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Fri, 06/01/2012 (All day)

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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.


Multnomah County

Shelly Matthys, Executive Director

She 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. 

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

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

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
Ahndrayah Andrews Bookkeeper
Shelly Matthys Interim Executive Director
Peter Cervellino Development Assistant
Richard Dixon Clerical Assistant
Chamber Dorheim Attorney
Ana Govea-Gonzalez Legal Assistant
Clarinda Hanson White Interim Development Director
James F. LaSasso Attorney
Connie Lukes Attorney
Michael Mason Vice President - Finance & Operations
Kay Schatzel Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Eileen Stein Receptionist
Washington County Office
Michael D. Hess Attorney
Kelly D. Lamarr Attorney/Branch Manager
Viviana Mendoza Receptionist/Office Assistant
Jennifer L. Peckham Attorney
Bobbie J. Wallace Legal Secretary