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Portland

All citizens deserve a voice and representation. And all lawyers have an obligation to assist people and organizations that otherwise would have no access to the justice system.

We have embraced the American Bar Association’s challenge to law firms to commit three percent of their total firmwide billable hours to pro bono work, and have recently instituted a policy that all attorneys contribute at least 50 hours to pro bono work each year.

Our attorneys have a broad range of interests and political philosophies, and they are free to pursue their diverse interests within the guidelines of our pro bono program. These projects are often emotionally demanding and may even involve unpopular causes or clients. But they’re always rewarding.

Important Constitutional Law Case Won by Associate at Oregon Supreme Court
In one of the most important constitutional law cases in Oregon in recent years, Portland associate Alan Galloway won a decision that allows the courts of Oregon to consider the merits of cases involving important issues even when the case becomes moot—that is, when the court’s decision will no longer affect the parties’ interests directly. Read more about this important case.

First-year Associate Wins at Oregon Appeals Court on Behalf of Wheelchair-bound Veteran
Associate Caitlin Shin won a ruling in August from the Oregon Court of Appeals on behalf of a wheelchair-bound veteran who was denied transportation to a medical appointment by a state contractor.

The two-judge panel found that even though our client no longer had need for the specific appointment, Oregon’s law providing for a capable-of-repetition exception when determining mootness applied in his case.

Portland Associates Help Undocumented, Unaccompanied Minors Seek a Safer Future
Undocumented minors who have entered this country unaccompanied by adult family members and without any family here into which they can be placed are particularly vulnerable. Our Portland associates, Bethany Coleman-Fire and Caitlin Shin, have partnered with a nonprofit law firm called Immigration Counseling Service to assist these young people with their immigration matters.

“These kids have often faced obstacles we are barely able to imagine,” says Shin. “They just want to grow up safe, work hard, and be productive members of society.” Especially compelling to Coleman-Fire, she says, is the fact that Portland hosts most of the LGBTQ unaccompanied minors in the country, some of whom had to flee prejudice and abuse in their home country. “These clients demonstrate regularly the power of human resilience,” says Coleman-Fire, “and give us the chance to try to provide a much safer and secure future.”
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