Staff Attorney (Bilingual preferred)

Job Type

Full Time




El Cajon
United States


Position Summary: Provide legal assistance to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault (SA), and stalking as a member of CCS’ Legal Team. Operate El Cajon Courthouse Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic 2 ½ days per week. The remaining part of the week work out of CCS’ East County Office and provide an array of legal services – pro se and some direct representation – regarding Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs), associated family law matters and civil legal remedies to victims of IPV, SA and stalking. Work in partnership with CCS Legal Advocate to provide holistic and comprehensive legal services tailored to the needs of East San Diego County residents.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Legal Services

·        Operate the DVRO Clinic at the El Cajon Courthouse 2 ½ days per week to assist self-represented clients with preparation and filing of court documents required to petition for a DVRO.

·        Provide holistic intake, over the phone and in-person, to determine eligibility for services and appropriate remedies.

·        Provide by-appointment consultations regarding DVROs, associated family law issues, civil legal remedies, and immigration issues.

·        Work in partnership with CCS Legal Advocate to provide holistic and comprehensive legal services.

·        Collaborate with immigration law organizations to help clients access immigration services including U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA application support.

·        Assist self-represented clients with preparation and filing of court documents regarding DVROs and related family law matters by appointment at CCS’ East County office.

·        Directly represent victims, on a case-by-case basis, at restraining order hearings and family law proceedings.

·        Provide crisis intervention, develop client safety plans, and provide appropriate referrals.

·        Provide services at locations that are safe and accessible to clients, including CCS emergency shelters, CCS business centers, courthouses, and law enforcement agencies.

·        Maintain DV and SA Crisis Counselor status by completing required number of ongoing training hours on topics related to crisis intervention and ongoing support of IPV and SA survivors, annually.

·        Ensure empowering, professional relationships with clients to create an atmosphere of empathy, safety, and support.

·        Work to eliminate barriers to service, particularly for survivors from historically oppressed communities.


2. Upholding Program Standards

·        Promote the safety and well-being of clients by modeling and encouraging healthy communication, safety-focused decision-making, and acceptance of diversity.

·        Meet agency standards in regards to professionalism, safety, and service delivery when interacting with clients, community members, agency staff, and the general public.

·        Ensure ongoing familiarization with all CCS programs and services, including eligibility requirements, in order to answer basic questions and refer clients accurately.

·        Work collaboratively with CCS Legal Advocate and Legal Team Manager to meet East County community needs, in accordance with program goals and objectives.

·        Foster and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff from CCS Residential, Advocacy, Legal, Counseling, and Prevention services.

·        Maintain client confidentiality by protecting client information and ensuring that appropriate paperwork is understood and completed by clients (e.g., consent for services forms and release of information forms when collaborating with other programs/entities). Adhere to agency policies and protocols related to the security of electronic client service records.


3. Community Relations: Foster and maintain positive relationships with service providers, community members, and business partners.

·        Educate community members and professionals about IPV, SA, and stalking, as well as CCS services.

·        Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with East County community organizations and coalitions, San Diego County Office of the District Attorney/City Attorney, law enforcement, and the courts, including regular participation in meetings, working groups, committees, and education and outreach activities.

·        Maintain a working knowledge of San Diego County’s IPV, SA, and stalking victim service providers.  

·        Provide and participate in cross-trainings with community partners.

·        Foster and maintain constructive working relationships with law enforcement and key community members.


4. Administrative Responsibilities: Ensure that records and required paperwork are complete and accurate.

·        Accurately, thoroughly, and promptly document client services, outreach, training, and other work duties using designated electronic information management system.

·        Accurately and thoroughly document contact with clients and callers in a timely manner through Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), the agency database program for client services.

·        Maintain an up-to-date shared business calendar as directed.

·        Participate in regularly scheduled supervision with the Legal Team Manager. 

·        Follow agency protocol for maintaining time-keeping records in required formats. Submit timesheets and personnel and departmental paperwork (e.g., check requisitions) according to agency standards and due dates.

·        Compile statistical data accurately and completely, and submit monthly reports in a timely manner, as directed.

·        Participate in regularly scheduled Legal Team meetings and All Staff meetings, many of which are off-site.

·        Carry out other duties as necessary to ensure organizational and program success.

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Essential Job Requirements:


·        Juris Doctor degree.

·        California licensed attorney.


·        Minimum one (1) year’s experience providing legal services to victims of IPV, SA, and stalking.

·        Work experience with IPV, SA, and stalking issues and intervention strategies, legal system, and/or crisis counseling.


·        Following the successful completion of CCS’ California State-approved Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training, complete a minimum of 12 hours of ongoing training per year as required by CalOES for staff that provide direct client services.

·        Adaptability and flexibility while working in a dynamic work environment. 

·        Strong oral and written communication skills and positive interpersonal relationship skills.

·        Knowledge of IPV, SA, and stalking issues and their impact on families.

·        Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as internet research. Comfort in computer network environment.

·        Must demonstrate an acceptance and respect for cultural diversity in all its forms, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, and religious backgrounds. Ability to work collaboratively in an ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse environment.


·        Bilingual fluency in Spanish/English or Arabic/English (written and oral).

·        Proven ability to work effectively with community partners on collaborative efforts.

·        Experience with developing and enhancing community collaborations.

·        Experience developing and giving presentations.

·        Demonstrated ability to use electronic information management systems to document client services; experience using Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) strongly preferred.

·        Demonstrated ability to use electronic time-keeping systems to document time worked.


·        Commitment to CCS’ mission, vision, and values.

·        Maintains stability of performance under pressure or opposition, reacts well to emergencies, and maintains positive composure and confidence in crisis or adverse situations.


·        Must clear Live Scan criminal background check.

·        Must maintain personal cell phone for work-related purposes.

·        Must maintain reliable transportation available for work-related purposes, a valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurance.


·        Usual worksite is office setting. Some courthouse work required.

·        Ability to sit for prolonged periods.

·        Ability to work in IPV, SA and stalking fields, which at times inherently create safety concerns.

·        Ability to drive personal vehicle to serve clients in various locations of San Diego County.


13 Paid Holidays

18 PTO Days

Medical, Dental, Vision


Level of Language Proficiency

·        Bilingual fluency in Spanish/English or Arabic/English (written and oral).

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Roberto Sarmiento, Legal Team Manager, at email: