Supervising Attorney

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Employer: Disability Rights Wisconsin

Location: Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Rice Lake, or Remote


Job Type: Permanent full time
Full Time Equivalent: 1.0 (40 hours/week)
Reports to: Managing Attorney
Rate: $55,000-$65,000 / $26.44-$31.25, DOE

Location: DRW has offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and Rice Lake. This position can be assigned to any of these office locations, depending on the location of the applicant’s residence. A hybrid work arrangement may also be available. If the applicant does not live close to one of these offices, they will work fully remotely.

What is DRW?
Disability Rights Wisconsin is the state’s Protection and Advocacy system, charged with protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and keeping them free from abuse and neglect. Employing a variety of means, our advocates and attorneys use individual casework and systems advocacy to achieve positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. We are seeking employees who value this work. In turn we treat our employees well, offering a supportive environment, talented colleagues, excellent benefits and generous leave.
DRW arose out of a disability civil rights movement demanding that the abuse of people with disabilities end and that people with disabilities be included in life, school, workplaces, and communities. Our core values include Diversity, Dignity, Independence, Accessibility, Inclusion, Human Rights, and Liberation.
One of our core values is diversity. A diversity-based approach to disability rights recognizes the intersectional nature of oppression experienced by people with disabilities from underprivileged and underserved communities. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at DRW. We work to specifically address disability-related injustices at the intersections of disability and race, disability and gender, disability and gender-based violence, and more.

Job Summary
The Supervising Attorney for the Victim Advocacy Program will: provide direct, comprehensive representation to victims of crime with disabilities in relevant areas including family law and victim’s rights; supervise Advocacy Specialists in the Victim Advocacy Program (VAP); provide advice and counsel to clients, guardians, and family members; assist Managing Attorney in the day-to-day operations of the program.

Disability Rights Wisconsin offers the following benefits for full time employment: health, vision, dental, and life insurance; short- and long-term disability; 401(k) retirement savings plan, and flex spending. Paid time off includes 8 paid holidays, 4 floating holidays, personal and sick time off, volunteer and voting time off.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, DRW staff are working from their homes. Staff will return to working in our office locations on February 28, 2022.

A COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in place for all employees. A copy of the policy can be requested by emailing

EEO/AA | We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Primary responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

1. Legal: (60%)
• Effectively represent individual clients who are survivors of crime with disabilities in hearings, administrative appeals, and court proceedings on relevant issues such as Injunctions, family law, and victim’s rights issues, whose cases have been accepted pursuant to the DRW VAP case acceptance policies.
• Provide information and referral on cases that are not eligible for direct representation.
• Adhere to good legal practice.
• Demonstrate ability to assess specific issues, identify relevant facts, conduct research, and provide advice to Advocacy Specialists regarding development of VAP cases.

2. Supervision: (30%)
• Provide ongoing supervision to Advocacy Specialists in VAP.
• Conduct annual evaluations of supervisees in consultation with Managing Attorney.
• Conduct case file reviews in consultation with Managing Attorney

3. VAP Program Responsibilities: (10%)
• Prepare in a timely fashion all reports associated with VAP and DRW.
• Follow DRW policies, including but not limited to client communications, records maintenance and retention, and opening and closing cases.
• Participate in meetings, committees, work groups, hiring, and more in furtherance of DRW or VAP program goals.
• Assist in outreach events to promote the VAP.
• Assist the VAP Managing Attorney in the development and updating of the VAP webpage.
• Other duties as may be necessary to achieve the objectives of the VAP.


Minimum Qualifications:
• 5+ years of experience working as an attorney;
• Law degree and licensed to practice law in Wisconsin or ability to become licensed within six months;
• Experience/direct contact with persons of culturally diverse background;
• Litigation experience;
• Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills;
• Basic computer skills including email, word processing, and use of the internet;
• Statewide travel required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in supervising or assisting attorneys and non-attorney advocates;
• Experience in providing advocacy and/or support to survivors of crime and/or people with disabilities or mental illness;
• Fluency or strong proficiency in American Sign Language, Hmong, or Spanish;
• Knowledge and skill in areas of law directly relevant to this project (victim’s rights, family law, civil rights, special education) and people with disabilities or mental illness.

Application instructions

Application Instructions: Submit resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications.

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Application deadline: February 1, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.

Alternate formats of this Position Announcement are available upon request. Materials may be submitted in alternate formats if necessary.

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

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