Multnomah Defenders, Inc. (MDI) is a non-profit public interest law firm established in 1982.
MDI lawyers and staff defend adults and juveniles in the courts of Oregon in criminal, juvenile, contempt and appellate matters. Our mission is to provide high quality legal representation to our clients and we aspire to treat every client with dignity and respect. We only accept cases to which we have been appointed by the Court.
MDI has 50 staff, including 24 attorneys. We have two office locations in Portland, Oregon. Our downtown office is located in the historic Yeon Building at 522 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1000. Our Juvenile Law section is located in the Lloyd Corporate Plaza at 847 NE 19th Ave., Suite 270. We represent clients in the courts located at the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland, the Justice Center in Portland, the Gresham Branch of the Multnomah County Circuit Court and the Multnomah County Juvenile Court.
MDI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation formed pursuant to the laws of Oregon and overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of five members. The Directors are independently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Director of the Oregon Chapter of the ACLU, the President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, and the President of the Oregon State Bar Association. The Executive Director is Jessica Kampfe.
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