We're hiring a Legal Services Director to join our growing team of lawyers, law clerks, pro bono supervisors, and volunteers. We're looking for a Lawyer with 10+ years' experience, a collaborative attitude, and desire to mentor. If that sounds like you, please click here to learn more. You can read about it online here.

Now accepting applications for summer and fall law clerks. Please email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a three+ page writing sample to hello@thecommonslawcenter.org with the subject line "Summer Law Clerk" or "Fall Law Clerk."

Amanda Caffall
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Amanda Caffall, J.D.

As executive director and staff attorney, Amanda builds programs, serves clients, and dreams big. She grew up in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens and graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2011. Her goal is to support transformative social change that makes communities more equitable, economic strategies sustainable, and the planet more resilient. 



Kimberly burkland pray, j.d., llm

Our board president has nearly two decades' experience in nonprofit organizational and program development. She now practices estate planning, tax, and business law at Catalyst Law, LLC, where she is a founding member of a woman-owned enterprise. 

Susan T. Alterman, J.D.

Susan has more than 30 years' experience working on commercial finance, real estate, and creditors' rights matters, with a focus on commercial banking and real estate transactions. She was the first female deputy district attorney in Polk County. Education is her passion and she's served on the boards of Schoolhouse Supplies, Portland State University Foundation, and the leadership cabinet of Willamette Law School.


John grant, J.D.

John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day he is a legal operations strategist and law firm process consultant. He served as co-chair of the Oregon State Bar's Innovations Committee and is a member of the Board of Governors. 


Lewis landerholm, J.D.

A decade in business management led Lewis to found his firm as a new lawyer in 2009. Recognizing too many people needed family law help, Lewis and his team launched a new project in 2014 to serve clients of lesser means, Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is a mentor to the kids sports teams he coaches and to his legal team.



Jonathan runs a solo law practice and specializes in tax controversy, trusts, closely held businesses, and estate planning. He's an adjunct professor at University of Oregon School of Law, where he teaches tax practice and procedure. Providing research and advice to congress, he was a Graduate Tax Policy Scholar while in law school at Georgetown.  



advisory board 

Our advisory board is chaired by Kristen West McCall, parter at Pickett Dummigan McCall.

Arlene Cogan, Philanthropic Leadership Consultant

Susan Gary, University of Oregon

Ward Greene, Williams Kastner

Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law, LLC

Neil Kimmelfield, Lane Powell, Shareholder

Penny H. Serrurier, Stoel Rives, Managing Partner

Michele E. Wasson, Stoel Rives, Associate

Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Shareholder

Pro bono lawyers

Josh Barrett, Create Legal

Bryson Davis, Harrang Gary Long & Rudnick

Laura Fishman, Affordable Family Law of Oregon

Don Friedman, Retired

Jim Geringer, Klarquist Sparkman

Bill Manne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Fallon Niedrist, JJH Law

Joanna Posey, Fischer Family Law

As pro bono volunteers complete projects their names are added to our website. Thanks to the many lawyers who are on our pro bono list!