To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
In the email body:
- A typed brief description of the position which includes:
- Position title
- Location (city, state)
- Main duties
- Closing date
- Any other pertinent details such as links to the application
- An attached PDF job announcement.
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP
Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at email@example.com and also copy firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Summer 2022 Law Clerk. Positions are available in Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. The Law Clerk will: (1) Assist NARF attorneys by conducting legal research. (2) Draft legal memorandums and case filings. (3) Verify citations and proofread. (4) Assist in case management and work on special legal projects. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, submit a cover letter (indicate your office preference), resume, non-collaborative legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and three references to Kevin Cheng, Law Clerk Program Coordinator email@example.com by September 10, 2021.
University of North Dakota School of Law
Fall 2022 Faculty Position, Grand Forks, ND. One or more tenure-track positions beginning fall 2022. Areas of interest include Federal Indian Law, Lawyering Skills, Civil Procedure, Business Associations, Energy, and Oil & Gas. Faculty will: (1) Conduct innovative research. (2). Work across disciplinary boundaries, including teaching and learning. (3) Be committed to equity and inclusion. Please see the open positions for more information and to apply. Please contact the UND School of Law’s Faculty Selection Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department
Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Associate Tribal Attorney assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions. The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.
The Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney (OTA)
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Law Clerk, Klamath, CA. The Law Clerk will: (1) Perform legal research (e.g., statutes, regulations, case law, policies), including analysis of legal positions. (2) Prepare memoranda, correspondence, case law briefs, and legislative summaries. (3) Assist in drafting appropriate ordinances and policies that implement the Tribe’s self governance objectives. (4) Provide opinions on documents and policies, and attend meetings concerning tribal regulatory (including environmental) matters. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and legal writing sample (no more than five pages) to Associate General Counsel, Alexandra Mojado, at email@example.com.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Durant, OK. The Assistant Prosecuting Attorney will: (1) Represent the Choctaw Nation in all juvenile cases and deprived actions within the jurisdiction of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (2) Facilitate communication with federal, state, and local officials regarding juvenile matters involving members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (3) Assist in drafting legislation affecting children and juvenile laws. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.
Pechanga Indian Reservation
Appellate Justice. The Appellate Justice will: (1) Support and defend the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, and its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercise considerable independent judgement in hearing motions, reviewing briefs, hearing oral argument, conducting hearings and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Provide a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (4) Draft and issue opinions and orders of the Appellate Court as necessary and appropriate. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can send their resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 951-587-2209.
Chief Appellate Justice. The Appellate Justice will: (1) Exercise considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Appellate Court, ruling on motions, setting briefing schedules, scheduling oral argument, conduct hearings and decide cases in a fair and impartial manner. (2) Provide a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (3) Preside at all hearings before the Appellate Court and dispose of cases. (4) Draft and issue opinions and orders of the Appellate Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can send their resume and letter of interest to email@example.com, Fax: 951-587-2209.
Licensing & Administrative Law Division – Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The Assistant Attorney General will: (1) Negotiate state-tribal agreements, advise on tribal treaty rights and related case law as applied to the Division’s clients. (2) Litigate and advise on taxation and enforcement authority issues. (3) Develop and maintain healthy client relationships. (4) Aid client agencies in negotiations with tribes on liquor, marijuana, and/or fuel tax issues. (5) Defend claims against agencies and officials in state and federal courts. Please view the position description for more information. Interested applicants should visit the application portal by August 31, 2021. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
Chief Judge, Pablo, MT. The Chief Judge will: (1) Supervise and provide general direction to the Tribal Court as the trial court division of the Tribal judiciary. (2) Preside over the Small Claims division, the Traffic Court Division, and the Youth Court Division of Tribal Court. (3) Oversee the general administration of the Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information and for the list of materials to be submitted. Materials should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Tribal Council Chairwoman Shelly Fyant at 406-675-2700 Ext. 1007.
Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP
Associate Attorney, Louisville, CO. The Associate Attorney will: (1) Provide counsel and legal services to new and existing clients in a professional and expedient manner. (2) Appear at hearings and trials, including hearings in tribal courts. (3) Conduct legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants can send their resume, cover letter, a writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator email@example.com. The position is open until filled.
Northern Arapaho Tribe
Staff Attorney, Lander, WY. The Staff Attorney will: (1) Work under the direction of the In-House Counsel and will be assigned a portfolio of Tribal programs. (2) Work directly with Tribal Programs on policies, procedures, legal issues and will represent the Programs in State and Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants can send their resume, cover letter, application, and certificates for all jurisdictions in which they are licensed by August 30, 2021 to L. Clare Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Colorado Law School
2022-23 Academic Year Faculty, Boulder, CO. Faculty will preferably: (1) Teach classes in the first-year curriculum, especially constitutional law, criminal law, legislation and regulation, or property. (2) Teach negotiation/alternative dispute resolution. (3) Contribute to an inclusive campus environment. Please see the position description for more information. Application materials will not be accepted via mail or email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through the CU Jobs portal. Candidates should apply as soon as possible for full consideration. For questions, please contact Professor Sharon Jacobs, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, email@example.com.
Fall 2021 2L Legal Internship, Remote. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department with research and writing projects such as drafting ordinances and memoranda. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email their cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Root & Rebound
Tribal Regions Staff Attorney, Eureka, CA with travel across northern CA. The Tribal Regions Staff Attorney will: (1) Expand our direct legal services and growing partnerships with the Yurok Tribe and other Indigenous communities in Northern California. (2) Conduct holistic legal intakes to assess a client’s reentry legal needs and develop an appropriate legal services plan. (3) Push for policy reform on issues affecting Indigenous communities, including speaking with media or congressional representatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants are preferred to submit applications by August 29th, though applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), Secretary’s Office, Office of Legal Counsel
Attorney, various locations, WA. The Attorney will: (1) Represent DCF in legal actions and proceedings before the Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals. (2) Coordinate DCF representation performed by the Department of Justice or other agencies. (3) Provide legal advice regarding the administration of DCF programs, and licensing and regulation matters. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants must apply online by 11:59 PM August 20, 2021. For assistance, please contact Jenn Xiong at 608-422-6418 or via email at JenniferM.Xiong@wisconsin.gov.
California Indian Legal Services
Staff Attorney, Sacramento, CA. Legal assistance to low-income individuals and tribes on an extensive range of Indian law issues. Duties will include research and writing, counsel and advice, representation in federal, state, and tribal court, and community outreach. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lyans, Director of Administration at email@example.com. The position is open until filled.