Jay Bodzin maintains a trial and advisory practice at the firm of Kivel & Howard LLP. Since the COVID-19 pandemic required the state of Oregon to institute its shelter-in-place order, many Oregonians face deep uncertainty about their futures and financial insecurity. Prevailing economic inequality has caused the crisis to disproportionately affect renters, many of whom have lost work and cannot afford to pay rent. Advising tenants and landlords in this new environment has taken on a large importance in our practice; but there is vital information that all Oregonians should have about this crisis, even if they do not have ready access to legal representation. Elina Levkovskaya has arranged informational sessions to offer access to this information to Oregon renters.
Elina Levkovskaya is an immigrant, an artist, a renter and a longtime Portand resident. When she isn't facilitating talks on renters rights, she's hanging lights and dressing actors behind the scenes of Portland's theaters as well as running a business as an LGBTQ+ tailor. She can put pockets in anything imaginable.
Elina's business may be found online at Lead & Gold Tailoring.
Jay Bodzin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Oregon in 1998 to attend Reed College. He graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a Senior Reactor Operator's license for Reed's nuclear research reactor - the first political science major to ever hold this position. After graduation, he worked as a dispatcher for a small locally-owned delivery company. In 2004, he entered Northwestern Law School at Lewis & Clark with a Dean's Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He graduated in 2007, with honors awards for pro bono work and community service. In 2008, he opened the Northwest Law Office, a collaborative workspace for solo practitioner attorneys to develop their practices. After nine years in solo practice as a domestic relations litigator, he joined the firm of Kivel & Howard LLP as a research associate.
Jay is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Federal Bar for the District of Oregon, and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He served as Secretary of the Oregon State Bar's Pro Bono Committee in 2010, as its Chair in 2011, and Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Unlawful Practice of Law Committee in 2018. He volunteers as a mentor to new attorneys through the New Lawyer Mentoring Program, and as a fee arbitrator for the Oregon State Bar's fee arbitration program. He also regularly serves as an attorney for minor children in contested custody cases through the Multnomah County Circuit Court. He has been a volunteer judge for the Classroom Law Project's Mock Trial Competition since 2014.
On a personal level, before the shelter-in-place order, Jay was an avid bicyclist, and enjoyed rock climbing, fencing, and playing tabletop games with friends. He hopes to resume these things as soon as it's safe.