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Job Announcement: Supervising Attorney Public Defender Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Job ID: 3023344
Location: Williston, ND
Salary Range: From 6871.00 To 12367.00 Monthly
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Closing Date: 9/06/2023

The person selected for this position will be eligible for a temporary increase of up to $700/month.

**Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Applicants will be considered immediately upon submitting application materials.  The position may be filled prior to the listed closing date after successful completion of the application and interview process.**


Summary of Work

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.

This position handles the supervisory responsibilities of the Williston Public Defender Office and provides representation to indigent clients in judicial proceedings in the Northwest Judicial District and on appeals in the North Dakota Supreme Court. This position will require travel to all counties in the Northwest Judicial District and may provide conflict services in other districts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Day to Day operations of the Williston Public Defender Office. This position is responsible for oversight and evaluation of office staff and representing the office while working with other agencies.
  • Represent clients in judicial proceedings in a competent, effective and ethical manner.
  • Provide representation for conflict cases in other jurisdictions as necessary which will require travel.
  • Keep informed of statutory and decisional law in areas of practice.
  • Maintain license to practice law 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 North Dakota, we will consider applications from persons eligible for licensure but not currently licensed in ND.

  • Four years work experience in the practice of Criminal law which includes court experience.

  • Supervisory experience is not necessary, but will be given preference over.

  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Analytical and decision-making ability

  • Minimum qualifications must be met as of start date.

Application Procedures

Applicants must complete online application and upload required documents no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date listed on the job opening.

Required Documents:


Cover Letter

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.

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.

ND Relay Number 1-800-366-6888

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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