Help for Families

St. Andrew Legal Clinic works to meet the legal needs of low and moderate income people with family law concerns. Our sliding scale fees are based on income, family size, and ability to pay. SALC is committed to ensure children are offered the chance to reach their full potential by protecting the rights of families.

Help for Non-profits

Legal services provided by The Community Development Law Center are now being provided by the Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) at Lewis
and Clark Law School.

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Your donations help real people, here in Oregon. Regardless of emotional or financial limitations, all SALC clients receive quality representation. Quality legal help, means more children grow up in safer homes; parents enjoy increased financial stability; and incidents of domestic abuse may be reduced.

Upcoming Events

The Ninth Annual

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Portland Art Museum, Kridel Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland...

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:00pm

Thank you for your participation in the Race for Justice!

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 9:00am

Our Commitment


We have two family law office locations in the Greater Portland Metro-Area serving low-income clients in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Yamhill counties. Visit our locations page to see office details, including address, contact information, and hours.

About St. Andrew Legal Clinic

We are a community-based, charitable organization that purposefully acts with compassion and spiritual motivations to help people in need.

SALC helps bridge the gap for families who do not qualify for Legal Aid and can not afford to hire a private attorney. As a result of the legal representation that SALC provides, families have increased financial security, stay off of welfare and are overall more productive members of our society. And more children also grow up in positive and safe environments as a result of SALC's intervention.

New Executive Director Named

Shelly Matthys was recently appointed Executive Director to replace her friend and former colleague, Joel Overlund, long-time director of St. Andrew Legal Clinic who returned to private practice in family law last year. Shelly, a staff attorney with the clinic for 16 years, most recently served as lead attorney and manager of the Multnomah County office. Her practice has focused on custody, parenting time, and support in cases of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

Shelly represents children in high-conflict domestic relations cases as a volunteer attorney for the Counsel for Children program. She is a member of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Family Law Advisory Committee, and has served on several state and local committees of the Oregon Bar Association.

She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Oregon State University.

The St. Andrew Legal Clinic is grateful to the work and leadership of Hollis Bredeweg from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Executive Transition Services Team who served as Interim Executive Director.

Make a gift in honor of Joel Overlund