Staff Attorney – Child Custody (SASH)

Staff Attorney – Child Custody (SASH)


Receive valuable litigation training and experience at an organization dedicated to access to justice. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) seeks a Child Custody and Visitation Attorney.

About JDC:

JDC is a non-profit organization that has provided free legal services to low-income San Francisco residents since 1977. Each year, JDC serves nearly 8,500 indigent clients through staff and volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and law students. JDC’s holistic advocacy addresses our clients’ social service needs in addition to their legal needs.

About the Job:

The Sargent Shriver Custody Project (SASH) represents low-income litigants in child custody and visitation cases when the opposing party has counsel. SASH is part of a statewide program following the results of providing counsel in cases involving critical legal issues affecting basic human needs.

All levels of experience are welcome to apply. For newly admitted lawyers and lawyers with no experience, this is a great opportunity to master litigation in access to justice program with real state support.

The Staff Attorney will represent litigants only in the custody/visitation portion of their cases. Responsibilities include: managing cases that are in active litigation; client screening; and limiting representation to the custody issues while understanding the interplay between custody and support and property issues. The attorney is expected to work independently but under the oversight of the SASH Supervising Attorney and JDC Director, and to maintain accurate database records for all cases.


  • Licensed member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Family law litigation experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience working with low-income communities is preferred


  • Strong oral, written, and client service skills
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus
  • Self-starter who works well independently and in a collegial team environment
  • Able to effectively interact with low-income clients, opposing counsel, judges and court staff
  • Able to handle and manage their own independent case load
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Essential Forms


Why Work For Us:

We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff. Additionally, we are a mission and values based organization. We also offer a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more.

To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at

Job Type: Full-time


To Apply:

Please visit our career site at The Bar Association of San Francisco to submit your cover letter and resume. 


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