Deputy District Attorney Positions

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office is accepting applications for Deputy District Attorney positions. Although prior experience as a deputy district attorney is not required, successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to criminal prosecution through their prior work experience and must have actual litigation experience in the courtroom.

Requirements:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association and be a current, active member of the California State Bar. Successful candidates must pass a criminal background investigation including a fingerprint check.

Deadlines:

None. Openings occur unpredictably and applications are kept on file for one year.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (including your name as author), via e-mail, to Chief Deputy Albert Serrato at aserrato@smcgov.org. Applicants may expect a timely response.

Volunteer Attorney Positions

Description:

The San Mateo District Attorney's Office is seeking applications from attorneys interested in volunteering as a Deputy District Attorney. The ideal candidate is a lawyer who has demonstrated interest in the field of criminal prosecution, but no prior work experience is required. Volunteer attorneys serve as sworn deputies who handle daily criminal calendars, research, write and argue motions and briefs, and may have the opportunity to conduct misdemeanor jury trials.

Volunteer attorney positions are full-time and require a minimum commitment of six months. Volunteer attorneys interested in full-time employment may be offered a formal interview at the completion of their six months of volunteer work.

Requirements:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association and be a current, active member of the California State Bar. Successful candidates must pass a criminal background investigation including a fingerprint check.

Deadlines:

None. Recruitment for the position is continuous.

Applicants should submit a resume with letter of interest, via e-mail, to Assistant District Attorney James Wade at jwade@smcgov.org. Applicants may expect a timely response.

 

Inspector Positions

No vacancies at this time

 

Law Clerk Program

The District Attorney’s Office offers volunteer internship positions to eligible second and third year students.  These internship positions can provide invaluable experience to individuals interested in the field of criminal law.  Interns work closely with prosecutors in all phases of prosecution

The interns’ duties include legal writing and research and courtroom presentations under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney.  Interns are expected to answer defense motions and conduct legal research.  Interns are also expected to present hearings and motions as a certified law student.  Once accepted to our program, the intern is required to obtain Certification with the State Bar.

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  •     2L or 3L status
  •     Completion of Evidence
  •     Completion of Civil Procedure
  •     Completion of Criminal Law
  •     Completion of Criminal Procedure
  •     Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week (exceptions are made during the school semesters)
  •     Background clearance

To apply for an internship position, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

James Wade, Deputy District Attorney
Office of the District Attorney
222 Paul Scannell Drive, 2nd Floor
San Mateo 94402
jwade@smcgov.org

 

Support Staff Positions

Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County is looking for a few interns to support our offices in South San Francisco and Redwood City. 

Duties may include, but not limited to:
 
  • Prepare discovery (scan, copy, redact, bate stamp documents, duplicate data CD/DVD) 
  • Prepare exhibits 
  • Prepare subpoenas 
  • Maintain, organize, and close files 
  • Transcribing attorney notes 
  • Drafting restitution letters 
  • and assigned administrative duties 
 
Required: Minimum 8 hrs/week commitment 
 
 

Please send resume and short cover letter to Debbie Padilla, Office Services Manager dpadilla@smcgov.org. Be sure to indicate which location you would like to work at. 

Northern Branch 
1050 Mission Road 
S. San Francisco, CA 94080 
 
Southern Branch 
400 County Center 
Redwood City, CA 94063 
 
 

Victim Services Unit

(No volunteer/internship positions available at this time)

The Victim Services Unit offers volunteer or internship positions to individuals as well as college students with interests in Criminal Justice or the Social Sciences.  Retirees are also welcomed, and encouraged to apply.  All applicants should be able to work independently, and with a minimal amount of direct supervision.

Accurate computer skills are essential, as the primary duty involves reviewing police reports, and inputting victim information from the reports into our database systems.  The intern would additionally prepare and send informational letters to victims and/or their guardians.  Actual contact with direct victims would be limited to “follow-up” telephone calls.  Other duties could include filing, and bulk photocopying of program forms.

An intern can also be assigned to the Misdemeanor Restitution Project, which involves reviewing pretrial cases (the police report) to determine if there is a victim who may be entitled to receive restitution.  If there is personal injury and/or property damage, the intern will send a form letter to the victim.  Accuracy as well as legible handwriting (computers are not always available for use) is essential.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of eight hours per week (usually done in two, four-hour blocks) for a minimum of a six to nine month period. All applicants must submit to a background clearance (fingerprint check), before they can be accepted into our program. All applicants must submit to a background clearance (fingerprint check), before they can be accepted into our program.

Our main office is located in the Hall of Justice & Records (Redwood City) and we also have a satellite office in the Municipal Court Building (South San Francisco). 

To apply for a volunteer/internship position, please contact:                          

Elisa Kuhl,
Victim Services Manager
Office of the District Attorney
Hall of Justice & Records
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 599-7473
ekuhl@smcgov.org