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    Legislative Attorney Legislative Reference Bureau

    ​Position: Legislative Attorney Legislative Reference Bureau

    ​Location: Madison, Wisconsin


    ​The Legislative Reference Bureau provides legal and research services to the state legislature and is seeking an attorney to join our office. The LRB has a casual office atmosphere, and offers flexible work schedules, generous vacation time, and excellent health and retirement benefits.

    ​The LRB is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

    ​Position Summary:

    ​A legislative attorney has primary responsibility for drafting legislation and providing legal counsel. Attorneys work independently and manage a confidential workload that is completed in a nonpartisan manner. Duties include: 1) drafting legislation, including the state budget, 2) drafting legal memoranda, 3) attending meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and stakeholders, 4) staffing the Assembly and Senate floors when in session, and 5) conducting independent legal research for preparation of CLEs and in-house publications.

    ​The LRB is currently hiring for a legislative attorney who will work in the areas of primary and secondary education, economic development, and private employment, although attorney subject areas may change over time depending on individual interests and agency needs.

    ​An LRB attorney is a nonpartisan position that works closely with partisan elected officials and constitutional officers. Partisan political activity by the staff is not allowed, and appointments are made on a nonpartisan basis.


    ​Qualified applicants will possess effective written and oral communication skills; analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and the ability to identify, analyze, and resolve complex legal and policy issues. Well qualified applicants will have demonstrated the ability to work in a demanding and challenging environment while providing a high level of expertise and counsel.

    ​Salary Information:

    ​The starting salary is highly competitive for public sector employment and is based on qualifications and experience. This position is in the unclassified state service.

    ​How to Apply:

    ​Please submit the following:

    ​1. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications, knowledge, and experience that relate to the position and that includes areas of law in which you possess expertise.

    ​2. A resume.

    ​3. An official law school transcript.

    ​4. An essay describing a legal issue or problem you recently confronted. How did you address the issue or resolve the problem? Evaluate your response to the issue or problem and explain what you could have done differently. Your essay should be no more than 1,000 words.

    ​Send completed application materials to Lynn Emery at or Legislative Reference Bureau, One East Main Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 2037, Madison, Wisconsin 53701.

    ​Deadline to Apply:

    ​The deadline to apply is July 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. ​

    Location = Madison