The Office of the City Attorney is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant City Attorney. This position is part-time (approximately 29 hours/week) and involves entry-level professional legal work in the preparation and prosecution of cases in municipal court and less frequently, circuit court. This position may involve diverse legal activities including civil litigation, appellate work, general law practice, ordinance drafting, and legal advice to city agencies (consistent with the needs of the organization). This class encompasses all non-managerial positions engaged in professional legal work within the City Attorney's office. The Office of the City Attorney provides a supportive work environment with training and guidance from other team members and colleagues. Work is performed with varying degrees of independence as employees gain necessary proficiencies. Work assignments, in addition to the prosecutorial assignment, are assigned as employees gain necessary proficiencies, and there is an opportunity to be exposed to, and learn, a variety of areas of municipal practice.
Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Note: This position may be filled in a trainee capacity in which the incumbent would be required to graduate from an accredited law school and obtain admission to the bar in the State of Wisconsin within 6 months of hire. The designation of Assistant City Attorney Trainee (starting annual salary approximately $47,390) will be given to an incumbent who does not possess the required degree and license. An incumbent licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin will be hired as an Assistant City Attorney (starting annual salary approximately $51,291); to be determined at the time of hire. Third year law students are encouraged to apply.
Important: There is One Supplemental Essay Question On the Job Posting.
You Must Attach Your Resume and a Response to the Essay Question in the Attachments Section of Your Application.
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*applications Received Without a Resume and an Attached Response Will Immediately Be Eliminated from Consideration.**Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
As Proficiencies Develop This Position May Be Responsible To:
- Conduct bench trials and jury trials prosecuting a wide variety of traffic violations, including Operating While Intoxicated, and general ordinance violations (e.g., building, fire and health codes, disorderly conduct, etc.).
- Negotiate cases and plea agreements; prepare and present motions, pleadings, briefs, and agreements in court; interview witnesses, Police Officers, victims and others.
- Conduct legal research using computer and internet sources along with paper sources as needed for prosecution and other legal work.
- Present legal research conclusions in concise and convincing fashion.
- File and respond to appeals as appropriate.
- Maintain case files.
- Perform all other professional legal work as may be required.
- Provide ongoing (and Ad Hoc) legal support to City boards, commission and agencies as assigned. Advise City departments on legal obligations and litigation, to include specific claims and liabilities. Respond to resident or press inquiries, as directed.
- Plan and conduct civil litigation on the City's behalf. Prepare, review, and file all necessary legal papers on a timely basis for prosecution and other civil litigation. As necessary, present argument in court on legal issues.
- Draft ordinances, resolutions, contracts, conveyances, reports and opinions, and other legal documents as required. Participate in the full spectrum of City Attorney's office functions as required.
- Perform related work as assigned.
- Enrollment in an accredited law school with graduation no later than May 2021.
- Graduation from an accredited law school.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore, successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with multicultural communities or can articulate an understanding of cultural competency.
For a list of the knowledge, skills and abilities, please view the class specification.Special Requirements:
- Admission to the bar in the State of Wisconsin within 6 months of hire. Failure to obtain this within the probation/trial period will result in the employee not passing probation/trial period, absent extenuating circumstances.
- Active membership in good standing with the Wisconsin State Bar required by the time of hire (or within 6 months of hire).
- Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position. This position may require occasional travel within Dane County. Travel alternatives that do not require a driver’s license are available.
- Work is sedentary in nature (stand-up desks are available), generally performed in an office environment using office equipment such as telephone, computer, copier, calculator, etc.
- Candidates invited to an interview may be required to submit a writing sample.