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Criminal Appellate Attorney

Posted 2 years ago

The Office of the Minnesota Attorney General is seeking an attorney with at least 10 years of experience practicing criminal law as a prosecutor, defense attorney, or appellate practitioner.  This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional to join a highly committed team that handles important public safety and legal matters for the State of Minnesota.  Duties of the position will primarily include representing the prosecution in appeals of felony convictions in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  There may also be appearances at postconviction hearings in district courts statewide or the federal district court.  The position also includes training law enforcement officers and attorneys, and serving as a resource for other divisions of the office and prosecutors throughout Minnesota. 


 Applicants should have good academic credentials, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong research and analytical abilities, good judgment and character, and a strong professional work ethic.  Good writing skills are essential.  Applicants must be able to serve the public with a high level of distinction.   

Why Work For Us:  

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recently recognized as a Star Tribune 2021 Top Workplace — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. We’re a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and our internal culture supports and reinforces that calling. We invite you to apply to be part of the team that helps recruit, support and train dedicated attorneys, legal assistants, investigators, and other staff, all focused on helping Minnesotans. 

We offer a great benefits package!  The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. 

Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees.  (Visit for more information.) 


Preference will be given to applications received by October 29, 2021.  Interested applicants must send a cover letter and resume that includes relevant criminal experience, a law school transcript, and a writing sample excerpt (no longer than 5 pages) to

Note:  The Attorney General’s Office greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity. It is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or military status. If you need reasonable accommodation for a disability, please call June Walsh at (651) 757-1199 or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay).

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