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 Dianne Hatcher, Accountant and HR Manager, at (510) 302-2207 or dianne@acbanet.org.


Current Openings

Court Appointed Attorneys Program Social Worker

General Description

The Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) Social Worker position at the Alameda County Bar Association is an exempt position reporting to the CAAP Director. This position is responsible for providing social services assistants to indigent juveniles who are being prosecuted for a crime. The CAAP Social Worker will work closely with the attorneys assigned to the case, helping both to collect information to present to the Court about an appropriate placement for the child, and working with the child’s family to address social services issues that may be affecting the child’s situation and future. 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. The position may expand in the future to provide social services to adults charged with criminal offenses.


  • Identify the multiples needs of clients, including mental and behavioral health, substance abuse, special education, gang involvement, family issues, and adolescent development, and provide social work assessments.
  • Assist attorneys by interviewing and visiting clients, caretakers and others, including home, school and community based and governmental agency visits, in order to obtain a complete understanding of the client’s case.
  • During client contact, note any services that have not been implemented, need to be implemented or are requested by client or caretaker.
  • Review of probation reports and information provided by attorney before contact with client. Communicate with probation officers about clients as necessary.
  • Provide crisis intervention and support to clients and their families to ensure that clients are in compliance and successful on their probation.
  • Provide culturally competent and safe structured release plans to the Court and work closely with the clients and families to monitor and assure compliance with the plans.
  • Evaluate and recommend the need for further or different services than those suggested by probation report.
  • Identify community services for clients when applicable.
  • Prepare and submit timely written reports of observations and recommendations to the case-carrying attorney.
  • Communicate regularly with attorneys regarding status of assignments.
  • Attend bi-monthly staff meetings at the ACBA
  • Maintain current and accurate mileage and time logs

Qualifications :

  • BA degree from an accredited college or university in a Social Service field and minimum one year direct experience working with children in a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in working with children and youth.
  • Extensive knowledge of adolescent and brain development of children in the juvenile delinquency system. Knowledge of triggers and pathways leading high risk youth into the delinquency system. Requires knowledge of juvenile delinquency law and procedure. Knowledge of the juvenile probation system and ability to interact with systems stakeholders which include the Courts, District Attorney, and defense attorneys.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and experience serving low-income, diverse ethnic communities.
  • Fluent Spanish desirable but not required.
  • Strong writing ability, analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Appropriate decision making.
  • Knowledge of gang involvement, prevention, and intervention with youth and families.
  • Knowledge in treatment of sexual abuse and victimization of youth who are in the juvenile justice system.
  • Knowledge of violence prevention and principles of restorative justice for youth in the juvenile justice system.
  • Knowledge of youth in special education and learning disabilities amongst high risk youth.
  • Knowledge of high crime areas in Alameda County and the ability to work with diverse populations. Knowledge of youth and adolescent community based organizations and agencies that serve high risk and probation youth.
  • Ability to drive with valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile as needed.

Position is 29 hours per week, schedule flexible, and involves traveling to children’s homes, attorneys’ offices, and Juvenile Hall. Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate. To apply, please submit a resume AND a cover letter to Andrea Zambrana at azambrana@acbanet.org.

Salary: $43,000.00 per year.  Benefits available.

Financial Program Manager

Start Small Bay Area, a joint project of Start Small Think Big and Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, serves low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a small business in order to accumulate assets and increase their personal financial security.

The Project’s Financial Program Manager is responsible for maintaining an active client caseload, responsible for creating and refining processes and procedures for delivery of bookkeeping and tax services, assisting with the coordination of financial referrals to the Project’s pro bono partners, and overseeing a series of small business financial education workshops. The position reports directly to Start Small Think Big’s Financial Program Director.

