Oregon’s poor can’t afford attorneys for their problems: One clinic this week beefs up free help


A group of attorneys from one of the state's biggest law is teaming up with Legal Aid Services of Oregon to provide a series of hourlong consultations to low-income people living in the rural counties.
News Story (Oregon)

Aimee Green
Oregonian
February 12, 2016
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Tags: Access to Justice, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO)


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The video-conference sessions are designed to offer guidance to people facing a list of commonplace but nonetheless life-altering problems: Help seeking or enforcing restraining orders; collecting child or spousal support; fighting foreclosures or housing discrimination and bad rental living conditions; disputing landlord’s decisions to keep security deposits; collecting unpaid wages; expunging old criminal convictions to make it easier to get a job; and working with debt collectors to pay down debt.

The free legal help from Miller Nash is one of four clinics the firm is planning on doing each year. Morgan, the Legal Aid executive director, said her organization hopes to team up with other firms and lawyers in the Portland area and throughout the state to duplicate similar efforts.