About Us:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

We believe that even the biggest problems can be broken down into small, achievable steps. Poverty and access to justice are part of the same problem. And to solve this, we just need to discover what the steps are.

At Open Door Legal (ODL), we’re pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation to dramatically reduce poverty and prove that the law really can belong to all of us.

To achieve this ambitious goal, we’ve created an award-winning and best-in-class legal aid organization full of passionate, motivated, gritty, thoughtful, and team-oriented people.

We believe that injustice is the heart of poverty and we’re looking for someone to join us in having a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure justice for all.

Overview of Position:

We’re hiring a Family Law Staff Attorney to help us resolve family conflicts, protect victims, and ensure that courts make decisions in the best interests of children. Our unique and innovative model of practice involves representing both men and women in all areas of family law, including child custody and visitation, child support and paternity, divorce, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, guardianship, and adoption. This staff attorney will work closely with clients and help counsel them through everything from mediation to full-scope litigation. Open Door Legal offers legal advice and representation in all areas of family law, as we do not limit our assistance to matters involving domestic violence. Our work is transformative because it literally changes lives. The Family Law practice helps to heal families and communities, reduce conflict, and set our clients and their children up for success. Our clients are incredibly brave and resilient, and we seek to support them when they face an intense or contentious case in court. For example, we were able to help a frightened mother of two with her custody case when her abusive soon-to-be-ex-partner (who had been convicted of threatening to assault and of child endangerment) demanded more visitation. We advocated to secure her full custody and with it peace of mind, so she can move forward with her daughters. That is the transformative power of universal access to legal aid–it gives people their lives back.

This position will report directly to the Senior Family Law Attorney.


  • Own approximately 25 family law cases simultaneously while being assisted by a Senior Family Law Attorney, Family Law Paralegal and volunteers.
  • Appear in San Francisco Family Law court representing clients approximately 1-2 times a week on custody/visitation, child support, Domestic Violence Restraining Order, divorce, guardianship, and adoption cases.
  • Draft family law forms and other documents, including requests for orders and declarations, associated with representing clients in custody/visitation, child support, Domestic Violence Restraining Order, divorce, guardianship, and adoption cases.
  • Work efficiently on challenging, intellectually interesting, and interpersonally difficult cases.
  • Provide services and support to our low-income clients with humility and awareness of cultural, socio-economic, and disability differences.
  • Manage and mentor seasonal interns, volunteer attorneys, pro bono counsel, and fellows.
  • Embrace and embody our mission of universal access to civil legal aid and make sure that the family law needs of residents in our service area are met.
  • Embrace and embody our values of teamwork, grit, caring, passion, and dynamism.


  • Membership in good standing with the California State Bar. Applicants without active California bar membership will not be considered. However, those without a license are encouraged to apply to volunteer with us at opendoorlegal.org/volunteer.
  • Must have experience appearing in court or in administrative hearings.
  • Strong time-management skills and the ability to organize case tasks, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research and proof-reading skills, with the ability to be detail-oriented.
  • Help keep our knowledge base up to date and actively contribute to creating best practices for the family law team.
  • Must genuinely enjoy and be motivated by working with low-income clients and be able to work competently with clients impacted by trauma (emotional, mental, and physical).
  • Must actively demonstrate cultural humility and sensitivity to barriers low-income residents face when attempting to access the justice system.
  • Embrace and embody our values of teamwork, grit, caring, passion, and dynamism.

Bonus Points:

  • Comfortable practicing, translating and interpreting in Spanish and/or Cantonese (this comes with a slight compensation increase).
  • Experience representing clients in court in California on contested dissolution matters.
  • Experience appearing in San Francisco Unified Family Court.
  • Experience working with low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • Experience working in a high-volume direct services legal aid or similar environment.
  • Having lived a significant period of your life in San Francisco proper.

Starting compensation is $77,500 – $93,500 per year based on experience.


  • Loan Repayment Assistance – for staff pursuing 10-year public interest debt forgiveness, we will pay the minimum payment on all qualifying loans so that you don’t need to worry about student loan debt (this is a conditional benefit).
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Plan offerings at 100% coverage
  • 4 weeks of paid time off per year
  • We care deeply about the mental and emotional fitness of our staff and financially invest in staff who pursue ways to address this through a stipend.
  • Flexible work hours
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • 401K/Retirement Account
  • Strong organizational culture with an eNPS of 100
  • We believe everyone is always learning. We financially invest in professional development for each staff member and provide many internal and external mentorships, coaching, and learning opportunities (conferences, workshops, etc.).
  • We are a fun and hard-working office with best-in-class technology solutions for anyone who’s passionate about making a meaningful and measurable difference.

Applications received before June 24 will receive priority consideration.

Ideal start date: Jul 11, 2022

Open Door Legal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law including the San Francisco Fair chance Ordinance.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at whitney [at] opendoorlegal [dot] org.

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