Staff Attorney: Indian Law Office


(posted March 24, 2022)
 
POSITION:

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Indian Law Office. The position is based in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin in the city of Wausau. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply. 

ABOUT US:

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is a non-profit organization funded by the federal Legal Services Corporation, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, and other state, local and federal grant sources.  Wisconsin Judicare provides civil legal services to low-income persons in the northern 33 counties of Wisconsin, as well as Native Americans statewide. Wisconsin Judicare's mission is to provide legal assistance to those who otherwise cannot afford it.

Wisconsin Judicare Inc. currently employs 38 staff including 18 attorneys that practice in our Civil Unit and Indian Law Office. We also emphasize the use of pro bono and Judicare compensated private attorneys to serve clients across Northern Wisconsin.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

(1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Native American individuals in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court arising under federal and tribal law. Civil case areas include CHIPS/ICWA, custody/placement, divorce, and estate planning.

(2) Educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law.

(3) Participate in tribal court development, code drafting, and community education projects. 

(4) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. 

(5) Help develop and maintain good working relationships with community groups, as well as with tribal, state, and local bar associations. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Admitted to or qualified for admission to Wisconsin Bar;
  • Willing to apply for bar admissions to Wisconsin's tribal courts;
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities;
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to independently manage a caseload;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, and positive attitude;
  • Desire to actively appear in courtroom representation of clients;
  • Travel;
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills; and
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.

PREFERENCES:

  • Knowledge of Native American issues and Federal Indian law.
  • Experience with trauma informed advocacy.
  • Skilled legal researcher.
  • Ability and desire to engage in one-on-one or large group outreach, including presentations, meetings, and development of written marketing materials.
  • Demonstrated desire to work with persons with a disability, living in poverty, or persons with a minority status or affiliation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Starting salary depends upon experience and qualifications, with a minimum starting salary of $55,000 for a full-time position. This position includes full fringe benefits, which currently consist of health, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and vacation and sick time.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume, references, and writing sample to:
Mary Jo Nyenhuis, Executive Secretary
Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
P.O. Box 6100
Wausau, WI  54402-6100
OR
info@judicare.org

 
Wisconsin Judicare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law.