The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota


Pierre, SD

Job Details

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for a Legal Assistant in their Pierre branch office.  

Position Description: The Legal Assistant provides legal/secretarial support to the attorneys. Responsibilities include drafting, typing, editing, cite checking and electronic filing of legal pleadings and correspondence; maintaining attorney calendars and client files; managing, calendaring, and setting-up both videoconferencing and in-person meetings; receiving and directing calls; greeting clients and visitors to the office; screening and routing incoming mail and preparing correspondence; organization and electronic management of discovery; and other related duties as assigned.  

Qualifications: High school graduate or equivalent. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, flexible, and dependable; proficient in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat; Prior law office experience is preferred. A final offer of employment is subject to funding and a background check. A commitment to indigent defense is preferred.  

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications with a range of $43,481 to$69,559. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. The position is full-time with federal benefits, including life and health insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan.

Application Information

How to Apply: Apply by emailing a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in a single pdf document to SDX_JOBS@fd.org. Position is open until filled with priority consideration for applicants that apply by January 19, 2023. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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