Staff Attorney: Victims' Rights


(posted December 2020)

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is seeking a full-time family and victim rights law staff attorney in its office located in Wausau, Wisconsin.

POSITION:

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is seeking a full-time family and victim rights law staff attorney to serve clients in northern Wisconsin. The position is based in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin in the city of Wausau. 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 the 11 federally-recognized Indian tribes. Wisconsin Judicare's mission is to provide legal assistance to those who otherwise cannot afford it and our vision is equal justice for all.

Wisconsin Judicare Inc. currently employs 40 staff including 20 attorneys that practice in our Civil and Indian law units. We also emphasize the use of pro bono and Judicare compensated private attorneys to serve clients across Northern Wisconsin.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Position will advise and represent victims of family violence in civil cases and work to enforce the rights of victims of crime as provided under Chapter 950 and the Wisconsin Constitution. The Victim Rights Project focuses on: (1) representing and advocating for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; and (2) actively protecting the privacy rights of those victims in criminal cases where the confidential and privileged medical and mental health records of the victim are being requested to be admitted in court. The majority of case work will be in family law and victim rights but could also include consumer, housing, and public benefits.  All staff attorneys are expected to develop and maintain good working relationships with community groups, as well as with state and local bar associations. Staff attorneys may also be called on to provide training and assistance to Judicare panel private attorneys and training for community agencies. Between these traditional and non-traditional responsibilities, staff attorneys are expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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;
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills; and
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.

PREFERENCES:

  • Admission to Wisconsin Bar
  • Experience representing low-income clients and/ or victims of violence
  • Prior experience with crime victims, including victims of sexual assault
  • Experience with trauma informed advocacy
  • 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 $41,200 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/Affirmative Action 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.