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This position provides legal services for all County agencies, officials and represents the County in civil actions and labor functions. The duties of this position are performed in accordance with state statutes and upon the request and direction of the County Administrator or County Board. The Corporation Counsel prosecutes and defends civil actions, proceedings, applications and motions before the court, commissions, boards, tribunals in any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin. The Corporation Counsel represents any board, commission, committee or officer who is an interested party by virtue of his/her duties in office with the County.
Position Summary: Appears on behalf of the State of Wisconsin and/or Iowa County Child Support in paternity actions, establishment of Child Support obligations and other Child Support matters; Represents Social Services in guardianship and protective placement proceedings; Represents the people of the County in civil commitments;
Renders legal opinions to County Board Chair, and County Administrator, when requested; Defends the County and its officials in civil actions; Prosecutes on behalf of the County in all official civil actions; Serves as directed as legal advisor to all County agencies; Prosecutes zoning and sanitation violations as requested; Monitors potential claims or suits processed by the liability insurance carrier or noticed to the County; Drafts and reviews proposed ordinances and resolutions as requested by the County; Monitors pending bills in the legislature and appears before legislative committees as required; Reviews and interprets laws or ordinances when required; Drafts pleadings, documents and briefs relating to litigation; Drafts contracts and real estate conveyance documents; Attends County Board meetings acting as parliamentarian and advises on legal matters as required or when requested.; Prepares reports and instructional bulletins as required; and Participates in preparation of bids and contracts as required.
Condititions Of Employment:
- Must maintain Law Licensure and WI State Bar Membership
- Must treat all information with the utmost of confidentiality.
General and specific assignments are received and work is performed according to methods and procedures with allowance for a great degree of independence in judgment in accomplishing assignments.
- Works in general office setting. Dexterity in moving, picking up objects and operating office equipment is required. The individual will be exposed to public contacts, travel, sitting, keyboarding and moderate lifting.
- Qualifications: Demonstrated Experience and Skills Required.
- Extensive experience as a practicing attorney performing legal work, preferably in a municipal setting
- Comprehensive knowledge of county codes/ ordinances and State and Federal provisions relating to County business
- Comprehensive knowledge and proper application of judicial procedures and rules of evidence
- Comprehensive knowledge of State and municipal law, trial and appellate procedures
- Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts and evidence and to present such material effectively, orally and in writing
- Ability to present and argue cases in court and to handle unanticipated trial problems smoothly and to present appeal cases
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, court officials, public officials and the general public
- Ability to effectively apply good judgment
- Graduation from an accredited school of law, Juris Doctorate degree.
- Must maintain requirements as set forth in State Statutes and be admitted in the Wisconsin State Bar.
- Minimum of five (5) years of practicing law.
- Preference for municipal law experience.
- Must maintain highest ethical standards of conduct.