Closing Date: 4th December, 2023


Hiring Range $5799-$6628 Monthly

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants will be considered immediately upon submitting application materials. The position may be filled prior to the listed closing date after successful completion of the application and interview process.

Bismarck has a rich history dating back to 1804 when Lewis and Clark navigated the Missouri River. There is no shortage of things to do in the Capital City from eclectic dining experiences, hiking/biking trails, snow skiing, the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Summary of Work:
This position will represent indigent clients in judicial proceedings in the South Central Judicial District and on appeals in the North Dakota Supreme Court. This position will require travel to all counties in the South Central Judicial District and will provide conflict services in other jurisdictions.

Our agency is committed to a vertical representation structure. You will be handling cases from initial appearance through trial, allowing you to gain experience in all stages of the judicial process. The Bismarck Public Defender Office is made up of a Supervising Attorney, four staff attorneys, and two administrative assistants. This team will offer the support you need while building a meaningful career as a public defender.

Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents offers rewarding work and career development opportunities including:
  • A comprehensive benefit package including fully-paid family health insurance, an excellent retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and a variety of voluntary insurance options:
  • Flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities include:
  • Represent clients in judicial proceedings in a competent, effective and ethical manner.
  • Provide representation for conflict cases in other jurisdictions as necessary which may require travel.
  • Keep abreast of statutory and decisional law in areas of practice.
  • Maintain license to practice laws and obtain required CLE credits.
  • May assist with agency education and training programs and projects for public defenders and contract attorneys.
  • Performs other duties as necessary and/or assigned by the Commission.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school
  • Licensure as an attorney eligible to practice law in the State of North Dakota. We will consider applications from persons eligible for licensure, but not currently licensed in ND.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Analytical and decision-making ability.

Application Procedures
Applicants are screened based on qualifications, successful completion of the interview process and a background and criminal investigation. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Documents to be submitted:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References

Anyone needing assistance or accommodations during any part of the application or interview process please contact the Valley City Administrative Office at 701-845-8632.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.