Friday Job Announcements

Good afternoon! Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent 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, and closing date. See below for examples.
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing, M.I. Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through its local legal services offices, Legal Services of South Central Michigan and Farmworker Legal Services, as well several statewide advocacy programs: Michigan Poverty Law Program, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, and the Michigan Legal Help Program. MAP has a staff of about 100 people in offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. The staff attorney position is in the Lansing- Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) – office, serving Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Livingston Counties. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the next bar examination. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to underserved populations. For more information, please visit LSSCM’s website.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi 

Staff Attorney, Fulton, M.I. Under the direction of the Chief Legal Counsel and the Tribal Council, the Staff Attorney provides legal advice to the Tribal Council and various programs being operated under the authority of the Tribal Council. Represents the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in court actions in Tribal, State and Federal court proceedings. Reviews and prepares legal documents, advises client constituents within the Tribal government as to legal rights, and practices other phases of law by performing the following duties. Applications close on August 26, 2019. For more information, please see the job announcement.

Legal Intern, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi is seeking a legal intern for the upcoming academic year to conduct legal research and writing for the legal department, prepare pleadings, and more. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 18, 2019.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney , Anchorage, Alaska. Associate attorneys perform a range of work in the Alaska office, in partnership with staff attorneys and litigation assistants, to investigate, develop, and prosecute administrative appeals and litigation including: factual investigation, legal research, case development, record review, client engagement and development, expert evidence and witness development, motions practice and brief writing, oral advocacy, and appellate advocacy. As associate attorneys gain experience, their case load may include cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of a staff attorney, in addition to matters on which they work in a supporting role with staff attorneys. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, please see the job announcement or visit here.

Supervising Staff Attorney Chicago, Chicago, I.L. Earthjustice is seeking an experienced litigation attorney to join its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, IL. This office serves as a focal point for work throughout the Midwest, potentially including work across the full array of Earthjustice’s program areas – Climate & Energy, Healthy Communities, Lands and Wildlife, and Sustainable Food and Farming. The Supervising Staff Attorney will independently develop, file, manage, and litigate cases from beginning to end, and will work with the Managing Attorney to develop strategic objectives, set priorities, build and maintain client and partner relationships, and assess resource needs. This person will also supervise the work of other staff assigned to the Midwest Regional program (potentially including Associate Attorneys, Fellows, Litigation Assistants, and litigation support staff). For more information about our Midwest Office, visit here. The Supervising Staff Attorney will play a leading role in their own docket of major environmental cases, collaborate on litigation with other Earthjustice attorneys and staff, and develop and maintain relationships with clients and partners (such as, other nonprofit organizations, environmental justice groups, community-based organizations, labor unions, and tribes). This person will also serve as a thought partner with the Managing Attorney and a Litigation Leader in the office. It is particularly important that the incumbent be a seasoned. Applications reviewed on a rolling deadline. Please see the announcement or website for more information.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney/Prosecutor, Ignacio, C.O. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director and Deputy Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for the effective, efficient, and fair prosecution of violations of the Tribal Code to include criminal, gaming, and wildlife cases. In addition, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, civil litigation, contract review, employment matters, and the consideration of social services cases. Applications close at 5pm MST on September 3, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Law Clerk, Tucson. A.Z. The Law Clerk assists in performing legal analysis, researching and preparing legal files and documents, and other legal services.  The Law Clerk maintains confidentially of all privileged information of the Office of the Attorney General. If interested please submit your application online at: https://www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov/index.php/features/attorney-general or  submit an email to:  hr.recruitment@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov. For more information, please see the announcement.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Senior Legal Counsel, Mashantucket, C.T. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the incumbent assists in providing legal advice and services to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, including its departments, arms (including the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise), subdivisions, regulatory bodies, committees, entities and business enterprises (MPTN) concerning legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. Juris Doctorate required from an ABA-accredited/approved law school. At least seven (7) years of experience practicing law in a government, private or corporate setting with some experience or exposure to the field of federal Indian law. Must be admitted to practice law in a State or federal jurisdiction at time of appointment to position, preferably in the state and federal courts of Connecticut. Must be admitted to practice law in Connecticut and in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court within one year of appointment. Well-developed communication, interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and problem solving skills required. Demonstrated excellent ability to research and analyze (both orally and in written form) legal issues, concerns or problems is required. Excellent ability to communicate legal concepts and analysis to MPTN (including its elected officials, officers, employees and representatives), to patrons, vendors or any other person necessary to resolve a matter is required. Excellent ability to work cooperatively with other attorneys and paralegals and take direction from General Counsel and Associate General Counsel, as required. Please note that we have designated this position as a “key” position pursuant to the Tribal and Native American Preference Law. Please send resume to sferguson@foxwoods.com or apply at Foxwoods.com.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

AmeriCorps Attorney, Traverse City, M.I. Michigan Indian Legal Services seeks to hire an attorney (AmeriCorps) to work under a joint medical-legal partnership program with 2 or 3 tribal health clinics. Practice Areas include: Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women’s Rights.  Open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Guardian ad Litem, Oakville, W.A. A Court appointed person trained to independently investigate and determine the needs of tribal children, youth and vulnerable adults who are subject to a court proceeding by either the Tribe’s social service program or family members.  Please see job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 16, 2019.

