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Date Posted:  August 8, 2014

Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of California is currently recruiting for a limited amount of Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions in the Criminal Division for both its San Diego and Imperial County offices.

Please note: This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 24 months. This position may be extended or made permanent without further competition. This position is located in San Diego, California. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the Sacramento Office. The AUSA will be responsible for handling criminal immigration and other felony cases for the office. 

Please note: This is a re-announcement of vacancy announcement 14-EDCA-06A. Previous applicants must re-apply to receive consideration for this position.

Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.Thank you for your help in disseminating this vacancy announcement.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Intellectual Property Associate

Position: Associate

Office: Chicago, New York or San Francisco

Practice Group: Intellectual Property

Description:  Schiff Hardin LLP is seeking an associate for its Intellectual Property practice group in its Chicago, New York or San Francisco office.  The ideal candidate would have three to four years (2009 to 2010 J.D.) of patent litigation experience in the electrical engineering or pharmaceutical fields.  Some deposition and courtroom experience is preferred.  Additionally, a strong academic record and writing ability is also preferred.  Candidates should have an attorney license that is in good standing in the state in which the candidate would practice.  

Our firm supports a collegial atmosphere and provides associates with opportunities for substantial professional development, responsibility, and long-term success.  Schiff Hardin ranked #1 in the nation for diversity for women, #2 in the nation for diversity for minorities, and #5 overall on Vault's 2015 Best Law Firms for Diversity list.  

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Emily Wiegand, Legal Recruitment Specialist, at ewiegand@schiffhardin.com.

Office of the District Attorney of Santa Clara County (Summer 2015)

Legal Internship – Second, Third or Fourth Year (part-time) Students

Students who are in their second, third or fourth (part-time/evening) year of law school are eligible for State Bar certification upon having completed or being currently enrolled in Evidence and Civil Procedure, allowing them to make supervised appearances in court as a certified law student. Depending on the assignment, these students will have the opportunity to observe court hearings, conduct routine felony preliminary hearings, present evidence at suppression motions, and handle matters that appear on both the felony and misdemeanor motions calendar. The District Attorney’s main office is in San Jose, California, and has branch offices in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill.

Paid 2L Honors Program for the Summer of 2015

Summer (commitment minimum 40 hours a week)

May 26, 2015 - August 7, 2015 (Approx. 10 weeks)

Application Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014  (You must submit a formal application even if you had an on-campus interview)
Interviews: September 29, 2014 – October 3, 2014DA Notification of Candidate’s Acceptance into Program: October 3, 2014Candidate’s Decision to Participate in Program: October 10, 2014

Contact:  Jarisse Moore at jmoore@da.sccgov.org  or www.santaclara-da.org under “Office of the District Attorney: Employment/Internship Opportunities” to apply.

Note:  The District Attorney’s Office also has unpaid 1L law clerk positions for the summer, and allows 2Ls and 3Ls to intern for school credit during the school term and has Post Bar opportunities as well, but the OCI is only for the 2L Honors Program.

Date Posted:  August 2, 2014

Equal Employment Opportunity Fellow - County of San Mateo, Human Resources Fellowship

The Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the Human Resources Department is seeking a fellow to assist in the research, information/ data gathering, investigation, and handling of Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) cases.

Ideal person will have strong research and writing skills, and be able to assist in drafting letters, reports, responses, and documentation relating to EEO matters, such as complaints of discrimination, harassment and other EEO matters. The person should have strong analytical and organizational skills and be able to handle a range of tasks, such as preparing spreadsheets (Excel), tables, data analysis, and charts. The person should have strong communication and interviewing skills, and be able to communicate with staff of all levels with appropriate discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality. The candidate may assist in researching and preparing training materials, powerpoints, and presentations on EEO-related issues.

Click here for more information.

