Funding to help reunite familes

There is a great need for funding in response to our latest disaster, the incarceration and separation of families at borders. As you’ve no doubt heard, RAICES has been the beneficiary of a now $20 million campaign to support their work with these families and kids. Which is terrific. There are, however, many other organizations on the ground trying to respond to this crisis, and they still have only the funding they had when this all started.

We are all familiar with this problem from our experiences with disaster giving. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, which operates a little like our IOLTA commission and plays an active, coordinating role, has set up a fund that people can donate to. The funds will be distributed – every dollar – to agencies doing this work across the state. Please help spread the word about this important campaign. The link is here:

Mandatory Malpractice Working Group

The State Bar has formed a working group to consider whether to recommend to the Legislature that malpractice insurance be mandatory for all attorneys.  If you are interested in learning more (or offering public comment at one of their meetings), go to and sign up (at the bottom of the page) to be on the email notification list for the Malpractice Insurance Working Group.  Materials for meetings are posted 10 days in advance of the meeting.  In person meetings alternate between SF and LA, and subcommittees also conduct conference calls.  Both in person and conference call meetings are open to the public, and public comment is permitted. 

ACBA Job Board 7.11.18


Join the ACBA to get first crack at these postings in the ACBA Bi-Weekly Newsletter. Contact our membership department at (510) 302-2201 for a discount! 

Legal Services for Children – IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEY – ORR DETENTION REPRESENTATION: LSC seeks an attorney to represent detained children in ORR custody in immigration matters. If clients are released locally or transferred to ICE detention after turning 18, representation continues beyond ORR detention. Clients are primarily monolingual Spanish speakers. Learn more

East Bay Family DefendersStaff Attorney, Supervising Attorney and Contract Attorney: East Bay Family Defenders (EBFD) will be opening our doors to clients on September 1, 2018. Our mission is to keep families together and minimize the time children spend in foster care. We seek staff to join us by mid-August to build a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary family defense practice.

Bay Area Legal Aid – Bilingual Economic Justice Attorney – Alameda County: Our Alameda County office in Oakland is currently looking for a legal services attorney working primarily on economic justice issues, particularly related to state and county public benefits programs. Read More

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil RightsEqual Justice Works/Skadden Fellow and Senior Litigation Attorney

Public Interest Law Project – Operations Director: This management position includes administrative, development and human resources duties. Learn more

Family Violence Appellate Project is hiring a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney.  Link here:

ChangeLab Solutions – Operations Manager: Since its founding in 1996, ChangeLab Solutions has played a major role in transforming public health practice through its dynamic interdisciplinary approach to policy, systems, and environmental change. Learn More

Community Initiatives – Legal Director of Client Services: The Director will co-lead the Client Services Team to uphold a strong customer service model with clear accountability for staff, innovate in order to be responsive to client’s current and future needs, minimize Community Initiatives’ exposure to risks, and lead a team of effective Client Service staff. Learn more

Department of Justice – multiple openings: Learn more

The National Center for Youth Law is looking to hire an amazing litigator to grow our legal advocacy team.

Personal Injury and Employment Law Attorney: Attorney wanted for well established, AV rated, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Employment law firm in the East Bay. Experience required, excellent law and motion skills, Spanish speaker a plus. This is a full-time position which offers a competitive salary and health benefits package.

A Safe Place is seeking to hire an Attorney. We are currently seeking a part-time/hourly attorney for a 21-month assignment. In this role, you will be providing on-site legal services to victims of domestic violence. Learn more

ACBA Members Appointed to the Bench

Two ACBA Members Were Appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court

Richard L. Seabolt
Richard L. Seabolt

Richard L. Seabolt

Richard L. Seabolt, 68, of Piedmont, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Seabolt has been a partner at Duane Morris LLP since 2006. He was a partner at Hancock, Rothert and Bunshoft from 1982 to 2005, where he was an associate from 1975 to 1981. Seabolt earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alice Vilardi. Seabolt is a Democrat.

