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Supreme Court seeks staff attorney Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Job Title:  Staff Attorney-Central Legal Staff
Department: Office of Supreme Court Central Legal Staff
Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
Salary & Benefits: $6,881 monthly; plus excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums and retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals, visit:  The benefit summary document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader free of charge.
Closing Date: June 20, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time
Status: Full Time/Regular
Exemption Status: Exempt
Recruitment: Internal/External

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, 3 references, and a copy of law school transcript.
Requires a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school and a minimum of two years of related experience conducting legal research, preparing and/or presenting cases in state courts.  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of North Dakota.
Application Process:
Applications must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m., on June 20, 2019.  Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.
The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.
Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and are eligible to claim veteran's preference must include a copy of their DD Form 214.  Claims for disabled veteran's preference must also include a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran's Affairs Office.
Persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application process may call Human Resources at (701) 328-4216.
Summary of Work:
The Staff Attorney – Central Legal Staff is responsible for providing extensive legal research and analysis of legal issues and cases pending before the North Dakota Supreme Court and making recommendations on the proposed disposition of cases.  Assists Justices by applying legal principles and research in the drafting and writing of opinions and providing support services on petitions for the rehearing of cases or other related matters.
Essential Functions:
1.  Conducts in-depth legal research and analysis of legal precedents, statutes, regulations, and legislative history.  Reviews case records and transcripts from trial courts.  Drafts opinions for the Supreme Court on complex appellate cases.
2.  Edits draft opinions prepared by other attorney staff and offers changes in style or content.  Reviews legal analysis and proofreads opinions for both style and content.
3.  Confers with justices on pending appellate cases.  Provides background research and analysis on the law and facts.  Suggests appropriate questions for oral argument and suggests possible resolutions of the issues on appeal.
4.  Prepares case summaries for posting on the Supreme Court’s website.  Reviews the briefs and record in the case and drafts a summarization of the factual background and legal issues for members of the public.
5.  Assists in training and orienting law clerks.  Prepares written materials and oral presentations outlining law clerk duties and responsibilities.
6.  Performs other duties of a comparable level or type.
Knowledge Requirements:
1.  Extensive knowledge of federal and state constitutional law, statutory law and court case precedent.
2.  General knowledge of court administration and office management policies and procedures.
3.  Extensive knowledge of court system operations, court procedures and rules including legal rules of evidence, civil procedures, criminal procedures and appellate procedures.
4.  Knowledge of logical legal theorems, their application to legal precedent, rules of legal interpretation and statutory interpretation.
Skill Requirements:
1.  Skilled in organizing, planning and prioritizing own work priorities, needs and projects.
2.  Skilled in conducting legal research and the application and interpretation of legal concepts, principles and legal theorems to the specifics of individual cases.
3.  Skilled in the use of legal research resources and software (i.e. Westlaw, LawDesk, Miche, Premise, etc.) and general office support applications (i.e. word processing and other desktop software/applications).
4.  Skilled in formulating, writing and drafting legal opinions in a clear, concise and coherent manner in accordance with the requirements of the Court.
5.  Skilled in applying legal principles, rules, concepts, precedents and cases in addressing individual cases and legal problems/issues.
6.  Skilled in presenting and communicating controversial or complex topics in an effective and persuasive manner in public presentations and speeches before managers, courts, boards, judges or committees.
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.
An Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.