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State of Montana Agency Legal Counsel in Helena, Montana

Division Overview: The State’s Attorney’s Office in the Montana Department of Justice is dedicated to ensuring justice and upholding the rule of law on behalf of the people of Montana. The State’s Attorney’s Office consists of Assistant Attorneys General and legal support staff that represent the State of Montana. The office includes the Solicitor General’s Office, Criminal Prosecution and Appellate Services, Civil Services and Consumer Protection. Additionally, the office provides legal expertise and litigation support to other state agencies. The functions within the office include defense of Montana’s laws as passed by the Legislature, and ballot initiatives passed by the voters; prosecution of criminals; litigation, from district court proceedings through appeal; and complex litigation of antitrust matters. Legal counsel and advice to state agencies is provided on a fee-for-service basis. Services typically include litigation, hearings officer services, and transactional work, and may relate to any legal matter regulated by the State of Montana. Job Overview: This position is an Agency Legal Counsel(Lawyer 2) with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Agency Legal Services Bureau represents the State of Montana in civil matters before state and federal courts and administrative for a and provides legal counsel and advice to state agencies on a fee-for-services basis. Work may include federal class action litigation, tort defense, defense of section 1983 claims, defense of discrimination claims, administrative law, transactional work and constitutional challenges to state statutes. These cases involve varying degrees of complexity and encompass any issue regulated or encountered by state agencies. The incumbent is responsible for independently handling all phases of civil litigation, including complex litigation, in district court and on appeal. This involves case review, legal research, drafting of pleadings, engaging in discovery, motions practice, presentation of evidence to a court or jury, and participation in settlement conferences and mediations. Examples of complex litigation include multiple party actions, class action lawsuits, and cases with significant potential liability exposure. The incumbent may oversee and direct the work of a team of attorneys and support staff on complex projects or oversee case development and trial presentation phases in cases involving junior attorneys. This is a diverse practice that offers an exposure to many fields of law, litigation and administrative law experience in various judicial forums, and which offers a work-life balance. A career ladder is offered. The incumbent is responsible for 120 monthly hourly billing requirements and there is an incentive program for meeting the billing requirements. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Minimum Qualifications: * Juris Doctor Degree. * At least two years of specialized law and litigation experience. * Admission to and maintenance of licensure from the State Bar of Montana. * If licensed in another state, must be able to become licensed to practice law in Montana within one year of hire. Individuals with 5 years of practice in another state in good standing are eligible to be admitted on motion. Bar Admission Rules * Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis Special Instructions: The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the résumé and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks. Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered. Successful applicant(s) will be subject to: * Criminal History Fingerprint Check * Driving History REAL ID Compliant Credential Required and/or Passport: State employees are required to present legally binding photo identification at the time of hire. Generally, this is a valid driver license, U.S. Passport or Employment Authorization ID (Form I-766). All DOJ positions require a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023. For further information go tohttps://mtrealid.govorhttps://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions HOW TO APPLY: /To be considered for this position, you must attach a résumé at the time of application/. Tip: When attaching your resume, you must mark the attachment as a “Relevant File”. Your Résumé: Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job. A complete online state application is not required. To initiate an application, attach the résumé to be considered for this position. Failure to attach résumé will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered further. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process. All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. Please submit DD214 to Terri Christianson at Terese.Christianson@mt.gov viaFile Transfer Service. To request an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office. Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generousState of Montana Benefits. * Medical, dental and vision coverage * Retirement plans * Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays * Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts * Employee Assistance Program State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under thePublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This Organization Participates inE-Verify. Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. *Title: *Agency Legal Counsel Location: Helena Requisition ID: 22143748

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