Our mission at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. We believe every person should have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education, and freedom from violence and abuse.

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (Legal Aid SMC) is looking for a motivated and dedicated public interest lawyer to lead our Senior Advocates team. The Senior Advocates team works to protect the rights of older adults and adults with disabilities through legal services, policy advocacy, outreach, and education.

Legal Aid SMC seeks candidates who share our aspirations for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. We are committed to affirming differences in race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.


  • Planning and management: Develop Senior Advocates project’s legal and policy advocacy agenda; supervise Senior Advocates attorney, contract consumer law attorney, volunteer attorneys, and project coordinator; ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  • Legal services: Advise and represent San Mateo County adults in elder abuse and safety net government benefits cases.
  • Policy advocacy: Collaborate with staff and community and other legal services groups to pursue systemic changes that address issues affecting older adults and adults with disabilities.
  • Community outreach and trainings: Provide outreach and education about elder rights issues to older adults and community agencies who serve them.


  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • At least 3 years’ experience with issues affecting older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Experience supervising the work of others including setting goals, professional development planning, and progress review
  • Policy advocacy experience
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $89,365 (3 years of law practice)-$107,643 (8 years of law practice)

Full-time exempt position.

Benefits: Excellent benefits including up to $3,600/year law school loan repayment assistance. $2,500 stipend for proficiency in Spanish or another language spoken by our client community.

Hybrid Workplace: Legal Aid SMC is a hybrid workplace. Most employees work part of the week remotely and part at the office, court, outreach events, meetings, or other locations based on client needs, organizational needs, personal preference, and public health guidelines. Employees are expected to reside in California and at a distance allowing them to commute to the office or other service delivery locations as needed. This position requires commuting for in-person meetings with clients (when clients are not able to meet via telephone or video call or there is another client-centered reason to meet in person), court appearances, outreach, and periodic team or all staff gatherings (approximately once or twice a month). Legal Aid SMC provides computers and other equipment, supplies, and reimbursement for home internet and cell phone service needed to work remotely.

To Apply:   Email a cover letter explaining your interest and how you meet the qualifications and a resume to Hope Nakamura at jobs@legalaidsmc.org.

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

Elder Rights Supervising Attorney
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