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State of Montana Attorney in Helena, Montana

Why Montana?

Montana, the Treasure State, fondly known as Big Sky Country, is the 4thlargest state in the U.S.,populated by 1,070,000 people and 2,600,000 cows. Montana’s state animal is the grizzly bear and the state tree is the Ponderosa Pine. Magnificent Glacier National Park resides in Montana, along with the northern corner of Yellowstone National Park. Twenty-eight million acres of public land are found in Montana waiting for you to explore and enjoy; including 10 national forests, 16 wilderness areas, 54 state parks, the mighty Missouri River, and numerous other blue-ribbon trout streams. Natural beauty, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, wildlife, birds – these set the backdrop for the culture. But Montana also offers strong universities, friendly neighbors, and has recently held the title as the state with the strongest entrepreneurial climate with the most small-business start-ups and a huge presence in the high-tech arena.

Why Helena?

Helena is the capital city of Big Sky Country, and the county seat of Lewis & Clark County. With 32,000 people in the city limits and 68,000 people in the county, all within 3,498 square miles, you will be surrounded by a whopping 19 people per square mile. In other words, your commute time will be amazing – even if you live 30 miles from the office! For a small city, grown up from its days as a gold-miner camp, Helena offers much culture. A grand civic center, several theatre, ballet, and dance companies, the massive Cathedral of St. Helena, natural hot spring spas, a walking mall on the historic downtown Last Chance Gulch, the Montana State Historical Society and Museum, and the state capitol building itself are all nestled in the Prickly Pear Valley in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Learn more about moving to and living in Helena, Montanahere.

Why CSI?

As an attorney, we know you have many employment opportunities available to you. But just as we caught your attention with the appeal of a small-city, mountain life, we will also appeal to you in creating your professional working environment. The Office of the Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI), is an efficient, highly-regarded, professional regulatory agency with responsibility for consumer protection of insurance and securities purchasers. Our success derives from having effective working relationships, built on mutual trust and respect for each other’s skills and abilities. We will challenge you to be the best you can be in both your individual competencies and as a team-player. We have created an environment for success and will work hard to provide opportunity for you to progress in your career with mentorship, education, and training.

Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generous benefits.

· Work/life balance

· Medical, dental, and vision coverage

· Retirement plans

· Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

· Pre-tax flexibility spending accounts

· A vibrant Employee Assistance Program

· State of Montana employment may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Lookhereto learn more and understand whether or not you may qualify.

Additional benefit package information is availablehere.

Does this job match your strengths?

We are looking for a criminal prosecutor who has excellent oral and written communication skills, is self-motivated, and has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, the public, witnesses, judges, court personnel, and law enforcement. You should have at least five years of experience as a criminal prosecutor or defense attorney at the county, state, or federal level. We are also looking for someone who is interested in keeping up with the ever-changing, technologically-morphing, insurance industry; and the robust securities, business capitalization, and crowd-funding arenas. You would have an amazing opportunity to learn these financial-sector industries as technological change sweeps through old business models.

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You would be representing the CSI in complex criminal prosecutions involving white collar crimes in the insurance and securities industries. As a prosecuting attorney, you would initiate criminal cases on behalf of the people of the State of Montana. This would include managing cases from referral through final judgment; including performing case evaluation, preparation, and management. In this position, you would represent the CSI in pre-trial and evidentiary hearings and trials; ensure effective communication with defense attorneys, court personnel, victims and family members, witnesses and other interested parties. You would evaluate cases by reviewing documentation, conduct necessary legal research on applicable laws, interview witnesses or persons with knowledge of the cases, gather evidence, and determine most appropriate actions to be taken. This position would also require you to review and prepare legal documents, opinions, forms, contracts and other legal agreements. Additionally, you would be responsible for preparing evidence, exhibits, and legal documents necessary to litigate cases, in addition to providing consultation, making recommendations, giving appropriate legal advice, and handling settlement negotiations. Litigation duties include drafting all pleadings, engaging in written discovery, drafting and filing motions and briefs, making court appearances, and taking and defending depositions. You would also be representing the CSI in administrative proceedings under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act. Occasional appellate advocacy is required in both district court petitions for judicial review and in Montana Supreme Court appeals.

You would be researching and investigating referrals on matters concerning regulatory compliance; advising agency staff on administrative matters; researching and preparing proposed legislation; testifying at legislative hearings; preparing legal opinions; and drafting administrative rules. Additionally, there may be times when you are appointed to serve as a hearing examiner over administrative cases.

Minimum qualifications:

· Juris Doctorfrom ABA-accredited law school;

· Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Montana, or the ability to become a member by the agreed upon start date; and

· Five years of prosecution or criminal defense experience as a lead attorney, preferably with trial experience.

Preferred qualifications:

· Five or more years as a criminal prosecutor in a county, state, or federal government agency;

· Five or more years of experience working as a defense attorney with experience in white collar criminal law.

· Two or more years in the insurance or securities industries; or

· Two or more years with a state or federal insurance or securities regulator.

v Alternate combinations of experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What do you need to do to apply?

If you are interested in protecting Montana consumers through the regulation of the insurance and securities industries, please do the following:

· Attach your resume. 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.

· Attach your cover letter outlining your criminal prosecution or criminal defense experience.

· Include a writing sample of which you are the sole author.

· Attach copies of your college and law school transcripts.* *

CSI will invite a limited number of applicants to a minimum of one structured interview. Selectees are subject to successful reference, background, driving record, and fingerprint checks.

Be sure to mark your attachments as "relevant" or we will be unable to view your documents. Only electronic materials will be accepted. If you need assistance or an accommodation, please contact Human Resources. Failure to attach the requested materials will result in your application being incomplete and will not be considered further.

Applicants claiming employment preference are required to provide proper documentation, i.e. Vet Preference (DD214), Disabled Vet document from U.S. Veterans Administration certifying service-connected disability or purple heart medal, disabled (DPHHS Disability Certification), by the closing date. The State of Montana Careers system will generate an email with instructions on how to submit preference documents.

Women (and/or) minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

Position open until filled, first review of applications will be reviewed on July 17, 2020.

If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Job: *Legal

Title: Attorney

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20141596

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