Nearly 850,000 low-income Oregonians qualify for pro bono legal aid. Countless others do not qualify for pro bono help, but still cannot afford typical attorney's fees. Our mission at the Portland Civil Rights Law Office (PCRLO) is to help fill that gap through the provision of free and low-cost legal aid and representation. PCRLO also partners with community organizations and advocates to help address institutional inequities and achieve social change. Finally, at PCRLO, we believe in using law for the people. In addition to traditional legal services, therefore, PCRLO is also committed to engaging the community through education and grassroots organizing.
Zack Duffly is PCRLO’s founding attorney. Before founding PCRLO in 2017, Zack worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael H. Simon, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and the Honorable Lynn R. Nakamoto, then of the Oregon State Court of Appeals. Prior to clerking, Zack received a grant from the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale to serve as the Health Care Access and Advocacy fellow at Disability Rights Advocates, a nationally prominent civil rights law firm. While in law school at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), Zack also had the opportunity to volunteer or work with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Worker’s Rights Clinic, the Drug Policy Alliance Office of Legal Affairs, and the East Bay Community Law Center (Income Support Unit).