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As Assistant Legal Counsel, Maria provides legal assistance to municipal attorneys and officials through telephone inquiries, written opinions and briefs, workshop presentations and published articles. She also assists in writing League handbooks and planning the Municipal Attorney's Institute.
Maria is a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, having pursued a Real Estate Law Concentration, which she completed with honors. During her last semester in law school, she began a legal externship with the City of Madison’s Office of Real Estate Services, working in exchange for class credit. The Office of Real Estate Services facilitates the various real estate transactions that occur on a day-to-day basis in the City. Common responsibilities include acquiring and disposing of real property, eminent domain acquisitions for public purposes, property management, leasing, and licensing of City property. During her externship, the large part of her responsibilities focused on drafting the contracts necessary to accomplish these real estate transactions. After completing the externship just prior to graduating law school, she was offered a paid position as a part-time intern while she studied to take the Michigan Bar Exam. She worked part-time while studying and successfully passed the Michigan Bar later that year. Returning to Madison after the Bar Exam, Maria continued working with the Office of Real Estate Services as a full-time intern. In the fall of 2016, she was hired on a permanent basis as a Real Estate Agent 1 and, in the fall of 2017, Maria was promoted to a Real Estate Agent 2.
You can learn more about Maria's background in the League's October, the Municipality magazine.