Legal services for the Hispanic community increase
With the recorded increase of the Hispanic segment of the population, the demand for legal services has also been on the rise. From migration and criminal issues to civil lawsuits, the Hispanic community of Oregon is in dire need of proper legal representation.
Recently, an increased number of Oregon Latinos have completed a law degree. Others have developed their legal careers in their native countries before moving here. That’s the case of Diego Conde, a Puerto Rican attorney, now practicing law in Portland.
“After being licensed to practice law in Puerto Rico, and doing so for three years, I decided to move to the US in the summer of 2010 and continue the practice of law here,” said Conde, the founder of Conde Law Group, P.C.
“Oregon has almost 450,000 Hispanics, and the Oregon Committee on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA) has reported that more than 55 percent of them can’t effectively communicate in English,” Conde said. “The problem is not only the lack of English proficiency of the Latino community, but also the shortage of attorneys that speak Spanish.”
But the scene has started to change in recent years. “In the same manner that I came here, got licensed by the state and established my legal practice in the personal injury area, other fellow Spanish-speaking attorneys have started to serve the Hispanic community,” he said. Conde also asserts that the State of Oregon has implemented measures to improve access to justice to our community.
Today, the Oregon Bar Association refers Spanish-speaking individuals with legal needs to attorneys who may manage their legal issues and can effectively communicate with them in Spanish. For more information on retaining the right attorney for you, you may contact the Oregon Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 800-452-7636, or through their website www.osbar.org. You can also contact Diego Conde at 971-373-8982 or visit www.condelawgroup.com for more information.
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