Careers

Join us as an employee with Dakota Plains Legal Services, a non-profit committed to providing access to justice! Interested in interning or being involved as a private attorney? Check out our internships and private attorney involvement.

 

We are currently hiring for the following positions:​

PARALEGAL / TRIBAL ADVOCATE - PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA

 

DPLS, a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a paralegal (tribal advocate) position at our Pine Ridge, South Dakota, office. The Pine Ridge Office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Oglala Lakota, Bennett and Jackson counties in South Dakota. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants, through formal education, training, and experience, must have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system, substantive and procedural law, and the ethical considerations of the legal profession which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney; must have strong written and oral communication skills; must be able to handle a significant caseload with regular court appearances; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients; must be qualified to obtain a license to practice law in the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court.   The primary duties of the successful applicant will be to advise and provide legal representation to clients on matters that are within the jurisdiction of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court.

 

SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has excellent fringe benefits, including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability) 

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, tmortland@dpls.org.

 

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

STAFF ATTORNEY - FT. THOMPSON, SOUTH DAKOTA

DPLS, a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, branch office.  The Ft. Thompson office serves the counties of 
Brule, Buffalo, Hyde and Lyman along with the Lower Brule and Crow Creek reservations.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be willing and qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.  Experience representing veterans and Victims of Crime Act victims a plus. 

 

SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has an excellent fringe benefits package including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, tmortland@dpls.org.

 

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

LEGAL SECRETARY - EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA

DPLS, a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Legal Secretary position in our Eagle Butte, South Dakota, branch office.  The Eagle Butte office serves the counties of Dewey, Haakon, Hughes, Potter, Sully, Stanley, and Ziebach along with the Cheyenne River Reservation
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QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: The legal secretary provides secretarial services for the attorney and paralegal(s) to whom she/he is assigned. The legal secretary also performs administrative duties as directed by the managing attorney of the branch office. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Familiarity and experience with widely used word processing software, such as Word and Excel, is required. Must have a good attitude and ability to work with the general public in a professional manner. Must have an appreciation and basic understanding of client confidentiality. Familiarity with legal terms and pleadings is preferred. At least two years of experience working in a law firm or similar office environment is preferred.

 

SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience. DPLS has an excellent fringe benefits package including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, tmortland@dpls.org.

 

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

STAFF ATTORNEY - SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

DPLS, a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota, branch office. The Sioux Falls office serves Native American clients in eastern South Dakota. Depending on the applicant, this position can also serve the Ft. Thompson service area. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be willing and qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.  Experience representing veterans and Victims of Crime Act victims a plus. 

 

SALARY: Competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has an excellent fringe benefits package including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability).

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Thomas S. Mortland, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444, tmortland@dpls.org.

 

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.