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October 2014

MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Seventh Judicial Circuit
Rapid City, South Dakota

Requisition #:  J15-05
Agency: Unified Judicial System
Salary:   $96,952.81 annually
Closing Date:  October 15, 2014

Position Purpose: Position performs highly responsible legal work in the disposition of certain types of cases in magistrate court in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.  This position may require travel.  Work involves responsibility for hearing and ruling on certain cases of Drug/DUI court, traffic, civil, criminal and small claims matters.  Work is supervised by the Presiding Judge of the judicial circuit.  Position includes generous benefits program with retirement system, health and life benefits, vacation plan and other options.

Previous applicants that applied for Requisition Number J14-13 Magistrate Judge (the magistrate position previously held by Judge Pahlke) and are interested in applying for this position may submit a letter
re-confirming your interest without the other required submissions.

Duties may include:

  • administering oaths;
  • taking acknowledgements;
  • issuing warrants of arrest, search and seizure warrants;
  • acting as committing magistrate;
  • conducting preliminary hearings;
  • fixing bond;
  • taking personal recognizance;
  • reading or listening to allegations;
  • determining if action cited is supported by facts;
  • hearing and evaluating evidence;
  • trying and determining all cases of misdemeanor and actions or proceedings for violation of any ordinance by law or other police regulation of a political subdivision;
  • taking pleas of guilty;
  • taking forfeitures of appearance bonds;
  • trying civil actions or small claims up to a specific jurisdictional amount;
  • participating and assisting with Drug Court and/or DUI court;
  • taking evidence;
  • entering judgment;
  • occasional work on weekends and holidays.

 

Comments:   Graduation from an accredited law school and experience in the practice of law.  Licensed to practice law in the State of South Dakota.  Applicants must meet the State of South Dakota Constitutional requirements set in Article V Section 6 upon appointment.  This position is appointed by the Presiding Judge of the judicial circuit, subject to approval by the Supreme Court, for a four-year term subject to potential renewal.  The applicant recommended for appointment will undergo an intensive background investigation. 

To Apply: Applicants must complete a letter of interest and personal data questionnaire.  The personal data questionnaire can be obtained by accessing the following link http://ujs.sd.gov/uploads/hr/MagistratePDQ.pdf
or contacting the Human Resources office.  All personal data questionnaires must be submitted by the closing date to: 
PMB 2713-000
Director of Human Resources
Unified Judicial System
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD  57501
Phone: (605) 773-4867; Fax: (605) 773-8437
Lisa.Mammenga@ujs.state.sd.us
An Equal Opportunity Employer

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United States District Court
District of South Dakota
Office of the Clerk
Room 128, Federal Building
400 S. Phillips Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6851
Joseph A. Haas
Clerk of Court (605) 330-6600

Vacancy Notice for U.S. Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States authorized the appointment of a part-time
United States Magistrate Judge for the Western Division of the United States District
Court for the District of South Dakota at Rapid City.
A Merit Selection Panel comprised of attorneys and members of the community will
review applications in confidence and recommend to the judges of the U.S. District
Court the persons it considers best qualified to fill the position. The Court will
interview the finalists and, following a FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check
of the applicant, make the appointment. Women and members of minority groups are
encouraged to apply.
The salary for the position is $84,538 per year. The term of office is four years.
Incumbents may be reappointed to successive terms.
The duties of Magistrate Judges are enumerated in 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Rule 72.1.
Duties include presiding over initial proceedings in criminal cases; trials of
misdemeanor cases, including petty offenses; pretrial matters and other proceedings in
civil and criminal cases; conducting civil settlement conferences; and disposition of civil
cases with the consent of the parties.
All applications will be kept confidential unless the applicant consents to disclosure.
All applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the
judges of the district court. The Panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.
The official application and additional information about the position is available on the
Court’s website at www.sdd.uscourts.gov. Applications should be sent by e-mail
addressed to the Clerk of Court joe_haas@sdd.uscourts.gov and must be received no
later than 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, October 17, 2014.

