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Legal Assistant

Multnomah Defenders Inc.
$42,606- $72,872/ year
Posted May 03
Full Time
On Site
Portland, Oregon

About the Firm: Multnomah Defenders, Inc. (MDI) is a non-profit public interest law firm established in 1982. Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients and to treat every client with dignity and respect. MDI lawyers defend adults and juveniles in courts of Oregon in criminal, juvenile, contempt and appellate matters.   About the Position: Legal assistants play a key role at MDI. They support attorneys, maintain case files, and engage with clients. Each legal assistant assists multiple attorneys, while being available for additional coverage in conjunction with the administrative team. Law office experience is helpful, but not required. Clear communication, flexibility, and effective prioritization are key skills to succeed in this position. Legal assistants are supervised by the Trial Assistant Manager. This is a full time non-exempt position, working 8am - 5pm.


  • Highly organized with the ability to learn new systems
  • Professional communication skills, calm phone demeanor, team-minded approach
  • Basic knowledge of office equipment, and competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Windows systems
  • Flexibility, strong multitasking skills, attention to detail
  • Experience working with people under stress, and a commitment to indigent defense
  • Experience in Action Step or other case management software a plus
  • Conversational Spanish speaking ability a plus

Compensation: Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance provided. Generous sick time, vacation time, and annual merit-based reviews with raises also provided. Entry level salary begins at $42,606 and has a range up to $72,872, depending on experience and qualifications. A Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is provided. Hybrid remote/in-person schedules are available after a probationary period.

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to

MDI is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or veteran, disability, or pregnancy status. MDI values diversity in our hiring decisions.