Assists the Child Support Agency, on behalf of Brown County, by representing the state in all legal proceedings to establish paternity and child support obligations, as well as support enforcement and modification.
- Exercises independent judgment to carry out and direct the legal aspects of the child support program.
- Approves and signs all pleadings, motions, orders to show cause, stipulations, and other legal documents.
- Maintains a caseload and represents the State in paternity, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), and family law court actions; participates in initial hearings, conferences, pre-trials, trials, final hearings, stipulations on the record, and post judgment motions hearings; ensures compliance with accepted legal practices and procedures and local, State and Federal laws.
- Reviews case files by reading information in file to determine whether legal action should be taken or whether additional information is required; reviews pertinent statutory language and case law while researching current law; ensures that case review and research is thorough and professional.
- Conducts discovery by collecting necessary information to pursue a legal matter; drafts correspondence, interrogatories and subpoenas to opposing attorneys or litigants; confers with attorneys and unrepresented parties by phone or in person prior to hearings; responds to interrogatories, requests to produce documents, offers of settlement, open records requests and other correspondence; ensures the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the same.
- Prepares cases for hearings and trials, including the preparation of witnesses and other evidence; drafts affidavits and stipulations; discusses case files with case workers, child support director, supervisors and attorneys in order to plan strategy for presentation of case; ensures quality and timeliness of work in order to effectively represent cases; ensures compliance with accepted legal practices and procedures.
- Communicates and responds with staff attorneys, participants and other parties with legal interest, in matters pending before the courts to the extent that those duties cannot be performed by the Child Support staff.
- Reviews correspondence and determines whether action is appropriate; responds to questions of case workers and other attorneys; advises case workers of legal and systemic implications of actions; ensures accuracy and completeness of the same.
- Advises parties of their legal rights regarding paternity; explains legal ramifications of the paternity stipulation and negotiates payment of expenses.
- Attends meetings, conferences and seminars to obtain and maintain current information concerning paternity and child support; completes necessary CLE trainings timely.
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education and Experience:
Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school, plus three years experience in the practice of law and exposure to paternity and child support cases; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the state of Wisconsin
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of family, paternity, and child support laws.
- Knowledge of law affecting minors.
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
- Knowledge of established precedents and source of legal reference.
- Knowledge of personnel management and labor laws.
- Knowledge of and ability to utilize a computer and the required software.
- Ability to analyze and prepare a variety of legal documents.
- Ability to conduct research on legal problems and prepares cases.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, peers, officials, caseworkers and the public.
- Ability to instruct child support staff regarding laws relevant to their caseloads.
- Ability to delegate work to others.
- Ability to be flexible and approach cases differently based on individual case and circumstances.
- Lifting 20 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
- Intermittent standing and walking; frequent sitting; occasional driving.
- Using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation and pushing and pulling.
- Occasional bending, twisting, squatting and reaching.
- Communicating orally in a clear manner.
- Distinguish sounds at various frequencies and volumes.
- Distinguish people or objects at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.