Staff Attorney – Guardian ad Litem Division Children’s Court Center Location

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Organization: The Legal Aid Society is a 106-year old Milwaukee institution with an enduring reputation for providing top notch free civil legal services to income-eligible Milwaukee County residents. Our mission and our passion is equal justice for all.

Job Summary:  Legal Aid Society’s Guardian ad Litem Division has an opening for a staff attorney. This position is located within the Children’s Court Center in Wauwatosa, WI. The emphasis of the position is to advocate and protect the rights of vulnerable children in child abuse and neglect, guardianship and termination of parental rights hearings.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Interviewing, investigating facts, conducting legal research, and providing legal representation at all phases of litigation including motions, trials and appeals;
  • Working in partnership with staff assessment professionals;
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders in the child welfare system;
  • Understanding the vast problems of alcohol and drugs, family violence, unemployment and educational deficits and the impact on families;
  • Understanding of available community services;
  • Maintaining records in office case management system.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Admission to the Wisconsin Bar;
  • Compliance with Chapter 35 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, preferred;
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law, particularly involving children;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage high caseloads;
  • Ability to work collaboratively yet independently;
  • Interest in working with families in the child welfare system;
  • Successful completion of background check.

Working Conditions: Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee offers a competitive salary based on experience and comparable to similar organizations in the Milwaukee Area. We offer a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and life insurance, paid holidays, paid time off (PTO), and a hybrid remote work schedule (after probation period). Legal Aid recognizes the importance of a work-life balance. COVID-19 vaccination required.

LEGAL AID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military status and any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references to:

Email: cfoley@lasmilwaukee.com; Subject line:  Staff Attorney – GAL

Colleen Foley, Executive Director
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
728 N. James Lovell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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