Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney
At a glance
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
San Diego, US
13 February 2024
The Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney for San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) is responsible for managing all aspects of pro bono volunteer involvement across SDVLP’s programs, to fulfill SDVLP’s mission of providing equal access to the justice system to low-income and disadvantaged San Diegans. The Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney will work as an integral part of SDVLP’s executive leadership team to lead design and management of SDVLP’s programs to maximize pro bono attorney involvement. The Pro Bono Manager & Supervising Attorney will work with program staff to recruit legal volunteers, direct placement of pro bono cases, develop pro bono recruitment and training materials, and develop partnership opportunities with law firms and corporate law departments, law schools, bar associations, and the judiciary.
The Pro Bono Manager & Supervising Attorney is also responsible for supervising SDVLP’s highly successful Microbusiness and Nonprofit Support Program, which leverages pro bono attorneys to provide vital free legal services to low-income entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations serving low-income populations.
The Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney will report to the Chief Executive Officer, serve on SDVLP’s executive management team, and directly supervise the Pro Bono Administrative Coordinator and Staff Attorney for SDVLP’s Microbusiness and Nonprofit Support Program.
The Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney will be responsible for:
- Leading development, management, and administration of all aspects of pro bono volunteer involvement at SDVLP, including the recruitment, training, mentoring and recognition of attorney, law student, and paralegal, volunteers.
- In conjunction with the executive leadership team, developing strategic vision for pro bono involvement at SDVLP, setting priorities, and implementing goals accordingly.
- Cultivating, fostering, and sustaining relationships with law firms, corporations, bar associations, and the judiciary, including through regular attendance at networking events.
- Serving as SDVLP’s pro bono ambassador to the Board of Directors, partners, donors, and the larger legal community.
- Informing and advising the Chief Executive Officer on relevant issues pertaining to pro bono legal services programs at the local, state, and national levels.
- Working with program staff to develop and update training and support materials for volunteer attorneys.
- Actively coordinating with SDVLP’s development team and program staff to support development and communications activities, including volunteer appreciation and recognition.
- Assisting in grant writing and in supporting efforts to obtain necessary funding, including maintaining and strengthening relationships with funding sources.
- Maintaining and improving pro bono policies and procedures for volunteer training, case placement, mentoring, on-going support, data collection, and reporting.
- Supervising the collection and analysis of volunteer and client data, the development and application of quality control/evaluation tools, and the use of technology to improve data collection and delivery of services.
- Supervising SDVLP’s Microbusiness and Nonprofit Support Program to ensure the delivery of high-quality, pro bono legal services to low-income entrepreneurs, microbusinesses, and nonprofit organizations.
- Supervising direct reports within SDVLP.
- Engaging in other tasks and projects as needed to further SDVLP’s mission.
The Successful Candidate
- Member in good standing of the California Bar.
- Minimum of five years as a practicing attorney.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Proven experience in supervising and mentoring attorneys and support staff.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to successfully work as part of a team, and with the public, volunteers, court personnel, government agencies, and partner organizations.
- Excellent public speaking skills and the ability to project a favorable image of SDVLP in public relations activities, resulting in widespread support and a positive reputation in the community.
- Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction.
- Excellent Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income and disadvantaged people.