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    The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER in the Rapid City, South Dakota office.  The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes. These are largely violent crimes from Indian Country with a heavy trial calendar.  This is a full-time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the US Court of Appeals. Some travel is required.  Job qualifications include excellent oral advocacy and writing skills and recent, substantial criminal trial experience.  Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience and includes federal government benefits. The position will remain open until filled.  Qualified applicants should send a resume and three references to: Neil Fulton, Federal Public Defender, PO Box 1258, Pierre, SD 57501 or via email to: Neil_Fulton@fd.org.  Applications will be considered upon receipt.  The selected candidate will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.  Equal Opportunity Employer. 



    The Goosmann Law Firm’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota office is SEEKING AN ATTORNEY to join our high-energy firm and provide strategic legal advice to our industry leader clientele.  Ideal candidates are top performers with three to four years of experience.  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. Deal making lawyers work with corporate boards of directors and executives in our corporate and commercial law department that has completed over a billion dollars in deals successfully completing corporate takeovers, corporate inversions, negotiating economic incentives, REIT financing, swing line lending, and venture capital M&A. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, a willingness to learn, and the desire to excel.  Candidates with business mindset, who anticipate the legal needs of business clientele, are preferred. Salary and bonus structure commensurate with experience and merit based performance. Benefits include health insurance, annual CLE budget, paid bar dues and professional memberships, staff and administrative support, and a fun and energetic working environment.  This is an ideal opportunity for top candidates to get in on the ground floor of the South Dakota expansion of a growing law firm. South Dakota license required.  Please send a resume and cover letter to Office Services Manager, Caitlin Rininger at RiningerC@GoosmannLaw.com.  All inquiries will remain confidential.



    TRANSACTIONAL ATTORNEY, Mankato, MN. Stinson Leonard Street LLP (www.stinson.com), an Am Law 200 firm with offices in 13 cities nationally, is seeking an attorney with experience in the areas of corporate law, business transactions, secured lending transactions and/or commercial real estate to join our Mankato, Minnesota office. The preferred candidate is self-motivated and team-oriented, with the ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment. While this position is based in Mankato, MN, we are seeking an attorney with the ability and interest to partner with our greater Stinson team and serve clients throughout our offices. Qualifications Required: Qualified candidates will have at least two (2) years of experience in the areas of corporate law, business transactions, secured lending transactions and/or commercial real estate. The successful candidate is a professional who can provide exceptional customer service both to our clients and our internal team. Qualified applicants will possess excellent academic credentials and have strong, analytical, organizational, and communication skills.  To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and write sample by e-mail to:  Krista Gylling, Attorney Recruiting Coordinator, Stinson Leonard Street, 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN, 55402.  recruiting@stinson.com. Stinson Leonard Street is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply to be considered for open positions.  We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We conduct criminal background checks of all individuals offered employment.



    Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC is seeking a bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights attorney with 2+ years of experience to join the law firm’s office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Attracting and retaining top talent is the key to Swier Law Firm’s success.  Our compensation structure rewards contributions to our clients and reflects the competitiveness of the legal market. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written skills, along with a desire to excel.  South Dakota license required.  For more information on Swier Law Firm, visit the law firm’s website at SwierLaw.com. Please send a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Sara Travis at Sara@SwierLaw.com by February 28, 2017.  All inquiries will remain confidential.    



    DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER - Pennington County Public Defender’s Office, Rapid City, SD. The Pennington County Public Defender’s Office is inviting applicants for the position of Deputy Public Defender.  The position will defend indigent clients in magistrate and circuit court criminal cases, appeals and certain civil matters; represent clients at all stages of criminal court; will meet with clients to discuss rights, charges, penalties and defense; represent clients’ best interests at all stages of court; prepare for trial by interviewing witnesses; research cases and counsel clients on appropriate options.  Perform any additional duties as assigned by supervisor.  Applications must have a JD and be licensed to practice law in South Dakota, or successful completion of the first South Dakota bar examination following employment with the Pennington County Public Defender's Office. Applications must be submit online at http://www.pennco.org/jobs.    Applicants will need to attach a letter of interest and resume to the online application, or they may be sent in addition to the online application to: Eric Whitcher (Director) Pennington County Public Defender's Office, 130 Kansas City St. Ste.310, Rapid City, SD  57701. STARTING SALARY:  $65,098.00. Position open until filled. 


