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.


Shelly Matthys, Executive Director


Shelly graduated from Seattle University Law School in 1995 and then worked as a volunteer prosecutor at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. A staff attorney with the clinic for 16 years, Shelly 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. She became the Executive Director of the Clinic in January 2014.

Chamber A. Dorheim

Chamber joined the Clackamas Office in 2008 and is now part of the Multnomah County Office. Prior to working at SALC, Chamber practiced family law with a private firm and served as a judicial clerk in Multnomah County. She received her law degree from Lewis and Clark law school and her BA from St. Olaf College.


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James F. LaSasso

James graduated from University of Oregon Law School in 1981. After law school James worked throughout the 80's as a law clerk, paralegal, and in private practice primarily in the area of family law. In 1990, James joined SALC and has been working as a staff attorney ever since.

Connie C. Lukes

After a career in telecommunications and acting as a union steward, Connie Lukes decided to expand on her interest in conflict management and graduated from Marylhurst University in 2002 with a degree in communications, concentrating in mediation and conflict resolution. She has acted as a volunteer mediator for several years. While attending Lewis and Clark Law School, Connie worked as a law clerk at St. Andrew while interning at Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic. After being admitted to practice law in the spring of 2006, Connie worked as a contract attorney while working as a volunteer attorney in St. Andrew night clinic. She was hired as a staff attorney in the fall of 2006.


Alex S. Ogurek

Alex joined St. Andrew as an attorney in 2014. While in school, Alex clerked at the Clackamas County office. He graduated from the night program at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he focused on family law and elder law. He also graduated with honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he focused on hiking and camping. In his spare time, Alex enjoys swimming, cooking, reading about science stuff, and fun.


Washington County


Michael D. Hess


Michael Hess is a 2008 graduate of the Willamette University College of Law. He was selected to be a member of The Order of Barristers, a national organization that recognizes outstanding courtroom advocacy. Before law school, Michael lived in Washington DC where he served on the staff for members of the House of Representatives. He also worked for a national environmental advocacy group and a national public relations firm. Michael graduated cum laude with a BA degree in English and History from the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) in 1996. Before joining SALC, Michael was an associate at Kramer & Associates. In his spare time, Michael officiates high school football as a member of the Portland Football Officials Association. Originally from California, Michael spends his free time with his wife and three children, exploring everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer.



Kelly D. Lemarr


Kelly is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and a practicing attorney in Oregon since 2003. Since then she has focused her practice on a wide range of family law issues. In addition to her work at SALC, Kelly accepts pro bono court appointments as the attorney for children in high conflict domestic relations cases.


Ksen Pallegedara


Ksen is fluent in Russian.



Jennifer Peckham


Jennifer is a native Oregonian, born and raised in southwest Portland, and a graduate of Beaverton High School. After high school, she majored in English at the University of Wisconsin and taught English in the public schools prior to going to law school. During law school she clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice and CASA for Children, focusing on juvenile law and child advocacy. Prior to joining SALC, Jennifer was a SALC Night Clinic volunteer attorney and was in solo practice with an emphasis on juvenile and family law.


Legal services provided by the Community Development Law Center are now being provided by the Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School: http://law.lclark.edu/centers/small_business_legal_clinic/.

Multnomah County Office

Shelly Matthys

Executive Director/Attorney

Ahndrayah Andrews


Richard Dixon

Clerical Assistant


Chamber Dorheim


Ana Govea-Gonzalez

Legal Assistant

Clarinda Hanson White

Interim Development Director

James F. LaSasso


Connie Lukes


Michael Mason

Vice President - Finance & Operations

Alex S. Ogurek


Kay Schatzel

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Eileen Stein


Diana Winther

Law Clerk

Washington County Office

Michael D. Hess


Kelly D. Lamarr

Attorney/Branch Manager

Viviana Mendoza

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Jennifer L. Peckham


Ksen Pallegedara