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Job Listings for South Dakota Bar Members

January 2015

Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers, a growing and progressive regional law firm located in Dickinson, North Dakota, seeks to hire a lawyer to practice in the firm’s Business Solutions, Real Estate and Personal Planning practice groups. An education track in accounting and tax and/or documented experience related to accountancy, tax law, estate planning or sophisticated commercial transactions is preferred. The ideal applicant will have a strong academic background, exceptional analytical skills, and an ability to perform exacting work. A successful applicant must be licensed to practice, or eligible to become licensed to practice, in North Dakota, and will receive a regionally competitive compensation package that will reward beneficial experience and encourage a long-term relationship with the firm. This is an opportunity for a motivated lawyer to join a successful “AV”® rated firm. Visit our website at www.ndlaw.com. Please submit your letter of application and resume to Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers, Attn: Randall N. Sickler, 2272 8th Street West, Dickinson, ND 58601, or to rsickler@ndlaw.com. All applications will be kept confidential.

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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 – State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO) – Unified Judicial System – Pierre, SD
This position provides legal research, legal oversight and program management to various programs within the SCAO in consultation with and as directed by the Director of Legal and Legislative Counsel and State Court Administrator. The SCAO is the administrative office of the Unified Judicial System. The SCAO implements the rules and policies of the Supreme Court as they apply to the operation and administration of the courts. Duties may include: advising on legal matters impacting UJS employees and programs; providing legal review and oversight related to various programs within the UJS; reviewing and updating UJS publications, forms and resources for legal accuracy prior to publication; providing legal technical assistance/ auditing of entities within the UJS; staffing selected committees within the UJS; reviewing grant programs and ensuring compliance. This position requires knowledge of the law, court system, functions of the court, and the legal and judicial system. This position also requires the ability to conduct research, locate sources of legal information, and communicate effectively. This position requires graduation from an ABA accredited law school and possession of a juris doctorate and a license to practice law in South Dakota; experience is highly preferred but not required. Successful completion of a criminal background investigation is required for employment. The annual salary for this position is $60,421.80 to $63,442.89, depending on experience. This position is open until filled; however, received applications will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2015. For further information about this position and to apply please go to http://bhr.sd.gov, Requisition #3979.

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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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Full Time Associate Attorney. Moore-Faust Injury Law Group, an established western South Dakota personal injury law firm seeks candidates for an associate. Excellent communication skills required. Candidates should be energetic, determined, and inventive. Applicants should send resumes to Dean Faust, Moore-Faust Law Group, 924 Quincy Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, or email faust@moorefaust.com. All applicants will be treated with strict confidentiality. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and ability. To learn more about Moore-Faust Law Group please visit our website at www.moorehelp.com.

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The Black Hills Area Community Foundation seeks an experienced, energetic and creative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The position reports to a 16 member board of directors and will be responsible for leading the Foundation in its next stage of entrepreneurial growth, increasing visibility among donors, financial advisors and community organizations and growing the assets of the Foundation. More information about the position and how to make application can be found at:www.bhacf.org/careers

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CHIEF TRIBAL PROSECUTOR AND ASSISTANT TRIBAL PROSECUTOR
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, Fort Yates, ND 58538
OPEN: Until Filled SALARY: Negotiable
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is soliciting applications for employment, as an independent contract employees: one (1) Chief Tribal Prosecutor and one (1) Assistant Tribal Prosecutor for the Standing Rock Tribal Court.
The Chief Tribal Prosecutor and the Assistant Tribal Prosecutor Positions are full time positions for a term of Two (2) Years. The number of hours, days of employment and compensation are all negotiable. The terms of employment will be determined by the agreement of the parties.
The statutory prerequisites for employment are: To be eligible to serve as the Chief Tribal Prosecutor or Assistant Prosecutor; a person shall (1) be a member in good standing of the bar in any state or federal court; (2) at least 21 years of age, (3) be of high moral character and integrity, (4) have a law degree from an (ABA) accredited law school, (5) must never have been convicted of a felony; (6) shall not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Services, and must (7) be physically able to perform the duties of the office. The selected applicant will be subject to Tribal, State & Federal Criminal Background Checks.
Applications shall be in writing, to include a cover letter, professional resume, legal qualifications including a copy of Law Degree, Proof of Bar Acceptance, Letters of Recommendation and any other submissions at the option of the applicant. All applications are considered on merit.
Applications and inquiries regarding the Chief Prosecutor and Assistant Prosecutor positions may be submitted to Ms. Dellis M. Agard, Court Administrator, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, via regular mail to: PO Box 363, Fort Yates, ND, 58538 or via E-mail at dagard@standingrock.org. Ms. Agard may be also be reached by telephone, at 701-854-7244 Ext. 7419.
The worksite for this position is located at the Standing Rock Tribal Court in Fort Yates, ND. The Sitting Bull College Transit provides bus services, at nominal cost, to and from Bismarck, ND; Mobridge, SD; McLaughlin, SD and Selfridge, ND, coordinated with the Tribal work day, which is 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Central Time).