Job Responsibilities shall include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Maintaining an active client caseload. This consists of identifying and addressing clients’ financial needs, including through:
  • Conducting one-on-one financial assessment with clients at intake (the purpose of which is to determine, the client’s personal/business financial health; general business management and accounting abilities (e.g. bookkeeping, budgeting, projections); capital needs, current savings/debt, credit history; and current business stage),
  • Collecting relevant documentation and maintaining case files,
  • Providing one-on-one ongoing financial counseling and coaching including assisting clients with the implementation of a bookkeeping system and answering questions about tax forms, deadlines and requirements.
  • Creating and refining internal processes and procedures for the delivery of financial services to clients. Create and update the necessary resources to facilitate the delivery of financial services, focusing on bookkeeping and tax services.
  • Assisting with the coordination of financial referrals to the Project’s pro bono partners. Assist Start Small’s Financial Program Director to ensure the effective, efficient, and professional coordination of all aspects of such client referrals.
  • Overseeing a series of small business financial education workshops. This consists of developing the strategy, design, and production of content with respect to the workshop series, facilitating such workshops as appropriate, and supervising the Programs & Communications Associate with respect to marketing, coordinating, and administering such workshops.
  • Coordinating with financial program clients’ legal volunteers as needed, to ensure streamlined and efficient provision of services and client progression toward streamlined financial, legal, and business development goals. This includes working with other project staff, and external consultants, as applicable, to establish and implement efficient and effective collaborative processes.
  • Establishing, maintaining and enhancing strong collaborative relationships with community and governmental organizations as well as (relevant) financial and other service providers to ensure appropriate and sufficient client referrals and to foster the development of collaborative projects. Representing the Project at community partner events to provide subject matter expertise as needed.  
  • Engaging in ongoing professional development, including participating in trainings, technical assistance, networking, and resource sharing opportunities.
  • Carrying out special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in finance, business, accounting, or related field required.
  • Bookkeeping and tax preparation experience required, CPA preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks, Wave and/or other Accounting Microsoft Office (emphasis on Excel) required.
  • Ability to read, write, interpret, and advise with respect to business financial statements, to conduct financial analyses, and provide growth plan support and guidance, required.
  • Prior experience in direct client service required. Direct experience advising low- to moderate-income individuals preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or Spanish proficiency preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive community/economic development, social and economic justice work, and/or anti-poverty work.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently.

How to apply: Submit resume and a one-page cover letter to: Christina Wiellette at christina@acbanet.org. Include subject line: “[your name] – Financial Program Manager.” Position open until filled.

Salary: $54,000 per annum.  Benefits and generous vacation offered.

FLDOC/Self Help Internship for Law Students

With the assistance of dedicated volunteers, the Alameda County Superior Court of California, Self Help Center helps more than 1500 customers per month.  Interns discuss legal options with litigants, explain court processes, and help with completion of forms.  Services are offered one-on-one and in group workshop settings.  The Self-Help Center provides assistance in the following areas of law:

  • Family Law – Dissolutions (Divorce), Parentage, Child Support;
  • Restraining Orders – Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, and Elder Abuse;
  • Unlawful Detainer (Evictions) – Answers, Stay of Execution;
  • Guardianships;
  • Name Changes and Gender Changes; and
  • Small Claims.

In addition to volunteering in the Self-Help Center, summer interns will have the opportunity to work at the Family Law Day of Court Clinic (FLDOC). FLDOC is a partnership clinic between the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation and the Superior Court. Students will work very closely with volunteer attorneys, judges, and court staff.  FLDOC is an in-court clinic where volunteers take referrals directly from the bench on the Family Law Self Represented Request for Order calendar.  Volunteers prepare the Findings and Order After Hearing memorializing what the judge ordered after the hearing has concluded. Volunteers also provide litigants information on court procedures and referrals to local legal resources. The primary purpose of the clinic is for self-represented litigants to leave court with a signed, enforceable order in hand. This is a very rewarding clinic because the litigants receive the information they need on the spot, and the judges receive help in moving their pro per calendars along. 

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to the email addresses below.  Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in academic stipend or credit programs.  Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are currently seeking full-time summer volunteers and part-time academic year interns for our office in Hayward, CA.  Academic year interns should be able to commit to at least two four-hour shifts per week (shifts are 8:15am – 12:15pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm).

Thank you for your interest.

Joseph Gacula                                                               Christine Knowles

jgacula@alameda.courts.ca.gov                                  christine@acbanet.org

Self-Help Center,                                                          Volunteer Legal Services Corporation,

Alameda County Superior Court of California          Alameda County Bar Association


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:

Beth Litwin
ACBA Lawyer Referral Service
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607