Government Benefits and Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Attorney

Full-Time Senior Staff Attorney Position


The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (Legal Aid SMC) seeks a dedicated public interest lawyer who shares our aspirations for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace to protect the rights of older and dependent adults and other vulnerable populations. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to affirming differences in race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and past or present military service.



  • Client services. Advise and represent San Mateo County adults with disabilities and older adults in elder/dependent adult abuse cases and low-income San Mateo County adults in safety net government benefits cases. Pursue all appropriate legal strategies, including litigation, in accordance with Legal Aid SMC’s priorities. 
  • Policy Advocacy. Collaborate with staff and community and other legal services groups to pursue systemic changes that address elder/dependent adult abuse and improve access to government benefits. 
  • Community outreach and trainings. Provide outreach and education about access to safety net benefits and elder/dependent adult abuse issues to older adults, adults with disabilities, and other disadvantaged communities, and agencies serving these populations. 



  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Excellent analytical, writing, public speaking, and communication skills
  • 3-5 years of experience with public benefits (CalFresh, CalWORKs, SSI/SSA, CAPI, GA) or issues affecting older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Ability to drive with access to a vehicle
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination



  • Proficiency in Spanish, Cantonese/Mandarin, or Tagalog
  • Experience working with different cultures and community organizations

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $84,365 (3 years of law practice)-$102,643 (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, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County at


Senior Staff Attorney, Government Benefits and Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse
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