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Employer: Minnehaha County
Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Employment Type: Full Time


The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is seeking a compassionate Deputy Public Defender/Senior Deputy Public Defender with excellent advocacy skills who is committed to ensuring justice, humanity, and equality to indigent clients appearing in the criminal and juvenile justice system.

***Please attach a cover letter to the online application.

The hiring range is $2,552.00 - $3,032.80/biweekly with full earning potential up to $3,695.20/biweekly.

Posting will remain open until filled with review of applications beginning February 12, 2018.


Prepare and manage a caseload. Present misdemeanor, felony, and mental commitment cases. Provide legal advice and assistance to clients. Attend legal proceedings. Make recommendations on sentences. Perform appellate work. Provide representation to clients for felony and misdemeanor cases, appeals, abuse and neglect proceedings, mental committal hearings, involuntary committal hearings, and juvenile cases. Meet and communicate with clients. Interview witnesses. Obtain reports and records. Review police reports, grand jury transcripts, and all other case discovery. Examine evidence and investigate claims. Assist clients with treatment programs, court ordered classes, or counseling. Perform legal research and writing; draft, prepare, and file legal documents and correspondence. Interview defendants to ascertain case facts. Arrange pretrial investigations with paralegals and other office staff. Correlate findings and prepare case. Conduct case. Examine and cross examine witnesses. Summarize case to the jury.

Graduation from a college of law and attainment of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Admission by the Supreme Court of South Dakota to practice law in the State of South Dakota; be licensed to practice law in any other state and able to take the next bar examination offered in South Dakota; or be a recent law school graduate, eligible to sit for the next available South Dakota bar examination. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Possession of a valid driver's license and must maintain a safe driving record with Minnehaha County. Must successfully complete pre-employment background process. Working knowledge of civil and criminal law, court procedures, and the principles and practices of legal research. Ability to work with a diverse population and be attentive to the needs of the clientele. Working knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices utilized in legal research. Working knowledge of general law and established precedents. Ability to speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of legal matters. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, other agencies, and the public. Ability to maintain professional appearance and demeanor. Consideration for appointment as a Senior Deputy Public Defender requires a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

Demonstrates a commitment to working with the indigent accused and to providing social advocacy to the clientele served by the Public Defender's Office.

Contact Information

Minnehaha County
Jen Adix
415 North Dakota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605-367-4337

Other Information

Category(s): Legal-Attorney-Paralegal, Legal, Government
Industry: Legal
Experience Req.: No
Degree Req.: Yes
Closing Date: 2/10/2018
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