ACBA

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 working at the ACBA, or open ACBA jobs, please contact ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers at  tiela@acbanet.org.

Please note: This page is dedicated to employment opportunities at the Alameda County Bar Association and Legal Access Alameda. You may find our curated job board on our blog here.

Legal Access Alameda Family Law Day of Court Attorney

Overview

The Attorney for Legal Access Alameda’s Family Law Day of Court (FLDOC) program is an exempt position that reports to the Court Program Managing Attorney. The FLDOC Attorney, and the volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law school graduates they supervise, provide on-site services to self-represented litigants whose cases are calendared on the weekly family law self-represented calendars in Alameda County. These calendars are heard in Hayward’s Hall of Justice.

The FLDOC Attorney works with and supervises volunteers, collects income-eligibility and demographic information, helps prepare forms that need to be completed before matters can be decided (e.g.proofs of service), assists litigants with child support and spousal support calculations, explains court procedures, and prepares court orders, so that the litigants leave the courtroom with signed, properly drafted, enforceable court orders. The FLDOC Attorney and volunteers also make referrals as appropriate.  The FLDOC is also responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and supporting the volunteers.

Everyone’s jobs have changed significantly with the Covid19 crisis.  The following is revised based on the fact that the ACBA and Legal Access are working remotely and have launched new online platforms in response to the crisis. There may be further changes in response to local, state, or federal public health mandates.  Currently, the FLDOC program is  back to being in person at the Hayward Courthouse.

Job responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train and schedule volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law school graduates.
  • Staff up to three court calendars at the Hayward Hall of Justice and supervise volunteers staffing the calendar. Assist Self-Represented Litigants by preparing Findings and Order After Hearing, Reissuances, DissoMaster Support Calculations, and providing information on court procedures such as service of process.
  • Provide support to volunteers and assist clients during intake. Conduct outreach, support, and communicate with volunteers and clients in culturally sensitive manner.
  • Learn the Zoom system and assist both litigants and volunteers in its use.
  • Work with the Court to encourage more accessible approaches to the FLDOC calendars in the pandemic and beyond.
  • Maintain records of FLDOC activity. Collect data from both clients and volunteers.  Enter data from intake forms and reports from volunteers into Legal Access database. Generate reports for funders and work with the Court Programs Manager and the Legal Access Director to evaluate data with the goal of improving FLDOC program.
  • Develop convenient forms for litigants that describe the process and the services available. Develop effective tracking mechanisms to record data in connection with the project. Assist the Court Programs Manager and the Legal Access Director in developing evaluation tools to assess quality and effectiveness of FLDOC.
  • Work closely with and serve as point of contact for FLDOC partner, Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help Center.
  • Assist with development of volunteer recognition activities and events. Identify compelling client stories for volunteer recognition and Legal Access fundraising campaigns.
  • Coordinate closely with other Legal Access staff on recruitment and training of volunteers.
  • Attend periodic Legal Access and ACBA meetings.
  • Assist with organizational events like receptions, fundraising dinners, etc.
  • Be fluent in the use of Zoom meeting, Zoom webinar, Go To Meeting, Slack, and other tech platforms in use during and after the pandemic
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Current license to practice law in California
  • Experience practicing family law
  • Commitment to public service and access to justice
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Sense of humor

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of non-profit culture
  • Experience with Essential Forms and DissoMaster
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese
  • Supervisory and team building experience

 

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to christina@acbanet.org.  

CAAP Managing Social Worker

General Description

The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is a nonprofit that offers educational and social opportunities to the legal community, as well as running a pro bono program offering free legal services to low-income communities. The ACBA also has a contract with the County of Alameda to provide attorneys to indigent adults and minors charged with crimes when the Public Defender is unable to take their case. This criminal Court Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) uses independent contractor attorneys, and also has two staff social workers who work with juveniles charged with crimes.

