Bilingual Legal Advocate

Legal Department · San Mateo, California
Department Legal Department
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level


Reports to:  Manager of Legal Services

Schedule of Hours:  Monday – Friday

Position Remote Eligible: No

Mandated Reporter: No      



Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), is the only agency in San Mateo County providing crisis intervention and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children, seeks a Bilingual Legal Advocate to provide support and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence with family law and related criminal law issues.


The purpose of this position is to provide legal advocacy services to victims/survivors of domestic violence with family law (restraining orders, divorce, child custody, etc.) and related criminal law issues.  The Legal Advocate will provide legal information and referrals; assist in preparation of legal documents and correspondence; accompany clients to court proceedings; and assist with volunteer coordination.


  • Assist survivors in completing and filing family court paperwork.
  • Provide supportive services including legal information and referrals to survivors in-person and via CORA’s legal information line.
  • Provide court accompaniment, support, and advocacy for clients at restraining order hearings, mediation appointments, law enforcement interviews, and other legal proceedings.
  • Provide client-specific advocacy to meet identified client needs, such as contact with other service providers, law enforcement, etc.
  • Provide help to navigate the civil justice, criminal justice, and social services systems; referrals; follow up services; and ongoing support to victims/survivors.
  • Communicate tactfully and effectively while advocating for clients with law enforcement, courts, district attorney, and other community agencies.


  • Collect and maintain statistical records on services provided, as required by Grants Officer and funders, and ensure compliance with funding requirements.
  • Support legal team with case management; including serving legal documents by mail, completing forms, opening and closing files, and filing documents at court.
  • Train, supervise, and coordinate assignments of legal advocacy volunteers.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of client, staff, volunteer, and agency information.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries with clients and other staff.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships and provide liaison services with the legal community, law enforcement, and court systems. 
  • Provide professional training to groups (staff/volunteers, law enforcement, partner agencies, etc.) and participate in community meetings as assigned by supervisor.
  • Work closely with other CORA departments in order to best serve clients and the community.
  • Ask for guidance and mentoring from Manager of Legal Services when appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the provision of social services.
  • Must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish: must be able to read, write, and speak Spanish.
  • Knowledge of family and criminal court systems.
  • Knowledge of and experience with providing trauma-informed services.
  • Experience working with domestic violence survivors in Civil, Family or Criminal Court.
  • Experience with systems advocacy; ability to envision and explore big picture solutions.
  • Familiarity with Judicial Council Forms.
  • Ability to comprehend and analyze legal information, including statutes, and to explain it in an understandable way to clients.
  • Completion of the 40-hour training mandated by the California Office of Emergency Services. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all persons regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic background, immigration status or sexual orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally competent services and work with a diverse staff and clientele in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities, and as a member of a team.


  • Must be flexible, work well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and manage time effectively.
  • Must have valid California driver’s license, access to car, and insurance.
  • Must be available by cell phone during regular business hours (CORA will supply a phone).
  •  Successful results from Livescan criminal background check required.



This position is not subject to mandated reporting under California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Such a report, including sharing information with another employee who is a mandated reporter position without following "release of confidential information" policies is a breach of confidentiality is a violation of state and federal law and can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

CORA History and Overview

CORA has provided services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for nearly 40 years. Our programs include Crisis Intervention Services, including a 24-hour hotline, collaboration with law enforcement, emergency shelter options, and supportive counseling. Family Support Services provides mental health therapy, supportive/transitional housing, and a children’s program. CORA has robust legal services for survivors of domestic violence and provides educational workshops about the dynamics of domestic violence and healthy relationship skills.

CORA is strengths-based, collaborative, accessible, and client-centered. CORA believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect in their intimate relationships.  We provide safety, support and healing to individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship and educate the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Regardless of a survivor’s race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or culture, we save lives and provide an opportunity to begin again.

CORA inspires work of the highest caliber by fostering staff engagement through transparency and inclusion in agency decisions wherever possible. We strive to ensure our policies and communications reflect an appreciation of the impact of social inequities, historical and current, and actively promote healthy relationships amongst staff by demonstrating mutual respect in all our communications.

CORA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity with respect to race, color, age, sex, (including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding), religion (including religious dress or grooming practices), national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic characteristics and information, ancestry, marital status, family status, political belief, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), medical condition, military, or veteran status or any other category or status protected by Federal, State or other applicable laws.

All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and/or survivors of domestic violence are strongly encouraged to apply.  The position will remain open until filled.

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  • Location
    San Mateo, California
  • Department
    Legal Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience