D. Michael Dale

All Fellows

Our Fellows

D. Michael Dale

2003 Fellow
Founder of Northwest Workers' Justice Project with Mia Butzbaugh

D. Michael Dale 2003 Fellow

Bold Idea 

Protect the rights of low-wage, immigrant, and contingent workers in the Pacific Northwest by providing high-quality legal services and trainings.


In this current time, when relative minimum wages are falling, international trade is depressing wages, and welfare reform is pushing women into low-wage jobs, employers have adopted subcontracting and temporary employment strategies, often hiring immigrant workers. In response to these shifting economic and employment trends, there is a critical need for immigrant workers to protect themselves. The Northwest Worker’s Justice Program provides high-quality legal services, organizing assistance, and trainings to protect the rights of low-wage, immigrant, and contingent workers; mitigate the effects of international trade; and build partnerships with labor unions and other non-traditional funders of legal services.


D. Michael Dale worked for 25 years as a legal services attorney in Oregon, directing its migrant program. In 1995, when federally funded legal services were restricted from representing undocumented individuals and from class action litigation, Michael helped establish the Oregon Law Center to meet those needs. He has litigated and won significant cases involving minimum wage law, immigration rights, and workers compensation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in the Oregon appellate courts.

Learn More
  • 2003
  • Fellow
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • North America
  • United States

Bold Idea and summary information may only be accurate as of the awarding of the Fellowship. Echoing Green attempts to maintain current Experience information, but for their most recent status it may be best to contact the Fellow directly.

More Fellows
Deborah Ahenkorah Golden Baobab
Matthew Klein Leadership, Education, & Athletics in Partnership (LEAP)
Mohamed Ali Niang Malo
Rebecca Heller International Refugee Assistance Project
Christopher Ategeka Rides for Lives
Matthew Smith Fortify Rights