Date Posted:  May 29, 2014

Election Officers Needed

$90-180 Paid Stipends

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (various locations in Santa Clara County) –  The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters needs help at the polls for the Primary Election. This is a great way to be a part of the democratic process, serve your community, and make money for yourself or your favorite organization. Experience is not necessary. Paid training is provided. There is a critical need for Election Officers who are bilingual in English and Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. Bilingual Election Officers are paid an additional $5. You must be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen and a registered voter or a legal permanent resident; or a high school student, 16 years or older, with at least a 2.5 GPA and approval from your parents and your school administration. If you are interested, click here.

Date Posted:  May 17, 2014

Executive Director – California Appellate Project (San Francisco)

The California Appellate Project, San Francisco office, seeks an inspirational, skilled Executive Director to lead the organization.  CAP-SF serves as a legal resource center for private counsel appointed by the California Supreme Court to represent indigent appellants in capital cases in which they are challenging their convictions and sentences on direct appeal, through habeas corpus proceedings and in clemency proceedings. 

In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will direct all aspects of the San Francisco office’s activities, including providing direction to the office’s litigation program, making decisions relating to personnel, finances and programs, and interacting with the Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts.


  1. Juris Doctor degree and admission to the California Bar;

  2. Exceptional legal writing and analytical skills;

  3. Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality legal representation;

  4. Demonstrated knowledge of capital litigation and the ability to distill complex California death penalty issues into clear recommendations for action by appointed counsel;

  5. Demonstrated experience in legal management, office administration, and handling human resources issues.

About the Organization

The mission of CAP-SF is to assist in implementing the constitutional promise of the right to counsel for indigent defendants in capital post-conviction proceedings. 

For more information, please go to http://www.capsf.org/employment.asp.  The deadline for applications is June 6, 2014.

Dated Posted:  April 28, 2014

Associate Attorney – Litigation, Conservation Department, Sierra Club 

The Associate Attorney litigates Sierra Club cases that support the organization’s strategic conservation priorities, helps implements national strategic litigation campaigns to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership, and helps with building the Sierra Club’s in-house litigation component of its Environmental Law Program.

As part of a team of attorneys, the Associate Attorney is involved with ongoing in‑house legal duties, including courtroom and administrative litigation, implementation of the Club’s climate and clean energy-related litigation docket; strategic planning with a range of Sierra Club leaders; media work; and general administration of climate and clean energy-related projects of the Environmental Law Program.  The position involves daily contact with Sierra Club volunteer activists, staff, and attorneys throughout the nation.  The Associate Attorney reports to the Senior Managing Attorney.

Job Description:

  • Prosecutes Club legal actions, under the supervision of staff and senior attorneys and the legal director.

  • Implements strategic, programmatic legal projects to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership; helps coordinate and administer the legal work of strategic legal campaigns.

  • Helps evaluate proposed litigation relating to climate-related projects of the Environmental Law Program and advise national volunteer and staff leadership on the scope of Sierra Club participation in legal actions.

  • Helps administer ongoing Club litigation so that Club can properly maintain and coordinate its climate and clean energy-related docket; helps troubleshoot legal cases.

  • Analyzes legal cases and trends for Club management and membership relating to climate-related projects of the Environmental Law Program.

  • Serves as legal resource for Club membership; helps chapters and groups with the implementation of climate-related projects at the local, state and regional level.

  • Develops training, informational, educational, and fundraising materials for climate-related projects of the Environmental Law Program.

  • Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Job Requirements:

  • J.D. degree and license to practice law, with one or more years’ experience in litigation; 

  • Excellent writing and analytic skills;

  • Strong interpersonal and consensus‑building skills;

  • Strong planning and project management skills;

  • Knowledge of clean energy law and policy a plus.

Date Posted:  April 3, 2014

Asian Law Alliance Volunteer Coordinator for Citizenship Workshop

Asian Law Alliance (ALA) is a non-profit community law office that provides legal services, community education, and advocacy services to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Santa Clara County.  Priority areas are immigration/citizenship, housing, domestic violence, public benefits and civil rights.

