Squaxin Island Tribe (WA) Seeks In-house Staff Attorney

The Squaxin Island Tribe, located near Olympia, Washington, seeks a staff attorney to join their practice group of five attorneys.

Approximately 40% of time will be devoted to Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) and related matters.  Seeking a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to ICWA and child welfare related matters.  Primary responsibility will be to serve the Tribe’s Department of Social and Health Services, particularly as related to planning, organizing and directing assigned ICW/Child Welfare, Youth, Truancy and Juvenile civil cases within the Legal Department, and to serve as presenting officer for Tribe.

Remaining 60% of time devoted to legal services covering a broad range of tribal government and federal Indian law issues as a member of the attorney staff.  Principal areas of Tribal practice include general government infrastructure needs, real estate transactions, commercial transactions, zoning and land use, water rights, housing and utilities, environmental protection, Indian gaming, business transactions, employment matters and economic development.  Seeking a candidate with willingness to work collaboratively with other staff attorneys as needed, including as aide to principal attorney in litigation and administrative hearings.

Minimum qualifications include two years experience practicing in tribal, federal or state Court; in good standing as a member of the Washington State Bar Association (or able to become licensed in Washington within 120 days); and working knowledge of federal Indian law principles and their interplay with state law.

Additional information at http://www.squaxinisland.org/2011/12/10575/