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Job Listings for South Dakota Bar Members

April 2014

Thompson Law, P.C., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, seeks a highly motivated and “get it done” attorney, ideally with 1-3 years of experience in private practice. Applicants must be extremely articulate, highly professional and team-oriented. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full-time attorney preferred, part-time may be acceptable. Please submit cover letter, resume and references to: julie@cathompsonlaw.com.

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POSTITION AVAILABLE Growing AV-rated regional firm in Sioux Falls, SD seeks an associate with zero to three years of experience in commercial litigation or personal injury defense. Strong academic credentials and excellent oral and written skills required. Confidential inquiries, including resume and cover letter detailing experience should be directed to Jean Brockmueller, Cutler & Donahoe, LLP, PO Box 1400, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1400.

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Agency: Department of Social Services; Division of Legal Services; Pierre, SD
Salary/Grade: $46,909.00 - $58,636.00 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 #2230.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (Managing Attorney - Fort Thompson South Dakota)
DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, is accepting applications for a Managing Attorney position in our Fort Thompson, South Dakota, branch office. The Ft. Thompson office serves the Crow Creek Indian Reservation and Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Brule, Buffalo, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Stanley and Sully counties in South Dakota.
QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice in South Dakota, or willing and 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; and must commit to a minimum of a two year employment period, upon completion of a six month probationary period.
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:
John J. Buchy, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444
dpls1@gwtc.net
Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.

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May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP located in Pierre, South Dakota is seeking to hire an associate attorney with 0-5 years experience. The firm is likely the oldest law firm in the state established in Pierre in 1881. May, Adam is a full service law firm committed to providing high quality, cost effective legal representation. Members of the firm are encouraged to pursue their individual interests in professional, political, and community involvement. The firm and its members have a long history of leadership and community involvement.
Located in Pierre, the state capital, the firm has a widely diversified law practice, due in large part to its location. The firm represents a broad spectrum of interests, including individuals, farmers and ranchers and businesses from across the state. The firm represents a host of major multinational corporations as well. May, Adam lawyers routinely appear in the surrounding counties and the other major cities of the state, including Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen.
The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, excellent academic credentials, a strong work ethic and professional recommendations. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcripts and references to: Christina L. Klinger, May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson LLP, P.O. Box 160, Pierre, SD 57501

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Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, L.L.P. is seeking to hire an associate attorney with 0-3 years of experience to work in its litigation practice. Davenport Evans is an established law firm, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and strongly committed to providing legal representation to its clients at the highest standards of excellence.
An applicant should be a member in good standing of the State Bar of South Dakota or eligible for admission in South Dakota and planning to take the South Dakota Bar Exam. A competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be offered. We seek applicants with strong oral and written communication abilities, excellent academic credentials, a strong work ethic, and professional recommendations.
Applicants should forward a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and references to Sandra Hoglund Hanson, P.O. Box 1030, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1030. Additional information about the firm and our attorneys may be found at www.dehs.com.

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Tinan, Smith & Bucher, Mitchell, South Dakota, has an opening for an associate attorney. The firm is a general practice law firm but also has a contract with the County offering criminal defense services for indigent Defendants. The position would involve at least 50% of the attorney’s time doing criminal defense work. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample to E. Steeves Smith/Donna L. Bucher, 305 North Kimball, P. O. Box 488, Mitchell, SD 57301. If submitted by email: ess.tsb@midconetwork.com. Telephone: 605-996-5542.

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POSITION AVAILABLE- Rapid City, SD area firm seeks a part-time/flextime associate. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Direct cover letter and resume to careers@midwestlegalcounsel.com.

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SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COUNCIL - Executive Director
The South Dakota Legislature is seeking a replacement for the recently retired Legislative Research Council (LRC) Executive Director. The LRC which was established in 1951 is a non-partisan agency that provides staff support and research for the Legislature.
The South Dakota Legislature is comprised of 35 Senators and 70 Representatives. All members serve two-year terms and can serve no more than four consecutive terms in each house.
The LRC is governed by a fifteen-member Executive Board consisting of eight Representatives and seven Senators elected by their respective houses with representation from both political parties. The LRC Executive Director is responsible for a $5.6 million budget, 24 full-time staff, and more than 100 temporary session staff.
South Dakotans enjoy great schools, low crime, fantastic outdoor life, and a low cost of living including no state income tax. South Dakota’s state capital is centrally located in Pierre.
The minimum job requirements are: 1) Master’s degree in public or business administration, finance, law, or related field; 2) eight years work experience in comparable fields with progressively increasing responsibilities; and 3) three years of demonstrated transferrable skills in staff leadership, partnership development, and financial management. Consideration will be given to any equivalent combination of experience and training which provide the required knowledge and abilities.
The State Legislature is seeking a strong, proactive leader with a track record of managing people, processes, and other resources to achieve optimum results. A recruitment profile brochure will be available shortly at www.slavinweb.com and legis.sd.gov.
The first review of resumes will occur on March 24, 2014. To apply please send your resume and cover letter in a Word format with current salary to pwconsulting@cox.net. For additional information about this job, please contact:
Mr. Paul Wenbert, ICMA-CM, Western Regional Manager, Slavin Management Consultants, 480-664-2676 pwconsulting@cox.net or Mr. Robert Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants, 770-449-4656
slavin@bellsouth.net AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY RECRUITER/EMPLOYER

