ACBA

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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.

CAAP Senior Social Worker

Job Description – December 2021

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 the case.  Our criminal Court Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) uses independent contractor attorneys, and also has two staff social workers who work with juveniles charged with crimes.  Utilizing a holistic model of indigent defense services, the Senior Social Worker plays an important role on the defense team, providing CAAP juvenile panel attorneys with social history assessments, mitigation for disposition, and means to advocate and achieve the best outcomes for their minor clients.  The CAAP Social Work Program aims to reduce recidivism among juvenile clients by addressing their social and behavioral needs, and efficiently connecting youth and their families to stabilizing support services in the community. CAAP Senior Social Worker Job Description December 2021

CAAP Youth Social Worker

Job Description – January 2022

General Description

The Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) Youth Social Worker (YSW) position at the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is an exempt position reporting to the CAAP Director. Utilizing a holistic model of indigent defense services, the CAAP YSW plays an important role on the defense team, providing CAAP juvenile panel attorneys with the means to advocate for alternatives to incarceration and plans for release. The ACBA seeks highly motivated candidates who show a commitment to working specifically with juvenile justice involved youth who are incarcerated or on probation.

The Youth Social Worker works as part of the defense team by addressing the youth’s underlying and contributing social and behavioral health needs. The YSW will assess and evaluate the risks and behavioral needs of clients who are incarcerated at the Juvenile Justice Center for referral to appropriate services including education, clinical wraparound services, substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, vocational training programs, or appropriate placement options.  The Social Worker will aim to reduce recidivism among juvenile clients by addressing their social and behavioral needs, and efficiently connecting youth and their families to stabilizing support services in the community. The YSW must understand adolescent development, be passionate about juvenile justice, and have a working knowledge of delinquency law and the stages of delinquency court proceedings (detention, jurisdiction, disposition, post-disposition placement, AB12). 

The Youth Advocate Social Worker will work collaboratively with other agencies to ensure that appropriate services are provided to the client.  This will involve contact with multi-disciplinary systems such as the Court, Probation, District Attorney, Mental Health, Education, and youth employment agencies. The YSW is expected to develop strong rapport with all system partners including community based organizations that provide services to youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

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. Final_CAAP Social Worker Job Description Jan 2022