The Portland Law Collective is closing July 31, 2016.
In April of 2016 current members of Portland Law Collective, LLP (PLC) decided to dissolve the firm and end the collective practice.
The members of PLC made this decision for many reasons, including the commitment necessary for ongoing success and overall sustainability. We did not make our decision lightly and although we are closing this collective practice, we believe that collectively run firms can be successful and serve an important function by bringing workplace equity and egalitarianism to an often unequal and hierarchical profession. Although we are saddened to see this political work come to an end, we remain incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished and the clients we’ve been honored to serve.
PLC was founded in 2010 and most recently specialized in representing unions and people injured by police or in prison. PLC also provided legal services to progressive activist groups. We strived to provide excellent legal representation while furthering our values of egalitarianism, tolerance, and sustainability in our workplace, the legal system, and the world, drawing on our experience as activists to ensure that our legal work empowered clients and complemented their organizing. Law collectives are not common but have long provided inspiration to progressive lawyers and support to activists – from the San Francisco Community Law Collective and the People’s Law Office in the 1970s to the Midnight Special Law Collective more recently, and to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York City today.
Attorneys Benjamin Haile and Cathy Highet will continue their respective legal practices in civil rights and labor in Portland, Oregon. Legal Worker Chris Knudtsen will move forward in a different direction professionally, and Legal Worker and Sara Libby will provide office management for Cathy Highet, at Highet Law, LLC.
Current contact information for Portland Law Collective will remain effective through July 20th, 2016. Check back to this site on July 1, 2016 for future contact information for the law practices of Benjamin Haile and Cathy Highet.