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Assistant Tribal Attorney: Fort Yates, ND.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Legal Department is accepting applications for an Assistant Tribal Attorney to provide legal services to the tribal government and its departments, programs, and entities.
Required qualifications include: an excellent academic record, excellent analytical, research, writing, oral advocacy, and organizational skills; the ability to work with tribal, federal, state, and local leaders and agencies on various legal issues; and the capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and a license to practice law in North Dakota or South Dakota.
Relevant experience in Indian law is preferred.
Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Compensation also includes tribal employee benefits.
Qualified applicants may send a cover letter, resume, three references, a writing sample and a law school transcript to: John Montclair, Human Resources Manager, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Bldg. 1, North Standing Rock Ave., P.O. Box D, Fort Yates, ND 58538 or via e-mail to jmontclair@standingrock.org

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Agency: Department of Social Services; Division of Legal Services; Pierre, SD
Salary/Grade: $48,316.02 - $60,395.02 annually E18 Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Division of Legal Services within the South Dakota Department of Social Services is seeking to hire an attorney to act as legal counsel for the Department of Social Services and all of its divisions, including interpreting relevant laws, providing legal advice regarding procedure and policy, and representing the department in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings, in trial and on appeal. The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school, a member of the South Dakota State Bar, qualify for appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General and will join six other Special Assistant Attorney Generals and support staff at the Department of Social Services in Pierre, SD. This position is exempt from the Career Service Act.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: Prior trial, appellate, and/or administrative law experience. Knowledge of: criminal and civil practices and procedures (preferred but not required); probate and estate planning practices and procedures (preferred but not required); administrative practices and procedures (preferred but not required); appellate practices and procedures (preferred but not required).
Skill to: communicate clearly and persuasively in both written and oral communications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to: perform legal research efficiently and effectively; analyze information, issues, situations, practices or procedures to identify problems, recognize ; alternatives and their implications, and propose solutions; analyze facts, evidence and precedents and arrive at a logical interpretation; work independently while following instructions and accepting guidance; effectively multi-task, plan, organize and prioritize work activities of self and others to meet ; schedules and deadlines; utilize computerized data systems (Microsoft Office preferred but not required); conduct interviews with individuals, including those who are reluctant to provide information or who are not communicative.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
To Apply: submit an electronic application through http://bhr.sd.gov – Job Id #3210.

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PARALEGAL POSITION: Small law firm seeks experienced family law paralegal (must have paralegal degree and/or certificate). Hourly amount is based on work history and skills.
Must be detailed oriented and able to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Knowledge of legal office procedures, legal terminology and computer proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary.
If you would like to join a great team, please send your resume and salary requirements for immediate consideration to:
Law Office, 400 North Main, Suite 202, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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PENNINGTON COUNTY Invites applications for the position of: Assistant Public Defender
SALARY: $4,891.00 - $5,226.00 Monthly OPENING DATE: 09-24-14 CLOSING DATE: 10-31-14 11:59 PM
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The defense of indigent clients in Magistrate and Circuit Court criminal cases, appeals, and certain civil matters.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Professional degree (Juris Doctor) Graduation from a college of law and attainment of JD or LLB.
Experience: 3-12 months. License and/or Certificate: Admission to practice law in South Dakota, or willingness to take the next available South Dakota bar exam.
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will need to attach send a letter of interest and resume to the online application, or, they may be sent in addition to the online application to: Eric Whitcher, Director, Pennington County Public Defender’s Office, 315 Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Represents clients at all stages of criminal court. Meets with clients to discuss rights, charges, penalties, and defenses. Prepares for hearing by going over police reports. Represents clients’ best interests at all stages of court. Prepares for trial by interviewing witnesses. Researches cases. Counsel clients on appropriate options. Performs any additional duties as assigned by supervisor.
Applications may be filed online at: Job #00337 http://www.pennco.org/jobs
An Equal Opportunity Employer