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NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Rapid City, SD – Associate General Counsel
National American University seeks applicants for associate general counsel at its central administration offices in Rapid City, South Dakota. This position is responsible for assisting the Office of General Counsel in representing and advising the university on a myriad of matters. Among other things, this position will provide expert advice on employment-related topics, assist Human Resources in training employees, conduct internal investigations, represent the university in state and federal administrative proceedings, assist outside counsel in employment-related litigation, and monitor developments in state and federal employment laws to ensure compliance.
Qualified applicants must have a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school, a current license to practice law, and at least five years’ experience. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in employment law, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work efficiently and collaboratively within a team and with other university departments, effective negotiating skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
National American University is a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in technical and professional disciplines. NAU opened its first campus in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1941 and has since grown to multiple locations throughout the United States. National American University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (www.ncahlc.org)
To apply, please submit an employment application (non-faculty) available at http://www.national.edu/careers-nau, resume, and letter of interest to: Office of General Counsel, National American University, 5301 S. Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57701

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Transactional and Tribal Government Attorney
Join our growing Firm… Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP is a nationwide law firm dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and organizations. We represent tribes and tribal entities in a wide spectrum of services including business transactions, litigation and governmental affairs, in many forums, including state, federal and tribal courts. FPM is seeking an Associate Attorney for the Omaha, Nebraska office.
Responsibilities will include: Tribal corporate law and tribal government work. Experience regarding Economic Development, Business Law, and Corporate law. Experience regarding tribal gaming and gaming regulations.
Requirements include: Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school. Status as an active member in good standing of the bar in at least one state jurisdiction and willing to obtain licensure in Nebraska. Minimum of 3 - 5 years’ experience as an Associate Attorney. Must have Indian law experience and experience working with tribes/tribal business/organizations. Excellent analytical, research and writing abilities. Proven communication skills including verbal, written and listening skills; Superior interpersonal skills; Proven record of maintaining a positive attitude. Organized; Detailed; Flexible; Accurate; Reliable and Dependable. Ability and willingness to do whatever it takes to meet tight and unexpected deadlines; Work well independently and as a team in a fast paced environment.
Your contributions are rewarded with a “Total Compensation” Package including a competitive salary, bonus potential and excellent Firm paid benefits.
Send your resume, cover letter with salary requirements, writing example, law school transcript (if graduated from law school less than 5 years ago) to:
Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources, ahacker@ndnlaw.com
3610 N 163rd Plaza, Omaha, NE 68116
Position is open until January 12, 2015

