Employment Opportunities

About the ACBA

The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a nonprofit, voluntary bar association and has a membership of approximately 1,500 attorneys, judges, law students and other professionals working within the legal profession in the greater Bay Area. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.  

If you are interested in learning more about employment opportunities at the ACBA, please contact Amanda Picetti, Director of Administration and Finance, at (510) 302-2207 or amanda@acbanet.org.

CAAP Director

The Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) Director position is an exempt position reporting to the ACBA Chief Executive Officer.  The Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Court Appointed Attorneys Program and oversees all aspects of the program.  The Director is the liaison to the Court and County Administrator’s Office and is responsible for ensuring compliance with the contract between the ACBA and the County of Alameda to provide conflict indigent legal defense services when the Alameda County Public Defender is unable to provide representation due to a conflict of interest or other valid reason.  The Director is also charged with ensuring panel attorney compliance with the CAAP Rules and Regulations and Fee Schedule, supervising CAAP staff and monitoring the CAAP budget.

Key Responsibilities

1.     Ensure compliance with the contract between the ACBA and the County of Alameda, all relevant laws, ACBA policies and the CAAP Rules and Regulations; recommend changes to the CAAP rules, procedures, and fee schedule, as needed to improve the operation and financial health of the CAAP program; identify, implement and evaluate new data collection systems and procedures to promote accuracy and efficient use of resources; address non-compliance issues promptly, effectively and consistently.

2.     Represent the ACBA and the CAAP at Court, County and inter-agency meetings; participate in efforts to improve services and outcomes for the indigent accused in Alameda County; work with CAAP panel attorneys, the County Administrator’s Office, Court and Public Defender’s Office to ensure the indigent accused represented by CAAP panel attorneys receive consistent and high-quality representation.

3.     Monitor revenue and expenses against the annual departmental budget; analyze monthly attorneys’ fees and expenses against historical activity and amounts authorized by the contract.

4.     Staff and provide necessary support to the CAAP Advisory Committee; develop positive working relationships with the chair and Committee members; develop and maintain relevant trainings and resources for CAAP panel attorneys, respond to requests from panel attorneys for assistance in their law practice and court procedures; coordinate peer and judicial panel evaluations including courtroom observations.

5.    Design and implement a mentoring program that matches inexperienced attorneys with veteran panel members, provides comprehensive training for mentors and encourages existing panel members to advance more quickly to higher classes.

6.     Train, coach, develop and supervise assigned staff to ensure efficient and productive work output and adequate coverage of administrative functions; assist the Conflict Referral and Billing Specialists as-needed to ensure cases are referred, billings are processed, and monthly payments to CAAP panel attorneys are cut in a timely and efficient manner.

7.     Other duties as needed to insure the smooth operation of the CAAP.

8.     Provide assistance to the ACBA as needed.  This category of duties includes participation at staff meetings and assisting with major ACBA events and programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and active membership in the State Bar of California.

A minimum of five to seven years of experience handling criminal cases and a thorough knowledge of the California Penal Code or equivalent experience. 

Ability to read and understand financial statements.

At least two years program management experience, including case management, contract compliance, data tracking and analysis, supervision and budget management experience.

Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to build strong working relationships with and manage the expectations of multiple constituents including, but not limited to: ACBA CEO, ACBA Board of Directors, CAAP Advisory Committee, County Administrator’s Office, the Court and Public Defender’s Office.

Ability to work well under pressure.

Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment.

Microsoft Office proficiency (Access, Excel, Outlook and Word) and strong internet research skills.

 

Salary Range: $90,000-$98,000

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your completed ACBA Employment Application, cover letter and resume to ACBA Interim CEO Amanda Picetti at amanda@acbanet.org.  Please specify CAAP Director Position in the subject line.

 

CAAP Administrator

The Criminal Court Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) Administrator position at the Alameda County Bar Association is an exempt position reporting to the CAAP Director.  This position is responsible for administrative tasks, providing technical support to the CAAP panel attorneys, including developing mandatory and on-going training, and ensuring compliance with the contract.  This position is funded by a contract with the County of Alameda to provide conflict indigent legal defense services when the Alameda County Public Defender is unable to provide representation due to a conflict of interest or other valid reason.

Key Responsibilities

1.     Review, screen and process panel member applications and annual participation agreements, ensure all requisite documents are submitted and complete, check references as appropriate; maintain CAAP attorney files and update records as needed; evaluate data collection system and procedures and recommend improvements to promote accuracy and efficient use of resources.

2.     Compile, analyze and ensure timely submission of monthly, quarterly and annual statistical reports required by the County and other stakeholders.

3.     Assist the CAAP Director in reviewing and auditing CAAP fee declarations for accuracy and resolving disputes with panel members.

4.     Design, implement and evaluate voluntary and mandatory training programs for CAAP panel attorneys including program publicity, pre-registration, staffing, attendance records, catering and venue selection, and ensuring compliance with mandatory CLE requirements and the CAAP Rules and Regulations.

5.     Supervise the CAAP Billing Specialist and Conflict Referral Specialist positions, ensure procedures for each position are updated regularly, and develop a cross-training program to allow coverage of these positions during absences/vacancies.

6.     Assist the CAAP Director in coordinating, preparing for and facilitating the monthly CAAP Advisory Committee meetings and other sub-committee meetings as required; take and maintain minutes of the monthly CAAP Advisory Committee meetings; help identify potential committee members.

7.     Attend and participate in Court, County and inter-agency meetings, when the CAAP Director is unavailable.

8.     Provide assistance to the ACBA as needed.  This category of duties includes participation at staff meetings and assisting with major ACBA events and programs.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelors degree.  Experience working in a criminal law office, as a paralegal, or in another law related field is preferred.  Juris Doctorate degree not required.

A minimum of two years of program administration experience including file and record maintenance, contract compliance, compiling and analyzing statistics, and supervision.

Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Excellent organizational and prioritization skills.

Ability to work well under pressure.

Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment.

Microsoft Office (Access, Excel and Word) and internet research proficiency. 

 

Salary range: $52,000 - $58,000

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your completed ACBA Employment Application, cover letter and resume to CAAP Director Nicolas King at nicolas@acbanet.org.  Please specify CAAP Administrator Position in the subject line.