Staff Attorney position

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Job location
335 N. Main Ave.
Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
East River Legal Services
Street address: 
335 N. Main Ave., Suite 200
Sioux Falls
South Dakota
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

East River Legal Services (ERLS) is adding two (2) Staff Attorney positions to our existing attorney staff of five (5). The positions are in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota office, but will require travel throughout eastern South Dakota. We are a non-profit law firm serving low-income individuals in the 33 Eastern South Dakota counties. ERLS exists to better the lives of the over 52,000 people living in poverty in Eastern South Dakota. We offer free legal services to our community's veterans, older Americans (60+), disabled, victims of crime, and all those facing financial insecurity.

Summary of Position

The specific position requires the representation of victims of crime in all areas of law including housing, family law, Protection Orders, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, utilities, public benefits, consumer, and other civil matters. The types of services provided include legal advice, brief service, and/or extended representation. Aside from direct representation, the Staff Attorney position requires preparing and delivering client training and other community education; conducting intake and outreach; appearing in administrative and judicial forums; active bar participation; and special legal and community projects. The Staff Attorney shall perform any other responsibilities under the supervision of the Executive Director and/or Managing Attorney as may be necessary for the day-to-day operation of the Program.

East River Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Applicants must be licensed to practice law in South Dakota or be eligible for admission by motion. Previous experience in poverty law or with crime victims is preferred, but not required. Demonstrable awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the populations we serve are necessary. Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, excellent written and communication skills, ability to work constructively with others, ability, and willingness to work hard, are all necessary qualifications for this position. The ability to speak more than one language is a plus. Persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other traditionally underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume with references, to:

Brent Thompson
Executive Director
East River Legal Services
335 North Main Avenue, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
[email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Salary and Benefits Salary based on experience. Benefits include paid holidays and vacation days, health, dental, vision, travel reimbursement, Life, AD & D, IRA.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, August 31, 2020