.
- Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and to build and strengthen community partnerships.
- Valid driver license, good driving record, and willingness to drive to training sites.
- Experience working with sexual assault survivors and/or fluency in a second language preferred.
VRLC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are encouraged to apply.
VRLC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are encouraged to apply.