Upcoming Events

The 10th Annual Taste for Justice will be held on October 28, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum!

There are many ways to participate: Sponsor, donate an auction item,...

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 5:00pm
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING Our 15th Annual Race for Justice -
We raised nearly $120,000 for our clinic.  We are so grateful for the nearly 600 runners who came...
Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:00am

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.

Portland Office

Chelsea Ashton

Chelsea graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2014.  During school, she clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice in the Child Advocacy Section working on juvenile dependency cases.  She also was a certified law clerk for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office where she prosecuted misdemeanor cases.  Chelsea joined SALC’s Multnomah County office in October 2014.

Suzie Bruce 

Suzie began working for St. Andrew Legal Clinic in the fall of 2014. She has a background in insurance defense litigation and tax research, but was a Night Clinic volunteer for St. Andrew Legal Clinic for several years. Suzie graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2011. During law school, Suzie clerked for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. She also worked for a Boston based non-profit focusing on family law and immigration law. Suzie graduated from University of Oregon in 2008. She is an Oregon native. 

James F. LaSasso

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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 Office

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.


Brad Siegman

Brad graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School located in Grand Rapids, MI in 2012. During law school Brad worked at the public defender’s office.  Brad moved to Oregon after law school and established a solo practice focusing on bankruptcy and criminal defense. Brad started volunteering with SALC in October of 2013 because of his strong belief in SALC’s mission. He was hired as a staff attorney in July of 2014. Being born and raised in Wisconsin, Brad is a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan. He is married and is raising two more Packer fans of his own.

Legal services provided by the Community Development Law Center are now being provided by the Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School

Multnomah County Office

Shelly Matthys

Executive Director/Attorney

Ahndrayah Andrews


Chelsea Ashton Attorney
Suzie Bruce Attorney

Richard Dixon

Clerical Assistant

Ana Govea-Gonzalez

Legal Assistant

Tara Martin

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

Legal Assitant

Diana Mendoza Receptionist
Brad Siegman Attorney