Position: Managing Attorney, Portland Regional Office at Oregon Law Center
Monica Goracke, 2002-2004 LD Access/ David Boies Fellow
What was your focus at DRA? I worked on a lot of different things, but one case addressing inaccessible military family housing at Fort Lewis really stood out. I took the initial intake phone call, and was on the case all the way through filing it in federal court. I was given so much responsibility, but at the same time, Sid and Larry gave me so much support. They taught me how to be a lawyer.
How did your fellowship affect what you went on to do? DRA treats fellowships as a way to nurture future leaders, giving new lawyers a huge boost up with experience they wouldn’t get anywhere else. At DRA I learned to have confidence in arguing my position; to never be timid but to be bold on behalf of my clients. Additionally, DRA really improved my legal writing, which has helped me tremendously throughout my career. When I draft a complaint or a motion, I’m drawing on the skills I learned at DRA. I’m committed to making it an outstanding work product, showing defendants that it’s not going to be an easy case; that my clients will have excellent legal advocacy.
What are you working on now? The Oregon Law Center is a legal services provider, so we help low-income clients on issues like housing, employment, and public benefits. My fellowship confirmed that I loved public interest law and that I wanted to use my law degree to provide not just access to representation but justice for people who have been left behind or pushed aside by society.« Back to All Staff