Al Rand received his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin college in OH. Following college, Al spent two years in Ghana, Africa for the Peace Corps developing sustainable agriculture for the local villages. After the Peace Corps Al applied and was accepted to Willamette University's College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. During the school year Al spent all of his free time with Willamette's public interest student organization. During the summers Al worked for Stoel Rives. His hope was to work for Stoel Rives (the largest Portland law firm) after graduation to gain excellent experience as well as participate in their pro bono program where pro bono hours count toward yearly hourly requirements for the firm.
Upon graduation Al got an offer from Stoel and accepted it. Al practiced in the domestic affairs corporate divisions for ten years. During this time he got to know a large part of the legal and corporate community in Portland. After ten years of practice Al felt that he had developed enough skills, networking, and enough earned enough money to start up his own nonprofit public interest law firm.
Al will work full-time for Advocates. Approximately 40% of his time will be spent marketing/fundraising, while the remaining time will be spent doing legal work and administrative/management details. At month three an administrative assistant/paralegal will be hired. These will be the only paid positions.
Advocates for Legal Equal Access will receive law student interns through Lewis and Clark as well as Willamette University. Local attorneys will also be donating their time to help out with the case load.