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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.

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Shriver Family Law Attorney

Job Description

November 2020

General Description

Legal Access Alameda is the pro bono arm of the Alameda County Bar Association whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income self-represented litigants in Alameda County. The Shriver Family Law Attorney position is responsible for creating and coordinating a new program created with funding from the Shriver project. This new program will involve recruiting, training, and supporting volunteer attorneys as they represent low-income clients at Pro Per child custody and visitation Request for Order hearings in Alameda County.

At the moment, this position is remote.  When the Court reopens for in-person appearances, the Shriver Family Law Attorney will be located primarily at the Hayward Courthouse, though much of the out-of-court work may be done remotely.  No staff member will be required to perform in-person services with which they are not comfortable due to Covid-19. 

Key Duties

Program Design and Roll out

  1. Work with Legal Access staff and CEO to plan the program in more detail, including its implementation during Covid.
  2. Create materials, including recruitment and training materials for volunteers, informational materials for clients, and reference materials for court staff and judicial officers.

Pro Bono Coordination

  1. Recruit, train, support, and encourage pro bono attorneys and other volunteers for the Shriver family law project.
  2. Develop written and recorded recruitment materials for volunteers.
  3. Solicit and appear at speaking opportunities at law firms and bar associations’ events across the Bay Area.
  4. Build a strong relationship with Alameda County Family Law Association and other family law organizations.
  5. Organize and coordinate training for volunteers, including recorded materials for volunteers joining as the program progresses.
  6. Create an ongoing schedule of volunteers for each Shriver Family Law calendar.

Provision of Legal Services

  1. Each week, coordinate the Shriver Family Law calendar for the following week, identifying those clients who are Shriver eligible, and (for both sides) doing the following:
    1. Reaching out to the clients by phone and in writing, to set up an appointment with a pro bono attorney in advance of the hearing.
    2. Copy the relevant material from the court file and assemble them for transmission to the pro bono attorney.
    3. Where needed, run child support calculations for the matter, also to be sent to the pro bono attorney.
  2. For volunteer attorneys matched with Moving Parties only:
    1. Meet with the volunteer attorneys prior to the hearing if possible, to answer any questions.
    2. Be available during the hearing for consultation with the volunteer attorneys.
    3. Assist the volunteer attorneys in preparing any orders from the hearing.
    4. Offer the volunteer attorneys constructive feedback on their oral argument.
    5. Step in to provide representation if the volunteer attorney is unable to.

Collaboration

  1. Work closely with Beth Litwin, who will be taking on the Responding Party work for the day of the hearing.
  2. Build strong and collaborative relationships with court staff and judicial officers.
  3. Work with other Shriver projects across the state in coordinating services and sharing best practices.
  4. Keep open and regular lines of communication with partner agencies, in order to ensure a smooth and non-duplicative continuum of service.

Data Collection and Grant Reporting

  1. Track data as required by Legal Access and by the Shriver funding.
  2. Work collaboratively with NPC, the data collection and analysis firm for the Shriver projects, to ensure that data is efficiently, effectively, and meaningfully tracked.
  3. Work with Beth Litwin and with NPC staff on building a comparative study of outcomes in those cases where clients receive self-help assistance, compared to representation in the hearing.
  4. Work with the Director of Legal Access to complete all required reports to the funder in a timely and effective manner.

Staff meetings

  1. Attend regular staff meetings for Legal Access Alameda and the Alameda County Bar Association.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bar Admission in California (must be current and in good standing)
  • Commitment to social justice and access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged communities.
  • Experience in family law and in motion practice.
  • Experience using DissoMaster a plus.
  • Ability to work with volunteers, exercise sound judgment, take initiative on projects, and juggle multiple activities.
  • Sense of humor.

Ability to converse in Spanish or Chinese a plus.

Salary and benefits:  The position will pay $58,000 to $65,000/year, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits. 

We will be hiring for this position as soon as possible.  Please submit resume and cover letter to Tiela Chalmers: tiela@acbanet.org. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.