The DA’s Office has a variety of volunteer opportunities. The descriptions below provide more information about each opportunity and instructions on how to apply.
Visit the Office
Attorneys, law school graduates, and law students who are interested in visiting the office are encouraged contact Senior Deputy District Attorney Jenna Plank, the supervisor of the Misdemeanor Trial Unit. Jenna may be reached via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)or by phone at (503)-988-3112.
Practical Skills Through Public Service
The DA’s Office participates in the Practical Skills Through Public Service program. This unique program was created by the Oregon New Lawyers Division. In this program, new attorney volunteers are placed at organizations of their interest, receive training relevant to their respective organizations, are mentored by practicing attorneys, and are given active cases and projects.
Jury Trial Experience Project
The DA’s Office has worked in partnership with the American College of Trial Lawyers on the Jury Trial Experience Project since August 2008. The project places attorneys (with varying levels of experience) from local civil firms into the Misdemeanor Trial Unit of the DA’s Office. Participants commit to working 4 days per week for 4 weeks. During the first 2 days, participants undergo an accelerated orientation and training program. By the end of the first week, participants are assigned their first trial. As time passes, participants are assigned to handle more complex and difficult cases. When not in trial, participants handle probation violation hearings, show-cause hearings, restitution hearings, and other court appearances. Participants will be screened via a criminal background check and pre-participation drug screening.
If you have questions about the project, please contact Senior Deputy DA Tom Cleary at email@example.com . Contact Jury Trial Experience Committee member, Walter Sweek of Cosgrave, Vergeer, Kester at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elden Rosenthal of Devlin Law P.C. at email@example.com to apply.
Work Opportunities for Students
The DA’s Office provides work opportunities for students from the Youth Employment and Empowerment Program, the Private Industry Council, the Portland Urban League, the North Portland Youth and Family Services Center, and the Commission for the Blind. In addition, students from local high schools, community colleges, and universities are invited to participate in internships and training programs.
If you would like further information about this program, please contact Staff Services Manager, Jodi Erickson by email at Jodi.Erickson@nullmcda.us or by phone at (503) 988-4510, or contact Jamila Williams by email at Jamila.Williams@nullmcda.us or by phone at (503) 988-5706.
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Program
The role of a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) is to provide support and information during the forensic medical examination and law enforcement interview. SAVAs meet with law enforcement and the sexual assault victim at local hospitals or medical facilities. The purpose of the hospital response is two-fold: to ensure the physical well being of the victim and to collect forensic evidence that may be present.
If this is an opportunity that you are interested in, please complete and submit an application. Applications should be mailed to:
ATTN: Emily Hyde
1200 Southwest First Avenue Suite 5200
Portland, Oregon 97204
Contact Emily Hyde at (503) 988-6448