The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Court Staff Attorney I/II (Family Law Facilitator) – Superior Court of California.

Under general supervision, Court Staff Attorney II positions are assigned to a variety of areas to perform all phases of legal work. Assignments may be in Self Help Family Law Center, Legal Research, Alternative Dispute Resolution or other court departments or programs.

Court Staff Attorney II (Family Law Facilitator) positions assigned to the Self Help/Family Law Center assist in the implementation and coordination of programs within the Superior Court of San Mateo County; designed to assist Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) in area of Family Law, Civil, Probate, Small Claims and other areas of law pertaining to SRL.

Court Staff Attorney I ($90,875.20 – $113,256.00 Annually) is the entry-level attorney position for the court.

Court Staff Attorney II ($109,720 – $136,739.20 Annually) is the experienced-level attorney position for the court.

The ideal candidate will be a member of the California State Bar (required) and will possess extensive working knowledge of California civil law and procedure, as well the functions of a California Superior Court.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Proven experience performing legal research in civil matters
  • Superior analytical skills and writing ability
  • The ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • The ability to coordinate multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines
  • A strong understanding of the importance of and the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills

Examples Of Duties:

  • Provide independent legal research to the judges and commissioners of the County of San Mateo Superior Court bench
  • Research matters and provide written memoranda for those motions set on the Civil Direct Calendar Judges’ Law and Motion calendars
  • Review and make recommendations on any civil ex parte motions presented to the court on the daily ex parte calendar(s)
  • Research, prepare memoranda, draft orders and meet with the designated judge on specially set matters
  • Perform legal research and analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems
  • Prepare statements of fact, law and argument
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, documents, correspondence, procedures and other written materials


Education and Experience: 
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying for Court Staff Attorney II – Family Law Facilitator – Superior Court of California. 

Required Knowledge of:

  • General legal principles and application to civil law
  • General knowledge of the Civil Code, the Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, California Rules of Court, and local rules
  • Evidentiary principles, pre-trial, hearing and trial procedures
  • Legal research techniques, including the use of case law, statutory law, secondary sources and legal indices and digests
  • Office practices and procedures, including filing and operation of standard office equipment
  • Business data processing principles and the use of automation tools for retrieval and analysis
  • Business letter and legal document formatting, and related office applications such as Word
  • Correct use of English, including grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Computerized legal research and related applications such as LexisNexis and Westlaw

Required Skill/Ability to: 

  • Interpret, evaluate, make decisions in accordance with, and explain complex laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work

Other Requirements: Membership in the California State Bar Association, County of San Mateo Bar Association and specialty section memberships as determined by the Court Executive Officer.

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FINAL FILING DATE:  September 27, 2022

To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at or visit the County jobs portal page at Applications packets for this position will only be accepted online. Application packets will consist of a completed standard Court/County of San Mateo online application form; responses to the supplemental questions that are part of the online application form; a resume attached to the online application form; and a writing sample specific to a civil motion or probate petition you have briefed and argued, no longer than five pages, also attached to the application form. EOE

Court Staff Attorney I/II – Family Law Facilitator
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