ECO LEGAL

Panel Attorney Program​

Panel Attorneys and Accredited Representatives provide skilled, competent and full-service representation to Oregonians on all immigration legal issues. Practitioners in this program must demonstrate the legal acumen and cultural competency to provide high-quality representation to ECO participants.

Practitioners in this program must demonstrate the legal acumen and cultural competency to provide high-quality representation to ECO participants, including: 

  • The ability to communicate with and advocate for immigrants from different cultures; 
  • A professional history of zealous and skilled advocacy for immigrants; 
  • Current knowledge about immigration law and practice; 
  • The ability to research, prepare, and present written and oral arguments on behalf of immigrants beyond the filing of generic forms and templatized arguments; 
  • Good moral and ethical character; 
  • A record of professional demeanor with the immigration courts, the immigration bar, and the legal profession in general; and, 
  • For defensive representation, knowledge and experience of immigration court matters, including bond hearings, master calendar hearings, motions practice, and/or merits hearings.

Panel Attorneys must also meet the following requirements: 

  • At least five years of experience practicing immigration law before the immigration authorities; 
  • In good standing with all relevant bar associations, including the Oregon State Bar or a state bar within the United States. Any prior discipline, including monetary sanctions, is not automatically disqualifying but must be explained to the satisfaction of the fiscal agent; 
  • Registered to practice before the immigration courts; and 
  • Has and can show proof of malpractice insurance covering at least $300,000 per claim through the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) or another similar malpractice insurance.

Accredited Representatives must also meet the following requirements:

  • At least five years of experience practicing immigration law before the immigration authorities or current practice under the supervision of a lawyer with at least five years or status as an active member of the OWR Technical Assistance program;  
  • In good standing with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Recognition and Accreditation program and all federal and state laws regarding the practice of law by non-attorneys. Any prior discipline, including monetary sanctions, is not automatically disqualifying but must be explained to the satisfaction of the fiscal agent; 
  • Has and can show proof of malpractice insurance covering at least $300,000 per claim through professional liability or malpractice insurance; and 
  • Employed in good standing with a U.S. DOJ recognized agency and which is also an organizational member of Oregon Worker Relief in good standing; and,
  • has attested to having access to all necessary law libraries, policies and protocols recommended by Oregon Worker Relief. 

For more information on official requirements and details, read the Program Guidance here.