About Our Organization

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (The Center) is a 501(c)(3) organization that has served as a cornerstone of family law and domestic violence assistance for low-income persons in California since 1982. The Center empowers domestic violence survivors, supports parents in building and preserving relationships with their children, and helps families and individuals live in dignity. With the aid of volunteer lawyers, law students, and interpreters, the Center provides free family law services and legal education and ensures that poverty is not a barrier to justice in the courts.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (the Center) seeks a knowledgeable, organized, and personable attorney who loves lawyering and working with people to fill the essential role of Staff Attorney/Volunteer Program Manager (VPM). In addition to handling a family law caseload, the Staff Attorney/VPM manages the Center’s dedicated volunteer lawyers and law students offering free legal assistance and education to low-income litigants. Here’s more of what the job entails:

Along with fellow colleagues, this individual will provide direct legal assistance to low-income clients, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence with children, immigrants, and older spouses. The Staff Attorney/VPM will also supervise volunteers in the delivery of pro per legal services to clients and will prepare cases for pro bono representation. The Staff Attorney/VPM will use her/his/their skills and training to the highest standards of practice to provide ongoing counsel and advice, interviewing, drafting, investigation, research, and other advocacy for clients, with a particular focus on individuals who will be and/or are represented by pro bono counsel.

As the leader of the Center’s volunteer program, in collaboration with the Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, this individual designs, implements, evaluates, and modifies as needed all options for volunteer and student involvement; provides training, professional development, and recognition opportunities for volunteers and helps nurture their relationships to encourage volunteer retention. Importantly, the Staff Attorney/VPM continually recruits and builds a diverse core of attorneys and students able to provide pro bono service. Together with the Volunteer Coordinator, the Staff Attorney/VPM creates website, social media, and print materials to publicize, document, and market the various ways volunteers can give back to the community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing CA bar;
  • Three (3) to five (5)+ years or more family law practice or other related legal experience with proven results;
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent analytic and organizational abilities;
  • Demonstrated history of professional networking and/or building a law practice, and/or marketing experience and/or community engagement activities;
  • Proven ability to teach, lead, nurture and motivate others;
  • Capacity to travel locally and work some Saturdays and evenings.

Start Date: ASAP

Position: Full-time, exempt.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision insurance; voluntary employee retirement plan; paid vacation and holiday leave; reimbursed travel and educational expenses; professional development.

Location: Temporarily remote; Office in Los Angeles/Koreatown

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and one relevant writing sample to: jobs@hbcfl.org

Please write “Staff Attorney/Volunteer Program Manager” in the subject line.

Please, no phone inquiries. Position open until filled.


To learn more about the Harriett Buhai Center for Family law please visit www.hbcfl.org.

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or family status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and breastfeeding), genetic information, disability or medical condition, military or veteran status or any other indisputable characteristic, or perception of protected status, in accordance with applicable law.

Staff Attorney/Volunteer Program Manager
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