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        State Bar of South Dakota Job Ad Guidelines Employment listings in the State Bar Newsletter are free. We do ask that you use the guidelines below when sending ads:1. The ad must be in a format that can be copied and pasted. Ads that are scanned from a hard copy or ads that are mailed will not be accepted.2. Paragraph format only and no bulleted points.3. Photos or other graphics are allowed but are subject to ad rates. 4. Please state how many months you would like to run your ad or email us each month to let us know.  If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you do not want to re-run the ad.

        PLEASE EMAIL YOUR AD TO: tracie.bradford@sdbar.net


        Photos/Graphics Ad Rates for State Bar Newsletter. Photos and/or graphics must be submitted by the 26th of each month  to tracie.bradford@sdbar.net. Reduced rates for contracted monthly ad; 15% reduction for contract for 12 months’ 5% discount for 6 months.  Editor reserves the right to select placement in the newsletter and/or reject any ad.  STANDARD MONTHLY RATES (plus tax):Full Page- $310 Half Page- $230 1/3 Page- $180 1/4 Page- $140 1/8 Page- $75.  


        MINNEHAHA COUNTY invites applications for the position of:

        DEPUTY/SENIOR DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

        All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.

        SALARY: $2,681.60 - $3,186.40/Biweekly

        GENERAL INFORMATION:

        Interested in becoming part of an experienced litigation team that has a high capacity for trials and offers an expansive opportunity for courtroom practice? The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is seeking a compassionate Deputy Public Defender/Senior Deputy Public Defender with excellent advocacy skills who is committed to ensuring justice, humanity, and equality to indigent clients appearing in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Our attorneys have multiple jury trials each year and daily courtroom appearances. Apply now to be considered for an opportunity with access to a vast document library to help you in your criminal defense career and to be surrounded by skilled criminal defense attorneys.

        The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is a county department responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel for any person who cannot afford to retain counsel.  The office provides representation in criminal, delinquency, child welfare, mental health, as well as appeals and post-conviction cases related to those matters. We are dedicated to providing advocacy, community-oriented defense, and protecting fundamental constitutional and human rights.  The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office enjoys a reputation for ensuring that attorneys are provided support and skills training in their areas of expertise.

        ***Please attach a cover letter to the online application.

        The hiring range is $2,681.60 - $3,186.40/biweekly with full earning potential up to $3,881.60/biweekly.

        Posting will be open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

        EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:

        Advocate on behalf of individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors through all phases of litigation to include pre-trial, trial, and litigating all aspects of the case through disposition. Coordinate efforts with a support team of paralegals and other staff to ensure the responsible handling of a demanding caseload through disposition of the case. Maintain client communications by telephone, office appointments, and institutional visits. Keep client apprised of investigations, negotiations, and court rulings. Appear at regularly scheduled court dockets and appearances related to an assigned caseload. Conduct legal research and draft motions and pleadings. Interview witnesses. Review legal documents, police reports, transcripts, and related correspondence. Attend professional development training both within and outside the office.

        MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

        Graduation from a college of law and attainment of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Admission by the Supreme Court of South Dakota to practice law in the State of South Dakota or be licensed to practice law in any other state and able to take the next bar examination offered in South Dakota. This opportunity is also open to recent law school graduates who are eligible to sit for the next available South Dakota bar examination. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Working knowledge of civil and criminal law, court procedures, and the principles and practices of legal research. Ability to work with a diverse population and be attentive to the needs of the clientele. Working knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices utilized in legal research. Working knowledge of general law and established precedents. Ability to speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of legal matters. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy Public Defender requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

         PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

        Demonstrates a commitment to working with the indigent accused and to providing social advocacy to the clientele served by the Public Defender's Office.

         APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://jobs.minnehahacounty.org                                                                          

        OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED AT: 415 N Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104                       

        605-367-4337 jobs@minnehahacounty.org                                                                                                                                      

        Job #20-28

        DEPUTY/SENIOR DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER

        MB                                                                                                                                                                       

        Minnehaha County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, or any other protected group in accordance with state and federal law. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting Human Resources at (605) 367-4337.           


        Assistant County Attorney I - Nobles County Attorney’s Office

        Provides legal services, representation, prosecution and advice for Nobles County.  QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of Juris Doctor degree from accredited law school; current license to practice law in Minnesota, or will obtain prior to start date.  Experience preferred but not required. Valid driver’s license required.  Salary DOE. Nobles County offers a competitive benefits package.

        APPLY TO:  Nobles County Administration Office.  Visit our website at www.co.nobles.mn.us for application and to view full job description and benefit sheet.  REQUIRED: County application forms are required.  Closing Date for Applications: Open until filled.  EEO/AA Employer


        Ver Beek Law, Prof. L.L.C. is seeking an ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY for our Sioux Falls office. We are looking for candidates with experience levels ranging from newly licensed lawyers to those with several years of experience. Only candidates seeking a long-term employment opportunity will be considered. The position offers competitive salary. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to kelsey@verbeeklaw.com.


