Summary / Objective:
The sexual assault civil legal attorney is responsible for providing holistic civil legal services to victims of sexual assault across the state of South Dakota.  Holistic legal services include advocating for victims’ rights in the criminal justice system, emergency protection orders, protection order hearings, employment issues, school issues, housing issues, and any other civil issues that may arise due to the sexual assault.

Essential Functions:
Provide civil legal services to victims of sexual assault, including assessment and referral, legal consultation, and representation in protective and peace order proceedings, family law cases, college administrative proceedings, victim compensation proceedings, and other matters
Develop and utilize skills to provide high quality and sensitive legal services to victims of sexual assault
Answer telephone/email inquiries from individuals and agencies on legal issues regarding sexual assault
Provide or assure provision of safety planning for victims
Maintain reasonable caseload in compliance with grant requirements
Review cases with the director and seek assistance when needed
Conduct legal research
Provide community outreach, technical assistance and training
Collect data needed for grant reports or other reasons; assist in report preparation
Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with grant requirements
Attend trainings regarding best practices for sexual assault civil legal issues
Document contacts with clients and keep necessary statistical information.


  • Confidentiality
  • Ethical conduct
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Organization and planning
  • Attention to detail
  • Case management
  • Dependability
  • Stress management / composure
  • Problem solving / analysis

 Benefits: 10 paid holidays, PTO accrual, Health, 3% employer funded retirement, comp time for on call responsibilities, option to elect additional supplemental coverage, Dental

Required education and experience:
Qualified candidates will have a J.D. from an accredited law school, be licensed to practice law in South Dakota, and be a member or willing to become a member of the State Bar of South Dakota.  Experience working with sexual assault victims is a plus.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume to executive director Michelle Markgraf.

Civil Legal Attorney

Job closes November 18, 2016

Healing safety help

The Compass Center is a Sioux Empire United Way funded agency.