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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. 

Brittany A. Berkey

Brittany Berkey graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. She is admitted to practice in New York State as well as Oregon. While in NYC she prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in Bronx Family Court. Before joining the SALC staff in the Fall of 2005, Brittany spent a year as an AmeriCorps attorney doing domestic violence advocacy at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. 

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. 

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.

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 young 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. 

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.

Nicole Rappaport
Nicole was born and raised in Michigan where she graduated from Wayne
State University Law School in 2005 and received her BA from the University
of Michigan in 2002. Nicole has been licensed to practice law in Michigan
since 2005, and in Oregon since 2011. After law school, Nicole worked for
two different domestic violence agencies, resulting in a commendation
from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.
In 2007, Nicole was given the opportunity to represent clients in a
variety of civil matters at Legal Aid of Western Michigan, where she
practiced for 4 years prior to moving to Oregon and joining the
Saint Andrew Legal Clinic staff in 2011.

Marc A. Weinstein
Marc received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. Marc has been practicing law in Oregon for more than 13 years. Prior to joining SALC in 2011, Marc worked in the areas of Criminal Law and Juvenile Law both as a Deputy District Attorney and as an Assistant Attorney General. 

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
Brittany A. Berkey Attorney
Hollis Bredeweg Interim Executive Director
Peter Cervellino Development Assistant
Richard Dixon Clerical Assistant
Chamber Dorheim Attorney
Ana Govea-Gonzalez Legal Assistant
Sharon A. Johnson Vice President - Development
James F. LoSasso Attorney
Connie Lukes Attorney
Michael Mason Vice President - Finance & Operations
Shelly D. Matthys Attorney/Branch Manager
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
Nicole Rappaport Attorney
Bobbie J. Wallace Legal Secretary
Marc A. Weinstein Attorney