Immigrant Justice Fellowship For New Lawyers

Oregon’s Immigrant Justice Fellowship provides new and emerging lawyers with a fully funded position at an Oregon nonprofit to provide universal representation services through ECO. Through a competitive process, up to 6 new and emerging attorneys are selected each year for one-year, renewable, fellowships. 


Fellowships have been awarded through a competitive process to these talented individuals, identified by year of award and law school.

Alondra Duran

2023 Fellow, Willamette University School of Law

Rodrigo Fernandez-Ortega

2023 Fellow, Willamette University School of Law

Miguel Cardenas de Avila

2023 Fellow, University of Oregon School of Law

Doug Valladares

2023 Fellow, Willamette University School of Law

Nanci Vasquez Rios

2022 Fellow, Roger Williams University, School of Law

Jemila Mohamed

2022 Fellow, Lewis & Clark Law School

Jeffrey Simon

2022 Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Carey School of Law

Maria Thomson

2022 Fellow, Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Katie Paradise

2022 Fellow, Widener University School of Law


common questions

To be eligible for an Oregon Immigrant Justice Fellowship, an applicant must have graduated from an accredited law school by the start date of the Fellowship and have or be awaiting licensure. Three options for attorney licensure are recgonized:

Though the Fellowship is open to members or future members of the bar of any state, preference may be given to Oregon State Bar members and applicants in the selection process.

In addition, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have no more than six years of work experience as a licensed attorney;
  • Demonstrate professional fluency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken by immigrant community members in Oregon;
  • Demonstrate, through personal experience, work experience, academic studies, or other experience, a commitment to public interest and social justice lawyering.

Applicants who have experience with and a commitment to serving members of the immigrant community are especially encouraged to apply.

All fellowships for the September 2024-2025 have been awarded. Awardees will be published soon.

Information about the 2025-26 application process is anticipated to be available in fall 2024. Applications will be evaluated by the host organization(s) according to objective criteria including relevant experience, commitment to social justice and immigrant rights, and proficiency in language(s) other than English.     

For information about last year’s application process, read our FAQ .  

For students at Willamette Law, learn more about the new Immigrant Justice Scholars Program, which offers partial tuition scholarships to students committed to immigration law and public interest work and creates a path to an Oregon Immigrant Justice Fellowship.  

Oregon Work Relief accepts applications for new host organizations on a rolling basis. Prospective organizations must be culturally competent Oregon-based nonprofits with the ability to provide close attorney mentorship and supervision. For more information, e-mail the ECO Clearinghouse at