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    Collaborative Legal Incubator ProgramShould I incorporate as a PLLC, PC, LLC, nonprofit law firm? How do I know how much to charge a client? What’s my market? How much sales tax do I charge? My client didn’t pay me, now what? Do I need a case management system? Do I need a website? When will I start making money? A potential client wants a divorce, where do I start? CLIP is the answer to all your questions about starting a new practice and more….Jump past the learning curve, join the movement and learn to run a business + become a confident practitioner.Contact CLIP Director Taneeza Islam at clipdirector@erlservices.com.  What is a legal incubator?A legal incubator is a supportive environment designed to accelerate the growth and success of small and solo practice law firms.  The concept of incubators started in the business field, and can now be found across various fields all with the goal of providing low cost overhead, business planning, and a collaborative environment, which are critical in the early years of any business development. Each legal incubator program reflects the needs of its community.

    Through intensive business development trainings, substantive legal trainings, substantive opportunities for direct client services, and direct ongoing mentorship; legal incubator participants are equipped with the confidence, resources, and skillset to run successful practices while representing clients to the highest standards. 
    What is CLIP –Collaborative Legal Incubator Program?CLIP will be a one-year “on-the-job training program” for new, socially conscious solo/small firm practitioners.  This program is a part of East River Legal Services, Sioux Falls, SD.CLIP was born out of the idea that SD lawyers can focus on community needs and do more to provide access to justice to low income and modest means clients.  In order to do more, SD lawyers need more – they need more mentorship, more direct experience on public interest issues and clients, more substantive legal education and most importantly a supportive environment to build successful legal practices based on best practices in the industry.
    CLIP Participant Requirements:  SD licensed practitioner; Carries individual legal malpractice insurance (250/500); Onsite location in Sioux Falls, SD, East River Legal Services; Committed to starting and building a solo or small firm practice; Committed to taking pro bono cases with direct onsite supervision; Committed to program’s success during and after its conclusion.
    CLIP Participant Benefits**:  Subsidized office space at East River Legal Aid (fax, copy, paper, internet, furniture, conference room etc.) – $0 for first 5 months; $150 for last 7 months; Intensive Business Development Training; Procedural & Substantive law training by practitioners in the field; Business and Legal Mentoring; Onsite Supervision and supportive environment for new practitioners; Ongoing pro bono opportunities*; Ongoing networking opportunities.

     

     


     

    DEPUTY STATE’S ATTORNEY with the Brown County State’s Attorney’s Office. Full-time salaried position to start in September 2017; Salary: between $50,000-$52,000/yr. DOE.  Closing Date: April 17, 2017.  Job description:  Successful applicant will represent Brown County in all stages of court, with a primary focus on magistrate court.  Position requires strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to work with minimum direction as well as the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to organize and prioritize.  Duties shall include working with law enforcement as well as members of the community in the preparation of criminal cases, legal research and writing, motion preparation, and litigating cases in court.  Successful applicant must be willing to continue education to further enhance litigation skills.  Qualifications for employment: Juris Doctorate degree and admitted to practice law in the State of South Dakota or registered for the next available South Dakota Bar exam. No experience required.  Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume and cover letter or county application (available upon request) by 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2017 to Brown County Commission Asst. /HR Office, 25 Market St., Aberdeen, South Dakota, 57401, phone (605) 626-7115, fax (605) 626-4010, email Gary.Vetter@browncounty.sd.gov. 

     


     

    The First National Bank in Sioux Falls is accepting applications for a PERSONAL TRUST ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR  This is a great opportunity to join an industry leading Wealth Management team who focuses on providing excellent service and expertise.  This position will handle independent administration of accounts naming The First National Bank in Sioux Falls in fiduciary capacities, maintain close communication with clients, professionals, and beneficiaries to accomplish goals and objectives of the account relationship, assume responsibility for administration of complex accounts, and act as the relationship manager, coordinating with all areas of the Bank to meet the customer's needs.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree and attain a CFP or CTFA within five years of employment.  Three to Five years of Trust or Banking/Financial services experience or an advanced degree are preferred.  Please visit our Careers page to learn more about us and to apply: www.fnbsf.com/careers. 

     


     

    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 Goosmann Law Firm is seeking a mid-level BANKING AND 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.

     


     

    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 that 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. 

     


     

    Ebeltoft Sickler Lawyers PLLC, a growing and progressive regional law firm located in Dickinson, ND, seeks to hire an ASSOCIATE LAWYER. A clerkship or prior experience is preferred. The ideal applicant will have a strong academic/professional background and exceptional analytical skills, and will be exposed to the firm’s transactional and litigation practice groups. A successful applicant will receive a regionally competitive compensation package that will encourage a long-term relationship with the firm.  This is an opportunity for a motivated individual 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 St W, Dickinson, ND  58601, or to rsickler@ndlaw.com.  All applications will be kept confidential.

     


     

    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.

