The Adult Representation Services (ARS) department is seeking a Trainee Attorney, Associate to represent clients under the supervision of an attorney in a variety of civil proceedings such as proposed wards in guardianship and conservatorship cases, representation of parents in child protection cases, non-custodial parents in child support contempt proceedings, representation of individuals facing civil commitment in Hennepin County Probate Court and tenants in evictions proceedings. The Adult Representation Services department provides high-quality, holistic representation to clients experiencing poverty in certain civil matters where appointment of counsel is necessary to protect a fundamental right or to further the county’s mission of reducing disparities and promoting the stability of residents. Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit the employee referral program page.Location and hours: This position is located on-site in downtown Minneapolis at the Human Services Building located at 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.About the position type: This is a limited duration (temporary) full-time, benefit earning position expected to last up to two years. This position is internally classified as an Trainee Attorney, Associate. Click here to view the job classification specification.Criminal background checks: Applicants with convictions are not automatically disqualified. Each case is considered on its individual circumstances and the type of work.In this position, you will:
· Litigate cases in court and negotiate resolutions when appropriate under the supervision of an attorney.
· Interview clients and prospective witnesses or direct the investigations and interviews conducted by investigative staff.
· Coordinate resources for clients and families or direct the coordination of resources with the support staff.
· Conduct or direct legal research which includes preparing or overseeing the drafting of briefs, memoranda, pleadings, and other legal papers; retaining case records and files; and allocating resources to effectively manage a caseload consistent with office and divisional objectives.
Need to have:
· A graduate of an accredited law school (May 2023 graduates will also be considered for this position).
· Be eligible for admission to the Minnesota Bar.
Nice to have:
o Working with diverse communities.
o In public law.
o Working as a law clerk for a government agency or legal services organization.
· Knowledge of:
o Principles, methods, and practices of legal research and writing.
o Laws regulating local government agencies.
o Local laws and ordinances, established precedents, and legal reference sources.
o Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
· Ability to:
o Demonstrate employee competencies.
o Utilize computers and other technologies to manage your work.
· Communication, interpersonal skills, and persuasive public speaking ability.
About the department: The Adult Representative Services department reports directly to the Law, Safety and Justice line of business in county administration. The division make-up of employees includes include a director, principal attorneys, senior attorneys, attorneys, paralegals, legal services specialists, case management assistants as well as office and administrative support staff.About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (log in as Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill future full time permanent and limited duration vacancies. The work assigned to a position allocated to this class may not include all of the job functions or knowledge, skills, abilities, and physical requirements indicated nor does the class specification include all work that may be assigned or restrict the emphasis of the work assigned. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.If you have any questions, please contact: Talent Acquisition Division Hennepin County Human Resources DepartmentHR.ServiceCenter@hennepin.us 612-348-7855