Job Details

Criminal Justice Program Attorney

Company name

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Valid Through

Dec 24,2019

Posted on

Sep 10,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 45000 to 55000 Annually

Years of Experience

3-4 yrs required


Milwaukee, WI, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Criminal Justice Program Attorney
The candidate will provide direct individual case advocacy for persons in or at risk of being placed in correctional institutions, in accordance with Disability Rights Advocacy Priorities. Investigation of complaints and deaths. Meeting with individual and/or family to gather information and develop appropriate strategies. Providing legal assistance and self-advocacy guidance by telephone, mail or in person. Referring some individuals who do not meet eligibility or case selection criteria to more appropriate sources. Assist individuals in preparing and filing administrative grievances and complaints. Direct legal representation of individuals whose issues meet company case acceptance priorities in informal, administrative and judicial forums, including litigation. Working with criminalized survivors of crime with disabilities in obtaining trauma-informed services. Accurately complete and maintain client files and electronic records in accord with company policies and procedures. In coordination with other company staff, participate in systems advocacy approaches (such as legislative advocacy, policy analysis and monitoring of facilities or programs) to address selected issues from company’s Annual plan. Represent company on task forces, coalitions and committees that address issues relevant to people with disabilities or mental illness in the criminal justice system. Participate as part of a team in major litigation. Provide attorney back up and consultation to attorneys, advocates and intake staff. Maintain effective working relationships with criminal justice involved individuals with disabilities or mental illness, advocacy groups and governmental entities to effectively advocate on disability issues in the criminal justice system. Participate in outreach and training, including efforts focused on targets groups for these issues. Serve as co-counsel or amicus curiae in cases involving significant policy matters in which direct representation is not appropriate. As assigned, provide supervision to interns or law students at the company working on criminal justice issues.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a Law degree and member of (or eligible for admission to) Wisconsin Bar within 6 months after being hired. Three to four(3-4) years’ experience in the practice of law. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or disability rights. Demonstrated competency and ability to work with diverse populations. Experience handling individual cases. Good oral and written communication skills and experience working independently as part of a team. Occasional Statewide travel required. Familiarity with the criminal justice system preferred. Experience/direct contact with people with disabilities and mental illness. Experience/direct contact with survivors of crime. Experience providing legal backup to non-attorneys. Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience. Experience in non-litigative approaches to systems change (e.g., legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and policy analysis).

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Disability Rights Wisconsin
6737 W. Washington St.
Suite 3230
Milwaukee, WI 53214

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