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LINCOLN COUNTY Invites applications for the position of: Deputy State’s Attorney
SALARY: $4,457.74 - $4,683.41/monthly OPENING DATE: 9/26/2014 CLOSING DATE: 11/17/2014
General Information: The Lincoln County State’s Attorney’s Office invites applications for a Deputy State’s Attorney to perform routine professional legal work in the prosecution of civil and criminal crimes, juvenile crimes, and juvenile abuse and neglect cases in Lincoln County.
Examples of Duties: Prepare and manage a caseload of predominantly misdemeanor cases, juvenile violation cases, and juvenile abuse and neglect cases. Present cases for legal proceedings. Perform legal research. Prepare, draft, and file legal documents and correspondence. Review offenses, police reports, and evidence to make determination on charges. Prepare, send, and track subpoenas for witnesses and records. Prepare interview witnesses for legal proceedings. Select jurors. Stay informed on changes in relevant laws, statutes, and proposed legislation and policy.
Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a college of law, attainment of a Juris Doctorate degree from an
accredited law school, and 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 available South Dakota bar examination or be a recent or imminent law school graduate, eligible to sit for the next available South Dakota bar examination. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Working knowledge of civil and criminal law and methods and practices of pleadings, court procedures and rules of evidence, principles, methods, materials and practices utilized in legal research, and general law and established precedents. Ability to work under strict time constraints. Ability to speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of legal matters. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, other agencies and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor.
Preferred Qualifications: Strong oral argument skills.
To Apply: Submit completed application and resume by November 17th, 2014 to: Lincoln County Human Resources, 104 N. Main Street
Suite 140, Canton, SD 57013. Applications available on Lincoln County’s website under “Employment” at: www.lincolncountysd.org. Please call (605) 764-6609 for questions on application process. All applications must be post marked by November 17th, 2014 to be considered.

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Agency: Department of Revenue; Division of Legal Counsel
Salary/Grade: $48,316.02 to 60,395.02 annually, depending on experience Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Department of Revenue is seeking an attorney to perform a wide variety of legal services dealing with tax audits, business tax administration, property and special taxes, state administration of motor vehicles, and lottery and gaming. Responsibilities will include representing the Department before the Office of Hearing Examiners, Circuit Court, South Dakota Supreme Court and Federal Court, including the preparation of briefs and participation in oral arguments; providing legal support to all divisions within the Department; drafting administrative rules and assisting with the promulgation process; and providing legal opinions and advice to Department staff.
Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school and be a member or eligible for admission to the South Dakota State Bar.
This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: Experience in appellate practice and administrative law and have a working knowledge of civil practice and procedure is preferred.
Knowledge of: state statutes relating to tax, motor vehicles, lottery, gaming, alcoholic beverage licensing and tobacco; civil practice and procedures; state administrative practices and procedures; legal research techniques including the use of Westlaw Next.
Skill to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to: conduct civil litigation; communicate clearly both orally and in writing; analyze complex technical issues, facts, evidence and precedents to arrive at a logical interpretation; recognize and manage priorities; prepare clear and concise briefs, reports and correspondence; work independently and as a team member; handle a large caseload.
Additional Requirements:Please attach a resume law school transcript and writing sample with your application.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources, 500 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

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Agency: Department of Social Services; Division of Legal Services; Pierre, SD
Salary/Grade: $72,570.44 - $85,000.00 annually E22 Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Division of Legal Services within the South Dakota Department of Social Services is seeking to hire a highly motivated and experienced attorney with a passion for service and desire to make a difference to serve as a Legal Division Director. The Legal Division Director combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation to the Department of Social Services with his/her strong leadership skills to provide quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible, sensitive issues to ensure the highest standard of presentation.
The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school, a member of the South Dakota State Bar although applicants not yet a member of the South Dakota State Bar but applying for the same may be considered and hired on condition of becoming a member of the South Dakota State Bar. This position is exempt from the Career Service Act.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: Previous supervisory experience and experience in the criminal prosecution of child abuse is strongly desired.
The duties of the Legal Division Director include: legal advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, and Division Directors of the Department concerning the day-to-day operations of the Department; legal advice to the Secretary on pending civil lawsuits against the Department; draft, review, and lobby legislative matters on behalf of the Department; act as the liaison between the Department and the Attorney General’s Office; work with the various State’s Attorneys in South Dakota on civil and criminal matters the Department
is involved in; represent the Department on a wide variety of legal issues including abuse and neglect of children and adults, child support, child care, behavioral health, Medicaid, and Medicaid recovery; represent the Department throughout the state in litigation before the Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and the Office of Administrative Hearings; supervise and manage the responsibilities of the Legal Division through a staff of Trial Attorneys, Senior Trial Attorneys, and administrative assistants; manage the administrative functions of the Legal Division including preparing and monitoring the division budget, developing policies and portions of the strategic plan, and serving on the management team.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
To Apply: submit an electronic application through http://bhr.sd.gov

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Established AV-rated firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota seeking associate attorney. The ideal candidate will have three to five years experience working in civil and criminal litigation. A strong background in business and corporate law and estate planning is preferred. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, willingness to learn and the desire to excel. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send a current resume and cover letter to PO Box 1771, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1771. All inquiries will remain confidential.

