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April 2015

STAFF ATTORNEY – SUPREME COURT
Pierre, South Dakota
Salary:   $60,421.80 to $63,442.89 annually, depending on experience    Closing Date:  Open Until Filled
The position provides extensive legal research, analysis, and advice to the Supreme Court on matters arising before them in regard to various procedural 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; reviewing petitions to the Supreme Court for certificates of probable cause in habeas corpus actions and recommends their grant or denial to the Court; drafting research memoranda and proposed 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; performing other work as assigned.
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.
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.
To Apply: please submit an electronic application at http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus Requisition #4421.

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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.
Proposals are due April 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm CST. More information on the services being requested in addition to RFP details and deadlines can be found 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.

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Thompson Law, P.C., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, seeks an experienced paralegal to join their estate planning team. Candidates must be highly professional, team-oriented, and possess excellent communication skills with diligent attention to detail. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter, resume and references to: sandy@cathompsonlaw.com.

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Associate Attorney. Johnson, Miner, Marlow, Woodward, & Huff, Prof. LLC of Yankton, South Dakota seeks an associate attorney with 0-5 years experience for its business transactions and estate planning practice. Position will also have litigation opportunities, particularly in commercial and trust disputes. Excellent writing skills required; top third class standing preferred. Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to PO Box 667, Yankton, SD 57078 or to mikem@jmmwh.com.

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Staff Attorney. Attorney Ron Frauenshuh Jr., seeks a full-time, staff attorney with 0-3 years of experience. Must be licensed in Minnesota and South Dakota. Position will have a primary office located in Watertown, SD, but will share legal work from an Ortonville, MN office. This position has the potential to become an associate attorney position. Send resume, cover letter, and inquires to Ron Frauenshuh Jr., 1301 4th St. NE, Watertown, SD 57201 or email lawfrauenshuh@gmail.com. All applications will be kept confidential. Application deadline is April 30, 2015.

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A one attorney general practice firm located in Watertown, SD seeks an individual who desires to work in the areas of Criminal (Public Defender Contract, as well as Retained Cases), bankruptcy and/or civil litigation. Candidate can ultimately grow their practice in a direction that suits both the firm and attorney. Three years of small firm experience highly preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. An excellent opportunity for an attorney willing to work and benefit from stability and the careful mentorship of experienced and successful attorney. Reply to Sutton Law Offices, P.C., P.O. Box 1053, Watertown, SD 57201.

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Experienced attorney with 40 years in practice. AV rating since 1983. Looking for part-time position in the Northern Hills area. Hours are flexible. Phone number: 605-490-1668. Email: 222christensen@gmail.com

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Associate Attorney. Johnson, Miner, Marlow, Woodward, & Huff, Prof. LLC of Yankton, South Dakota seeks an associate attorney with 0-5 years experience for its business transactions and estate planning practice. Position will also have litigation opportunities, particularly in commercial and trust disputes. Excellent writing skills required; top third class standing preferred. Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references to PO Box 667, Yankton, SD 57078 or to mikem@jmmwh.com.

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Wheeler, Erickson & Wheeler LLP is seeking an associate attorney with one to three years of experience to join the firm in Huron, South Dakota. It is a general law practice including estate planning, business law, real estate, domestic relations, criminal and civil litigation. Send resume, cover letter, and references to Attn: Ronald J. Wheeler P.O. Box 1363, Huron, SD 57350 or to huronlaw@wheelererickson.com

