The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is a premier public law office of 90-plus legal professionals and support staff practicing in all areas of municipal law including criminal prosecution, civil litigation, municipal governance, contract and procurement, code and licensing enforcement, planning and zoning, real estate, and economic development.
The Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for a full-time, senior prosecutor position in its Criminal Division. Attorneys in the Criminal Division represent the City and are assigned to handle high volumes of a variety of criminal cases from charging through appeal.
Information Specific to this Position: This position performs wide-ranging, expert level, highly-complex professional legal work in the Criminal Division. The worksite for this position is at the St. Paul City Attorney's Office located in downtown Saint Paul. While some telework may be possible upon approval of the City Attorney, this position is not a remote position.
General Description of Duties: This position will involve prosecuting individuals charged with petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor offenses. Typical work performed includes:
Screening of cases for criminal charges by reviewing and evaluating reports from law enforcement, assessing evidentiary issues and the merits of cases, and recommending approval of or declining of charges. Representing the City by preparing for and making appearances at arraignments, pretrial hearings. jury trials, sentencing, and other court proceedings; keeping affected parties informed as to case status; negotiating resolution of cases, and recommending disposition of cases. Conducting case investigations by identifying and researching legal issues, interviewing victims and witnesses, and obtaining evidence from sources such as phone records, business records, video or audio tapes, background searches, and other evidentiary materials. Drafting, filing, and/or submitting criminal complaints, memoranda, discovery requests, appeals, proposed court orders, pleadings, motions, letters, and other legal documents. Drafts ordinances, resolutions, rules, and policies. Plans, organizes, mentors, and leads the work of lower-level employees within the Criminal Division as requested by the City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, or Supervising Attorney. Leads criminal prosecution activities and provides expert legal advice to the City Council, the Mayor's Office, City departments, boards, commissions, and committees.
Job classification and salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates for this position will have at least a Juris Doctorate Degree, a license to practice law from the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota, and at least four years of progressive experience practicing law as an Attorney at the intermediate to senior level with the City of Saint Paul or equivalent. Continued employment as a Senior Prosecutor is contingent upon maintaining such licensure.
Preferred Qualifications: Minimum of seven years of experience practicing criminal law. Qualified candidates must have strong writing and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to maintain consistent professionalism, and a license to practice law in Minnesota.