Help for the PublicOregon 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 ServicesThe 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.
- Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service: Available 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 503.684.3763 or visit the OSB website for details.
- OregonLawHelp.org: 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.
PublicationsThere 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
Domestic Violence: A Guide to Your Rights
League of Women Voters' Pamphlet:
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
Free Legal Information Booth
The Free Legal Information booth is held in conjunction with Tell it to the Judge. Local citizens are encouraged to talk informally with attorneys and learn how to find legal assistance. The booth provides the public with general legal information and disseminates free brochures. Stop by this year's booth on Saturday, April 30 from 1-3:00pm at the North Portland Library (512 North Killingsworth Street).
Tell it to the Judge
Tell it to the Judge is a forum for community members to speak directly with local judges about their questions, concerns, and opinions on the justice system. Volunteers facilitate public interaction with the judges. Tell it to the Judge will be held on April 30 from 1-3:00pm at the North Portland Library (512 North Killingsworth Street).
The YOUthFILM Project - May 4, 6:30 pm
If you have questions or comments please contact the MBA at 503.222.3275 or via email.