        ATTORNEY POSITION

        The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER in the Pierre, South Dakota office. The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes, largely violent crimes from Indian Country with a heavy trial calendar. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U. S. Court of Appeals. Some travel is be required. Job qualifications include excellent oral advocacy and writing skills, along with recent, substantial criminal trial experience. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience and includes federal government benefits.

        Qualified applicants should send a resume and three references to: Jason J. Tupman, Federal Public Defender, 200 W. 10th Street, Suite 200, Sioux Falls, SD  57104; or via email to Jason_Tupman@fd.orgApplications will be considered upon receipt and interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as practicable.  The selected candidate will be subject to a background check as condition of employment. 

        Equal opportunity employer.


        Boyce Law Firm, LLP, a top-rated 20+ lawyer firm located in Sioux Falls, is accepting applications for ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYS in the firm’s litigation section. Applicants must be self-starters with a strong desire to learn. Superior written and verbal communication skills are of utmost importance. Visit our website at www.boycelaw.com to learn more about the firm, our history, and our people. 

        All applicants are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to applicants in the top 1/3 of their class, to those who have prior work experience, and to those currently licensed to practice in South Dakota. 

        Start Date: Upon hiring.

        Benefits include generous 401K match, profit sharing, health insurance, annual CLE tuition, professional dues and memberships, and numerous incidental benefits. 

        Direct resume, cover letter, and law school transcript to Michele Benson, Boyce Law Firm, LLP, PO Box 5015, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5015 or to mlbenson@boycelaw.com.  


        Job ID: 13683
        Agency: Unified Judicial System, Supreme Court Location: Pierre
        Salary: $71,952.48 to $75,543.84 annually, depending on experience

        For more information on the Unified Judicial System, please visit http://ujs.sd.gov.


        Position Purpose: This position provides extensive legal research, analysis, and advice to the Supreme Court on matters arising before them in regard to various procedural and substantive contexts including appeals, motions, original proceedings, proceedings for special relief, and
        certain administrative matters. Duties may include:

        •screening appeals for jurisdictional error to ensure timeliness of appeals and that the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over appeals;
        •reviewing pro se submissions to determine appropriate procedures when documents are procedurally inappropriate or unclear as to grounds or authority for relief;
        •providing assistance to the Chief Justice, Justices, Circuit Judges, and Court Clerks by providing legal research and analysis regarding legal matters;
        •reviewing petitions to the Supreme Court for certificates of probable cause in habeas corpus actions and recommending their grant or denial to the Court;
        •drafting research memoranda and court opinions in death penalty cases, per curiam cases, pro se cases, and abuse and neglect cases to ensure application of pertinent legal authorities and standards to cases involved;
        •drafting research memoranda and court opinions in expedited appeals and in original and special proceedings on issues which may affect the state as a whole or in disputes drawing particular public opinion;
        •assisting in preparations for the bar examination and proctoring; and
        •performing other work as assigned.


        Minimum Qualifications:
        Graduation from an accredited law school and membership in the State Bar of South Dakota (or successful completion of the first South Dakota bar examination following employment with the Supreme Court). Experience is not necessary but is highly preferred.

        Successful completion of a criminal background investigation is required for employment.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

        Knowledge of:
        •the law and South Dakota law;
        •functions of the Court;
        •court and judicial systems;
        •appellate rules of practice and procedure.


        Skill in:
        •use of the law library and other legal research resources and software;
        •use of computer resources;
        •legal writing, editing, and proofreading.


        Ability to:
        •interpret and apply legal principles to appellate jurisdictional and substantive legal issues;
        •conduct necessary legal research;
        •review facts and legal issues in appellate cases each month and recommend the necessity of oral
        argument or disposition through written briefs and record;
        •identify related or common legal issues in a set of cases;
        •formulate and draft legal memoranda in a clear, concise, and coherent manner;
        •present and communicate complex topics effectively in oral consultations with supervisory and
        decision-making authorities;
        •analyze rule proposals and draft amendments and rules.


        Apply at: http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus Unified Judicial System
        500 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-5070
        Phone: (605) 773-4867 Fax: (605) 773-8437
        "An Equal Opportunity Employer"


        Full-time attorney position with the Pipestone County Attorney’s Office and O’Neill, O’Neill & Barduson law firm. This is a dual government-private practice position; the attorney will be employed by both the Pipestone County Attorney’s Office and O’Neill, O’Neill & Barduson.