Jenna M. Whitman
Jenna M. Whitman

Jenna M. Whitman

Jenna M. Whitman, 45, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Whitman has served as a court appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal since 2017. She served as a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2007 to 2017. Whitman was an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein LLP from 2005 to 2007 and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin from 2001 to 2004. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr. Whitman is a Democrat.

Join the ACBA Board!

The ACBA seeks your help in identifying potential board members to replace those whose terms expire on December 31, 2018

ACBA Board Members act as the community’s trustees to make sure that we as an organization work towards our mission, all while promoting the ACBA in the community by encouraging membership and supporting staff. This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a dynamic organization and help shape the Alameda County legal community. We will have a few open seats, including an officer position, Vice-President.

If you are active in the ACBA Board and are interested in applying check out more information here. We are particularly interested in board members that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Experience in criminal defense/CAAP
  2. Large firm membership
  3. Technology firm in house counsel
  4. Active members of identity or specialty bars
  5. Attorneys in government agencies or representing government agencies
  6. Attorneys with offices outside Oakland

Please complete the general application, or the Vice-President application, which include a description of board member responsibilities, and return it no later than 5pm Friday, June 8, 2018 to:
Tiela Chalmers, Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607
Fax: (510) 452-2224 |

Phishing Alert: Suspicious Emails Targeting California Licensed Attorneys

Phishing Alert: Suspicious Emails Targeting California Licensed Attorneys

The State Bar of California has learned of a phishing scam targeting attorneys licensed in California and is warning attorneys to beware of suspicious emails.
The recent phishing attempt claims to be from the California Bar Association, which is a fictitious organization. The emails claim that attorneys need to pay a license renewal fee or face suspension and contains links to suspicious websites. This is not an official email from the State Bar and attorneys are advised not to click on the links.

The State Bar encourages attorneys to only respond to official emails from State Bar email addresses (emails ending in and that link to State Bar websites (
When in doubt, attorneys can go to the State Bar of California website directly, Attorneys can also email or call 888-800-3400.
The State Bar of California

Apply to Serve on the JNE Commission!

The commission investigates all statements made in the candidate’s Application for Appointment that the candidate submits to the Governor’s office. It is made up of attorneys and public members who represent a broad cross-section of California’s diverse legal profession and general population.

Active members of the State Bar, former members of the judiciary and members of the public who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) may apply for an appointment. The application deadline is this Friday May 4, 2018. 

Members of the JNE Commission

  • are volunteer attorneys and public members (non-lawyers).
  • investigate the governor’s candidates for judicial appointment while maintaining a code of strict confidentiality. (The JNE Commission cannot nominate or appoint judges.)
  • serve terms of approximately one year (beginning February 1) and may serve up to three consecutive terms.


  • Applications are sought from attorneys and members of the public who have the skills and experience to assess candidates for judicial appointment and to provide timely and well-written reports.
  • Attorney commissioners must be active members in good standing with the State Bar of California, with a preference for those in practice 10 years or more.
  • Consideration will be given to attorney applicants who have substantial litigation, trial and/or appellate experience.
  • Commission membership may include one or more former members of the judiciary; those with appellate backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Workload and time commitment

  • Required to attend a two-day orientation meeting (date to be scheduled on Thursday-Saturday between mid-January and March 1, 2018) in San Francisco and be able to commit at least 35-40 hours each month or approximately 55 working days per year.
  • Time commitment includes 20-24 meeting days and 20-35 days to complete assignments.
  • Meetings are two to three days every second month (generally Friday, Saturday and occasionally Sunday) and alternate between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Evaluations of candidates typically are assigned by area and caseload.
  • Commission members usually work in teams of two to four. Typically, each team will have three to four assignments.Each assignment typically requires an average of 10 hours preparation plus travel time to conduct one to two-hour candidate interviews. 
  • Commissioners are expected to prepare and mail hundreds of evaluation forms for each candidate.
  • Commissioners frequently must travel outside their county and geographic area to conduct interviews.
  • When possible, interviews are conducted at one of the State Bar’s offices. Commissioners are reimbursed for approved travel in accordance with State Bar policy and the commission’s authorized budget.

Application for appointment to this committee