ADMINISTRATIVE LEGAL ASSISTANT
                                (Corporation Counsel)


Under general direction, performs increasingly varied and responsible legal duties and related
administrative lead work as required. Work methods normally require a considerable degree of
independent judgment in interpreting, applying and revising procedures and precedents to a
variety of situations. Employees in this class may have a great deal of contact with the public
and employees of other departments in seeking and giving out information where specific and
detailed knowledge of departmental policy and procedures is required. A general knowledge of
other departments and their responsibilities is usually required. There is no formal direct line of
supervision over others but employees at this level often assist in training, monitoring and
distributing work to others.


Obtain information from attorneys, agencies, social workers and social services agencies,
governmental and quasi-governmental agencies and others to obtain and/or promulgate
necessary data and information; contact parties and interested individuals to explain the status
of cases; perform research necessary to case processing; prepare and file pleadings drafted by
attorneys; evaluate available information and recommend or take appropriate action.

Work may also include clerical, front desk responsibilities such as answer the main phone line;
open, sort, and distribute incoming mail; greet and address the public in the office; file
documents in the appropriate files; and copy a wide variety of documents.


Education and Experience: Must have a minimum of an associate’s degree from a two year
college or a diploma from a vocational school or program with an emphasis on legal and/or
administrative training. One year of increasingly responsible clerical work in a court system or
law office is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures;
knowledge of relevant laws, regulations and guidelines; knowledge of court procedures and
practices; knowledge of civil commitment laws and practices; knowledge of legal terms and
papers; knowledge of interviewing techniques; knowledge of basic investigatory principles;
ability to gather, organize and evaluate a variety of data and information; intermediate or
advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office; ability to create and maintain databases; ability to
exercise independent judgment and carry out assignments with minimal supervision; ability to
maintain confidentiality; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with other
employees and the general public, especially in sensitive situations; ability to operate standard
office machines; ability to draft and prepare a variety of legal papers; ability to conduct
independent research and investigations.

Special Requirements: Valid Wisconsin driver’s license (or eligibility for), access to reliable
personal motor vehicle transportation and a good driving record.

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