Job Announcements

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To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu: 

In the email body: 

  1. A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
  2. Position title 
  3. Location (city, state) 
  4. Main duties 
  5. Closing date 
  6. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  7. An attached PDF job announcement. 

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Root & Rebound

Tribal Regions Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA, with travel across Northern California. Duties include: (1) Expanding direct legal services and growing partnerships with the Yurok Tribe and other indigenous communities in Northern California. (2) Conducting holistic legal intakes for a client’s reentry legal needs and developing an appropriate legal services plan. (3) Building partnerships and relationships with Indigenous community groups and organizations. (4) Pushing for policy reform on issues affecting Indigenous communities, including speaking with media or congressional representatives, or participating in communications campaigns. (5) Seeking and elevating potential new funding opportunities. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are preferred by August 29th, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Office HR Administrator. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Managing the human resources functions and the day-to-day operations of the law office. (2) Personnel administration. (3) Legal support functions. (4) Providing administrative support for the Executive Director and the Litigation Management Committee. Please see the position description for more information. Submit applications here by September 1, 2021.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Assisting 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.  (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions. (3) Representing the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. Please see the position description for more information. 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.

Earthjustice 

Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Leading advocacy campaigns to advance policies essential to protecting and restoring biodiversity, Including through outreach to administrative and legislative decision makers, close coordination with existing allies and partners, and development of new partnerships. (2) Train and mentor associate attorneys, including by building their skills in the course of administrative and, potentially, legal advocacy. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript. Contact job@earthjustive.org with any technical difficulties or questions. 

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships Program. Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Please indicate in your cover letter which location you would like to be considered for. Duties include: (1) Prioritizing frontline communities who are burdened with the most pollution and environmental harms while being excluded from environmental benefits provided to other communities. (2) Focusing on issues involving waste mismanagement and toxic air pollution. (3) Gradually taking on more independent responsibility for their cases while working under the supervision of a Senior or Managing Attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, one-page cover letter that addresses why you would like to serve as an associate attorney, writing sample no longer than 12 pages, law school transcript, and list of three professional or academic references. Please apply by September 13, 2021. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

Judges on the Warm Springs Court of Appeals. Three openings. Warm Springs, OR. Please view the position description and The Warm Springs Tribal Code provisions describing the Court of Appeals and the duties and qualifications of judges on the Court of Appeals for more information. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume no later than Friday, August 27, 2021, though the closing date may be extended.  

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 mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief Judge. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Appellate Justice. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in hearing motions, reviewing briefs, hearing oral argument, conducting hearings and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing 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 should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Chief Appellate Justice. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (4) Presiding at all hearings before the Appellate Court and disposing of cases. (5) Developing and implementing court policies and procedures, which shall be approved by the Tribal Council. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

University of Idaho College of Law

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by July 30, 2021. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

Full Time Faculty — Tax and Estate Planning, Moscow, ID. The Faculty will: (1) Teach the basic tax course, business tax (partnerships and corps), estate planning, and wills. (2) Be able to switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law). On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena. However, that very well could change over time and we have several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc.. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu

University of Minnesota Duluth

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor. Duluth, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Teaching, advising, research, and service. (2) Active commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering socially just, culturally responsive, and anti racist practices in higher education, social work or community settings. (3) Strong experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or other Indigenous people and communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here and search for job opening 342786. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.