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Sioux Falls – Associate Attorney Position
Small Sioux Falls law firm is seeking to hire an associate attorney to work in a fast paced office. The primary focus of the practice will be family law, although the best applicant will also have an interest in business law, estate planning, and criminal defense. Experience is preferred. Please send a cover letter and resume’ to Gregory T. Brewers at Strange, Farrell, Johnson & Brewers, P.C., 141 N. Main Ave., Suite #200, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104, or by email to greg@strangelaw.com.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (Managing Attorney - Pine Ridge, South Dakota)
DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, is accepting applications for a Managing Attorney position in our Pine Ridge, South Dakota, branch office. The Pine Ridge office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Shannon, Jackson and Bennett counties in South Dakota.
QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice in South Dakota, or willing and 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; and must commit to a minimum of a two year employment period, upon completion of a six month probationary period. 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. If Applicant does not possess this experience we would consider Applicant for a staff attorney position until qualified to be a Managing Attorney.
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:
John J. Buchy, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444
dpls1@gwtc.net
Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Agency: Department of Social Services; Division of Legal Services; Pierre, SD
Salary/Grade: $46,909.00 - $58,636.00 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 #2230.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (Managing Attorney - Eagle Butte, South Dakota)
DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, is accepting applications for a Managing Attorney position in our Eagle Butte, South Dakota, branch office. The Eagle Butte office serves the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Dewey, Haakon, Potter and Ziebach counties in South Dakota.
QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice in South Dakota, or willing and 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; and must commit to a minimum of a two year employment period, upon completion of a six month probationary period. 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. If Applicant does not possess this experience we would consider Applicant for a staff attorney position until qualified to be a Managing Attorney.
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:
John J. Buchy, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444
dpls1@gwtc.net
Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. is seeking a full-time litigation associate with zero to three years of experience in its Sioux Falls office. An ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, as well as excellent academic credentials. Confidential inquiries, including resume, cover letter, and academic transcript, should be sent to Eric Kerkvliet, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C., PO Box 2700, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2700 or ekerkvliet@lynnjackson.com.

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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: julie@cathompsonlaw.com.

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DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER / SENIOR DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER
Seeking compassionate lawyer with excellent advocacy skills who is committed to ensuring justice, humanity, and equality to indigent clients appearing in the criminal and juvenile justice system. Will defend clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, involuntary commitment proceedings for mental illness or chemical abuse, abuse and neglect proceedings, and juvenile delinquency matters.
Requires graduation from an accredited law school, JD degree, and have either passed the South Dakota bar exam and eligible to practice law in SD; or be licensed to practice law in any other state and able to take the next SD bar exam; or be a recent or imminent graduate able to sit for the next SD Bar Exam. Bilingual skills a plus. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy Public Defender requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. $2,023.20 - $2,404.80 Biweekly DOQ.
Minnehaha County offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, a generous paid time off program, extended sick leave, retirement, and an employee assistance program.
For a full list of qualifications and to apply visit: http://jobs.minnehahacounty.org. Position deadlines April 11, 2014 at 5pm. EO/AA Employer. Contact HR with questions at 605-367-4337.

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Agency: Department of Revenue; Division of Property and Special Taxes
Salary/Grade: $41,957.85 - $52,772.35 annually, depending on experience Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Property and Special Taxes Division of the Department of Revenue has an opportunity available for a Property Tax Program Manager.
This position will report directly to the Director of the Property and Special Taxes Division. The primary responsibility of the position is to provide supervision and guidance to a staff of property tax professionals. Additionally, this position provides technical information and expertise regarding the assessment and taxation of real property to county officials and executive and legislative branch policymakers.
The successful candidate must be a Certified Appraiser Assessor or be willing to become certified within one year of the date of hire. The Department of Revenue provides all of the necessary training to gain certification.
This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: Experience and education in property assessment and taxation is highly desirable. A Juris Doctorate or bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, or related field is preferred.
Knowledge of: principles of property assessment and taxation methodology, implementation, and policy; South Dakota property tax statutes and administrative rules; functions and structure of counties, municipalities, school districts, and other units of local government;
rules of statutory construction; computer operation and software packages, including Microsoft Office products and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) systems.
Ability to: communicate in a concise and effective manner both orally and in writing; read and understand complex property tax laws, rules, and policies; analyze and interpret property assessment and valuation data and provide sound recommendations to policymakers;
work independently and deal with change while organizing and completing projects in accordance with statutory deadlines; deal tactfully with taxpayers and other interested persons in high-stress situations; provide leadership to a team of tax professionals.
Additional Requirement: Please attach a resume to 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 Labor and Regulation, Division of Insurance
Salary: $49,254 - $58,635 Closing Date: 04/01/14
Position Purpose: The Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of Insurance, is seeking a full-time attorney to provide general legal support to the Division. Responsibilities include: providing legal opinions and advice to Division staff; ensuring the Division is in compliance with federal and state statutes and administrative rules; answering inquiries from the public; investigating insurance licensees and business opportunity law related complaints; taking regulatory action to enforce the law; participating in administrative and court hearings; providing assistance in drafting documents; drafting legislation and administrative rules; and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: civil practices and procedures; insurance and/or business background preferred, but not required.; understanding of current federal and state trends regarding insurance regulation preferred, but not required; state administrative practices and procedures preferred, but not required; legal research techniques, including use of technology; interviewing techniques; basic computer operations and applications.
Ability to: deal tactfully with others; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; use a computer; analyze facts, evidence, and precedents and arrive at a logical interpretation; work independently while following instructions and accepting guidance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; utilize, interview, prepare, and examine witnesses – including expert witnesses.
Comments: This position is exempt from the career service system. Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and be a member of or eligible for admission to the South Dakota State Bar.
To Apply: Go online : http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus.aspx and use requisition # 2879

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Email your job ad to nicole.ogan@sdbar.net for publication in the next newsletter.
Deadline, April 25th, 2014.


 

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