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Family Law Attorney

Open Door Legal

Family Law Attorney

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    Open Door Legal is pioneering the country's first system of universal access to civil representation and working hard to make it a reality so that when everyone has access to the law, no one will feel the sting of poverty.

    We innovate, drive results, and create solutions for some of the most complex problems facing our community. As a Google Impact Challenge (2015) winner and recognized by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, we're growing and expanding our services across San Francisco, making this city the first in the country with universal access to civil legal representation, thus becoming a model for national replication.

    We're only going to achieve this if we continue hiring the best people. If you are extremely passionate, quixotic, ready to tackle tough problems, client-centered, and believe in continuous personal growth--we want to hear from you!

    We believe injustice is the heart of poverty and we invite you to join us in having a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure liberty and justice for all.


    We're hiring a family law staff attorney to help us resolve family conflicts, protect victims, and to ensure that courts make decisions in the best interests of children. Open Door Legal has a unique and innovative model, setting the standard for what's possible in the practice of family law. We represent both men and women in all areas of family law, including child custody and visitation, child support and paternity, divorce, guardianship, adoption, and restraining orders. Our family practice changes lives by healing families and reducing conflict, setting our clients (and their children) up for future success. The attorney in this position will get to work closely with their clients and will help counsel them through everything from mediation to full-scope litigation.

    There is a strong leadership component to this position. We expect the attorney to manage and mentor an array of interns, volunteer attorneys, pro bono counsel, and fellows. We also expect the attorney to represent our organization and values to a wide variety of stakeholders, including with other organizations.

    Overall, this position is intended to be an extremely challenging experience for someone looking to be a highly effective direct services attorney. Your supervisor will be our Legal Services Director.


    • Own/manage approximately 50 family law cases simultaneously while being assisted by a paralegal and volunteers
    • Appear in San Francisco Family Law court representing clients approximately 2-3 times a week on custody/visitation, child support, DVRO affirmative and defense and divorce
    • Work quickly on challenging, intellectually interesting, and interpersonally difficult cases.
    • Provide services and support to our low-income clients with sensitivity and awareness to cultural, socio-economic, and disability differences.
    • Be flexible: that is, be willing to appear in court on short notice when necessary, up to four times per week
    • Embrace and embody our mission of universal access to civil legal aid and ensure that everyone in our service area with a family case gets appropriate help, including legal representation.
    • Embrace and embody our values of teamwork, grit, caring, passionate, and dynamic.


    • Membership in good standing with the California State Bar. Applicants without active California bar membership will not be considered. However, those without a license are encouraged to apply to volunteer with us at
    • Must have experience appearing in court and/or at administrative law hearings.
    • Must genuinely enjoy working with low-income clients and be able to work competently with clients who have experienced trauma. Must be culturally competent and sensitive to barriers low-income residents face when attempting to access the justice system.
    • Must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the organization.


    • Comfortable practicing, translating and interpreting in Cantonese/written Chinese.
    • Comfortable practicing, translating and interpreting in Spanish.
    • Knowledge of California family law.
    • Experience representing clients in contested divorce matters.
    • Experience appearing in San Francisco Civil Court, Unified Family Court.
    • Experience working with low-income and vulnerable populations.
    • Experience working in a high-volume legal aid or similar environment.
    • Supervisory and leadership experience.
    • Having lived a significant period of your life in San Francisco proper.



    • Loan Repayment Assistance - for staff pursuing 10-year public interest debt forgiveness, we will pay the minimum payment on all qualifying loans so that you don't need to worry about student loan debt (this is a conditional benefit).
    • We offer competitive benefits:
      • Medical/Dental/Vision
      • Generous paid time off per year
      • Flexible work hours
      • Paid Parental Leave
      • Retirement
    • We believe everyone is always learning and provide many internal and external mentorships, coaching, and learning opportunities (conferences, workshops, etc.).
    • We are a fun and hard-working office with best-in-class technology solutions (including Salesforce) for anyone who's passionate about making a meaningful and measurable difference.


    Note: in addition to this role, we will be hiring for a six-month temporary family law attorney to start in September.