    Johnson, Miner, Marlow, Woodward, & Huff Prof. LLC, an AV rated law firm in Yankton, South Dakota, is looking for an ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY with 0-3 years of experience. Busy general practice with opportunities to work in diverse areas, including estate planning, real estate, commercial transactions, civil litigation, and personal injury litigation. Representative clients include banks, medical practices, contractors, education providers, design professionals and small businesses. This position is available immediately, but we are also willing to consider individuals who are just graduating from law school or completing clerkships. Please provide a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position and interest in working for the firm, along with a resume, law school transcript, and writing sample.



    Estate Planning Solutions Law Firm, Prof. LLC -- Sioux Falls, SD. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST (Part Time OR Full Time) At Estate Planning Solutions Law Firm, Prof. LLC, our legal team has substantial experience planning for families, businesses, farms, and high net worth estates.    Our legal team regularly develops and implements customized estate plans for clients and their families with the goal of facilitating the wealth transfer process while maintaining family harmony and minimizing the family’s overall tax burden.   We are known for our expert legal advice and the responsive, empathetic, and non-intimidating service we provide to our clients. We understand that we can’t give our clients the best service without first investing in our employees.  At Estate Planning Solutions Law Firm, you’ll find inspirational leadership, growth potential, thorough on the job training, flexible work schedule options, competitive pay, and a collaborative and friendly culture.  We can’t wait to meet you! Essential Job Functions: Our Administrative Assistant/Receptionist will represent Estate Planning Solutions as the first point of contact for our clients, and will provide administrative support across the firm. They will perform a variety of administrative tasks including, but not limited to:  Greeting clients, Calendar management and scheduling, Confirming appointments with clients, Answering phones, Ordering office supplies, Data entry, Opening and distributing mail, Managing the reception area, and Sending out appropriate correspondence and follow up letters.  Requirements:  Our ideal candidate will have an Associates degree in a related field, 2+ years of experience in an office setting, and have an interest in the legal field.  We are open to either full time candidates or part time candidates who are able to work 20 – 30 hours per week at time of hire with the potential of working up to 40 hours per week within the next 1 – 2 years.  We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with a positive attitude and warm personality who possesses strong organization, communication, and problem solving skills and who thrives on serving and greeting others.  Must have a high attention to detail, efficient work habits and a willingness to learn.  Must be confident and comfortable dealing with clients, and possess strong communication skills. To Apply:  Please e-mail your resume to heather@epslawfirm.com.  



    Cutler Law Firm, LLP, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has immediate openings for the following positions: ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY. Experienced 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.



    Applications are being accepted for a DEPUTY/SENIOR DEPUTY STATE’S ATTORNEY for the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Incumbents will perform professional legal work on behalf of Minnehaha 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. Appointment at Senior level requires 2+ yrs of relevant experience. 5yrs complex felony prosecution, jury trial, and civil litigation experience preferred. Hiring range: $2,392.80 - $2,576.80/bi-weekly with full earning potential to $3,465.60/biweekly.  Minnehaha County offers health, dental, vision 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 the application process visit:  http://jobs.minnehahacounty.org.  Posting closes on February 24, 2017 at 5 pm. Contact HR with questions at 605-367-4337. EO/AA Employer.  



    Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) in Rapid City is seeking a FULL-TIME ATTORNEY to provide holistic civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking across the state of South Dakota.  The attorney will have the following primary responsibilities: provide civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including assessment and referral, legal consultation, and representation in protective and peace order proceedings, family law cases, victim compensation proceedings, and other matters; develop and utilize skills to provide high quality and sensitive legal services to victims; answer telephone/email inquiries from individuals and agencies on legal issues regarding domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; provide or assure provision of safety planning for victims; maintain reasonable caseload in compliance with grant requirements; review cases with the director and seek assistance when needed; conduct legal research; provide community outreach, technical assistance and training; collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation; prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with grant requirements; attend trainings regarding best practices for domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking civil legal issues; and work with the local bar association to create a network of lawyers to assist and mentor in civil matters. Qualified candidates will have a J.D., be licensed to practice law in South Dakota, and be a member or willing to become a member of the State Bar of South Dakota.  Experience working with domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims is a plus. Excellent written and oral communication, organization, planning, attention to detail, confidentiality, case management, and dependability are a must. This position will be based out of Rapid City, and some travel is necessary for this position.  There is potential for flexibility to work from home in this position. Please send cover letter and resume to Linda Shroll, Executive Director, at lindas@wavi.org.  Position will be open until February 10, 2017.  



    DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, is accepting applications for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our Rapid City, South Dakota, branch office.  The Rapid City office serves the counties of Butte, Custer, Fall River, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington and Perkins 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.



    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.



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