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Attorney - Hearings and Appeals

Date Posted:  Sep 24, 2021
Requisition ID:  227225

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):

Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth.



This role typically hires at a salary of $47,476 and is commensurate with experience.


Work Location:

Depending upon the circumstances, you may begin work remotely, in-person, or on a hybrid schedule.  Currently there is the option to report to work in Indianapolis, Portage, or Fort Wayne.   

About the Job:

The Administrative Law Judge works for the Department of Workforce Development and is responsible for holding unemployment insurance appeal hearings and issuing decisions based upon the hearings.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Receives and reviews case files prior to scheduling hearings;
  • Schedules administrative hearings;
  • Rules upon any pre-hearing motions;
  • Holds administrative hearings pursuant to the Indiana Code, Indiana Administrative Code and the USDOL Criteria Handbook;
  • Issues decisions consistent with Indiana law;
  • Assigns work to clerk;
  • Reviews and certifies hearing transcripts when necessary;
  • Maintains knowledge of current, applicable law;
  • Researches statutory and case law, when necessary.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

The ideal candidate in this role should minimally have a valid license to practice law in the State of Indiana and must remain in good standing with the Indiana Bar Association.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge of Indiana Unemployment Insurance law;
  • Knowledge of USDOL Criteria Handbook;
  • Knowledge of the Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure;
  • Knowledge of DWD hearing procedures;
  • Ability to effectively conduct hearings in a stressed environment;
  • Ability to analyze the evidence presented and expeditiously issue decision-based upon the evidence;
  • Ability to maintain a high volume workload;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

What You'll Get in Return:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • A wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • An employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • The State of Indiana offers other generous leave policies covering a variety of employee needs.
  • New Parent Leave
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • FREE Downtown parking
  • DWD GOAL (Go Out and Learn) Tuition Assistance Program
    • Eligible employees have access to up to $5,000 in tuition assistance per fiscal year
  • Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of Working in State Government!


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis