Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Intern. Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group offers 10-week paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of judicial clerks, governmental attorneys and associates at law firms. Applications are due Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5PM PST. Visit procopio.com/nativeamericanlawintern or see the job announcement. Application here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

2L Summer Associate. Washington, DC. See attached PDF. October 9, 2020

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Jobs

Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Prosecutor, Brimley, MI. Move up to the wild and beautiful Bay Mills reservation, which sits on the bluffs of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan. The Bay Mills Indian Community is seeking a qualified attorney to carry out, on a contractor basis, the duties of the Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Tribal Court. The Tribal Prosecutor will represent Bay Mills Indian Community in proceedings before the Bay Mills Tribal Court, and is responsible in preserving and upholding the Bay Mills Indian Community Constitution and By-Laws, Law and Order Code, Tribal jurisdiction, ordinances and resolutions, and all applicable federal laws. This position will remain open until closed.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Quinault Indian Reservation

Senior Assistant Attorney General for Children and Elder Services, Taholah, WA (Quinault Indian Reservation). This is an in-house counsel position responsible for providing the Quinault Nation’s children’s an elders’ program with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (SCCP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD), and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Open until filled. For more information please see the job description.

The Wind River Tribal Court

Public Defender (Attorney), Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Essential duties include representing all adult and juvenile defendants charged with violations of the Shoshone & Arapaho Law and Order Code (SALOC). Works closely with legal services, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, tribal social service programs, tribal Federal, state probation officers, juvenile probation officers; and other Federal, State, county and city law enforcement services. A full description, qualifications, and special eligibility conditions are in the job description.

Ute Indian Tribal Court

Health and Wellness Court Judge, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Judge of the Ute Tribal Health and Wellness Court is responsible for presiding over all alcohol and drug addiction related cases referred by the Ute Tribal Court or other applicable entity. Team. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position and the successful applicant will be expected to perform all duties necessary to meet the objectives of Court. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Public defender, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Public Defender oversees the representation of defendants/respondents in proceedings initiated in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UTThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.  ​

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate, Seattle, WA. Seeking candidate with a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their application by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com. For more information, applicants should visit our website at www.ziontzchestnut.com.  The full job announcement is in the attached PDF. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

Litigation Associate, Washington, DC. See attached PDF for duties. Position Open until Filled.

See posts from September 18, 2020.

Federal Court Dismisses Federal Claims in Challenge to Sale of Tule Lake Airport to Modoc Nation

Here are the materials in Tule Lake Committee v. FAA (E.D. Cal.):

1 Complaint

7 FAA Motion to Dismiss

12 Modoc Nation Motion to Dismiss

13 City Motion to Dismiss

15 Opposition to 7

16 Opposition to 13

17 Opposition to 12

18 Tribe Reply

19 City Reply

20 FAA Reply

22 DCt Order

Prior suit here.

Southern California Tribes Sue over Border Wall

Here is the complaint in Manzanita Band of the Kumayaay Nation (D.D.C.):

1 Complaint

Update in Adams v. Dodge [Nooksack Habeas Matter]

Here are the new materials in Adams v. Dodge (W.D. Wash.), formerly Adams v. Elfo:

45 Magistrate R&R on 2d Habeas Petition

46 Petitioner Objections

48 Supplement to Petitioner’s Objections to Magistrate’s Second Report and Recommendation

51 Tribe Response

52 Tribal Court Response

54 DCt Order Adopting Magistrate R&R

Prior post here.