Criminal Public Defender, Oakville, W.A. The Public Defender is responsible for representing all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. This representation shall extend from arraignment/initial hearing through appeal where appropriate. Please see job announcement for more information. Position open until filled.

Association of Village Council Presidents 

Associate GC Job Announcement, Bethel, A.K. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, C.O. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance.  NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska.  NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket.  NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is open until filled, with interviews beginning in August. Please see the announcement for more information.

Wisconsin Judicare

ILO Staff Attorney, Wausau, W.I. Wisconsin Judicare’s Indian Law Office has an immediate opening for a full-time attorney to represent Native American individuals and groups on a variety of issues in its Wausau, Wisconsin office.  Duties include:  1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals and groups;  2) Educate and serve Native American Elders;  3) Provide backup services and education to Tribal Benefit Specialists;  4) Participate in tribal court development and community education projects; and 5) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys.   Application period opens immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

NoVo Foundation

Program Associate, Kingston, N.Y. The Program Associate reports to the Foundation’s Senior Director and works closely with two Program Officers based remotely, in western Montana and Reno, NV. The PA provides administrative support to both Program Officers, assists with the Initiative’s grantmaking, and manages strategic projects. This role requires experience working in Indigenous communities, as well as passion for NoVo Foundation’s mission to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. The position demands the flexibility and precision needed to support a fully remote team across multiple time zones. The PA will be based in one of NoVo’s offices, either Kingston, NY (preferably) or Brooklyn, NY. Regular travel to NoVo’s offices for meetings and other Foundation activities is expected. Please see the job announcement or website for more information. Applications close on August 30, 2019.

Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker

RFP for Utah Lobbying Services, U.T. The Navajo Nation Legislative Branch is seeking a Consultant for Governmental Lobbying Services to the Navajo Nation Council in relation to the 2020 and 2021 Utah Legislative Sessions. RFP-UT Lobbyist-7568. The Office of the Navajo Nation Speaker (OOS) will be accepting all proposals from qualified consultants. The Offeror is required to provide qualifications and other documents as part of their proposal.  Interested parties shall obtain more information from the Office of the Speaker. Due Date of RFP Proposals is Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM. This procurement process is a combined technical qualifications and cost-based selection. Send inquiries and questions to Lashawna Tso, MPA, Chief of Staff lrtso@navajo-nsn.gov |  928.871.7160.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Associate In-House Counsel, Pine Ridge, S.D. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking an Associate In-House Counsel. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 30, 2019.

Pueblo of Laguna

Court Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under administrative supervision of the Governor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Judge, Laguna, N.M. Under general direction of the Presiding Judge, adjudicates cases, prepares decisions, and carries out other functions of the judicial processes. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information. Applications close on August 1, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under general administrative direction of the Court Prosecutor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating criminal laws, including status offenses the Pueblo of Laguna laws, codes, and/or ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.  Applications open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Michigan State University College of Law

Office Assistant, East Lansing, M.I. This position provides administrative support to the Office of Student Affairs and the Registrar’s Office. Performs a variety of tasks, including answering phones, directing and responding to department email inquiries, greeting and directing visitors, answering questions, assisting with events, data gathering/entry, and/or word processing tasks. Maintains various databases and student files. Assists the Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in compiling statistical data. Provides high quality service for internal and external customers.  Through teamwork collaborates with other employees to achieve goals and objectives. Applications close on August 13, 2019. Please visit the website for more information.

University of New Mexico School of Law

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The Clinical Law Program at the University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in its Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) beginning in Fall 2020. Academic rank and salary depend on experience and qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a J.D. or equivalent; 3-5 years of practice experience; and licensed to practice in any jurisdiction. Preferred qualifications include experience in clinical or legal teaching; experience connecting with tribal communities, individuals, and entities; training and experience in supervising; demonstrated or the promise of excellence in practicing federal Indian law or tribal law; academic scholarship; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, and working with broadly diverse communities.  Applications close on September 22, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenured-track faculty position to teach in its Legal Analysis and Communication Program, starting in the Fall of 2020. Faculty in the program are responsible for teaching Elements of Legal Argumentation I & II, the law school’s required first-year legal writing sequence. ELA I & II focus on developing students’ skills in legal reading, research, analysis, and communication. The program’s faculty members typically teach two first-year sections of approximately 15-20 students each (or 30-40 students total). They also teach upper-level writing courses, and the successful candidate will be expected to help design and implement the program’s upper-level writing curriculum. At UNM, legal writing faculty serve on all law school committees (including serving as chairs of committees) and are eligible for summer research and teaching grants. The Legal Analysis and Communication Program is a director-led program that values close collaboration and quality teaching. Applications close on September 22, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The Clinical Law Program at the University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in its Economic Justice Clinic (EJC) beginning Fall 2020. Academic rank and salary will depend on experience and qualifications. EJC works to reduce structural inequality and promote equitable economic development in low-income communities through direct representation of individuals and legal support for community-based organizing efforts in the areas of workers’ rights, housing, and grassroots entrepreneurship. This position involves teaching primarily in the clinical law program, with opportunities to teach elsewhere in the curriculum. Clinic faculty supervise students in all aspects of direct client representation and community-based projects, and teach clinical skills classes. For additional information, visit http://lawschool.unm.edu/clinic/sections/economic-justice-clinic.html.

Please see yesterday’s (August 8, 2019) Special Edition Job Announcements here.

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