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STATEMENT FROM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
St. Andrew Legal Clinic, a non-profit that has provided low-cost legal services to low-income Oregon families since 1979, has hired Kevin McHargue as its interim Executive Director. He replaces Shelly Matthys, who has chosen to step down after 18 years with the clinic as an attorney, managing attorney and executive director.
“Our executive director wears many hats. We chose Kevin from a strong group of candidates because of his extensive background as a practicing attorney and supervising lawyer, and his experience in development, communications and advocacy,” said Seth King, President of the clinic’s Board of Directors. “We are pleased he’s agreed to help us continue our mission to provide legal services to Oregon families in need.”
Kevin has been an attorney for 22 years and is a member of the bar in Oregon and Texas. Most recently, he has been a family law attorney and mediator in Portland. He received his JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994 and worked as an attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. He was head of the appellate section of Baron & Budd in Dallas, a firm with 500 attorneys, where he worked for 11 years.
Kevin also is skilled in communications, non-profit development and advocacy. He was staff communications director for U.S. Representative Jim Turner, and vice president for development for the ACLU of Texas Board of Directors. Since moving to Oregon, he has been vice president for legislation for the Oregon PTA, and is on the Oregon Department of Education advisory committee tasked with implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), focusing on school quality and equal opportunities in education.
While welcoming a new leader, the Board of Directors wants to thank its outgoing executive director for her many years of service to Oregon families. “Shelly did a remarkable job, not only supervising the clinic’s attorneys but also making sure the clinic remained on firm financial footing - all while continuing to advocate tirelessly for her clients,” King said. “She has earned an important place in our clinic’s 38-year history, and we wish her well in her next endeavors.”
Kevin will serve as interim ED for six months, after which he and the Board can decide whether to make his appointment permanent.
St. Andrew Legal Clinic Board of Directors