Assistant Corporation Counsel

Application Deadline: 2022-07-04
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Under the general direction of the Corporation Counsel, this attorney position provides civil legal services, advice and representation for Douglas County. Attorney responds to legal inquiries, rendering legal assistance and opinions to departments within Douglas County government, litigating cases and also initiates and conducts legal proceedings, drafts legal documents, and does appellate work when necessary. Concentrates practice in the area of child support, including establishment of paternity, enforcement and modification of child support orders, but also will initiate guardianships and protective placements, prosecute small claims and will represent the interests of the “public” in mental, drug and alcohol involuntary commitment cases.

This posting will remain open until adequate applications are received. Based on 2022 salary grade.

Essential Duties:
At the direction of the Corporation Counsel, provide a wide range of legal services and legal advice to the County Administrator, County Board of Supervisors and its committees, and County officers, departments. Perform related duties as required.

Represent the interests of the State of Wisconsin as attorney for the child support agency, including commencement and handling of legal proceedings for the establishment of paternity, child support, child support modification, review, enforcement and related issues. Initiate child and medical support actions, as well as interstate cases. Assist in preparation and review of related pleadings, stipulations, orders, warrants, petitions, summons, motions, judgments and related legal documents. Handle contempt and commitment order actions and strive to meet all Federal performance criteria to maximize federal reimbursement to the County to fund the Child Support Agency

Provide legal services and perform related duties as assigned by the Corporation Counsel, including the following:

Research and deliver legal opinions related to County/agency programs, practices, and procedures, and proposed legislative changes.

Prepare, draft, and file legal documents including pleadings, discovery, motions, judgments, appeals and related reports necessary for litigation; or drafts opinions, orders, or decisions.

Handle court appearances.

Handle appellate work which may result from legal proceedings.

Provide legal representation for County departments in state court.

Review and draft contracts and leases when the County is a party.

Draft and review County ordinances and enforce the same.

Represent the public when prosecuting involuntary mental, drug and alcohol commitments, institute guardianships, and protective placements. Advise and represent the County in all civil legal proceedings involving the County including zoning ordinance violations and public health violations.

Handle wage claims and small claims collection cases for the County and negotiates settlement terms with parties or attorneys.

Provide consultation on Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meeting laws.

Maintain confidential records and files when appropriate.

Performs other duties of similar nature or level.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school, Juris Doctor degree; State of Wisconsin Law License required, 3-5 years of active legal practice experience as a licensed attorney prior to the date of application preferred. Demonstrated knowledge and legal practice experience in the fields of family law, administrative, mental health, guardianships, collections, open meetings and public records law, and code enforcement desired.

In evaluating candidates for this position, the County may consider a combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Valid driver’s license or other reliable transportation to perform job duties plus driving record that meets County standards required.

Include cover letter and resumé with application.

Douglas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline Note: This posting will remain open until adequate applications are received.

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