Friday Job Announcements

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:

In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes

  1. Position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Navajo Nation 

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This 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, UT. This 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.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorneys, Northeast Region. We expect the Staff Attorneys we hire for this position to play a leading role developing and litigating cases and seeking regional legislative opportunities to further the Office’s work. Both Staff Attorneys will play an integral part in shaping the Northeast Office’s strategic plan for fulfilling our regional mission. Both Staff Attorneys also will play an important part in helping our less-experienced attorneys and professional staff grow and develop in their careers.

Procopio Law Firm

Native American Summer Internship, San Diego, C.A. Procopio is seeking Native American law students (or law students with an emphasis in Native American Law) to join the Firm for a 10-week internship with the Native American Practice Group! Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of Tribal Judges, governmental attorneys, Tribal attorneys, university professors, entrepreneurs and associates at law firms. Following the internship, we remain active with our alumni to mentor and prepare them for their success in their career. Procopio’s Native American Summer Internship is a very unique and committed program that will provide valuable experience, dedicated mentorship, exposure to many areas of the law, guidance in legal writing and article drafting, and a lifelong network of contacts! Qualified candidates should email resume, transcript, writing sample and a brief cover email to ted.griswold@procopio.com.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington D.C., Portland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Anchorage seeks an Associate Attorney for its Oklahoma City office.   Hobbs Straus specializes in Native American and Alaskan Native law, and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The ideal candidate will possess:  (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) a strong academic performance history; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation.  A minimum of 1-5 years’ legal experience is required.  Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. To apply:  Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com.

DNA Legal Services

Multiple Positions, Farmington, N.M. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a non-profit law office committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA is one of the largest Indian legal service organizations in the country. We currently have openings for attorneys in all of our offices. We also have summer law clerk positions – fellowship funded positions, volunteer positions, or Work-Study positions – in all of our offices. If you are interested in applying for a position please email your resume and cover letter to Rodolfo. D. Sanchez, DNA – People’s Legal Services Executive Director at rsanchez@dnalegalservices.org.

Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Criminal Public Defender, W.A. State. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation is seeking a qualified Criminal Public Defender. The ideal candidate will display a passion for serving the community by supporting and providing legal counsel to 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. The applicant must be familiar with and capable of creating legal documents, and successfully arguing motions in front of a judge. The Public Defender must be possess and/or be willing to continue acquiring knowledge of federal law, Constitutional Due Process Rights, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Chehalis Law and Order Code, and procedural rules of the court. For a full job description or should you have questions, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator. Juris Doctorate and license to practice law in the State of Washington required. At least five (5) years of experience in the legal field required. Closing date: October 18th, 2019.

Berkey Williams LLP

Berkey Williams Indian Law Fellowship, C.A. Berkey Williams LLP seeks applicants for a one-year Indian Law Fellowship beginning September 2020. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. The Fellowship contributes to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. We are a private law firm with a public interest focus and a client base comprised exclusively of Indian nations and organizations. We maintain offices in Berkeley and Davis, California; Washington, D.C.; and Syracuse, New York. Natural and cultural resource protection, water and land rights, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, employment, health care and Indian child welfare form the core of our work. Additional information may be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com/. The Fellowship offers a competitive salary, benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a firm serving Indian Nations and organizations exclusively. The Fellow will be located in one of our California offices and, 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, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Applications are encouraged from recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. We seek Fellows who bring a variety of experiences to the firm’s clients. High academic achievements are considered and weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments and experience, resourcefulness, professional goals, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently. Membership in the California Bar, or willingness to obtain California or other state bar membership, is preferred.

Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@ berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2019.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi seeks a licensed attorney to serve as Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney for the Tribe to be appointed for an approximate term of four (4) years. This is a contractual, part-time position and will be compensated on an hourly basis. The NHBP Prosecutor serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for supervising all criminal investigations of offenses arising under the Tribe’s criminal laws along with other duties. Please see the job announcement for more information. Closing date: October 17, 2019.

Federicks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP (“FPP”) is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and Native American organizations throughout the United States.  Our gifted, dynamic and diverse team of attorneys includes tribal members who are committed and accomplished advocates for tribal governments and organizations.  Our firms’ singular mission is seeking justice for Indian tribes and their citizens and promoting, protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty, culture and resources.  The increasing utilization and development of tribal lands and resources and growing tribal involvement in business and governmental enterprises create a critical need for sound advice, counsel, advocacy and aggressive legal representation.  Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP maximizes tribal resources for the improvement of Indian communities nationwide.

FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPP offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by October 31, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

See posts from October 4, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!