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MINNEHAHA COUNTY invites applications for the position of: Deputy Public Advocate / Senior Deputy Public Advocate
All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.
SALARY: $2,073.60 - $2,464.80 Biweekly CLOSING DATE: 01/28/15 05:00 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Public Advocate’s Office invites applications for a Deputy Public Advocate or a Senior Deputy Public Advocate to perform professional legal work for Minnehaha County.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE:Represent clients in felony and misdemeanor cases, appeals, abuse and neglect proceedings, mental and involuntary committal hearings, and juvenile cases. Perform legal research and writing. Draft, prepare, and file legal documents and correspondence. Interview clients and witnesses, examine evidence and police reports, and investigate claims. Perform appellate work. Make recommendations on sentences and assist clients with treatment programs, court ordered classes, and counseling.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited law school. Must have either passed the South Dakota bar examination and be eligible 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 law school graduate, eligible to sit for the next available South Dakota bar examination. Possession of a valid driver’s license. Working knowledge of civil and criminal law; court procedures; and methods, materials, and practices utilized in legal research. Ability to work with a diverse population and be attentive to the needs of the clientele. Ability to speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of legal matters. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor. Note: Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy Public Advocate requires two years of related work experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrate a commitment to working with the indigent accused and to providing social advocacy to the clientele served by the Public Advocate’s Office. Preferred qualifications for a Senior Deputy Public Advocate also include two years of experience as a trial attorney.
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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MINNEHAHA COUNTY invites applications for the position of: Deputy Public Defender / Senior Deputy Public Defender
All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.
OPENING DATE: 12/19/14 CLOSING DATE: 01/23/15 05:00 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION:The Minnehaha County Public Defender’s Office currently seeks 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.
***Please attach a cover letter to the online application.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES INCLUDE: Defending clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, involuntary commitment proceedings for mental illness or chemical abuse, abuse and neglect proceedings, and juvenile delinquency matters. Interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain facts of case and representing clients at all stages of proceedings from first appearance through appeal, including preparation of motions, briefs, and pleadings.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a college of law and 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 sit for 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. A comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Must possess a valid driver’s license. 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:Bilingual skills. Licensed to practice law in the state of South Dakota or eligible to sit for the next South Dakota bar exam.
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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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR GENERAL COUNSEL POSITION
Heartland Consumers Power District (“Heartland”), a public corporation and political subdivision of the State of South Dakota, is seeking to enter into a contractual relationship with a South Dakota licensed attorney to serve as its General Counsel beginning in January, 2015. The General Counsel will be hired by Heartland’s Board of Directors to provide legal advice to Heartland and to assist the Board in its oversight functions. The General Counsel will be supervised by and be accountable to the Board. The General Counsel’s legal services may include: attending and reviewing minutes of all meetings of the Board; rendering general legal advice; drafting and reviewing contracts; drafting and reviewing board policies; providing legal services for the disposition or acquisition of real property and interests in real property; providing legal services for the borrowing or lending of money; and providing such other legal services as directed, all in accordance with Heartland’s policies.
Terms of the contract will be negotiated between the Heartland Board of Directors and the successful applicant.
The deadline for applications is December 12, 2014. Applications should be directed to Board President Merlin Van Walleghen by email at: mvanwall@santel.net
For more information on South Dakota Consumer Power Districts, see SDCL Chapters 49-35 through 49-40. For more information on Heartland, visit its website at hcpd.com.

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Thompson Law, P.C. is seeking to hire a Signing Paralegal. This individual should be warm, friendly, professional, courteous, poised, confident and empathetic, as well as energetic and team-oriented, and should possess strong organizational skills and the ability to work in a fastpaced environment. Job responsibilities include: reviewing and explaining estate planning documents with clients, securing signatures from clients on completed estate plan documents,
answering general client questions, referring legal questions to attorneys, and providing exceptional customer service.
Paralegal or BA degree from an accredited institution or 2+ years’ experience working in a legal field required. We offer competitive pay and benefits, excluding health insurance. Qualified applicants, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Sandy at sandy@cathompsonlaw.com.

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Child Support Referee
Location: Rapid City Type: Independent Contractor
Category: Unified Judicial System Close Date: 01/30/2015
Post Date: 01/01/2015 No. of Positions Available: 1
Position Description: This position is that of an independent contractor for a contract with the Unified Judicial System as a child
support referee. The qualifications and duties of the referees are generally described in South Dakota Codified Law including SDCL
25-7A-6 and 25-7A-22. Candidates for appointment as child support referees are recommended to the Supreme Court for appointment
by the presiding judge of the circuit in which the majority of the referee’s work will be assigned. For Rapid City area referees, the
majority of cases will be from Pennington County. However, cases could sometimes be assigned from other circuits state-wide. After
approval by the Supreme Court, a contract will be entered between the referee and the UJS. Currently, the flat-fee compensation for
work as a child support referee is $242 per case, as long as the contract requirements are met. The referee must provide their own
equipment, schedule their own hearings and draft the necessary documents. Space may be provided, if necessary, in the local
Courthouse.
All candidates for the child support referee position should possess the following criteria:
 Licensed attorney in the State of South Dakota & is a member in good standing of the State Bar Association;
 Familiar with family law and the child support referee process;
 Organized in scheduling hearings and managing the associated paperwork;
 Manage time & priorities;
 Facilitate and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of sources including the public, clerks, Judges,
and DSS;
 Ability to remain neutral and objective while assisting the public with the child support referee process;
 Ability to manage stress and work with difficult people;
 Communicate effectively via telephone and e-mail;
 Pay attention to details;
 Ability to comply with the requirements of UJS software.
A letter of interest as well as a complete resume may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 30, 2015 to the following address:
Presiding Judge Jeff Davis
c/o Court Administration
Seventh Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 230
Rapid City, SD 57709-0230
The candidate recommended for approval to the Supreme Court will be subject to a background check.

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Email your job ad to nicole dot ogan at sdbar dot net for publication in the next newsletter.
Deadline, January 26, 2015.


 

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