Position: Director of Pro Bono, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County


Location: San Mateo County, California (San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula)


Organization: Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (www.legalaidsmc.org) is a non-profit law firm that has been providing free legal services to low-income and vulnerable populations in San Mateo County since 1959. Our mission is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. We strive to empower people to overcome the causes and effects of poverty so they can participate in their community with dignity and respect. Our staff assists clients with legal issues and engages in impactful advocacy related to government benefits, housing, domestic violence, health care, elder law, special education access, and disability rights. Legal Aid Society offers a supportive and collegial work environment, excellent benefits package, and opportunities for professional development and training.


Legal Aid Society of San Mateo’s Pro Bono Program:  Over 500 attorneys and other non-attorney volunteers did pro bono work with us in 2018. Our volunteers are from 42 different Silicon Valley and San Francisco law firms, 17 Corporations and 20 individuals. In total they provided our otherwise unrepresented clients with over 11,000 hours of legal assistance in our clinics and case placements. Our current formal projects include the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Collaborative, the Limited Conservatorship Project, the Guardianship Project and our Housing Clinics and cases


Position: The Director of Pro Bono is responsible for managing all aspects of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo’s Pro Bono Program which increases access to justice by utilizing the skills and expertise of pro bono volunteers. The Director is also responsible for developing and maintaining pro bono relationships, including the recruitment, coordination, training, supervision and stewardship of volunteers.


The Pro Bono Director will report to the Directing Attorney and directly supervise the Pro Bono Project Coordinator. The Director will work to support the goals and operations of the entire organization with a special emphasis on coordinating with the efforts of the development team.



  • Lead development, management and administration of overall Pro Bono Program and individual pro bono projects, including limited scope clinics, on-going representation by pro bono attorneys and co-counseling on impact litigation cases;
  • In conjunction with other Legal Aid Society leadership, develop strategic vision for Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Program, set priorities and implement goals accordingly;
  • Work with program staff and outside experts to develop and update training and support materials for volunteer attorneys;
  • Maintain and improve pro bono policies and procedures for volunteer training, case placement, mentoring, on-going support, co-counsel arrangements, data collection and reporting;
  • Recruit, train and provide mentoring to volunteer attorneys as well as place and manage pro bono cases;
  • Cultivate and foster new and existing pro bono relationships with firm, solo and corporate partners;
  • Actively collaborate with Legal Aid’s development team to support development and communications activities, including volunteer tracking, appreciation, and recognition and reporting on pro bono statistics and outcomes.



  • Significant experience as a practicing attorney (a minimum of five years preferred) and ability to practice law in the State of California;
  • Demonstrated commitment to legal services work;
  • Demonstrated commitment to race, equity and inclusion;
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to envision, implement and evaluate new projects;
  • Strong project management skills, including organization and ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to supervise staff;
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effective present to a range of audiences;
  • Experience mentoring and training attorneys and/or law clerks in limited and full-scope representation;
  • Demonstrated understanding of private law firm and corporate pro bono culture;
  • Experience in at least one of our pro bono program areas of domestic violence, guardianships, limited conservatorships and housing law;
  • Ability to cultivate and develop pro bono relationships;
  • Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point proficiency.


Salary: $82,866+ DOE and excellent benefits package.


Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


To Apply: Submit: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest and how you meet the required job qualifications, 2) your resume, and 3) a writing sample, to Shirley Gibson, Directing Attorney. Email: sgibson@legalaidsmc.org or Fax: (650) 517-8973


The Legal Aid Society is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Director of Pro Bono
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