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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
ProfileSocial Security & Public Benefits Specialist for Disabled Reentering Offenders RESPONSIBILITIES: Assisting project clients in applying for benefits (Social Security and health care and other public benefits); developing medical records to support their applications for benefits; and providing advocacy when Social Security and health care and other public benefits are denied. Stay abreast with the law as it changes and develops, particularly in the areas of Social Security and health care and other public benefits. In addition to following policies and procedures and Supreme Court rules governing the practice of law, project attorneys must follow project operational protocol to receive client/case referrals, conduct intake, work with project clients, and other tasks. Project attorneys also share responsibility for developing and maintaining productive working relationships with other Legal Action staff, Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Community Corrections staff, state and local bar associations, community and human service organizations, and others. May also be called upon to provide training and other assistance to members of Volunteer Lawyer Project. Attends quarterly meetings of Public Benefits Law Priority Committees and may be assigned to participate in other Priority Committees, such as Housing, Employment, Consumer, or Family. Work with persons who have been prosecuted for a criminal offenses and who are housed in one of correctional facilities or are under community supervision and who are mentally and/or physically disabled. Deliver legal services in correctional facilities and prisons on a regular basis.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to the Wisconsin State Bar is required upon hire or must be eligible to be admitted to the Wisconsin Bar by virtue of reciprocity or by passing the Wisconsin bar examination at the earliest possible opportunity. 0–1 year of experience. Knowledge and understanding of the civil legal problems and needs of disabled persons, reentering offenders, disabled reentering offenders, and/or low-income persons; commitment to providing free, high-quality, and aggressive civil legal services to such persons; prior legal or other work in the client community or in other firms and programs providing help to the poor; ability to communicate with persons in the client community who speak a language other than English as their principal language (e.g.: Spanish); cultural affinity with the client community; academic training; knowledge of and/or experience with state and federal law and procedure but particularly with Social Security and/or other public benefits law; ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner; ability to work harmoniously with others; and 10/ the nature and extent of other legal experience and knowledge.
DEADLINE: March 25, 2018
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Legal Action of Wisconsin
230 West Wells Street, Room 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1866