Court Staff Attorney I/II – Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is seeking qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Court Staff Attorney I/II.  The hired candidate will perform a wide variety of legal research duties in probate law.

The ideal candidate will be a member of the California State Bar (required) and will possess strong working knowledge of California probate law and procedure, as well as the functions of a California Superior Court. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following preferred qualifications:

  • Proven experience performing legal research in probate matters
  • Knowledge of general legal principles and application to probate law
  • Strong 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
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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Duties may include, but are not limited to, providing independent legal research to the judges and commissioners of the San Mateo County Superior Court bench; researching matters and providing written memoranda for those matters set on the daily probate calendar; reviewing and making recommendations on ex parte motions presented to the court on the daily ex parte calendar; and researching, preparing memoranda, drafting orders, and meeting with the designated judge on specially set matters.

Licensure Requirement:

  • Licensed by the California State Bar Association and admitted to practice in California


  • At the Court Staff Attorney I level, any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.
  • At the Court Staff Attorney II level, a minimum of three years as a Court Staff Attorney I or three years of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.

FINAL FILING DATE:  April 7, 2021

To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at   Applications packets for this position will only be accepted online. Application packets will consist of a completed standard Court/County of San Mateo application form; responses to the supplemental questions that are part of the application form; a resume attached to the application form; and a writing sample specific to a probate matter you have briefed and argued, no longer than five (5) pages, also attached to the application form. EOE

Court Staff Attorney I/II
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