Organization

Minnesota Attorney General's Office
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota

Posted Date

April 11, 2022

Division

Public Safety Division

Contact Information

Jake Pleschourt
ag.jobs@ag.state.mn.us

Closing Date: 4/25/2022

S1 Salary Range: $30.80 – $47.82/hourly; $64,310 – $99,848/annually

S2 Salary Range: $37.90 – $56.02/hourly; $79,135 – $116,969/annually

S3 Salary Range: $42.64 – $68.93/hourly; $89,032 – $143,925/annually

Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and a 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

The Attorney General’s Office seeks an attorney to join its Public Safety Division, which is housed in the Health & Safety Section of the Office.  Attorneys in the Public Safety Division primarily represent the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) in state district court at implied consent hearings in which drivers contest the revocation of their driver’s license due to an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.  Attorneys also provide legal service to DPS and its various divisions including the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the State Fire Marshal, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Office of Traffic Safety, the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, and the Driver and Vehicle Services Division.

A significant part of the successful applicant’s caseload will involve representing DPS in implied consent hearings around the State.  The attorney will review and evaluate police reports and laboratory chemical testing documents, prepare exhibits, meet witnesses, and litigate cases before district court judges.  The attorney will work with law enforcement officers, expert witnesses, opposing counsel, and court staff in preparation for bench trials.  The attorney may represent DPS in appeals and in administrative proceedings at the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The attorney should also be able and willing to travel occasionally to district court hearings throughout the State.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • An interest in trying cases involving enforcement of driving laws and related complex statutory provisions
  • Excellent research skills, and written and oral communication skills (a cover letter including a writing sample of up to five pages is required with application)
  • Ability and willingness to travel to counties throughout the state
  • Proven ability to:
    • Multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
    • Contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
    • Work in an inclusive, creative and collaborative work environment
    • Exercise excellent judgement, character, and work ethic

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 2 (S2) level applicants must have 5 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 3 (S3) level applicants must have 10 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in government law and/or judicial experience in state, federal, or appellate courts
  • Civil litigation experience, including the use of experts at trial
  • Knowledge of administrative law
  • Appellate experience, including drafting briefs and arguing before appellate courts

Why Work For Us

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 https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more information.)

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2022.

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 54745
  3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (up to five pages) within a cover letter.

Direct Link: Job Posting

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact Jake Pleschourt at jake.pleschourt@ag.state.mn.us or 651/757-1057.

Responsibilities

Attorneys in the Public Safety Division primarily represent the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) in state district court at implied consent hearings in which drivers contest the revocation of their driver’s license due to an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.  Attorneys also provide legal service to DPS and its various divisions including the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the State Fire Marshal, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Office of Traffic Safety, the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, and the Driver and Vehicle Services Division.

 

A significant part of the successful applicant’s caseload will involve representing DPS in implied consent hearings around the State.  The attorney will review and evaluate police reports and laboratory chemical testing documents, prepare exhibits, meet witnesses, and litigate cases before district court judges.  The attorney will work with law enforcement officers, expert witnesses, opposing counsel, and court staff in preparation for bench trials.  The attorney may represent DPS in appeals and in administrative proceedings at the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The attorney should also be able and willing to travel occasionally to district court hearings throughout the State.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • An interest in trying cases involving enforcement of driving laws and related complex statutory provisions
  • Excellent research skills, and written and oral communication skills (a cover letter including a writing sample of up to five pages is required with application)
  • Ability and willingness to travel to counties throughout the state
  • Proven ability to:
    • Multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines
    • Contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
    • Work in an inclusive, creative and collaborative work environment
    • Exercise excellent judgement, character, and work ethic

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in government law and/or judicial experience in state, federal, or appellate courts
  • Civil litigation experience, including the use of experts at trial
  • Knowledge of administrative law
  • Appellate experience, including drafting briefs and arguing before appellate courts

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2022.

  1. Go to mn.gov/careers;
  2. Apply for posting number 54745
  3. Please ensure to include a writing sample (up to five pages) within a cover letter.

Direct Link: Job Posting