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South Dakota Trust Company LLC, a $15+ Billion AUA Trust Company is currently looking to fill newly created positions in our Sioux Falls and Rapid City offices, for qualified candidates in the following area: Trust Administration Officer - position requiring business, accounting or legal degree and/or a minimum of 2-5 years of trust administration or related experience. This individual is responsible for the day to day administration of high net worth trust accounts. They will work closely with the account advisors, family office managers as well as the individual clients. An understanding of estate planning, taxes and fiduciary law is preferred.
Trust Administrative Assistant - this position requires accounting, paralegal or business degree with 1-2 years related work experience and proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. This individual will assist the Trust Administrator with the day to day management of the trust accounts by performing the account opening and set up process, working with attorneys, financial advisors and clients, inputting distributions, trust accounting system input, annual reporting requirements, asset set up, etc.
All inquiries will be kept confidential. More information is available upon request.
Please submit resumes, along with location preference and position you are applying for, to Heather@sdtrustco.com.

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City Attorney, Aberdeen SD - $91,556.21/yearly
Under supervision of the City Manager and appointed by the City Council, ultimate responsibility for overall operation, planning and development of the City Attorney Department and provides highly professional legal representation of city government, elected officials, officers and employees; Act as chief legal officer to the City Council, City Department Heads and other City officials to provide them with legal advice and guidance in all areas, legal and otherwise pertaining to all aspects of city government, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, policy directives and the day-to-day city operations; Perform other duties as assigned. Graduation from an accredited school of law with a juris doctorate degree and seven (7) years of experience of a responsible nature in the practice of law with law experience involving municipalities, trying court and jury cases, administering a law office, preparing and reviewing contracts, pleadings and laws or ordinances, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possess and maintain a license to practice law in the state of South Dakota. Possess and maintain a valid South Dakota driver’s license. APPLY TO: City of Aberdeen, Human Resources, 225 3rd Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401, www.aberdeen.sd.us. Deadline: September 12, 2014. EOE

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Custer County State’s Attorney – Deputy State’s Attorney
Part-time position (minimum of 24 hours per week); Wage: $2500-$3000 per month, DOE.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Represent Custer County in criminal and civil matters in both Magistrate and Circuit Courts. Provide legal advice to county officials and employees. Effectively work and coordinate with law enforcement and other members of the community. Deputy will prepare and litigate cases, research issues, prepare motion and other formal documents. Position requires strong oral and written communication skills, ability to work well in a team setting, ability to work with minimum direction, and have good organizational skills.
QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to practice law in the State of South Dakota. Please submit application (located online at custercountysd.com or through Human Resources at 605-673-8123). Please submit application, cover letter and resume to Tracy L. Kelley, Custer County State’s Attorney, 420 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD 57730. Position is open until filled.

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The Goosmann Law Firm’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota office is seeking attorneys to join our high energy firm and provide strategic legal advice to our industry leader clientele. Ideal candidates are top performers with three to four years of experience. We partner with our clients to anticipate their legal needs in a fast-paced, family-friendly environment that encourages and rewards excellence, high achievement, innovation, and professional development. Trial lawyers of the firm work on complex multi-party high dollar make-or-break-the-company cases. Deal making lawyers work with corporate boards of directors and executives in our corporate and commercial law department that has completed over a billion dollars in deals successfully completing corporate takeovers, corporate inversions, negotiating economic incentives, REIT financing, swing line lending, and venture capital M&A. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, a willingness to learn, and the desire to excel. Candidates with a business mindset, who anticipate the legal needs of business clientele, are preferred. Salary and bonus structure commensurate with experience and merit based performance. Benefits include health insurance, annual CLE budget, paid bar dues and professional memberships, staff and administrative support, and a fun and energetic working environment. This is an ideal opportunity for top candidates to get in on the ground floor of the South Dakota expansion of a growing law firm. South Dakota license required. Please send a resume and cover letter to Managing Attorney, Marie Ruettgers at Marie@Goosmannlaw.com . All inquiries will remain confidential.

 

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Email your job ad to nicole dot ogan at sdbar dot net for publication in the next newsletter.
Deadline, October 24, 2014.


 

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