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Job Announcement–Civil Staff Attorney

Civil Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee is one of the country’s oldest providers of free legal services to the poor. Our mission is “to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice.” We provide a variety of civil legal services, including in the areas of housing, consumer, public benefits, elder law, HIV/AIDS, bankruptcy and veterans. Our office is located in downtown Milwaukee.

The Civil Staff Attorney represents, generally speaking, those at 125% of the poverty level or below. He/she works intake at our downtown office on a regular basis, and may work at one of our outreach sites. Representation may include brief legal advice, limited representation or full representation, including discovery, hearing and/or trial. You may be a generalist or may be asked to specialize in an area such as housing or consumer. Our civil practice currently includes six staff attorneys, a litigation director, a chief staff attorney and a director of our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Requirements:

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Desire and ability to deal with a client population challenged by poverty and the life-altering results of poverty.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage high caseloads.
  • Ability to work collaboratively yet independently.
  • Prior civil legal experience a plus, although not a requirement.
  • Ability to read and write Spanish a plus, although not a requirement.

Salary is based on experience and is comparable to similar organizations in the Milwaukee Area. The Legal Aid Society provides excellent benefits.

Successful completion of a background check is required.

No phone calls, please. We will respond only to applicants selected for interviews.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a writing sample to:
Karen Dardy, Chief Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
Email: moc.e1531994065ekuaw1531994065limsa1531994065l@ydr1531994065adk1531994065

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Because of the Legal Aid’s Society Attorney Nicole Penegor, a significantly disabled man will continue to receive institutional care, paid for by Medicaid.

The man, a ward in Legal Aid’s GAIN Project — in which guardians for developmentally disabled adults are recruited, trained and mentored by the program manager, Diana Pitkaranta — had been approved for Medicaid benefits in 2002 when he was found in need of a guardian and nursing home care. His citizenship status was approved at that time, but upon review by the State of Wisconsin in 2017, no records documenting that status could be found. The ward could not help in the process because he was unable to communicate due to the effects of a stroke, seizures and dementia. He could not even identify himself. No family or friends could be identified. His benefits were terminated by the State of Wisconsin.

Attorney Penegor stepped in to represent him. With no case law to guide her, she argued that based on state Medicaid eligibility rules related to citizenship, the state could not revisit its citizenship determination. An Administrative Law Judge agreed, and afterwards, the state acknowledged the benefit of having some guidance in making future eligibility decisions.

Office Closed February 9, 2018

The Legal Aid office is closed today because of the weather. Please stay safe and we will reopen on Monday.

This does not affect scheduled hearings — Legal Aid staff and clients must appear at any hearings so long as the Milwaukee County Courthouse remains open.

Job Announcement — LITC DIRECTOR AND QTE

LITC DIRECTOR AND QTE — Downtown Office

The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, a non-profit legal service organization that provides legal services to low-income Milwaukeeans, has an opening in its Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). This individual would serve both as the Qualified Tax Expert (QTE) and the Clinic Director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Screen potential clients for eligibility in the LITC program;
  • Determine level of services to be provided to clients, including but not limited to consultation that does not result in representation and also representation in controversies with the IRS and state or local tax authorities (when the clinic is representing the taxpayer in a related federal tax matter). The representation may take place at any stage, including, but not limited to account adjustments, exam, collection, appeals or litigation.
  • Manage the clinic caseload;
  • Assure compliance with the requirements of grants; participate in administration of grants, including reports, and prepare applications for further grants;
  • Support taxpayer education, including offering presentations and workshops for ESL taxpayers about their taxpayer rights and responsibilities;
  • Organize and participate in training of volunteers and pro bono attorneys;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other community-based organizations that assist
    low income and ESL individuals.
  • Review the clinic’s outreach plan to insure that it effectively publicizes the clinic and its services to low income taxpayers and ESL taxpayers.

Requirements:

  • Admission to a state bar association;
  • Authorized to practice before the IRS;
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court;
  • Prior experience working in the field of tax law and with tax controversies

Ability to read, write and speak Spanish is preferred.

Salary based on experience. The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee provides excellent benefits.

No phone calls, please. We will respond only to applicants selected for interviews.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a writing sample to:

Karen Dardy, Chief Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
728 N. James Lovell St., 3rd Floor North
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Email: moc.e1531994065ekuaw1531994065limsa1531994065l@ydr1531994065adk1531994065

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.