Social Services Attorney

State of NebraskaLincoln, NebraskaFull TimeOn Site


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications for our Social Services Attorney opportunity. At DHHS, agency attorneys provide critical support services to aide in our mission of Helping People Live Better Lives.

Do you feel a call to serve vulnerable Nebraskans? Are you a compassionate, results-driven professional and want to help children and families and your community? If so, apply today!

What we can offer you:

  • Stable Employment Opportunity
  • Continuous Learning Opportunities, including CLE and LinkedIn Learning courses
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 156% match of first 4.8% contribution to Retirement Plan
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Leave Accruals and Comprehensive Benefits Options
  • Consistent Work Schedule

The State of Nebraska also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and vacation benefits; learn more here! https://statejobs.nebraska.gov/benefits.html

Salary is negotiable - commensurate with experience.

Examples of Work

In this role, the selected candidate will interpret and communicate the legal effect of transactional documents; analyze the application of relevant law to specific facts; recognize the impact of developing legislation and case law on the agency and its programs; and interpret complex federal and state constitutional, statutory and regulatory law. The attorney must also be able to provide litigation support to the agency and to the Attorney General’s Office in agency cases. This position may assist with representing the agency in guardianship court hearings, assisting with regulations, and providing advice and counsel to program staff.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Three years of experience as an attorney practicing law and providing legal services such as preparing and trying cases, advising clients, and/or interpreting laws or administrative policies. Requires a writing sample.


LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: In accordance with Section 7-101, Nebraska Revised, Reissued Statutes of 1943, incumbents in this class must be admitted to the Nebraska Bar.

PREFERRED: Previous experience working with government entities, exemplary law school performance, strong writing skills, excellent legal research and communication skills, as well as some litigation experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: State and federal statutory and case law and constitutional provisions pertinent to agency programs; the techniques of preparing or drafting legal document and forms; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; the principles and practices of legal research; the procedures of trial and administrative hearings; and the principles and practices of criminal and civil law administration. Skill in: preparing summaries, legal analyses, findings and conclusions, briefs and other legal documents, negotiating and communicating with others sufficient to persuade their acceptance of contentious goals or viewpoints; analyzing and interpreting various factors, perspectives, and options and applying critical thinking to resolve issues. Ability to: prepare and communicate in person and by telephone, emails, summaries, and correspondence, the facts and arguments of a case to persuade others to accept the viewpoint presented; interact with legal associates, other governmental employees, the public, and representatives of parties involved in a case; formulate legal opinions and recommendations based on legal research and investigations; conduct legal research and investigations; identify critical elements of legal questions or issues and select appropriate course of action; prepare drafts of legal documents and forms; and interpret and apply statutes, case law, decisions of judicial and administrative hearings, and administrative rules and policies.


DHHS and the State of Nebraska value employees as well as a supportive environment. We strive to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications and at all levels without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetics.

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