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Managing Attorney - Sioux Falls

Managing Attorney - Sioux Falls

Managing Attorney

Are you a highly motivated individual looking for room to grow, and a chance to be creative and innovative? Then East River Legal Services is the place for you! This is an in-person position with a flexible schedule. Leadership and staff management skills are required, as well as prior work experience in one of our priority areas (Family Law, Housing Law, Consumer Law, or Public Benefits). We currently have a fully staffed legal team and are looking for the right person to guide it.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Managing Attorney provides high quality legal services to low-income individuals. The Managing Attorney will supervise, evaluate, and handle personnel-related matters for staff in the legal department. They also manage and monitor progress on implementing the program’s mission, priorities, principles of advocacy, and various work plans. The Managing Attorney also maintains an active caseload and/or other advocacy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Client Representation and Advocacy:

  • Provide and ensure high quality legal representation to individuals and groups in accordance with East River Legal Services (ERLS) standards of practice and supervision and the Rules of Professional Conduct. This includes interviewing clients, conducting research, performing factual investigation, preparing pleadings, negotiating case resolutions, executing discovery and motion practice, and representing clients in court and administrative hearings;
  • Provide counsel, advice, and other brief services and referrals, as appropriate;
  • Co-counsel with other Attorneys and work with Paralegals;
  • Represent clients and client groups in litigation, administrative advocacy, and other advocacy forums;
  • Engage in appellate work, complex and major litigation, and other special projects;
  • Develop and implement litigation and/or advocacy strategies to address systemic legal problems;
  • Analyze and comment on pending legislation and regulations consistent with the requirements of all funding sources.


  • Manage legal work in the office, including monitoring and regulating workloads;
  • Supervise employees with ongoing feedback and performance reviews;
  • Manage office systems such as conflict checks, filing, and workflow;
  • Foster positive work relationships and promote cooperation within the program;
  • Monitor case work of Attorneys to ensure that staff are operating efficiently and producing quality legal work;
  • Monitor the balance of time spent by Attorneys on cases involving direct services to individual clients and to cases involving law reform, policy advocacy, or other legal work benefiting the larger population of low-income clients;
  • Participate in management and administrative decision-making at ERLS involving personnel issues and program policy and help to implement such decisions;
  • Provide supervision and evaluation of support staff assigned to the legal department, in coordination with the Executive Director;
  • Supervise and enforce ERLS policies and procedures;
  • Convey staff concerns about relevant office issues to management staff;
  • Keep program staff apprised of important issues and new developments in the community;
  • Keep program staff apprised of new developments within the substantive legal areas in which the Attorneys practice (updates via written communication and/or training);
  • Engage in local, state, regional and/or national legal services and the advocacy community.

Community Work:

  • Participate in other activities related to poverty law including community education, outreach, writing of publishable materials, and permissible legislative and administrative advocacy, in accordance with Legal Aid policy and applicable laws and regulations;
  • Participate in Legal Aid and state-wide task forces and work groups;
  • Participate in bar activities and establish effective working relationships with the bar;
  • Ensure Legal Aid develops and maintains relationships with partner organizations, including the private bar and judiciary, other non-profits, grass roots organizations, government agencies and elected officials.


  • Compliance with LSC, VOCA, and other funding agencies’ rules and regulations;
  • Participate in training activities as trainee or trainer for professional growth;
  • Report to Legal Aid management any bar association grievances, disciplinary proceedings, or malpractice claims involving their practice and cooperate with Legal Aid’s liability insurers;
  • Attend program meetings and ensure office meetings are efficient and productive.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Juris Doctor (JD);

License to practice law in South Dakota, or the ability to obtain the license;

Experience in a legal services/non-profit environment is preferred, but not required;

Working knowledge of recent developments in state and federal case, statutory, and regulatory law related to the interests of Legal Aid’s clients;

Excellent organizational, cross-cultural communication skills;

Proficient at the use of technology including, but not limited to: word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs, and computer-based legal research;

Excellent written and communication skills;

Ability to work constructively with others;

Excellent management and leadership skills;

Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently;

Able to establish effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;

Organized, able to prioritize work, plan and problem-solve, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure;

Skills and experience in interacting with persons of various social, racial, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds;

The ability to speak more than one language is a plus, but not required.



Classified as an exempt employee.



$75,582.72 to $111,670.09/year, depending on experience.

Benefits include 14 paid holidays, a paid holiday for your birthday, vacation leave, sick leave, employee assistance program, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, IRA, professional development, and travel reimbursement.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Melissa Frericks

Director of Operations

East River Legal Services

335 North Main Avenue, Suite #200

Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Submission Deadline:

Open until filled

South Dakota offers reciprocity for the following surrounding states: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Want to relocate to South Dakota for this position? We would love to have you! Check to see if South Dakota offers reciprocity for your state at:


East River Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other traditionally underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Doctoral

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