Assistant City Attorney / Trainee

Madison, WI
Full Time
Job #: 2019-00261
 This is an entry level prosecutorial position requiring responsible professional legal work in the City Attorney's Office. The employee may be assigned diverse legal activities including the prosecution of municipal ordinance violations, civil litigation and/or general law practice (consistent with the needs of the organization). This class encompasses all non-managerial positions engaged in professional legal work within the City Attorney's office. Work is performed with varying degrees of independence as employees gain necessary proficiencies. Work in addition to prosecutorial work is assigned as employees gain necessary proficiencies.

Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Note: This position may be filled in a trainee capacity in which the incumbent would be required to graduate from an accredited law school and obtain admission to the bar in the State of Wisconsin within 6 months of hire. The designation of Assistant City Attorney Trainee (starting annual salary is $61,197) will be given to an incumbent who does not possess the required degree and license. An incumbent licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin will be hired as an Assistant City Attorney (starting annual salary is $66,235.78); to be determined at the time of hire.

  • Important: there are 3 supplemental essay questions on the job posting.
  • You must attach your answers in the attachments section of your application.
  • (To view the questions, click on the supplemental question tab OR view the bottom section of the job bulletin)

Applications received without attached essay responses will immediately be eliminated from consideration.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
  • Prosecute a wide variety of traffic, including initial Operating While Intoxicated, and general ordinance violations (e.g., building, fire and health codes, etc.). Confer with concerned parties and witnesses. Negotiate plea agreements. Prepare and present pleadings, briefs, and other court papers in connection with civil trial litigation. Prepare and present the City's case at trial. Argue cases in court proceedings. Perform related legal research. File and respond to appeals as appropriate. Maintain case files.
  • Provide ongoing (and Ad Hoc) legal support to City boards, commission and agencies as assigned. Advise City departments on legal obligations and litigation, to include specific claims and liabilities. Respond to citizen or press inquiries, as directed.
  • Plan and conduct civil litigation on the City's behalf. Prepare, review, and file all necessary legal papers on a timely basis for prosecution and other civil litigation. As necessary, present argument in court on legal issues.
  • Draft ordinances, resolutions, contracts, conveyances, reports and opinions, and other legal documents as required. Participate in the full spectrum of City Attorney's office functions as required.
  • Conduct legal research using computer and internet sources along with paper sources as needed for prosecution or other litigation. Present legal research conclusions in concise and convincing fashion. Perform all other professional legal work as may be required.
  • Perform related work as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Enrollment in an accredited law school with graduation no later than December 2019.
  • Graduation from an accredited law school.

Closing Date: 3rd September, 2019
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