North Dakota Court System
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$6,881 monthly; plus excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums, retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals, visit: https://www.ndcourts.gov/state-court-administration/human-resources/career-opportunities/benefits
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.
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.
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.
Applications must be submitted online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ndcourts. Applicants must also submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, 3 references, and a copy of law school transcript. 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.