Staff Attorney - Native American Program

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4531 SE Belmont Street
Suite 201
Portland, OR 97215
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Staff Attorney - Native American Program

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), located in Portland.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues.

The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload, with an emphasis on representing eligible Tribe members in tribal, state and federal courts, as well as other legal services to Indian tribes and Native organizations.

Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week. Salary range is $66,200 – 73,700 for 0-5 years’ experience; $75,200 – 81,200 for 6-10 years’ experience and $82,700 - $105,200 for 11-30 years’ experience annually; salaries are determined by relevant work experience and our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Additional $4,300 to $5,700 annually for bilingual ability, depending on proficiency. Full benefits package including individual and family health, vision, and dental insurance coverage; 6% employer retirement contribution; generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; and paid moving expenses.

Closing Date
Open until filled. Review of resumes to begin April 12, 2024


Position requires current Oregon State Bar membership, proven interest in and commitment to working in Indian Country, and knowledge of federal, tribal, and state laws impacting tribes and tribal members. Occasional travel throughout Oregon, including some overnight travel, is required.

To apply: 

Send resume, letter of interest, a brief writing sample (5 pages or less) and list of 3 professional references to:

Fabio Apolito, Director
[email protected]

As a part of your letter of interest, please address the following:
LASO is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients. How have your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity?

If you require reasonable accommodation for a disability during the application/hiring process, please contact Meghan Collins, Director of Administration, at [email protected].

We celebrate diversity LASO is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve and is diverse in race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities, work background, experience and education. We believe that the outcome of such diversity is our greatest strength and a matter of basic human fairness. It is to this end that we strongly encourage applications from people of color and people from any other underrepresented and historically marginalized group to apply for this position.
Salary range: 
$66, 200 - $105,200 DOE
Submission deadline: 
Friday, April 19, 2024