Pine Tree Legal Assistance Job Posting for Native American Attorney

Full-time Native American attorney position.

This full-time staff attorney position will maintain an active caseload for Native American clients statewide, especially related to their status as Native Americans and/or which raise Indian law issues, including tribal/state jurisdiction, tribal benefits, tribal housing, race discrimination, Indian Child Welfare Act, the Indian Civil Rights Act, and/or border crossing issues, as well as state and federal poverty law issues. It is essential that the attorney maintain and develop working relationships within tribal communities, which will require regular outreach and related activities. The attorney will be expected to work supportively with groups such as the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and tribal community organizations, and to maintain active contacts with the national Indian Legal Services community. The attorney may be required to handle juvenile or criminal court appointments and civil cases in tribal courts pursuant to multi-year sub-grants to Pine Tree, for which careful timekeeping and reporting is required. Additional responsibilities may include work on the Native American Unit’s special newsletters and website resources for Native Americans in Maine and Connecticut, pursuant to program grants for those client populations. The position will be housed in the Bangor office and will be supervised by Regional Directing Attorney Judd Esty-Kendall.

Pine Tree recently marked its 45th anniversary as Maine’s oldest and largest legal aid provider. The program is nationally recognized as a creative, effective advocate for poor Mainers and all staff are expected to meet the program’s high standards for legal advocacy. The Native American Unit at Pine Tree also has a long history of effective advocacy on behalf of the four federally-recognized tribes in Maine. Successful applicants should bring an energetic commitment to justice for low-income individuals, the ability to relate to diverse clients, strong legal skills, and a valid driver’s license. Applicants who are Native American or who have lived or worked within the Native American community in Maine or elsewhere will be advantaged in taking on this work for Maine’s various tribal communities and Native American people. Preference will be given to applicants who are current members of the Maine bar or are licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice under Rule 89(c) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure.

The starting salary for the attorney is $43,750+ depending on experience, with excellent benefits. Entry level applicants are preferred because of the program’s funding limitations. The position is available immediately.

Interested applicants should send a letter, resume, law school transcript and three references to both of the following individuals:


  • · Executive Director Nan Heald, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, PO Box 547, Portland ME 04112 (or email to; and
  • · Directing Attorney Judson Esty-Kendall, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, 115 Main Street, Bangor ME 04401 (email

This position is open until filled but applications are encouraged by December 17.

Pine Tree is an equal employment/equal opportunity employer.

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