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Job Announcement - Legal Counsel Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Job ID: 3026504
Location: Devils Lake, ND
Salary Range: From 4971.00 To 8285.00 Monthly
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Closing Date: 11/27/2023

Summary of Work
This position is responsible for the oversight of one administrative office staff while upholding the mission of the agency "to provide high quality, professional, and effective legal representation to eligible clients, consistent with the guarantees of the constitutions of the United States and North Dakota, and applicable North Dakota statutes and rules, at reasonable cost to the community.

Our agency is committed to a vertical representation structure. You will be handling cases from initial appearance through trial, in the Northeast Judicial District and on appeals in the North Dakota Supreme Court, allowing you to gain experience in all stages of the judicial process. The Devils Lake Public Defender Office is made up of this position and one administrative assistant to offer support while you build a meaningful career as a public defender. This position will require travel to all counties in the Northeast Judicial District and may provide conflict services in other jurisdictions.

Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents offers rewarding work and career development opportunities including:
A comprehensive benefit package including fully-paid family health insurance, an excellent retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and a variety of voluntary insurance options: 
Flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities include:
• Represent clients in judicial proceedings in a competent, effective and ethical manner.
• Provide representation for conflict cases in other jurisdictions as necessary which may require travel.
• Keep abreast of statutory and decisional law in areas of practice.
• Maintain license to practice laws and obtain required CLE credits.
• May assist with agency education and training programs and projects for public defenders and contract attorneys.
• Performs other duties as necessary and/or assigned by the Commission.

Minimum Qualifications
• Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school
• Licensure as an attorney eligible to practice law in the State of North Dakota. We will consider applications from persons eligible for licensure, but not currently licensed in ND.
• Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Analytical and decision-making ability.

Application Procedures
Applicants are screened based on qualifications, successful completion of the interview process and a background and criminal investigation. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Documents to be submitted:
• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Three Professional References

Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application or interview process please contact the Valley City Administrative Office at 701-845-8632.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

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