Assistant City Attorney I - Criminal, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Created 04/15/2019
Reference 2416042
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Minneapolis
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

The Criminal Division of the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office is an excellent place to gain experience in municipal criminal law. Attorneys with a demonstrated interest in criminal law are encouraged to apply. Experience through internships or specific course work would be helpful, however not required. Providing officials, boards, agencies and departments with professional legal services relating to criminal prosecution is the mainstay of this division. Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, this position will be involved in investigations, case development, and courtroom representation. The City Attorney's Office provides an excellent opportunity to join a team dedicated to public service and develop the knowledge and skills to advance your legal career in an environment focused on the successful practice of criminal law.

Under general supervision of a Supervising Criminal Attorney, the Assistant City Attorney I Criminal position performs professional legal work of ordinary difficulty and complexity. An Assistant City Attorney I Criminal position prepares and tries petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor cases. There currently are two full-time vacancies to be filled in the Criminal Division of the City Attorney's Office.

Application Submission Requirements:
ALL applicants MUST submit completed:
  • City of Minneapolis online application through TeamMinneapolis
  • Resume
  • Writing sample.
  • Screening questions listed in the online application must be answered
Writing Sample:
You must submit a sample of legal writing, including but not necessarily limited to an excerpt from a brief or memorandum, along with the required City application. Your sample must not exceed six pages.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and handle arraignments, pre-trials, trials and other appearances on petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor cases.
  • Draft and prepare criminal complaints, prepare written motions, memoranda and appellate briefs.
  • Work with investigators, victim/witness specialists, and paralegals to prepare cases for trial.
  • Argue motions, appellate issues, and cases at trial.
  • Respond to inquiries from law enforcement, criminal justice partners, and members of the public.
  • Conduct legal research related to criminal law issues as required.
  • Advise law enforcement personnel and City departments.
  • Prepare appeals of district court decisions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions:
Office and courtroom.

Required Qualifications:

Required Education:
Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota at time of hire and throughout employment with the City Attorney's Office.

Selection Process
The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education. It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Interview Selection
The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.

Background Check
The City has determined that a full, criminal background check (CJIS) and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Drug and Alcohol Testing
All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

Union Representation
This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the AFSCME Attorneys Unit.

Eligible List Statement
The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire four months after it has been established.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough understanding of criminal law, the rules of criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of local ordinances, state laws, established precedents and sources of legal reference.
  • Ability to deal respectfully and effectively with people from all cultures.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to use on-line legal resources such as Westlaw.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
The following are desired:
  • Experience in representing a public entity as a lawyer or student attorney.
  • Contributor to, or editor of, a law review or law journal.
  • Jury or court trial experience, particularly in criminal cases.
  • Experience in a judicial clerkship.
  • Experience in researching and drafting legal memoranda and/or motions.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluency in a foreign language (e.g., those used by the City's immigrant and refugee population such as Hmong, Lao, Oromo, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese).
Employer City of Minneapolis

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