Rebecca Schaleger has been practicing law since 1999. She is a native Oregonian who was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest. She attended University of Oregon for her undergraduate studies, and received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science in 1992.
Rebecca attended the prestigious Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College and graduated with her law degree in May of 2000. Her focus in Law School was mainly on criminal law and family law. While still attending law school, Rebecca worked with the Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic representing low-income clients in a variety of legal matters, including child support modifications.
In her final year of law school she began an internship at the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office handling adult criminal matters. She passed the Oregon State bar in September of 2000 and was hired by the District Attorney’s Office the same day. She worked as a Deputy District Attorney handling adult criminal matters as well as juvenile matters, including dependency cases and juvenile delinquency cases. Rebecca charged and personally negotiated or went to trial on hundreds of cases each year.
In 2007, Rebecca used her expertise to open her own law practice, handling criminal, juvenile, and domestic relations. She spent the next decade earning her stellar reputation as a defense and family law attorney in the county where she already had a positive reputation as a prosecutor. She worked with the agencies with whom she had developed a relationship as a prosecutor to help her clients. From 2013 - 2019, Rebecca began prosecuting again, part time, as the Oregon City Municipal Court prosecutor. She worked closely with police and defense attorneys in an effort to come to resolutions on cases that often involve social issues in addition to criminal ones. In 2018, Rebecca realized her colleague Mandi Philpott was just as principled, hardworking and tough as she, and the two decided to form the law firm Schaleger Philpott.
Rebecca is the administrator of Juvenile Advocates of Clackamas, the consortium that handles court appointed dependency cases in Clackamas County. She has been invited to teach at the juvenile law conferences on more than one occasion, and acts as a mentor to newer lawyers learning juvenile law. When she is not working, teaching, or mentoring, Rebecca enjoys time with her family. She likes to garden, and create meals for her family from the fresh produce she raises on the family farm. She enjoys reading apocalyptic fiction and travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures.
She is a member of:
Juvenile Advocates of Clackamas
Clackamas County Bar Association
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Juvenile Law Section
Oregon State Bar Family Law Section