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United States District Court District of South Dakota
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 15-05
POSITION TITLE: Law Clerk – 2 Year Term, LOCATION: Rapid City, South Dakota
STARING SALARY: CL 27, Step 24 - $58,073
OPENING DATE: Monday, March 16, 2015, CLOSING DATE: Friday, April 10, 2015
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota is recruiting for a full-time Law Clerk in Rapid City, South Dakota. This is an entry-level position for an attorney who has one year or less of post-law school experience. The incumbent is responsible for screening motions, performing research and drafting recommendations and orders.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Reviews and analyzes the agency records, parties’ briefs, motions, and all other documents in cases. Conducts in-depth legal research of all issues that form the basis for the disposition of cases and motions; presents recommended dispositions for judges’ consideration. Prepares written memorandum for submission explaining the factual and legal bases for recommended dispositions of appeals. Screens cases on appeal for jurisdictional defects, the difficulty of the appeal, and the necessity for oral argument. Drafts opinions and orders for judges’ consideration. Conducts research on specific legal questions from judges and prepares memoranda on the results of the research. Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:To qualify for this position, a candidate must be a law school graduate or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and awaiting conferment of degree of recognized standing. The candidates should be in standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law School.
BENEFITS: Employees of the United States Courts are not classified under Civil Service but are entitled to similar benefits. These benefits include: Ten paid holidays per year. Paid annual leave in the amount of 13 days per year for the first three years; 20 days after three years, and 26 days after fifteen years. Paid sick leave in the amount of 13 days per year (unlimited accumulation). Optional participation in the Federal Employees Health, Dental, and Vision Benefit program. Optional participation in the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program. Mandatory participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Social Security retirement program. Optional participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K plan with government matching, when eligible). Eligible for private long-term disability plan options. Eligible to enroll in a private long-term care insurance program. Eligible to participate in flexible benefit programs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Employees are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available to applicants to review upon request. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer participation for payment of net pay (direct deposit). Applicant must be a U. S. Citizen or be eligible to work in the United States. The court is not authorized to reimburse applicants for travel and/or relocation expenses. The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Qualified applicants should submit the following: A letter of interest, A current resume, A completed AO-78 Application Form located at http://www.uscourts.gov/Careers.aspx and, A short writing sample.
The application packet should be forwarded to Nicole Stadlman in PDF format at Nicole_Stadlman@sdd.uscourts.gov by Friday, April 10, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Nicole Stadlman at (605) 977-8953.
THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota
The U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is seeking experienced attorneys to fill two Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions in the Criminal Division of its Pierre office. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, prepare and argue a broad range of motions, and try criminal cases before the United States District Court. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions, including Major Crimes Act violations involving murder, child sex abuse, rape; white collar and economic crime; narcotics and immigration.
Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least one year of post-JD litigation experience, and be a U.S citizen or National. In addition, applicant must also be a member, or be eligible to become a member, of the federal district court bar. If the successful candidate is not a member of the South Dakota Bar, he or she must become a member of the South Dakota Bar within twelve months.
Applicants must demonstrate superior analytical ability; strong research, writing and courtroom skills, exercise fair and sound judgment; follow all Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office policies; exhibit the ability to work collaboratively in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies; superior analytical and communications skills; handle matters in court persuasively and justly on behalf of the United States of America; and be devoted to excellence.
Travel: Employment will require occasional travel to court at designated sites within and outside the district. Travel is also required for training at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC.
Salary: Assistant United States Attorneys pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,477 to $120,365, plus a locality payment of 14.16%
Application Process: Interested applicants should send a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a resume, writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages), and list three professional references with contact information. All documents should be submitted electronically in one continuous .pdf attachment and include the vacancy announcement number (15-SD-Crim-001) in the subject line of your e-mail. Email address for application package: USASD.applications@usdoj.gov
Deadline: Applications must be received by April 13, 2015.
Applicants are encouraged to view the formal vacancy announcement which includes Department Polices at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

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Deputy State’s Attorney / Senior Deputy State’s Attorney
SALARY: $2,073.60 - $2,464.80 Biweekly
OPENING DATE: 03/30/2015 CLOSING DATE: 04/22/15 05:00 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office invites applications for a Deputy State’s Attorney / Senior Deputy State’s Attorney to perform professional legal work on behalf of Minnehaha County and County departments in civil and criminal court and administrative proceedings. Responsibilities include providing legal advice and representation to County officials and staff and assisting with drafting, filing and presenting proposed legislation.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE: Prosecute violations of state law including felony, misdemeanor, juvenile violation, and juvenile abuse and neglect cases for legal proceedings. Review police reports and evidence to make determination on charges. Prepare subpoenas for witnesses and records. Interview witnesses. Select jurors. Review requests for juvenile petitions and determine appropriate course of action. Make recommendations for child custody and parental rights in juvenile cases. Perform legal research and prepare and file legal documents and correspondence. Draft proposed legislation and appear before legislative committees. Prepare press releases. Communicate with the media. Supervise clerical staff and interns and train and educate volunteers, law enforcement, and social workers.
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. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy State’s Attorney requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. 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 prosecute cases. 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. Preferred qualifications for a Senior Deputy State’s Attorney include a minimum of five years experience in complex felony prosecution, significant jury trial experience, and experience with civil litigation.
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
Minnehaha County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, 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.

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FULL TIME ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY. Lammers Kleibacker, LLP, of Madison, South Dakota, a well established firm of 83 years, seeks candidates for associate attorney with 0-5 years of experience, hopefully leading to long tenure with the firm and an interest in equity ownership. Good academic credentials and communication skills are a plus. The firm has a long history of practice in business, real estate, estate planning, public entities, family law, and civil/criminal litigation, as well as personal injury. Applicants should send resumes to Wilson Kleibacker, in care of Debbie Reuter, at PO Box 45, Madison, SD, 57042, or to Deb@lammerskleibacker.com. All submissions will be confidential.

 

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Deadline, April 26, 2015.


 

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