State Policy Network

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Associate Counsel

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Disciplines: Litigation, Policy
  • Location: 1139 East Knapp Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2019


The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty is a law and policy organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Established in 2011, WILL has become one of the preeminent state-based litigation centers and think tanks in the country, growing to nine lawyers. Through strategic litigation and timely policy reports, WILL seeks to advance the public interest in free markets, limited government, individual liberty and a robust civil society, including educational freedom and reform.

On its litigation side, WILL has become a frequent litigant in the state and federal courts (it is one of the most frequent litigants in the state Supreme Court), seeking to develop the law in ways that will serve its mission. It now seeks an additional associate counsel to join its fight for freedom.

Salary is competitive with an exceptionally attractive benefits package, including health, life, dental, HSA, and 401(k) plan.


  • Work with senior lawyers to identify and prosecute strategic litigation.
  • Legal research, brief writing, and oral advocacy.
  • Analyze legislation, regulation, and policies.
  • Write advocacy materials, including legal backgrounders and opinion pieces.


WILL cases are cutting edge by design and aim for law development; the position requires ingenuity, creativity, and strong research skills.

  • 0-4 years of litigation experience preferred, although new lawyers will be considered.
  • Brief writing and legal analysis experience preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Team player with a sense of humor and willingness to network.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take risks.
  • Solid commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Eligibility for admission to the bar of the State of Wisconsin.

How to apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing interest in the position, the mission of WILL, and salary requirements
  • Names and contacts of at least three professional references
  • One legal writing sample reflecting solely the applicant’s own work
  • If available, one advocacy writing sample (i.e., an op-ed or blog post) reflecting solely the applicant’s own work
  • An unofficial law school transcript

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
Milwaukee, WI