Join a nonprofit organization that provides equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) has an exciting opportunity to join our team as Supervising Attorney for our Federal Pro Bono Project, located in San Francisco.
About the Job:
The Federal Pro Bono Project is a partnership between JDC and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The Project provides pro se litigants with limited staff-based assistance, as well as assignments to pro bono attorneys for representation. The Supervising Attorney is based at the San Francisco courthouse and: staffs the Self-Help Center; provides brief advice and information to pro se litigants; assists with drafting and editing filings; conducts legal research; explains court rules, procedures and orders; and develops templates for litigants’ use. The attorney also screens cases for potential referral to pro bono attorneys and matches litigants appropriately.
The attorney supervises a part-time staff attorney (based in Oakland) and part-time legal assistant (based in San Francisco). The Project team members recruit and maintain relationships with pro bono counsel and law firms, coordinate pro bono placements, collect and interpret data for Project evaluation and reports, and recognize volunteers. The Supervising Attorney works closely with the Court and JDC’s Director of Pro Bono Legal Services, and attends conferences as a representative of JDC and the Project.
The successful candidate will have the following:
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
Strong oral, written, and client service skills, including the ability to explain legal concepts to non-lawyers and to engage with judges, law clerks, and court staff
Ability to prioritize, make quick decisions, and handle a high volume of activity using good judgment
Efficiency in legal research and writing
Capacity to maintain and improve recordkeeping and evaluation processes
Able to interact effectively and with cultural humility with people from a wide range of backgrounds, including those with mental health concerns
Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
Additional Salary Information: Competitive with similar organizations
About The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco
JDC’s legal services programs provide free legal representation and social services through its staff and volunteers to low-income and indigent people. JDC recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys, law students, social workers, and interpreters to provide services in the cases for which our clients have the greatest legal need. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service and legal needs of clients.