Assistant Corporation Counsel

Application Deadline: 2023-12-31
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary:
This position involves serving as an Assistant Attorney to the Corporation Counsel in the preparation and trial of civil cases in the area of guardianship/protective placement, mental and alcohol commitments under Ch. 51, juvenile, paternity/child support, zoning and other civil legal matters. The position also provides legal services to various County departments and committee under the direction of the Corporation Counsel and exercises professional and administrative judgment and initiative within policy guidelines. All duties and responsibilities are performed under and subject to the review and guidance of the Corporation Counsel and the Executive and Legislative Committee.

1. Researches applicable statutes, ordinances, case law and law treaties, drafts necessary legal pleadings, conducts necessary discovery, conducts research for and writes necessary legal briefs, interviews appropriate witnesses, appears at trial and appellate review hearings in the following types of cases:
• Guardianship/protective placement
• Juvenile (CHIPS Ch. 48, truancy, termination of parental rights, and JIPS Ch. 938)
• Mental health and alcohol commitments under Ch. 51
• Child Support/Paternity
• Zoning
• Other miscellaneous legal cases
2. Provides legal services to the County Board, its Committees, elected and appointed officials and County employees with respect to official County business, all as assigned and under the direction of the Corporation Counsel.
3. Reviews contracts and other legal documents involving the County as assigned.
4. Attends meetings of the County Board and its Committees in the absence of the Corporation Counsel, upon reasonable notice, and when directed by the Corporation Counsel.
5. Prepares ordinances and resolutions for County Board as directed by the Corporation Counsel.
6. Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all records and information.
7. All other duties as assigned.

Education: 4 Year College Degree – Required
Other: Juris Doctorate Required from an accredited law school.
•License to practice law in the State of Wisconsin – required
•Must possess a valid WI driver’s license and required levels of auto insurance – required

In addition to Education/Licensure- One to three years’ experience as either a government attorney or a private attorney with government clients preferred and with a significant practice in several or all of the following areas of government law: child support/paternity, collection, guardianship/protective placement, juvenile, mental health/alcohol commitments and zoning.

• Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and Municipal laws, statutes and ordinances as well as civil procedure law and rules of evidence.
• Knowledge in the area of child support, collection, contract law, guardianship, juvenile, mental and alcohol commitments, protective placement and zoning.
• Ability to analyze, assess and organize facts, evidence and precedents and effectively present such material verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrated ability to consistently work well with and treat with respect, elected and appointed government officials and staff, fellow attorneys and the public.
• Demonstrated personal and professional integrity.
• Ability to objectively and effectively supervise and resolve complex problems when required.
• Considerable ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to work independently, possess and utilize strategic planning skills, exercise judgment and effectively utilize authority.
• Knowledge and use of contemporary office equipment, including department-specific programs.

Deadline Note: Vilas County requires that all applicants fill out our application. It can be found at