Superior Court of California County of Contra Costa Announces an

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					                                                  Superior Court of California
                                                    County of Contra Costa
                                                                            Announces an open
                                                                              recruitment for

                             Probate Law Facilitator - Temporary
                                                            $ 33.28 hourly

Final Filing: Open until filled – to ensure consideration for this assignment, applicants
              are encouraged to apply no later than Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Superior Court of Contra Costa County is recruiting to fill a temporary Probate Law
Facilitator assignment to support a grant funded project designed to provide Probate Law
Facilitator services to self-represented litigants in the court. Present funding is available for
full-time, but employment hours and duration of this assignment are subject to sufficient and
continued funding.

The individual appointed to this assignment will perform a wide variety of duties including but
not limited to: providing educational materials to parties regarding the process of establishing,
operating, and terminating guardianships and conservatorships under the Probate Code;
providing assistance in completing forms; providing referrals to community agencies and
resources that provide services for parties in these proceedings; preparing orders after hearing
and judgments; reviewing paperwork, examining documents; both individual assistance and in
workshops; providing Probate law resource and referral information to customers; and working
with other community legal service organizations. In addition, the individual appointed to this
assignment may also provide assistance to self-represented litigants regarding family law
matters, elder or dependent adult abuse restraining orders, civil harassment restraining orders,
and other duties as may be assigned. The individual appointed to this assignment will report
to the Family Law Facilitator.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE should have the following knowledge and abilities:

Knowledge of:
      • relevant federal, state and local Probate laws and regulations;
      • relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations applying to elder and dependant adult
         abuse and civil harassment restraining orders;
      • trial and hearing procedures, and rules of evidence; and
      • local rules of court relevant to Probate law matters, elder and dependant adult abuse and
         civil harassment restraining orders.

Ability to:
         • read and understand complex legal information, procedures and forms;
         • effectively explain complex legal issues and procedures to pro per litigants who may have
            little or no knowledge of the law;
         • analyze a variety of information, relate it to the law and reach decisions;
         • effectively use relevant computer applications and word processing software;
         • interpret and apply statistical information related to the program;
         • establish and maintain effective working relationships;
         • set priorities and complete projects in a timely manner;
         • communicate effectively both orally and in written form; and
         • deal compassionately with individuals who are in highly stressful situations.

                                                                 Mission Statement:
                       To provide justice under the law, equally, impartially and expeditiously, with dignity and respect for all.
Desirable Qualifications:
Education:           Possession of a law degree from an accredited law school. Law courses taken
                     and successfully completed in the areas of Probate law are highly desirable.

Bar Membership:        Membership in the State Bar of California.
Experience:            Three years full time experience in the practice of Probate law, with an emphasis
                       on guardianships and conservatorships is highly desirable.
                       Any combination of education and experience that provides the candidate with
                       the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the Probate
                       Law Facilitator.
                           (Note that all experience requirements must be full-time or its equivalent)
Selection Process:
Interested individuals must submit a completed court application, cover letter, detailed resume and, as
a separate document, responses to the following two supplemental questions. Please limit your
combined responses to a total of no more that four typewritten pages.
1. Describe your qualifications specifically related to the assignment of Probate Law Facilitator as
follows: a) Educational background including specific coursework related to Probate law; b) Experience
handling Probate law cases; c) Experience providing pro bono services and/or performing public
interest work; and d) Other factors that you believe are relevant to your qualifications for this

2. Describe your philosophy regarding how to provide the services as a Probate Facilitator in the best
possible manner.

The complete application package must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 29,
2008.     Application    materials   can     be     returned    as   an     e-mail    attachment    to:, via U.S. mail to: Court Executive Office (Human Resources Unit), 649
Main Street #102, Martinez, CA 94553, or faxed to: (925) 957-5626. Applications may be obtained
from the internet: (click on Jobs/Volunteer Opportunities, then Employment
Opportunities). Faxes and electronic filing should be followed by a mailed hardcopy as the Court is not
responsible for incomplete applications submitted via e-mail. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu
of a court application and incomplete application packages will not be considered. For additional
information please call Susan Aceves at (925) 957-5625. Depending on the number of applications
received, an application evaluation committee may be convened to review and evaluate each
candidate’s application package, and those deemed best qualified will be invited to an oral interview
and/or practical exercise. Please make sure the application clearly reflects your relevant experience,
education and training. The Court reserves the right to make revisions to this process in accordance
with the Court Personnel Plan and accepted selection practices.
NOTE:   Individuals selected for appointment will be required to successfully complete a criminal history check
        conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

Information about the Court:
The Superior Court of Contra Costa County is a dynamic and forward-thinking organization. There are
currently 45 judicial officers and approximately 400 non-judicial employees serving the public from court
locations in Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Richmond and Walnut Creek. For information regarding court
services and locations, visit our web site at: The Court also maintains a 24-hour
employment hotline: (925) 957-5624.

Applicants with Disabilities:        Reasonable accommodations will be made so applicants with disabilities                               may
participate in the recruitment process. Advise Superior Court Human Resources of special needs in advance.

             The Court is an equal opportunity employer. The Court provides equal employment opportunity
                           at all times and does not discriminate in violation of applicable law.


                                                                   Mission Statement:
                         To provide justice under the law, equally, impartially and expeditiously, with dignity and respect for all.