Pro Bono Committee

The Debtor Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar is committed to providing access to justice for low income individuals through their Pro-Bono Litigation and Bankruptcy Clinic programs. The success of these programs is the result of numerous volunteer attorneys who in conjunction with established statewide programs offer their time to low income individuals by providing free bankruptcy representation. The ProBono Task Force continues to actively seek new opportunities to expand these much needed programs into new regions throughout Oregon. If you are an attorney interested in joining one of these programs, please contact a committee member for more information on how to sign up.

Currently there are two statewide programs:

Please visit the “Bankruptcy Clinics” link on this website for more information about the individual clinics available in your area. Please visit the “ProBono litigation” link under “Resources” for more information on low cost representation in bankruptcy litigation.


Rich Parker, Chair

Penny Austin, Executive Committee Liaison


Steve Behrends, Chair (informally)

Judson M. Carusone, Executive Committee Liaison

Task Force (including Bend, Pendleton and Salem)

Erika Hente, (Lane County)

Kristy Wood, (Director of Operations)

Jill Mallery, Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) Statewide Pro Bono Manager

Ava Schoen, Executive Committee Liaison

The primary current activity of the Pro Bono Committee is the operation of free Bankruptcy Clinics at various locations around the state.