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

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Current Openings

 

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
510-302-2210