Staff Attorney - Small Business Legal Clinic

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 27, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
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Job Purpose

The Staff Attorney will be part of the legal team at the Small Business Legal Clinic. Legal work will focus on providing business transactional legal services to small and emerging businesses, nonprofit corporations and cooperatives.

This is a one year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022), benefits eligible, grant-funded position (continuation is subject to grant funding)

Application Requirements:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Diversity Statement (details in application process)

  • Writing Sample (Please upload a Writing Sample in the My Experience screen in the resume section)

What You'll Do

Legal R​epresentation (50%)

  • Work on the transactional needs of clients, such as drafting contracts and researching and registering trademarks.

  • Represent small and emerging businesses with transactional legal services including trademarks.

  • Represent nonprofit corporations in formation, operation and obtaining tax exempt status.

  • Meet one-on-one with clients.

  • Complete outreach presentations.

  • Work closely with all staff and faculty to advance SBLC's mission.

Administrative Tasks (50%)

  • Contribute to the organization's administrative tasks.

  • Keep records of billable hours and assist in creating monthly statements for clients.

Must Haves
  • Doctoral/JD degree with admission to Oregon State bar.

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience

  • Fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Must be able to have professional conversations with clients in either language.

  • Good working and background knowledge of transactional legal services.

  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent communication skills: verbal and written.

  • Strong organizational, administrative, and advising skills.

  • Ability to work well alone and with others, write legal documents clearly and concisely, and complete necessary legal research.

  • Capacity to cope with complex situations through deliberate analysis and planning.

  • Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

Nice to Haves
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector or with cooperatives.

  • 2-5 years of relevant experience

Work Schedule
  • 20 hours per week

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
  • Hourly Rate $25.65 - $26.65 DOE

  • Part-time (20 hrs/week, 0.53 FTE)

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes

Directions for Cover Letter

Please upload your cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

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Reasonable Accommodation

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Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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