They are seeking to fill a temporary position to serve as Volunteer Coordinator for a citizenship workshop on April 26, 2014.  The workshop is part of ALA’s New Americans Campaign project, which seeks to modernize and streamline access to naturalization services so that greater numbers of legally qualified permanent residents take the critical step towards becoming American citizens.  ALA is part of this national network of legal-service providers and the Volunteer Coordinator will be working with the New Americans Campaign collaborative based in Santa Clara County.  Duties include recruiting volunteers, providing at least two volunteer trainings, attending the citizenship orientation on April 12 and the follow-up group processing day on April 26, and participating in planning meetings as needed. The coordinator will work under the supervision of an ALA staff attorney and in close coordination with our partner agencies.

A stipend of $1,500 will be given. This position will end at the conclusion of the NAC Citizenship workshop on April 26 and submission of the final report.  For more info or to apply, email cover letter and resume to Bea Pangilinan, Staff Attorney at Asian Law Alliance (991 West Hedding Street, Suite 202, San Jose, CA  95126) at bpangilinan@asianlawalliance.org.  The position will be open until filled.

Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in its San Jose office. The Defender’s office provides defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters.

Duties include trial, appellate and ancillary matters under the direction of the Federal Defender. The position requires travel for training, investigation and litigation. The successful applicant will have demonstrated an aptitude for excellence in trial and appellate practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal integrity. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.  Applications will only be accepted online, and must be submitted at: https://www.123contactform.com/form-904046/San-Jose-AFPD-Application-Form-2014.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 18, and the position will remain open until filled by the Federal Public Defender.

Staff Attorney for the California Appellate Project (CAP)

The California Appellate Project (CAP) seeks to fill the position of either Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney on its Appellate team. CAP is a nonprofit legal resource center funded by the Judicial Council of California to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent death row inmates challenging their convictions and sentences on direct appeal and through habeas corpus proceedings.

The person hired to fill this position will be responsible for assisting and monitoring case progress of appointed counsel by setting and meeting target dates; reviewing draft pleadings and providing helpful feedback and editing; completing other projects with counsel in a timely and competent manner; and demonstrating skill and diplomacy in assisting appointed counsel in providing high quality representation. This person may also supervise investigators and law students to ensure assignments are completed on a timely basis.  Depending on qualifications, the applicant may be considered for a Senior Staff Attorney position. Senior Staff Attorneys are expected to show a high level of leadership capability and expertise in working collaboratively at all levels of the organization.  To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three professional references to hiring@capsf.org.  The application deadline is April 18, 2014.

Seeking Women and Minority Arbitrators for Kaiser Permanente Panel

The Office of the Independent Administrator (OIA) is seeking qualified individuals who want to join its pool of possible arbitrators.  There is no fee to do so and the OIA receives no money from the neutral arbitrators.

The OIA administers the arbitration system between Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, Inc., and its six million members in California.  It administers about 650 cases a year and has approximately 275 neutral arbitrators on the panel.  The panels are divided by region; Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego.  The parties select their neutral arbitrator by striking and ranking 12 randomly generated names supplied by the OIA, or by jointly selecting any neutral arbitrator upon whom they can agree.   Neutrals set their own fees and are paid by the parties.

Among other requirements, neutral arbitrators must either be lawyers with either ten years of substantial litigation and/or arbitration experience; retired state or federal judges; or lawyers with specifically designed arbitration training.  Medical malpractice experience is not required.  You must agree to follow the OIA Rules and ensure that the deadlines set forth in the Rules are met. If interested, please go to the OIA at www.oia-kaiserarb.com.  You may also obtain copies by emailing oia@oia-kaiserarb.com or by calling 213-637-9847.

