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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.e1527073088ekuaw1527073088limsa1527073088l@ydr1527073088adk1527073088

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Job Announcement — Children’s Court

Staff Attorney — Guardian ad Litem Division – Children’s Court

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 Children’s Court Guardian ad Litem Division for a staff attorney. The emphasis of the position is to advocate and protect the rights of vulnerable children in child abuse and neglect, guardianship and termination of parental rights hearings.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Interviewing, investigating facts, conducting legal research, and providing legal representation at all phases of litigation including motions, trials and appeals;
  • Working in partnership with staff assessment professionals;
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders in the child welfare system;
  • Understanding the vast problems of alcohol and drugs, family violence, unemployment and educational deficits and the impact on families;
  • Understanding of community services available;
  • Maintaining records in office case management system.

Requirements:

  • Admission to the Wisconsin Bar;
  • Compliance with Chapter 35 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules;
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law, particularly involving children;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage high caseloads;
  • Ability to work collaboratively yet independently; and
  • Interest in working with families in the child welfare system.

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, and three professional references, and a writing sample to:

Michael Vruno, Chief Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Guardian ad Litem Division
10201 W. Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-257-7159
Email: moc.e1527073088ekuaw1527073088limsa1527073088l@onu1527073088rvm1527073088

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Winter Holiday Hours 2017-2018

All Legal Aid offices will be closed on the following days so our staff can celebrate the holidays:

  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, and
  • Monday, January 1, 2018

We hope you may enjoy this time of year with your family and loved ones and look forward to returning in the new year to pursue our mission “to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice.”