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Jobs at BASF/JDC

Join an organization dedicated to improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) has an exciting opportunity for a Bilingual Staff Attorney (English/Spanish) to work for our San Francisco Superior Court-based Sargent Shriver Custody Project.

About JDC
JDC is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and indigent San Francisco residents by providing staff based services, as well as recruiting and training pro bono attorneys. Each year JDC staff and over 1,800 volunteer attorneys, legal assistants, law students and college students serve nearly 8,000 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service needs of clients in addition to their legal needs.

About the Job
The JDC attorney, based in the San Francisco Superior Court’s Self-Help Center, will staff JDC’s Sargent Shriver Custody Project.  The Project provides free legal representation and assistance to low-income individuals in custody actions.  The Staff Attorney will provide information and assistance to litigants filing paperwork for child custody and visitation cases. Duties include conducting initial triage and providing direct services to low-income pro per litigants with custody/family law matters; preparing motion papers (Requests for Order, or papers in response to a Request for Order); preparing Petitions for Parentage/Dissolution of Marriage; advising litigants on hearing procedures; identifying people both in-person and upon review of court dockets who are appropriate to refer for full-scope representation.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing one-on-one legal self-help to pro per custody litigants including preparing Requests for Order to establish or modify custody, and with obtaining simple dissolutions for parties with children
  • Providing pro per litigants with referrals to local social services agencies
  • Maintaining a database of all clients assisted through the project
  • Working closely with court staff on policies, procedures and best practices for providing self-help services

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education and Experience

  • Licensed member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Experience in family law litigation or self-help
  • Bi-lingual in English/Spanish
  • Experience serving low-income communities is preferred

Skills and Requirements

  • Excellent oral, written, and client service skills
  • Able to effectively interact with low-income clients, judges and court staff, fellow non-profit attorneys, and co-workers
  • Able to work under pressure while managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)


Why Work For Us:
We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff.  Additionally, we are a mission and values based organization.

We also offer a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more.

To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at

To Apply:
Starting salary is competitive with other nonprofits. JDC is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who can contribute to our diversity.

Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than December 8, 2017 to: Human Resources, JDC, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 or email to (please reference Staff Attorney – Sargent Shriver.)

No phone calls please. Due to the amount of resumes we receive each day, we will not be able to respond individually with the status of your application.