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Attorney

Date Posted:  Nov 30, 2021
Requisition ID:  281401
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46205

 

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.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

The Indiana Protection Advocacy Services Commission
The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission is the governing authority of Indiana Disability Rights. The Commission is responsible for assuring adequate legal and advocacy services for the protection, promotion, and empowerment of the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout Indiana.
The Commission provides direction and advice on Indiana Disability Rights' activities, goals, and policies.


Mission and Vision
Indiana Disability Rights is the service arm of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission. Our mission and vision guide our work every day.
 
Mission - To protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities through empowerment and advocacy.
 
Vision - To live in a society where persons with disabilities are free from abuse and neglect, are free to be effective self-advocates, and are free of discrimination; allowing for full inclusion in society.

 

Salary Information:

The starting salary for this position is $55,900.00 but may be commensurate with experience and education.
 

About the Job:


The Senior Attorney-Litigation manages the litigation practice for the agency. Objectives of the job include, but are not limited to,

(1) directly supervising at least one staff attorney and paralegal (including case supervision and other supervisory roles - timekeeping, travel and leave approval, etc.);

(2) supervising staff attorney work on all litigation matters (including reviewing pleadings and other litigation-related filings);

(3) reviewing all cases ready for closure (including approval of closure letters and physical files);

(4) participating in litigation strategy; and

(5) serving as the liaison to the Executive team for issues concerning litigation
 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Oversees the Civil Rights team with a primary focus on cases involving Constitutional issues, ADA Titles II and III, Fair Housing, Olmstead, Voting, Transportation, and other relevant rights enforcement.
  • Serves as the liaison to the Executive team for issues concerning litigation.
  • Supervises staff attorney work on all litigation matters including, but not limited to: adherence to deadlines, discovery, pre-trial motions practice, hearings, trial, post-trial motions, appeals, client management.
  • Enters an appearance on all litigation matters.
  • Provides regular updates to the Executive Director and Legal Director about litigation.
  • Coordinates with Executive Director and Legal Director regarding potential media advocacy, press releases, or other potentially high-profile cases that might generate media attention.
  • Participates in litigation strategy, as assigned.
  • Coordinates with subject matter/practice area teams regarding potential issues for litigation.
  • Stays abreast of national litigation and analyzes their applicability for Indiana.
  • Participates in weekly case assignment meeting.
  • Gives presentations and other community outreach efforts, as assigned.
  • Actively participates on boards and committees of community partners, as assigned.
  • Drafts an annual strategic plan that outlines the anticipated litigation for presentation to the Executive Director and Legal Director.
  • Maintains a litigation watch list for monitoring individual advocacy cases for potential litigation issues.
  • All other duties as assigned.
     

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 You'll Need for Success:

  • Must be admitted to the Indiana State Bar in good standing.
  • Must be able to effectively manage subordinates.
  • Must be able to identify, analyze and research legal issues.
  • Must be able to interpret and apply laws, statutes, and administrative and court decisions.
  • Must be able to write and speak clearly.
  • Must be able to review and draft proposed statutes and rules.
  • Must be able to manage a heavy workload and work well under pressure.
  • Must be able to manage and organize documents and files.
  • Must be able to prepare legal documents that are clear, logical and well-organized.
  • Must have considerable knowledge of computer skills in word processing, and case management software.
  • Must have advanced knowledge of the computerized legal research service (Westlaw).
  • Must have thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, rules, guidelines and standards pertinent to agency programs.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of the legal requirements pertaining to Administrative and Judicial Review procedures.
  • Must have specialized knowledge of federal and state disability law.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 
  • Group life insurance 
  • 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 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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