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.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Court Appointed Attorneys Program Administrator

Application Deadline: March 8, 2015

General Description

The Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys 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 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 submit a cover letter, resume and completed ACBA Employment Application to CAAP Director John Fricke at john@acbanet.org.

Lawyer Referral Service Intern

Application Deadline: Ongoing

General Description

This internship offers an excellent opportunity to learn client interviewing skills and initial triage analysis, and gain experience working in the legal field. The Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) refers clients to attorneys who have been assigned to various subject matter panels. Our service is well-established, respected in the Alameda County legal community, and certified by the State Bar of California under Business and Professions Code §6155. The LRS also conducts client screening and intake for the bar association’s pro bono arm, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC).

The LRS Intern will interface between clients seeking attorney services and the attorneys offering legal services. The intern will field a high volume of telephone calls from the public, conducting intakes and providing information about other legal service agencies.  The intern will also assist VLSC by scheduling clients in legal clinics and conducting client intakes. 

This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. The internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the legal community and to increase access to legal services. Supervision will be provided by intake and placement supervisors as well as by the directing attorney.  The position can be full or part-time, with a minimum commitment of 2 days per week (or equivalent), 120 hours. There may be an option to continue part-time during the spring also.  Intake hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located in downtown Oakland and is near BART.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Answer incoming client calls and analyze caller requests for referral to an LRS panel member or provide information for appropriate governmental, social service, or legal service agency where referral through LRS is unsuccessful.

  2. Process client requests for attorney services by eliciting information from callers about their referral situation and entering this information into a tracking database for subsequent referral and follow up.

  3. Conduct intake screening for financial eligibility for LRS based reduced-fee or VLSC pro bono services when appropriate and assist with monthly VLSC clinic registration.

  4. Contact attorney’s offices to place the referable cases, providing all relevant facts, dates and court information to the lawyer’s designated referral agent.

  5. Send confirmation documentation to callers and referred attorneys, confirming receipt where appropriate.

  6. Input successful referral information for tracking and follow up purposes.

  7. Contact previously referred callers for client follow up and audits.

  8. Occasionally assist at VLSC clinics as needed.

  9. Perform other general office and administrative tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Excellent customer service required; two years of customer service experience preferred

Knowledge of legal terminology and call center experience is a plus.

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Access

Bi/Multi-lingual ability preferred

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Alyssa Firkus
ACBA Lawyer Referral Service
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
510-302-2210