Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility – Senior Attorney

Posted 4 weeks ago

DESCRIPTION:

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR), located in downtown St. Paul, seeks a Senior Attorney. The OLPR handles ethics complaints against licensed attorneys. This position supports the work of the Office in investigating and prosecuting the ethical misconduct of lawyers, as well as assists the practicing bar in complying with their ethical obligations. The position involves advanced legal research, writing, and investigative work, as well as trial and appellate practice. The Office seeks a fair-minded attorney with a talent for working effectively with sometimes challenging respondents and complainants, as well as an attorney who is committed to maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.

The position is classified as a Senior Attorney and will work normal business hours, Monday-Friday.  This work will be conducted in an office setting at the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Minnesota Judicial Branch offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To learn more about benefits, click here

EXAMPLES OF JOB DUTIES:

The following are examples of major job duties expected for this position to perform:

  • Investigate complaints of attorney violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, including matters involving both proposed private and public discipline, make recommendations for disposition, and prepare appropriate dispositional memorandum.
  • Prosecute public attorney disciplinary cases before Supreme Court referees and the Supreme Court. 
  • Educate the bar on professional responsibility matters by speaking at seminars, authoring articles for publication, and providing advisory opinions to individual attorneys.
  • Work with and mentor volunteer investigators at the district ethics committees.
  • Such other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education, training, and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below will be considered.  An example of an acceptable qualification is:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of a law degree from an accredited college or university and five to seven years of experience as an attorney in private or public practice.
  • Possession of a current Certificate of Admission to the Bar of the State of Minnesota.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent ability to analyze, appraise, organize and present facts, laws, evidence, and precedents concerning assigned work.
  • Superior writing and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of substantive and procedural laws and Supreme Court rules relating to discipline.
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively with judges, court staff, administrative staff, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten years legal experience, including civil litigation or prosecution/defense experience.
  • Investigation experience.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB.

SALARY RANGE:  Starting salary range is $40.78 – $51.98 ($85,149 – $108,534 annually).  Full pay range is $40.78 – $63.18 ($85,149 – $131,920 annually).  Starting salary is dependent on qualifications.

TO APPLY: Visit www.mncourts.gov.  Complete and submit your online application with resume, cover letter and writing sample attached by July 16, 2019 at 11:59pm.  Applications that do not include an attached resume, cover letter, and writing sample will not be considered.  Employment offers may be rescinded if the required criminal background check identifies job related convictions.

It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability.  Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by contacting HR, daniel.blackburn@courts.state.mn.us.

Minnesota Judicial Branch

Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

345 St. Peter St. #1500

St. Paul, MN 55155

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. We value and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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