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Staff Attorney - Criminal Justice Reform Clinic

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Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

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To conduct research and provide investigative and evaluative support to the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic.

This is a grant funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon renewal of grant funding.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

The College explicitly acknowledges and affirms its conviction that diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic background, religious orientation or spirituality, physical or sensory disability, gender, and sexual orientation on the Lewis & Clark campus provides an educational benefit for all students that can be realized only if students and education professionals from diverse backgrounds are present in significant numbers within our learning community. In creating and sustaining such a community, we engage, to the extent possible, in practices that will ensure a high degree of diversity on our campus, simultaneously meeting the highest standards of academic excellence of which we are capable.

Minimum Qualifications:


Bar Membership

1 year work experience in a public interest legal setting.

Excellent research, writing, and communications skills.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues both inside and outside of academia.

Strong passion toward criminal justice reform in general, and the clemency process in particular.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference for Lewis & Clark Law School graduate with experience in the criminal justice clinic.

3 years work experience in a public interest legal setting.

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Open Until Filled




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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Requirement – Please submit a separate diversity statement that outlines your experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion. Those experiences can include, but are not limited to the following: lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group; experience living and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities; and professional development or other training in diversity, equity and inclusion. If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

Pay Rate:

$50,000 - $54,000 DOE

Essential Functions:

Conduct research to identify strong candidates for clemency.

Work to establish criteria and a process for petitioning the Governor for clemency.

Review and evaluate petitions submitted by applicants for clemency.

Assess issues surrounding the release of clemency prospects into local communities.

Investigate and evaluate factual and legal aspects of each clemency applicant’s case.

Assist in supervising students’ efforts in representing clients in clemency petitions to the Governor.

Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College.

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A Lewis & Clark education isn’t like anything you could experience anywhere else. We’re a private institution with a public conscience, a residential campus with global reach. Students and faculty throughout all three of Lewis & Clark’s schools—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the Law School—pursue new ways of knowing by combining classic liberal learning with pioneering collaboration.

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