Appellate Attorney - Madison

State of Wisconsin Madison, WI
The SPD Appellate Division provides post-judgment legal representation in the trial and appellate courts. To view a copy of the position description, please click here.

The types of cases include criminal, civil commitment, protective placement (personal guardianship), revocation of conditional liberty (probation, parole, or extended supervision), sexually violent offender commitment, termination of parental rights, children in need of protection or services, juvenile delinquency proceedings, and other as specified by state law. The position requires travel in all counties for court appearances and to provide services to clients in the prisons, jails and other institutions, and to clients who are not in custody.

Special Notes:

Successful candidates must be admitted to practice law by the Wisconsin Supreme Court prior to their start date. See the Wisconsin State Bar for admission requirements.

An extensive criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.


This position requires criminal or appellate experience or an emphasis on criminal or appellate course work in law schools. An ASPD must possess a strong sense of commitment and dedication to indigent defense. Requirements include the ability to manage a deadline driven caseload; strong litigation skills; strong research and writing skills; effective communication skills; and the ability to interact professionally with co-workers, clients, court officials and staff, and others in the justice system.