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Deputy/Senior Deputy Public Defender - Minnehaha County

Deputy/Senior Deputy Public Defender - Minnehaha County

Deputy/Senior Deputy Public Defender


Interested in becoming part of an experienced litigation team that has a high capacity for trials and offers an expansive opportunity for courtroom practice? 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. Our attorneys have multiple jury trials each year and daily courtroom appearances. Apply now to be considered for an opportunity with access to a vast document library to help you in your criminal defense career and to be surrounded by skilled criminal defense attorneys.

The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is a County department responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel for any person who cannot afford to retain counsel.  The office provides representation in criminal, delinquency, child welfare, mental health, as well as appeals and post-conviction cases related to those matters. We are dedicated to providing advocacy, community-oriented defense, and protecting fundamental constitutional and human rights.  The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office enjoys a reputation for ensuring that attorneys are provided support and skills training in their areas of expertise which includes memberships to the South Dakota and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SDACDL and NACDL) and National Association for Public Defense (NAPD), registration expenses for CLE's, and State Bar of South Dakota annual dues.

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

The hiring range is $3,167.20 - $3,582.40/biweekly with full earning potential up to $4,363.20/biweekly.

This posting will remain open until filled.  Review of applications begins on Thursday, April 28th, 2022.


SALARY: $3,167.20 - $3,582.40 Biweekly

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

 All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.


Advocate on behalf of individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors through all phases of litigation to include pre-trial, trial, and litigating all aspects of the case through disposition. Coordinate efforts with a support team of paralegals and other staff to ensure the responsible handling of a demanding caseload through disposition of the case. Maintain client communications by telephone, office appointments, and institutional visits. Keep client apprised of investigations, negotiations, and court rulings. Appear at regularly scheduled court dockets and appearances related to an assigned caseload. Conduct legal research and draft motions and pleadings. Interview witnesses. Review legal documents, police reports, transcripts, and related correspondence. Attend professional development training both within and outside the office.


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 or be licensed to practice law in any other state and able to take the next bar examination offered in South Dakota. This opportunity is also open to recent law school graduates who are 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.

Minnehaha County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, or any other protected group in accordance with state and federal law. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting Human Resources at (605) 367-4337.



415 N Dakota Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Job #22-49



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Job Type : Full-Time

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