     


     

    Midco is seeking qualified applicants for the position of CORPORATE COUNSEL. The position is full time and located in Sioux Falls, SD. Corporate Counsel will handle a variety of complex assigned projects within the legal department of a privately-held company, including contract review, regulatory compliance, transactional work, legal research and litigation assistance, as well as collaborating with the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel to develop processes and procedures for the company. Midcontinent Communications is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. M/F/D/V .  Applicants are encouraged to review a complete job description and apply online at www.MidcoCareers.com.JOB PURPOSE: Handle a variety of complex assigned projects within the legal department of a privately-held company, including contract review, regulatory compliance, transactional work, legal research and litigation assistance, as well as collaborating with the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel to develop processes and procedures for the company.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Review and draft commercial contracts with customers and vendors, including software licensing and other technology related agreements. Support General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and outside counsel in preparing documents, conducting due diligence and performing other responsibilities related to corporate acquisitions. Provide advice with respect to litigation matters and manage outside litigation counsel. Assist General Counsel and Associate General Counsel in managing and coordinating federal, state and local regulatory compliance, including meetings and communications with regulators. Support corporate governance functions by assisting with drafting reports, maintaining records, completing forms and updating documents. Research, analyze and prepare appropriate responses to business related legal questions, orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels and departments throughout the organization while maintaining high level of confidentiality. Be available to company personnel for consultation and assistance. Communicate effectively and professionally in all forms of communication with internal and external customers. Adhere to Midco’s privacy guidelines to ensure each customer’s privacy.ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Demonstrate ability to find answers and resolve potential issues in a timely manner. Excellent research abilities and communication skills, both written and verbal. Function as an effective team member while supporting the efforts and concepts of other departments. Support the mission, vision and values of Midco. Apply personal ethics, honesty, initiative, flexibility, responsibility and confidentiality in all areas of responsibility. Possess an enthusiastic, energetic, self-motivated, and detail-oriented approach towards work and all work projects. Possess strong problem solving and decision making skills while using good judgment. Multitask and change from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure. Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, clients, coworkers and management. Identify opportunities for improvement while creating and implementing viable solutions. Actively follow Midco policies and procedures. Perform other duties as assigned. Maintain regular attendance as required by your position.EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited law school with strong academic credentials. Licensed to practice law in South Dakota or other jurisdiction, and a minimum of 5-6 years’ experience in corporate legal department or law firm. Legal experience in voice, video and data industry strongly preferred, particularly FCC or other related regulatory experience. Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word required and experience with SharePoint, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry loads of up to 30 lbs. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Employee may be required to travel if necessary. Employee may be required to work in excess of 40 hours per week and other than normal business hours, such as holidays, evenings and weekends as business demands.  Midcontinent Communications is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. M/F/D/V

     


     

    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 requirements include 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: Experience 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.      APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 31, 2017.    APPLICATION PROCESS: 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.

     


     

    The Office of Attorney General seeks an ATTORNEYfor 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.   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.  

     


     

    Cutler Law Firm, LLP, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has immediate openings for the following positions: ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY with at least 3 years of experience.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  LITIGATION ATTORNEY with two to five 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.

     


     

    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. 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.  

     


     

    Applications are being accepted for a DEPUTY STATE’S ATTORNEY for the Davison County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Incumbents will perform professional legal work on behalf of Davison County in civil and criminal court and administrative proceedings.  Requires graduation from law school, JD degree, and admission by Supreme Court of SD to practice law; or out of state license & eligible to sit for next SD bar exam; or a recent or imminent law school graduate, eligible to sit for next SD bar exam.  Hiring range: $2,288.46 to $2,441.70/bi-weekly.  Davison County offers a generous benefit package including health, dental and life insurance, paid time off, and retirement. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Jim Miskimins, Davison County State’s Attorney, 1015 S. Miller, Mitchell, SD 57301.  Applications may be delivered via email to: statesatty@davisoncounty.org.  EO/AA Employer.

     


     

    The retirement of the Hon. Glen W. Eng in June 2017 will create a vacancy for a CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE position in the First Judicial Circuit. The duty station for this position will be Yankton. The Judicial Qualifications Committee is now taking applications for this position.  All lawyers and judges interested in applying should obtain the application form at http://ujs.sd.gov/ or contact Lori Grode at the State Court Administrator's Office.  The application must be returned to the Administrator's Office and must be postmarked no later than 5:00PM on May 15, 2017.  You may also obtain the application form by writing or telephoning:  Lori Grode, State Court Administrator's Office, 500 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. Telephone: 605-773-3474. Email: Lori.Grode@ujs.state.sd.us.  The First Circuit is comprised of the following counties: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union, and Yankton.

     


     

    The retirement of the Hon. Timothy W. Bjorkman in July 2017 will create a vacancy for a CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE position in the First Judicial Circuit. The duty station for this position will be either Mitchell or Salem. The Judicial Qualifications Committee is now taking applications for this position.  All lawyers and judges interested in applying should obtain the application form at http://ujs.sd.gov/ or contact Lori Grode at the State Court Administrator's Office.  The application must be returned to the Administrator's Office and must be postmarked no later than 5:00PM on May 15, 2017.  You may also obtain the application form by writing or telephoning:  Lori Grode, State Court Administrator's Office, 500 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. Telephone: 605-773-3474. Email: Lori.Grode@ujs.state.sd.us.  The First Circuit is comprised of the following counties: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union, and Yankton.

     


     

     

     

     


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