Madison, Wisconsin

Posted Date

June 4, 2024

Contact Information

Lauren K Matulle
hr@doj.state.wi.us

Job Title: Assistant Attorney General – Special Litigation & Appeals Unit
Job ID: 14420
Location: Madison
Agency: Justice
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

It is the mission of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the public and ensure that justice is done. To continue to meet this mission, the principles of equity, inclusion, and employee well-being have become a foundation for all work performed at DOJ, on behalf of Wisconsinites.

The DOJ is committed to developing and supporting a workforce and culture that is rich in diversity and innovation. It is the department’s goal to ensure that all DOJ employees are empowered to be authentic, claim belonging, and thrive. This is your opportunity to make and be the difference.

In addition to working with a dynamic group of people, we offer amazing benefits, such as excellent health insurance, ample paid leave, flexible work schedules, and an employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and resources to help promote wellness. Furthermore, employment within the state of Wisconsin provides job stability, work/life balance, and numerous intrinsic rewards from doing meaningful work.

Do you thrive working in a fast-paced environment? Do you want to help make a difference in the lives of the public? The DOJ is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals to join our Division of Legal Services as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation and Appeals Unit. This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies and may be used to fill vacancies in the next six months.

This position is headquartered at the Risser Justice Center located at 17 West Main Street in Madison.

The deadline to apply for this job announcement is June 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. For any questions, please contact Pamela Fredrick, Human Resources Specialist at fredrickpj@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 419-3546.

Position Summary
The Special Litigation and Appeals Unit represents the State of Wisconsin and its agencies by providing legal advice and representation in court. The unit handles all of the Department of Justice’s civil appeals, which cover a wide variety of substantive areas of law. In addition, the unit handles certain complex trial-court litigation, including cases involving issues of constitutional law and governmental authority.
Under general supervision of a deputy unit director, this position provides legal advice and representation services in the enforcement of statutes, commencement of actions, or in defense of governmental clients. This position requires the exercise of sound and reasoned judgment in legal skills, analysis, and workload management. This position requires working professionally and collaboratively within the division and unit as well as on interdivisional and interdepartmental projects, assignments, and other tasks. This position also performs other administrative functions and duties as assigned.

Salary Information
The Assistant Attorney General position is in pay schedule 09 and pay range 75. The starting pay will be between $36.00 – $54.00/hour (approx. $74,880 – $112,320 annually). Pay for current or former state employees will follow the provisions found in the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Job Details
This position may be eligible to work remotely up to 40% as part of a hybrid schedule, following an initial training period. Travel to the headquarters is not eligible for travel reimbursement.

High speed internet access is required to meet the needs of remote work.
Occasional in-state travel will be required. Must be eligible to drive when required for travel.

The Department of Justice does not sponsor work visas at the time of hire or anytime during employment. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required Employment Eligibility Form I-9.A background check, including fingerprints, will be completed on applicants prior to selection.

 

Responsibilities

Position Summary
The Special Litigation and Appeals Unit represents the State of Wisconsin and its agencies by providing legal advice and representation in court. The unit handles all of the Department of Justice’s civil appeals, which cover a wide variety of substantive areas of law. In addition, the unit handles certain complex trial-court litigation, including cases involving issues of constitutional law and governmental authority.

Under general supervision of a deputy unit director, this position provides legal advice and representation services in the enforcement of statutes, commencement of actions, or in defense of governmental clients. This position requires the exercise of sound and reasoned judgment in legal skills, analysis, and workload management. This position requires working professionally and collaboratively within the division and unit as well as on interdivisional and interdepartmental projects, assignments, and other tasks. This position also performs other administrative functions and duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Special Qualification: Candidate must be a member in good standing with the Wisconsin State Bar upon appointment.

Qualifications
Please address the following in your resume and/or letter of qualifications.
Minimally qualified applicants must have education, training and/or experience in the following:
• Conducting in-depth legal research on complex legal questions, either as a lawyer, judicial law clerk, or law student
• Writing judicial decisions, briefs, or legal pleadings as the primary drafter
• Oral advocacy in any court
In addition to the minimum qualifications, a well-qualified applicant will have education, training, and/or experience in the following:
• Working in a clerkship or for a court at the state appellate or federal level, or other similar experience.
• Serving as counsel in complex litigation in state or federal court. Relevant complex litigation experience may include drafting or responding to written discovery, document review, conducting depositions or witness preparation, drafting summary judgement or other merits filings, conducting trials, and/or handling complex appeals.
• Exceptional performance in law school such as: law review or other law journal membership, moot court membership, mock trial, etc.
• Working as a member of a team on complex professional projects.

Application Process

How To Apply
Apply online! To apply, visit wisc.jobs, search for the Job ID or Job Title, click on “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Once logged in, click “Apply for Job” and follow the steps outlined in the application process. You will be required to submit a letter of qualifications and resume.
Each time you apply for a job; you should update and tailor your resume and letter of qualifications. You should clearly describe your education, training, and experience related to the items listed in the “Qualifications” section of the job announcement. These qualifications should be addressed in your resume and expanded upon in your letter of qualifications. This will allow a fuller assessment regarding your qualifications and those required for the job applying for.
Your resume should include the following:
• Your educational background including any course work that relates to the position in which you are applying.
• Your employment history, including experiences and/or duties and a summary of accomplishments and skills learned or used.
• Any training or experience, including volunteer work or internships, you have related specifically to the “Qualifications” section of the assessment.
• Spell out any acronyms and/or abbreviations the first time used.
Your letter of qualifications should include:
• Additional information regarding your past work experience, including volunteer work and internships, or coursework you have taken.
• Highlights of your most relevant skills and experiences as they related to the specific job you are applying for.
• Specific examples that clearly demonstrates your level of expertise.
What not to include in your resume or letter of qualifications:
Your application materials should not include any information that is not job-related, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, disability, or genetic information. Further, do not include any self-identifying information such as photos, social security numbers, political affiliation, citizen status or conviction records.
Application materials will be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the process. References will be requested from top candidates once interviews have taken place.
NOTE: Current/former State employees interested in a permissive transfer, demotion or reinstatement consideration must also apply.
The State of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.
We appreciate the time and effort it takes to apply for positions. If any questions arise, please contact Pamela Fredrick, Human Resources Specialist, at fredrickpj@doj.state.wi.us or (608) 419-3546.
Deadline to Apply
The deadline to apply for this job announcement is Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.