Senior Counsel, Client Service Leader for Dignity Health

Dignity Health is looking for a senior counsel, client service leader in San Francisco.  For more information, please go to http://jb.dignityhealthcareers.org/job.php?id=7283. Date Posted:  March 12, 2014 ALA is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help with Citizenship Day in April. The compensation is $1,500. Please read the job description here. Applications can be emailed to bpangilinan@asianlawalliance.org

Litigation Associate, Patent Litigation Associate, and Product Liability Associate Positions at Schiff Hardin

Schiff Hardin is seeking an associate with 2 to 4 years of experience (2009 to 2010 J.D.) for its General Litigation practice in San Francisco. The ideal candidate would have significant experience drafting pleadings, discovery, and routine and complex filings plus some deposition experience and/or courtroom experience (handling routine court appearances, arguing motions, and/or presenting witnesses). Strong academic record and strong research, writing, and oral communication skills are required. California Bar admission is preferred.

It is also seeking a patent litigation associate for its growing Intellectual Property practice in the San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will have 2 to 3 years of experience with some knowledge of patent prosecution and the desire to take on significant responsibility on small litigation teams. A degree in electrical engineering or computer science is preferred.

They are also looking for an associate with 1 to 3 years of experience (2010 to 2012 J.D.) for their Product Liability practice group in San Francisco.  Experience in mass tort, class action, catastrophic injury and asbestos litigation is preferred but not mandatory. Strong writing skills and academics are required and California Bar admission is preferred.

For more info on these positions, go to http://www.schiffhardin.com/.  All inquiries will be held in strictest confidence.  No phone calls please.  Send writing sample, cover letter, resume, and transcript to Angela Roditis, Schiff Hardin LLP, 233 South Wacker Drive Suite 6600, Chicago, IL 60606. FAX: 312-258-5600, aroditis@schiffhardin.com

Date Posted: February 24, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, which is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Central District of California, is hiring for AUSA positions in its Criminal, Civil, and Tax Divisions. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Central District of California. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience. If not already an active member of the California bar, any applicant hired will be required to take and pass the California bar exam and become an active member of the California bar as quickly as possible after entry on duty. These and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.

Date Posted: February 3, 2014

San Francisco ERISA Firm Looking for Attorney   Well established congenial downtown San Francisco ERISA firm, specializing in Taft Hartley and governmental plans, is seeking an attorney with a minimum of 5 -7 years compliance experience. The candidate must have a solid understanding of the laws governing defined benefit and defined contribution plans, tax background a plus. Additionally, the candidate should have strong analytical, research and writing skills. Specific areas of experience required/preferred are: Knowledge of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code as they relate to employee benefit plans Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and its regulations Knowledge of the Pension Protection Act as it relates to multi-employer plans Ability to research DOL regulations and opinion letters Ability to research IRS regulations and other guidance Ability to write complete and concise legal memoranda Ability to interact with clients and other service providers Experience in reviewing SPDs, notices, policies and forms Experience in drafting Plan Documents and amendments Experience in seeking pension plan determination letters Experience in reviewing investment contracts and other service provider agreements Experience in reviewing QDROs Knowledge of traditional labor law and employment law a plus! If interested, please send your resume to jobs@sjlawcorp.com, using "Compliance" in the subject line.   Human Rights Attorney Position in the Philippines through VOICE   The Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment (VOICE) is seeking a lawyer who is passionate about human rights and social justice to volunteer in its office in Manila. This is a 12-monht position where you would (a) coordinate VOICE’s Civil Society Development internship program, (b) draft briefs and reports regarding human rights abuses to be submitted to a variety of international bodies, (c) assist with social justice projects (such as grant applications and liaising with NGOs and INGOs), and (d) draft and collate refugee resettlement applications for stateless Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. You must have a law degree and a minimum of two years of work experience in the relevant field. Food, accommodation, work-related expenses and local salary will be provided. For more information, please go towww.vietnamevoice.org or send resume to Hoi Trinh (Executive Director) atvoiceinmanila@gmail.com.