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Missoula County Civil Deputy Attorney in Missoula, Montana

invites applications for the position of:
Civil Deputy Attorney

SALARY: Depends on Qualifications
DEPARTMENT: County Attorney's Office
DIVISION: Civil Attorneys
OPENING DATE: 05/24/21
CLOSING DATE: 06/07/21 05:00 PM
BARGAINING UNIT: Non-Union Personnel Plan
WORK SITE: Missoula Montana

• Please complete all sections of the online application even if a resume is requested/submitted.
• Please include the following additional materials with your application: Law School Transcripts (unofficial are accepted), a Letter of Interest, a Resume, and a Professional Writing Sample.
• Incomplete applications and/or applications missing requested attachments may be disqualified.
• Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
**This is a new position in the Civil Division of the Missoula County Attorney’s Office**
DEFINITION: Performs complex and responsible civil legal work in the office of the Missoula County Attorney. Provides legal counsel, policy guidance, and representation for local government departments, agencies and boards and serves as primary legal advisor. Works in concert with the County Attorney and Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney in providing legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners and other elected officials or boards. Provides effective defense in civil actions against County departments and employees. Brings suit in civil cases on behalf of County departments.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK: Provides legal counsel to County departments and other local governmental units and elected boards as primary legal advisor. Directs work and supervises legal interns. Works with county departments regarding investigations of regulatory and statutory violations and provides guidance regarding enforcement of applicable laws and regulations. Provides training sessions to staff attorneys and other governmental departments on legal matters. Reviews, evaluates, prepares, prosecutes, and defends all types of lawsuits on behalf of the County and other government entities at all levels of administrative and judicial tribunals, both state and federal. Represents County, county departments and employees in civil litigation and administrative proceedings, both as a plaintiff and defendant. in all phases of case, including preparation of pleadings, motion practice, discovery, pre-trial preparation, trial, and appellate advocacy. Represents County government in lobbying and testifying before the State Legislature, federal agencies, and the like. Interacts with media regarding cases where appropriate. Remains on-call, as assigned, to assist and advise elected officials and county departments on civil issues requiring immediate action. Represents the State of Montana DPHHS in Youth In Need of Care cases and the state in Involuntary Commitment cases. May be assigned to represent the Public Administrator in probate matters.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a Juris Doctor degree. Requires a minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, with a preference that a significant portion of which has been in local governmental law or the equivalent. **Applicants who meets all qualifications with less than two years of experience may be considered as a Civil Deputy - Attorney I.**
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be licensed to practice law in Montana and the U.S. District Court in Montana and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: The employee commonly remains in an office (or similar) setting. May on occasion be required to lift up to 25 pounds and to visit sites, projects or physical locations involving steep slopes, rough terrain or other difficult environmental conditions. Requires occasional day and evening vehicle travel throughout Missoula County and to the state capitol in Helena and other locations for CLE/training. Serves in an on-call capacity, as assigned, to assist county departments on civil issues requiring immediate action.


200 W Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Position #2020-00194