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
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

(2) Associate Justice. To be considered, interested candidates must submit a letter of intent to serve and three character references to the Judiciary Committee by close of business (COB) on Monday, March 22, 2021. For more information please see the announcement.

Yurok Tribe

Legal Fellow – Summer 2021 3L, Klamath, CA. Based on a grant made possible by California Changelawyers, Root & Rebound seeks a rising 3L for a paid, summer fellowship to serve the Yurok Tribe in Northern California. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public service, tribal justice, and a willingness to be physically located near or around Klamath, CA for the summer of 2021. The legal fellow will be trained in “reentry law”, a holistic model of legal practice embedded in the needs and goals of systems-impacted individuals. The fellow will provide direct legal services including record clearing, reduction of fines and fees, and challenging unconstitutional probation and parole terms. The fellow will also work closely with the Yurok Tribal court to support them with development of reentry programming, direct legal services, data sovereignty projects, and individual case management. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than April 2, 2021.Please see the description for more information.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Staff Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. ANJC seeks a Staff Attorney to join our team: 1) representing Alaska Tribes in child welfare matters that implicate the Indian Child Welfare Act; 2) providing technical assistance and training to tribal justice systems; and 3) providing civil legal services to primarily Alaska Native/American Indian victims and survivors of crime. Hiring preference given to qualified Alaska Native / American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

The Native American Rights Funds (NARF)

Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation document. Closing date is April 9, 2021. For more information please see the announcement.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Tempe, AZ.  Rothstein Donatelli Tempe office is seeking a 1L or 2L summer 2021 law clerk for its Indian law practice.  The law clerk will be given a variety of real work assignments for tribal clients and will learn what a career in a boutique Indian law firm entails. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, two references, law school transcript and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Manya Snyder at msnyder@rothsteinlaw.com.  The Application deadline is March 31, 2001. Please see the position description for more information.


Olson, Bzdok & Howard

Litigation Associate Attorney, Frankfort, MI. Case load may include environmental law, Indian law, land use, real estate, municipal, and commercial litigation. Candidate should either be licensed in Michigan or willing to become licensed in Michigan. Both full-time and part-time applicants will be considered. Compensation and benefits are competitive in the Traverse City market area. More information on the firm can be found at envlaw.com. 

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Tribal Attorney, Mayetta, KS. The Tribal Attorney provides the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council ant̄ the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation government with professional legal services in support of the goals of the Tribal Council and all of the Tribal departments. The Attorney is supervised and directed by the Tribal Council. Provides legal services for Tribal Council including drafting resolutions, correspondence, contracts, agreements, amendments to tribal codes, policy and procedure, legal memoranda, intergovernmental agreements, pleadings and documents; May conduct litigation in Tribal, State and/or Federal courts; and more. Position is open until filled. See the description for more information and apply online here.

Earthjustice

Litigation Assistant, Tribal Partnerships Program, Denver, CO. This position provides support for the litigation and advocacy activities of the Tribal Partnerships Program and for the administrative and operations needs of the team, which is spread out over different offices. Experience with Native American communities or tribes a plus. Depending on qualifications and experience, we plan to hire a Litigation Assistant or Senior Litigation Assistant. Please see the job description for more information.

Associate Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Miami, Tallahassee, or remote from Puerto Rico. The attorney selected for this position will focus on local enforcement, litigation and other legal advocacy driven by the concerns of communities and partners in Puerto Rico. The Associate will work on cases furthering our clean energy goals in Puerto Rico, as well as work related to clean air, clean water, toxic chemicals, pesticides and waste facilities, and zoning, among other issues of importance in Puerto Rico.  To learn more about the Florida Regional Office, click here. For more information please see the position description.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Washington, DC (temporary remote). Must be well-versed in all aspects of financial management ranging from accounting to broad investment and banking operations. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader since the CFO will be a senior manager who will work with all departments of the organization on budgeting and financial management. The CFO will perform effective risk management and plan the organization’s financial strategy with the goal of protecting the organization’s revenues and profits to achieve full financial control and sustainable growth. Closing Date: 12/31/21. For more information, please see the job description.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office

FT Chief Civil Deputy, Civil Division, Tucson, AZ. Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, and other County departments and  elected officials; Responsible for the planning, assignment and supervision of all aspects of the work of the Civil Division with a large staff of attorneys, investigators, and support personnel; and more. Interested applicants may submit letters of interest and resumes to Chief Deputy County Attorney Tamara Mulembo, tamara.mulembo@pcao.pima.gov. For more information please see the job description.

Bureau of Land Management

Attorney-Adviser, Albuquerque, NM. Providing advice, general legal services, and litigation representation and support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior bureaus, primarily for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Closing date is March 26, 2021. Link to application: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594676200

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, near Pendleton, Oregon. This Tribal Attorney position is assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996.  Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 and see the job description for more information. Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.


California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, California Indian Legal Services (CILS), Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Investment Committee (IC), and as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General.  Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. Assist with protective services for victims. Prepares victims for hearings.  This position is open until March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice:

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice: Natural Resources, Tax and Finance, Litigation, Employment, Human Services/Government Services, Economic Development, Water Rights, Chapter (local) government, Relocatee Benefits.Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found at:

http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

Judicial Branch of the 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

See posts from March 12, 2021.