Domestic Violence Attorney (Temporary) – Contra Costa County

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Do you have the ability to champion values, culture, and people initiatives to enable our employees to be the best they can be?  Then work with us on our mission to ensure fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community.  From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, we help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.  Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, BayLegal prevents domestic violence and sexual assault.


Bay Area Legal Aid’s (BayLegal) mission is to provide high quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability. BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, with six regional offices serving seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. BayLegal’s approximately 150 staff members provide wraparound legal services in housing preservation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, economic security, consumer protection, and healthcare access.

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced domestic violence attorney, who will provide legal services to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking in an array of court proceedings, including dissolution of marriage, custody and support, UPAs and restraining orders. The position involves the following duties:

    • Providing wrap-around representation in all stages of family law proceedings (including: dissolution, custody, support, property and protective orders) and screening for immigration relief related to domestic violence and/or sexual assault
    • Supervising high paced Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinics – assisting self-represented litigants with preparing forms and understanding legal processes, supervising and mentoring volunteers and interns, and identifying systemic issues and ways to improve access;
    • Identifying systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights and addressing these challenges through affirmative advocacy and policy work;

We seek attorney candidates who are adept working in a litigation-rich practice, will be self-directed, and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. This is anticipated to be a six-month position.  It is located in our Richmond office and requires regular travel throughout the county. 

About the Successful Candidate:

  • Membership in good standing of the California State Bar
  • Minimum one year relevant family law experience
  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication, writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a dynamic team
  • Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, LGBT clients, survivors of trauma.
  • A driver’s license and access to a car
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish preferred but not required


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is based on experience. Position will be eligible for medical and dental benefits. 


Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Please reference Contra Costa DV Temporary Attorney in your application.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

[Please note that your response to the prompt above will not be read by your interviewing hiring committee. To reduce potential bias, your name will be removed and your response to this prompt will be read and reviewed separately from the rest of your application. Feedback on your response will then be provided to the interviewing hiring committee for this position. Therefore, if there is any specific information that you would like the interviewing hiring committee to be aware of, please make sure to include that information in your cover letter, even if there is some duplication.]