Public Information

Help for the Public

Oregon lawyers contribute more than a million dollars annually to the Campaign for Equal Justice, to help fund Legal Aid offices around the state and ensure equal access to justice regardless of economic limitations. In addition, MBA members and local law firms contribute approximately $40,000 with their MBA dues and activities, as well as hundreds of volunteer hours, to the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Senior Law Project, the Nonprofit Project, the Domestic Violence Project, the Bankruptcy Clinic and several other programs. The Young Lawyers Section provides practical services and produces helpful publications, like the Domestic Violence handbook and Youth Faces the Law handbook.

Pro Bono Services

The Multnomah Bar Association cannot answer legal questions, provide legal assistance or refer you to an attorney. Please consider the following legal resources available in the community.

  • Free legal information for Oregonians. Resources include downloadable pamphlets and lists of legal services available to the public. Available in nine languages.
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon: Serves people with low income and seniors. Call the Multnomah County office at 503.224.4086 or visit the LASO website for more information or to contact a branch outside of Multnomah County.


There are a number of publications available for reference. Click on the following titles to view or download the PDF.

Youth Faces the Law: A Juvenile Rights handbook

This is an excellent resource for anyone who works with youth. It offers practical legal information for minors and resources available to them. The handbook is available in both English and Spanish.

Domestic Violence: A Guide to Your Rights

This handbook was designed to provide victims of domestic violence and service providers with information about domestic violence, available resources and victims' legal rights. The handbook is available in both English and Spanish.

League of Women Voters' Pamphlet:

The Trial Jury In Oregon's State Courts: Where Oregonians share the power and the responsibility.

Trial by jury is a right established in both the United States Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. Citizens who serve as jurors bring life to the constitutional right to trial by jury. This pamphlet presents a very general overview of a juror's role in Oregon state trial courts.

Community Law Week

The Young Lawyers Section Service to the Public Committee plans events for Community Law Week. This year's theme was Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law with events that took place on April 25 and 29. Local citizens were encouraged to celebrate their freedom as Americans and take part in several Community Law Week events designed to expand awareness of our laws, justice system and the role that they play in our lives. The events included a Legal Information Booth and Tell it to the Judge event.

Free Legal Information Booth

On Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m., a legal information booth was available at the Portland State University Student Union, Room 296. Local citizens were encouraged to talk informally with attorneys and learn how to find legal assistance. The booth provided the public with general legal information and disseminated free brochures.

Tell it to the Judge

People were given the opportunity to discuss their ideas, questions and concerns regarding our court system, face-to-face with local judges at the Portland State University Student Union, Room 296, on Saturday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m.

The YOUthFILM Project - April 29, 6:30 pm

This is a student filmmaking contest where students compete for prizes by producing short films. The 2015 YOUthFILM Project held a screening and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland and prizes were awarded.

If you have questions or comments please contact the MBA at 503.222.3275 or via email.