LEAP Supervising Attorney

Clackamas Women's Services | Oregon City, OR

Posted Date 5/06/2022

Staff with bilingual competencies provide an additional and essential value to our organization and we increase our starting wage accordingly for bilingual staff.

Note to Candidates:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Clackamas Women’s Services is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications as described or if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for or perform job duties.

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for survivors escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexual violence, but rather thrives on mutual respect.

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our emergency shelter, A Safe Place Family Justice Center, satellite offices and throughout the community, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

CWS is committed to building an organizational culture that reflects our values. We envision a community of survivors, staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to breaking the isolation of domestic and sexual violence.  We do this by creating community and partnership, honoring and celebrating survivors, and engaging in work toward equity and social change through community engagement and by investing internally in continual improvement and learning processes. We are dedicated to the ongoing work of creating and sustaining a community where everyone can thrive.

Benefits of working at CWS: 

Clackamas Women’s Services is proud to offer competitive wages, paying above market for all positions and offering a full package of benefits including:

  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, and alternative care benefits.
  • 100% employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.
  • Generous PTO (39.5 days in first year based on accrual).
  • Paid day off for birthday.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Monthly retirement plan contribution of 4%.
  • Anniversary bonus, $25/year of service.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • CWS was voted (by our staff) as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon!
  • Work with a heart-centered team providing culturally responsive emergency, transitional, and long-term supports, and services. CWS helps survivors build hope and resilience so they can achieve their goals for personal safety, physical and mental wellness, financial autonomy, and family stability.

Program Overview:

The Legal Empowerment Accelerator Program (LEAP) was developed through the partnership of A Safe Place, Clackamas Women’s Services, the Clackamas County Bar Association, the Clackamas County Law Library, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas Women Lawyers, local law schools, non-profit organizations, and private practitioners. LEAP is a post-graduate program designed to help recent Oregon law school graduates, attorneys returning to the workplace and attorneys new to this practice area to establish their own law offices while simultaneously serving domestic and sexual violence survivors who lack access to low-cost legal representation.

Our goals for this project are to re-establish and further expand LEAP to fill the gap in affordable civil legal services available to survivors in Clackamas County, grow the community of skilled attorneys committed to trauma-informed representation through mentorship and experiential opportunities, and establish sustainable partnerships with individuals and businesses – including attorneys and law firms – dedicated to ensuring capable and affordable legal representation for survivors. 

Position Purpose:

The Legal Empowerment Accelerator Program (LEAP) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as its Supervising Attorney.  The Supervising Attorney, a seasoned attorney with experience in legal matters that domestic and sexual violence survivors commonly face, who will provide guidance and support to LEAP’s participating attorneys in the substantive and procedural aspects of running a solo practice and delivering legal services.

The Supervising Attorney will provide mentorship, expertise, and leadership to participating attorneys in the substantive, procedural, and administrative aspects of law practice and law office management. The Supervising Attorney will help participating attorneys navigate law practice management, business development, and the delivery of high-quality, survivor-centered legal services in a solo-practice context through both direct support as well as developing mentorship, consultation and training opportunities with skilled practitioners interested in partnering with LEAP. Although the Supervising Attorney provides a great deal of support to program participants, participating attorneys operate as independent firms.  Consequently, the Supervising Attorney is not responsible for participating attorneys’ legal work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides mentorship, training, consultation, guidance, and support to the participating attorneys in the LEAP program.
  • Provide regular representation and consultation in various areas, including representation in emergency and non-emergency protection order hearings; divorce, child custody, or child support proceedings; immigration matters; employment situations; and housing issues.
  • Expectation of emergency representation for contested restraining orders when available.
  • Provide consultation to staff regarding client legal matters.
  • Responsible for providing legal trainings regarding the legal problems of domestic and sexual violence survivors and/or low-income and modest-means clients.
  • Supervision and mentorship including (but not limited to)
    • Mentorship of participating attorneys in providing legal services relevant to domestic and sexual violence.
    • Identify continuing legal education and other training opportunities relevant to solo practice and substantive legal areas.
    • Conduct weekly case reviews with participating attorneys.
    • Assist participating attorneys with marketing and practice development.
    • Co-lead training and orientation of participating LEAP attorneys
  • Work with LEAP Program Manager and A Safe Place civil legal partners to create, evaluate and modify the legal referral process.
  • Responsible for providing legal trainings for agency staff and partners regarding the legal problems of domestic and sexual violence survivors and/or low-income and modest-means clients, trauma informed representation, and other related topics.
  • Responsible for leading quarterly legal clinics.
  • Promote collaborations and serve as a liaison between participating attorneys and LEAP partners (e.g., Oregon State Bar, local bar associations, and local law schools).
  • Support LEAP Program Managers work in building partnerships and collaboration with Oregon State Bar, local bar associations, local law schools, professional groups, and mentoring attorneys.
  • Participate in the Oregon State Bar's New Lawyer Mentoring Program (NLMP), to provide participating attorneys with guidance based on the NLMP’s curriculum, which includes introduction to the legal community, public service and bar service, rules of professional conduct and standards of professionalism, introduction to law office management, working with clients, career satisfaction, and work-life balance.

General responsibilities:

  1. Represent the mission, value, and philosophy of CWS to program participants, employees and to the public.
  2. Represent and reflect the values of the agency through direct communication and collaboration with co-workers, partners, and participants.
  3. Model values of equity and inclusion in decision making and daily work.
  4. Participate in speaking engagements and educational trainings as requested.
  5. Work to increase other providers’ capacity to respond to family violence within their programs.
  6. Attend CWS all staff meetings and regular leadership team meetings.
  7. Submit necessary monthly service logs, staff reports, mileage reimbursement forms and quarterly program statistics.
  8. Meet regularly with the Deputy Director to plan and prioritize projects.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the State Bar of Oregon in good standing.
  • Minimum of 5 years practice experience in legal areas relevant to domestic and sexual violence survivors, including (but not limited to) one or more of the following: protective orders, child support, child custody, divorce, immigration status, wrongful termination, landlord-tenant, criminal justice and bankruptcy.
  • Demonstrated experience with, and sensitivity to, the legal problems of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and/or low-income and modest-means clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, train, and supervise attorneys; serve marginalized populations; and provide mentoring opportunities for attorneys and demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Experience in solo practice preferred.
  • Reliable transportation required; position includes use of personal vehicle to complete some tasks.
  • Must be able to travel throughout Clackamas County and the Greater Portland Area.
  • The person in this position frequently remains in a stationary position and periodically: moves items (up to 25 lbs.) from one place to another and regularly moves throughout CWS worksites to access files and meet with staff and participants.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, older adults, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to hr@cwsor.org with the subject line of “LEAP Supervising Attorney”.

Listing Type
Legal | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level | Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Salary Type

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