POSITION:       Staff Attorney – Family Violence Prevention Program

LOCATION:      Santa Maria/Lompoc

HOURS:           Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (exempt)

REPORTS TO:             Managing Attorney – Santa Maria.


ABOUT US: The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to Santa Barbara County residents. Our mission is to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and other vulnerable residents in order to ensure equal access to justice. We change lives through direct representation, legal advice and information, and community education. Our vision is a community where low-income people and other vulnerable residents are empowered to thrive and where all residents have meaningful access to the civil justice system.



The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County has an immediate opening for a full-time Family Violence Prevention program attorney who will assist survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse, and human trafficking in obtaining restraining orders and with other related legal matters. The attorney will also provide legal education and outreach to the community on intimate partner violence, stalking, and other related issues. The position is funded through a grant provided by the federal Office of Violence Against Women.



Provides legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse, and human trafficking with obtaining restraining orders, child custody and visitation orders and related legal matters such as dissolution of marriage, establishing paternity, immigration remedies, child custody, and child and spousal support. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following range of duties: conducting client interviews, advice and counsel, litigating cases originating as intimate partner violence/domestic violence matters; making court appearances, representing clients in trials, updating and inputting information into case management system; education and outreach efforts directed at community members, advocates and service providers; program grant reporting and monitoring, attending regional taskforce meetings; and other duties as assigned.


LOCATION: This position is based in Santa Maria and will require travel to Lompoc once to twice a week to meet with clients and appear at court hearings in Lompoc.



  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California;
  • Licensed to drive in California or otherwise has a reliable means of transportation to travel to Lompoc, meetings, and outreach events;
  • Language: Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with those who may have educational, language, or other barriers to understanding;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Ability to use appropriate software in the performance of professional legal work;
  • Understanding of the nature and dynamics of domestic violence;
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy, legal analysis, and legal research skills.



  • Experience working with low-income communities;
  • At least two years of legal experience;
  • Experience working with a civil legal aid organization or non-profit organization;
  • Experience working on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuser or human trafficking.



$65,000 and above depending on experience or qualifications. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and health insurance.



Applications will be accepted immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled but priority consideration will be given to those who apply by October 4, 2019. Please submit 1) cover letter 2) resume and 3) a list of references to Tanya Villegas, Managing Attorney, at personnel@lafsbc.org.


The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

Staff Attorney – Family Violence Prevention Program