Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Appellate Attorney

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jun 16, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
Government, Legal
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Appellate Attorney

Closing Date: 7/14/2022

S1 Salary Range: $64,310 - $99,848/annually

S2 Salary Range: $79,135 - $116,969/annually

S3 Salary Range: $89,032 - $143,925/annually

Job Summary

The Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

The Office is seeking an attorney with at least 5 years of experience practicing in the area of civil commitment and criminal law. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional to join a highly committed team that handles important public safety and legal matters for the State of Minnesota. Duties of the position will primarily include representing the prosecution in Sexually Dangerous Person petitions and appeals. The position also includes training law enforcement officers and attorneys and serving as a resource for other divisions of the office and prosecutors throughout Minnesota.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA and license to practice in the State of Minnesota
  • Five or more years’ experience practicing in the area of civil commitment and criminal law
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills (a cover letter containing a writing sample of up to five pages is required with application submission)
  • Experience using electronic files and case management tools
  • Ability to travel to counties across the state
  • Proven ability to:
  • contribute positively to a team and interact successfully with clients and members of the public
  • exercise excellent judgement, character, and work ethic
  • work in an inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment
  • multitask by managing an active caseload and meeting tight deadlines

To be considered at the S2 level, candidates must have 8 years of related experience.

To be considered at the S3 level, candidates must have 12 years of related experience.  

Why Work For Us 

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation, and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Public service with this office may qualify applicants to have part of their student loans forgiven under a federal student loan forgiveness program for state government employees.(Visit for more information.)

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Thursday, July 14, 2022.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 56697
  3. Ensure to include a cover letter containing a writing sample of up to five pages
  4. Direct Link


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jake Pleschourt at or (651) 757-1057.

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