VOCA Staff Attorney | Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. - Racine Area Office

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (Legal Action) is seeking a full-time staff attorney to work at its Racine Office. The position is available immediately.

Legal Action is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide representation primarily in family law matters for low income victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and stalking in Kenosha County.  The attorney may provide representation in matters other than family law.  They may include housing, public benefits, and consumer law and in other civil matters. 

 LEGAL ACTION OF WISCONSIN, INC.

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. is a non-profit organization funded by the Legal Services Corporation, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, and other sources.  Legal Action provides civil legal services to low-income persons in the southern 39 counties of Wisconsin.  To serve its eligible client population, Legal Action maintains full-time offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Oshkosh, Green Bay, and La Crosse. In addition, Legal Action operates a statewide farmworkers’ project. Legal Action attorneys have expertise in a range of substantive areas, but the majority of direct representation is in the areas of housing, income maintenance, family law, consumer, and barriers to employment. Staff attorneys are expected to maintain a direct service caseload on behalf of individual and group clients, as well as to engage in law reform litigation and other impact work. Attorneys are expected to specialize in specific areas of poverty law.

RACINE AREA OFFICE

The Racine Area Office staff consists of 10 attorneys, 2 paralegals and 1 secretary. Our Racine office staff provides services to low-income residents of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Legal Action staff attorneys are responsible for providing quality and aggressive representation of clients in service cases and in impact work, and for performing all duties associated with such representation. Attorneys must keep up with the law as it changes and develops, particularly in their area of specialization. Attorneys are expected to share responsibility for the development and maintenance of good working relationships with community groups, as well as with state and local bar associations.  Attorneys will be called upon to provide training and other assistance to members of Legal Action's Volunteer Lawyer Project. All staff attorneys will be expected to perform intake duties and, where necessary, make appropriate referrals to other community agencies. Each staff attorney is responsible for serving on at least one Priority Committee.

Types of Possible Duties

The attorney will be expected to assess the legal needs of the client and determine how best to promote safety and stability for clients and their families following a violent situation within the family. Representation may be provided in domestic abuse injunction proceedings, paternity actions, custody/placement actions, divorce, and child support actions and in housing, public benefits, consumer, and employment issues that are the result of or involve domestic violence. The primary goal of representation is to provide safety to the family and help the victim escape continuing abuse. The attorney will work closely with an advocate from Women and Children’s Horizons in Kenosha, and services will primarily target individuals residing in western Kenosha County.

Other Duties

The staff attorney will supervise the work of any paralegals assisting with project clients, in addition to other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS

Prior legal services, victim services or other relevant experience is preferred.  Experience and knowledge of the court systems in Legal Action’s service area is preferred.  Admission to the Wisconsin Bar is required, either by diploma privilege or passage of the first available bar exam.  Legal Action has an affirmative action plan for the hiring of members of minority groups and women.  Academic training and performance, writing ability, and the nature and extent of prior legal experience in elder law, public benefits law, domestic violence, and in legal services are important.  We also consider the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of legal problems and the needs of the elderly and the poor, commitment to providing legal services to the elderly and the poor, prior legal work in the client community or in other programs to aid the elderly and the poor, an ability to communicate with persons in the client community who speak a language other than English as their principal language (e.g.: Spanish), and cultural affinity with the client community. 

Legal Action has an affirmative action plan for the hiring of members of minority groups and women.

Legal Action requires a personal commitment to legal services work and a high commitment to providing quality and aggressive representation in service cases and in impact work. Attorneys must be knowledgeable in state and federal law and procedure. Attorneys must meet high standards of written and courtroom advocacy. Attorneys must be able to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner and work harmoniously with others. Ability to handle and prioritize many pressing matters in various locations is needed. Ability to travel throughout Legal Action’s service area for each office to meet with clients and to attend court hearings is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Starting salary depends upon experience and qualifications, with a minimum starting salary of $45,727 for attorneys with 0 – 1 year experience.  Position includes a full fringe benefit package, which currently includes health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, and four weeks of vacation leave per year. The position is subject to a probationary period of up to one year. The position is governed by the Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Personnel Policies which are subject to unilateral change by the Legal Action Board of Directors. As with any Legal Action position, there is no guaranteed period of employment and employment is “at will,” subject to termination at any time.

HOW TO APPLY

Email applications are preferred and strongly encouraged.  When using email, use PDF for all documents. 

Interested applicants should send 1/ a cover letter that indicates the name of this position, 2/ resume 3/ the names of and contact information for three references, 4/ recent writing sample(s), 5/ law school transcript to: RacineAttorneyHiring@legalaction.org.

If necessary, hard copies may be sent to:

Racine Attorney Hiring Committee

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

230 West Wells Street, Room 800

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

 DEADLINE

This position will be open until filled but we will review applicants on a rolling basis.  To assure early consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applications received by January 27 will receive first consideration.  

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer