Employment Opportunities

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    The Goosmann Law Firm’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota office is seeking a LITIGATION ATTORNEY to join its high-energy firm and provide strategic legal advice to its industry leader clientele. We provide big city style with hometown service which has landed us some great national clients. Ideal candidates are top performers with at least three to four years of relevant experience. Trial lawyers of the firm work on complex, multi-party cases. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, a willingness to learn, and a desire to excel. 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. Goosmann Law Firm places strong emphasis on work-life balance mentorship, training, educational tools and resources, and supports professional development and professional involvement of its attorneys. Salary and bonus structure are competitive and based on performance. Benefits include unlimited PTO, 401K, health insurance, flex spending account, annual CLE budget, paid bar dues and professional memberships, iPhone, desktop and office furniture, mentorship, staff and administrative support, and a fun and energetic working environment.  This is an ideal opportunity for top candidates to become part of a growing law firm. South Dakota bar license required.  Please send a resume and cover letter to Office Services Manager, Caitlin Rininger at RiningerC@GoosmannLaw.com.  All inquiries will remain confidential.

     

     


     

    The South Dakota Supreme Court and seven Circuit Courts are recruiting for 2018-2019 LAW CLERK APPLICANTS.  If you are aware of any law students either in-state or out-of-state who may be interested in a one-year law clerk opening, please have them view the law clerk announcements on line at http://ujs.sd.gov/information/jobs.aspx.  There are currently law clerk openings in various locations such as Pierre, Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Yankton, Aberdeen, Brookings, Madison, Huron, Watertown, or Rapid City.  The deadline to apply for the clerkships is August 1, 2017.  This is a great opportunity to work for the South Dakota Supreme Court or South Dakota Circuit Courts.  If you have any questions, please contact the Unified Judicial System Human Resources office at 605-773-4867. 

     

     


    The City of Sioux Falls is hiring an ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY. Hiring Range DOQ: $2,680.00 - $3,284.00 bi-weekly. Deadline for Filing: Thursday, May 11, 2017.  The Position will perform legal advice, counsel to, and representation of City government, elected officials, officers, and employees. Qualification Standards include graduation from an accredited school of law and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the practice of law, preferably in public sector law, regulatory compliance work experience, or diversified program management experience including conducting research and/or investigations and analyzing data; or any such combination of education, experience, and training as may be acceptable to the hiring authority. Admission in good standing to the State Bar of South Dakota is required.  Apply online at www.siouxfalls.org or at South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, 811 East Tenth Street, Department 41, Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1650. Most qualified will be invited for testing. Special accommodations for application and/or testing or job information in alternative formats available upon request.

     

     

     


    The Goosmann Law Firm is seeking a mid-level BANKING & FINANCE ATTORNEY to join its high-energy firm and provide strategic legal advice to its industry leader clientele. We provide big city style with hometown service, this approach has landed us some great national clients. Ideal candidates are top performers with at least four years of relevant experience in the areas of banking and finance and related litigation. Additional experience with commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring and related litigation is a plus. Banking lawyers with the firm are responsible for performing legal services related to commercial lending, security issues, pre/post foreclosure sales, and negotiating complex financial lending transactions. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, a willingness to learn, and a desire to excel. 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. Goosmann Law Firm places strong emphasis on work-life balance, mentorship, training, educational tools and resources, and supports professional development and professional involvement of its attorneys. Salary and bonus structure are competitive and based on performance. Benefits include unlimited PTO, 401K, health insurance, flex spending account, annual CLE budget, paid bar dues and professional memberships, iPhone, desktop and office furniture, mentorship, staff and administrative support, and a fun and energetic working environment.  This is an ideal opportunity for top candidates to become part of a growing law firm with the option to be in Sioux City, Sioux Falls, or Omaha. Iowa, South Dakota, or Nebraska bar license required. Please send a resume and cover letter to Office Services Manager, Caitlin Rininger at RiningerC@GoosmannLaw.com.  All inquiries will remain confidential.

     

     


    Fye Law Office seeks candidates for an ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY position. Applicants with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have an interest in family law, juvenile law, estate planning/probate. Interest in other areas of law is also welcome. Travel to counties in South Central Nebraska should be expected. Applicants must either be admitted to practice law in the State of Nebraska or eligible to apply for admission. A cover letter, resume, and references may be submitted to: Tana M. Fye, Fye Law Office, 713 Fourth Avenue, Holdrege, NE 68949, or to fyelaw@gmail.com.

     


    The Sayer Law Group, a Midwest regional default services law firm, is seeking qualified, energetic candidates to fill a PART-TIME ATTORNEY position in South Dakota. Must have strong communication and organization skills. Primary responsibilities would be as default foreclosure, bankruptcy and/or collection attorney. Travel to court throughout South Dakota required. Great for the sole practitioner, part time attorney, or small firm attorney who would like to make steady additional income. Must be in good standing. Salary negotiable based on experience. Please send cover letter, resume and references to mlasley@sayerlaw.com.

     


    The Law Office of Christina L. Williams is seeking an ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY.  The office is located in downtown Gillette, Wyoming; however, firm also represents clients in Northwestern South Dakota. Job Description: Associate attorneys perform legal services including; legal research, drafting motions, orders, judgments and status updates; and overseeing and analyzing discovery. Associates frequently represent clients in court during motions, various types of hearings and occasionally during trials. When delegated by the owner, associate attorneys prospect for new clients through marketing, networking, writing articles and speaking engagements. Associate Attorneys must have a law degree from an accredited law school and be licensed in Wyoming and/or South Dakota. Firm practices criminal defense and would encourage applicants with experience practicing in criminal law, but this experience is not required.Benefits: Full, including health insurance after 90 days. Required education :Doctorate. 1 year experience required.Application Instructions: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, Unofficial Transcript and Three (3) References (from attorneys or prior employers).  Please send application packets to pam@williams-criminallaw.com.

     


    Associate Attorney.  Hagen, Wilka & Archer, LLP is seeking an ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY with 3-5 years of experience.  The attorney in this position will focus on transactional law, including business entities, securities and real estate.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Larsen, Hagen Wilka & Archer, 600 S. Main Avenue, Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 or jlarsen@hwalaw.com.  All applications will be kept confidential.

     


    Bangs McCullen Law Firm has an immediate opening for a BUSINESS AND ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY in its Rapid City office. Candidates should have a minimum of three years legal experience.  Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required.  Confidential inquires, including a resume and cover letter should be directed to Barb Dreyer, Bangs McCullen Law Firm, P.O. Box 2670, Rapid City, SD 57709 or bdreyer@bangsmccullen.com.  We offer a competitive salary and benefit package.  For more information please visit www.bangsmccullen.com.

     


     South Dakota State University (SDSU) Office of University Counsel is currently seeking a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative STAFF ATTORNEY to start on or after June 22, 2017. Under the direction of the University Counsel, the Staff Attorney provides legal and factual research and writing including but not limited to: legal and factual research and analysis; drafts legal and non-legal documents and pleadings; gathers, organizes, reviews, and prepares materials related to legal services and proceedings; assists with and performs assigned interviews and investigations; attends and presents at assigned administrative and legal proceedings; assists with drafting and maintaining policies and procedures; and performs other duties as assigned. Signs approved pleadings or makes court or administrative appearances as assigned by University Counsel.  Areas of law regularly addressed include but are not limited to: employment, discrimination, Title IX, Clery Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, business organizations, contracts, South Dakota Law, Corporations, Intellectual Property, and other higher education legal topics. Specific scope and duties are as directed by the University Counsel.   Minimum qualifications: Completed BA/BS and JD degree at the time of application. One year active practice of law as a bar licensed attorney in good standing.  Licensed member in good standing with the South Dakota Bar, or fully licensed and in good standing with the South Dakota Bar within the next bar exam cycle directly after hire. Demonstrated strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills; strong legal research and writing skills; strong analytical and writing ability; ability to digest state and federal requirements and limitations/opportunities and findings into cohesive and succinct documents; ability to communicate effectively with all constituencies; must have tenacity and ability to handle significant caseload touching many different areas of law with assigned appearances in proceedings; must strictly adhere to deadlines; self-starter and strong independent work skills; strong organizational and project management skills; and able to use MS office products as well as other office equipment and software products. Demonstrated effective written communication skills. Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.  Must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.Preferred qualifications include: xperience practicing law in higher education, government practice, compliance, litigation, administrative or civil actions, employment, or related area. Salary: $69,000 – $75,000, depending on qualifications. The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 31, 2017. SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.  The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; legal writing sample not to exceed five (5) pages; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.  Paper applications will not be accepted.  SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.      Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.      For questions on the position, contact Tracy A. Greene, University Counsel at (605) 688-5248 or tracy.greene@sdstate.edu.    South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu.  SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.

     


    Cutler Law Firm, LLP, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has immediate opening for an experienced ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY with at least 3 years of experience.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  LITIGATION ATTORNEY woth 2-5 years of experience in business and civil litigation. Strong academic credentials and oral and written skills required. Confidential inquiries, including resume and cover letter detailing experience should be directed to Jean Brockmueller, Cutler Law Firm, LLP, PO Box 1400, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1400 or to JeanB@cutlerlawfirm.com.  For more information about Cutler Law Firm, please visit www.cutlerlawfirm.com. 

     


    East River Legal Services (ERLS) seeks to hire the second of two STAFF ATTORNEY positions currently available in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota office. ERLS is a non-profit law firm serving low income individuals in the 33 counties of Eastern South Dakota. We are committed to providing high-quality, meaningful legal assistance focused on transforming the lives of ours clients and our community.  ERLS is dedicated to the belief that no one should be denied access to justice because of poverty.  Responsibilities: The staff attorney position requires the representation of low-income individuals in all areas of poverty law including, but not limited to, family law, protection orders, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, utilities, public benefits, consumer, and other civil matters. The types of services provided include legal advice, brief service or extended representation. Aside from direct services, the staff attorney position requires preparing and delivering client training and other community education; conducting intake and outreach; appearing in administrative and judicial forums; active bar participation and special legal and community projects impacting low income clients.  In addition, the Staff Attorney shall perform any other responsibilities under the supervision of the Executive Director as may be necessary for the day-to-day operation of the Program. Moderate travel would be involved.    Qualifications:  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in South Dakota or be eligible for admission by motion. Previous experience in poverty law is preferred, but not required. Demonstrable awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the populations we serve is necessary.  Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, excellent written and communication skills, ability to work constructively with others, ability and willingness to work hard, are all necessary qualifications for this position. Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. East River Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Salary is dependent on experience plus benefits.   To apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume, with references, to: Brent Thompson, Executive Director,  East River Legal Services, 335 North Main Avenue, Suite #300,  Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Submission deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017.

     


    The Butte County State’s Attorney Office has an immediate opening for a DEPUTY STATE’S ATTORNEY.  This is a full-time salaried position.  Employment will start as soon as practical.  Salary will depend on experience.  Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is found and the position is filled.  The successful applicant will represent Butte County in all stages of court, with a primary focus on magistrate court.  The position requires strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to work with minimum direction, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to organize and prioritize.  Duties will include working with law enforcement, as well as members of the community, in the preparation of criminal cases; working with victims; legal research and writing; motion preparation; and litigating cases in court.  The successful applicant must be detail oriented and willing to pitch in wherever help is needed.  The successful applicant should also be willing to continue their education to further enhance litigation skills.  Qualifications for employment are a Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to practice law in the State of South Dakota and a willingness to relocate to Butte County.  No experience required.  Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and cover letter to the Butte County State’s Attorney Office, 849 Fifth Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD  57717, or bcsalegal1@buttesd.org.  

     


    MAGISTRATE JUDGE, Fourth Judicial Circuit.  Salary $101,561.95/annually. Closing Date: May 26, 2017. Position performs highly responsible legal work in the disposition of certain types of cases in magistrate court in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. This position will 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.  Graduation from an accredited law school and experience in the practice of law are required. Must be icensed 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.  Applicants must complete a letter of interest and personal data questionnaire. Application information may be obtained by contacting Lisa.Mammenga@ujs.state.sd.us. 

     


    MAGISTRATE JUDGE, First Judicial Circuit.  Salary $101,561.95/annually. Closing Date: May 26, 2017. Position performs highly responsible legal work in the disposition of certain types of cases in magistrate court in the First Judicial Circuit. This position will 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.  Graduation from an accredited law school and experience in the practice of law are required. Must be icensed 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.  Applicants must complete a letter of interest and personal data questionnaire. Application information may be obtained by contacting Lisa.Mammenga@ujs.state.sd.us. 

     


    OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

    CIVIL LITIGATION POSITION

     DETAILS:  The Office of Attorney General seeks an attorney for a position with the Civil Litigation Division.  The Civil Litigation Division is responsible for representing the State including many administrative licensing and regulatory cases. Division attorneys practice in both state and federal courts and are involved in constitutional, natural resource, and environmental litigation. The Civil Division also provides legal advice to state officials, agencies, boards and commissions.

     OFFICE LOCATION:  This position will be stationed in Pierre. 

     STARTING SALARY:  Entry level salary is $63,259.09 annually or greater, depending upon experience and funding availability.  The State of South Dakota has an excellent benefit package including retirement, employee insurance coverage and paid leave. 

     QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice law in South Dakota.  The person eligible for this position must be a motivated self-starter, have strong research and writing capabilities, be able to communicate well to clients and the courts, and have strong legal advocacy skills.  Prior litigation experience is not required. 

     APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE DATE:  Interested persons should send a resume containing three references, a writing sample and a letter describing their qualifications by June 1, 2017, to the following: 

     MARTY JACKLEY, OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, 1302 E. HIGHWAY 14, SUITE 1, PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501. 

     


    OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

    APPELLATE POSITION

      DETAILS:  The Office of Attorney General seeks an attorney for an appellate position in the Pierre office.  An appellate attorney is responsible for representing the state in criminal and civil appeals and for providing legal advice to many state agencies, boards and commissions.  Assistant Attorneys General are required to maintain high moral character; have strong legal advocacy skills; have effective research and writing capabilities; and be able to communicate with clients and the courts. 

     OFFICE LOCATION:  This position will be stationed in Pierre. 

     STARTING SALARY:  Entry level salary is $ $63,259.09 annually or greater, depending upon experience and funding availability.  The State of South Dakota has an excellent benefit package including retirement, employee insurance coverage and paid leave. 

     QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice law in South Dakota; must be a motivated self-starter and be prepared to assume immediate appellate responsibilities. 

     APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE DATE:  Interested persons should send a resume containing three references, a writing sample and a letter describing their qualifications by June 1, 2017, to the following: 

     MARTY JACKLEY, OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, 1302 E. HIGHWAY 14, SUITE 1, PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501.  


     



     

     

     

     


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