The Managing Social Worker is a new position that will start the process of building out our social worker program to include work with adults charged with crimes. The Supervising Social Worker will be tasked with working with attorneys representing adult indigent defendants to help them connect with independent contractor social workers who can aid their clients’ cases. To that end, the supervising social worker will reach out to and connect with qualified social workers, and then monitor the work to ensure the social workers are performing high quality work. The Managing Social Worker will create policies and procedures for independent contractor social workers. (This program may lead to a program with more staff social workers delivering direct services to clients in future years; the County is evaluating that this year.)

The Supervising Social Worker will help train CAAP panel attorneys on how to identify the existence of specific mental and developmental disorders and/or disabilities, and how social workers can assist in the defense of clients. This person will also build relationships with other justice system partners working with adults.

The position is full-time and exempt, reports to the Director of CAAP, and supervises the Senior Youth Social Worker and, if a conflict arises, would supervise the Youth Social Worker.

Specific duties include:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with independent contract forensic social workers
  • Establish a vetting process for forensic social workers
  • Establish the processes and procedures for helping connect panel attorneys with independent contractor social workers
  • Establish and maintain relationships with CAAP panel attorneys
  • Attend bi-monthly staff meetings at the ACBA.
  • Maintain current and accurate mileage and time logs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The position requires a highly motivated person who is committed to working in partnership in a legal setting, and with a strong interest in working with justice-involved indigent individuals who are incarcerated or on probation. The successful candidate must have experience working as a social worker in a legal environment. This person must be able to work collaboratively and professionally with representatives of the various criminal justice system stakeholders (Court, Probation, District Attorney, Mental Health, Education, Social Services, employment agencies, and community based organizations), and to develop strong partnerships and collaborations with independent forensic social workers who work with adults involved in the juvenile justice system.

Supervision:

This position will be primarily responsible for working with panel attorneys to help facilitate their work with independent contractor social workers. The Managing Social Worker will supervise the Senior Youth Social Worker (who in turn supervises a Youth Social Worker.) These Social Workers work directly with the independent contractor attorneys and clients.) This position may also train and provide supervision to other advocates or social work interns. The Managing Social Worker reports to the Director of CAAP.

Specific qualifications:

  • Education:
  • Master of Social Work or MFC license required. Minimum 3 years of experience of working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system and practicing social work in legal setting, juvenile delinquency system or criminal justice system.
  • Preferred experience:
  • Working locally in Alameda County with the Superior Court, service providers, attorneys, social workers in dependency, delinquency, and/or criminal proceedings.
  • Demonstrated interest, experience and ability in working with justice involved individuals, cultural sensitivity and experience serving low-income, diverse ethnic communities.
  • Strong writing ability, (including persuasive writing) analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of:
  • Gang involvement, prevention, and intervention
  • Treatment of sexual abuse and victimization
  • Violence prevention and principles of restorative justice.
  • Special education and learning disabilities.
  • High crime areas in Alameda County and the ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Youth and adolescent community based organizations and agencies that serve high risk and probation youth.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, and to adapt and be flexible with tight deadlines and unexpected case assignments.
  • Ability to drive with valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile as needed.
  • Fluent Spanish desirable but not required.

The position is full-time (35 hours/week) and is exempt. The schedule is flexible and could involve traveling to client’s homes, attorneys’ offices, and detention facilities. Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate. The CAAP Social Work could begin working in the office at least part time but until then the position is remote other than visiting with attorneys and clients – though candidates are required to live within 2 hours of Alameda County. Employees must show proof of vaccination; accommodations will be made for those for whom religion or disability makes vaccination impossible.

To apply, please submit a resume AND a cover letter to Andrea Zambrana at andrea@acbanet.org. The position will remain open until filled.

Salary: $100,000 to 103,000/year, plus benefits.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $100,000.00 – $103,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Education:

  • Master’s (Required)

Experience:

  • working with in the criminal justice system: 3 years (Required)

Language:

  • Spanish (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Oakland, CA 94607