Inside NWJP: Meet former law clerk & attorney, Eduardo Herrera

By Lindsay Jonasson, Interim Program Administrator

We had the pleasure of hosting Eduardo Herrera as a law clerk back in 2012 and caught up with him last month to see where his career has led. After graduation, Eduardo started his own immigration and criminal defense firm in Gresham, Oregon to help meet the need for high-quality services for low-income, immigrant, and Spanish-speaking clients and their families. Looking back, he remembers his experiences at NWJP as particularly formative: “I credit my time at NWJP for helping me discover my passion and purpose of serving vulnerable communities and for that I will always be grateful.”

Born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Pasadena, California by immigrant parents, Eduardo was the first member of his family (and neighborhood) to go to college. He majored in History with a minor in Education at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) before spending several years as a middle school teacher. He later earned his JD at Lewis & Clark Law School, which is when his path first crossed with NWJP. He is now a partner at the firm he helped to found, Northwest Immigration & Criminal Defense LLP.

Congratulations, Eduardo, on your successful law practice and commitment to serving low-wage workers!

[pullquote align="full" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]“I credit my time at NWJP for helping me discover my passion and purpose of serving vulnerable communities and for that I will always be grateful.”

- Eduardo Herrera[/pullquote]

Part of NWJP's mission is to help increase the availability of legal assistance for low-wage, immigrant, and contingent workers. One strategy to do this is to work with law students to develop skills and interest in doing this work.