        As Assistant Pipestone County Attorney, duties will include prosecution of adult criminal cases and juvenile delinquency cases, handling child protection cases, civil commitments, and child support matters. As associate attorney with the law firm, the attorney will be practicing in the areas of estate planning and real estate. This is a unique opportunity to gain government courtroom experience while simultaneously gaining valuable private practice experience with potential rapid advancement. We are looking for someone who wants to live in Southwest Minnesota, just 50 miles from Sioux Falls, SD. Email resume and references to ooblaw@iw.net.


        Town of Lesterville seeks new Town Lawyer.

        Area of practice - administrative law.

        Duties - attend monthly town meetings and any special meetings as scheduled, provide legal advice as to ordinances, writing ordinance enforcement tickets, advice to the Board of Trustees.

        Rate - negotiable.

        All applicants please contact Janelle Munkvold by phone at (605) 760-3284 or by email at jmunkvold29@gmail.com.


        DEPUTY STATE’S ATTORNEY with the Butte County State’s Attorney’s Office. Full-time salaried position to start in January 2020; Salary: DOE. Closing Date: open until filled. Job description: Successful applicant will represent Butte County in all stages of court, with a primary focus on magistrate court. Position requires strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to work with minimum direction, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to organize and prioritize. Duties shall include working with law enforcement as well as members of the community in the preparation of criminal cases, legal research and writing, motion preparation, and litigating cases in court. Successful applicant must be willing to continue education to further enhance litigation skills. Qualifications for employment: Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to practice law in the State of South Dakota. No experience required. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to Cassie J. Wendt, Butte County State’s Attorney, 839 Fifth Avenue, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, 57717, phone (605) 892-3337, fax (605) 892-6768, email: bcsa@buttesd.org  Butte County is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


        PUBLIC NOTICE

        REAPPOINTMENT OF INCUMBENT MAGISTRATE JUDGE

        The current appointment of Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue is due to expire on July 2, 2020.   Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue serves in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

        The duties of a magistrate judge include conducting preliminary hearings in all criminal cases, acting as committing magistrate for all purposes and conducting misdemeanor trials.  Magistrate judges may also perform marriages, receive depositions, decide temporary protection orders and hear civil cases within their jurisdictional limit.

                    Pursuant to UJS policy members of the bar and the public are invited to comment as to whether Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue should be reappointed to another four-year term.  Written comments should be directed to:

        Chief Justice David Gilbertson

        Supreme Court

        500 East Capitol

        Pierre, SD 57501

        Comments must be received by May 4, 2020


        STAFF ATTORNEY – SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

        DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota, office. The  Sioux Falls office serves primarily Native Americans in the vicinity of Sioux Falls and in the eastern half of South Dakota. This job requires at least two days of travel every week.

        QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; and must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.

        SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience. DPLS has excellent fringe benefits, including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

        CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

        APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, 1000 Northwest Ave Suite 250, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, (605) 301-8060, dpls@venturecomm.net.

        Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


         

        STAFF ATTORNEY - PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA

        DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Pine Ridge, South Dakota, branch office.  The Pine Ridge office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett counties in South Dakota.

        QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.  Applicant must have at least one-year experience in the practice of poverty law or Indian law, with trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts or two years' experience in the general practice of law. 

        SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has an excellent fringe benefits package including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

        CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

        APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, dpls@venturecomm.net

        Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


        STAFF ATTORNEY - MISSION, SOUTH DAKOTA                                                                             

        DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Mission, South Dakota, office.  The Mission office serves the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and Gregory, Jones, Mellette, Todd and Tripp counties in South Dakota.

        QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES:  Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; and must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.

        SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has excellent fringe benefits, including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

        CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

        APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, dpls@venturecomm.net.

        Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



        Request for Proposal - Attorney Services for DSS - Division of Child Support

        The South Dakota Department of Social Services’ Division of Child Support is soliciting proposals for an attorney or law firm to provide legal services within the State of South Dakota. The legal services include representing the Division of Child Support in civil and/or criminal court proceedings to establish paternity and child support orders, and the enforcement of support orders within Butte, Meade and Lawrence counties.

        The RFP for this procurement will be published in February 2020. Those interested may obtain a copy of the RFP through the Office of Procurement Management’s Mercury Commerce System at https://www.mercurycommerce.com/app/jumppage/esmsvendorlogin.aspx or on the Department of Social Services website at http://dss.sd.gov/keyresources/rfp.aspx upon publication.  




        APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 

        Submit resume, cover letter addressing required qualifications, complete contact information for at least 3 professional references, and provide a writing sample not to exceed 5 pages relating to a criminal or governmental issue (i.e. Resistance to a Defense’s Motion to Suppress; Motion to Suppress (with supporting authorities); Miranda Issues; Consent Issues; Planning and Zoning Issues; and Governmental Taking Issues, just to name a few).

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