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: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  2. An attached PDF job announcement. 

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Lochen Law Offices

Law Clerk. Hartland, WI. The position is for law students who have successfully completed or are presently enrolled in Constitutional Law and Federal Indian law, and have a demonstrated interest and/or background in advocating on behalf of Indian tribes. Duties include: (1) Assisting with legal research and writing; (2) Litigation in various jurisdictions; (3) Conducting Tribal economic development projects; (4) Drafting/reviewing corporate bylaws, resolutions and ordinances; (5) Researching and drafting policies and procedures for various Tribal governmental departments; and (6) Researching and drafting research memos on tax issues, jurisdictional questions, and other matters that focus on representation of Indian tribes and Tribal entities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Eric Lochen, Managing Partner, eric@lochenlaw.com. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Walker Law LLC

Fall 2021 Law Associate / Student Law Clerk. Washington, D.C. Area. Duties include: (1) Assisting with federal litigation; and (2) Assisting with other legal and governmental affairs issues for the firm’s Native American Indian Tribe clients and Native Business clients. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a resume, law school transcript, two or three references, and cover letter to Liz Walker (Liz@Liz-Walker.com). These positions are open until filled.

University of Miami- Native American & Global Indigenous Studies (NAGIS)

Tenure Track Position. Miami, FL. Duties include: (1) Joining an appropriate academic department within the College of Arts and Sciences; (2) Playing a key role in the creation of a curriculum and associated program in Native American and Global Indigenous Studies; (3) Strengthening existing faculty and programming in NAGIS across the university through excellence in research, teaching, and service, including sustained community engagement and outreach; and (4) Teaching and mentoring students. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application via the UM Careers website. Please view the position description for specifics. Applications will begin to be reviewed November 15th, 2021.

Wilton Rancheria Tribal Office

Executive Director of Indian Child Welfare. Elk Grove, CA. Duties include: (1) Assessing the needs of the community and developing and monitoring programs accordingly; (2) Educating tribal and surrounding community members on the Indian Child Welfare Act; (3) Working with Tribal Member families, children, the legal system (including local, county, state, federal, and tribal), and county social workers and service providers to ensure compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act and applicable Tribal Laws; and (4) Attending court hearings and maintaining record of court proceedings and monitoring on-going ICWA case. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney. Anchorage, AK; Juneau, AK; or Remote. Duties include: (1) Litigating cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation; (2) Developing litigation and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals; (3) Collaborating and managing relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners; (4) Cultivating new and diverse clients, allies, and coalition partners; (5) Leading teams and mentoring other staff, including associate attorneys, litigation assistants, and law clerks; and (6) Serving as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references Please see position description for submission specifications.

Associate AttorneyThe Coal Program. Philadelphia, PA or Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Senior Attorneys, Deputy Managing Attorneys, Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy; (3) Engaging in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other administrative tribunals; (4) Preparing comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents; (5) Interacting with clients, coalition partners, and experts; and (6) Hire and supervise law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Associate Attorney. San Francisco, CA or Los Angeles, CA. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing and potential litigation projects; (2) Reviewing and analyzing a paper record and interviewing fact witnesses and scientific experts; (3) Advocating in front of administrative agencies for strong health and environmental protections; (4) Assisting in or taking the lead in preparing a legal brief; and (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a writing sample by applying here.

The National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney – Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction. Washington, D.C., but the applicant can work remotely. Duties include: (1) Project management; (2) Coordination among project partners; (3) Planning and coordinating inter-tribal working group meetings; (4) Legal analysis and drafting; (5) Drafting and reviewing tribal codes, policies, and procedures; (6) Planning and conducting webinars and trainings; (7) Coordination with federal agencies; and (8) Advising and updating tribal stakeholders on important issues. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and sample writings (5-7 pages) by 12/31/2021.

Project Manager – Victim Services Micro-Grant Program. Washington, D.C., but the applicant can work remotely. Duties include: (1) Project management; (2) Coordination among project partners; (3) Knowledge and interpretation of federal regulations for OVC’s tribal VOCA set-aside program; (4) Assisting in the financial management of all accounts including subrecipient grants; (5) Overseeing subrecipient monitoring and assisting sub grantees and vendors with compliance with federal regulation; and (6) Preparing and overseeing execution of contracts and grant agreements. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and sample writings (5-7 pages) by 12/31/2021.

Kanji and Katzen

 Administrative Manager. Ann Arbor, MI or Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Opening, maintaining, and closing of case files, including conflicts checks, client communications and contracting, billing set-up; (2) Managing firm archives, including organization and retrieval and scheduled file disposals; (3) Liaison with bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll contractors; (4) Development and maintenance of administrative practices and policies. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jellison@b2-mgmt.com

Legal Assistant – Paralegal. Ann Arbor, MI or Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Case management and organization; (2) Court and administrative filing; (3) Experience with motions practice, discovery, and trial preparation preferred. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume to jellison@b2-mgmt.com

Summer 2022 Associate. Seattle, WA and Ann Arbor, MI. Seeking 2L students, but highly motivated 1Ls may apply as well. Applicants should possess a stellar academic and professional record, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to serving tribal nations. Prior coursework in Indian law or experience with tribal communities is also highly valued. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, references to Terri Walrod (twalrod@kanjikatzen.com) by October 1, 2021.

White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

Assistant General Counsel. White Earth, MN. Duties include: (1) Serving as legal advisor to the White Earth Reservation Business Committee and its divisions, programs, entities, businesses, and services; (2) Providing counsel to White Earth RBC members, administration, and senior management; (3) Prosecuting all laws of the White Earth Band in White Earth Tribal Code, including housing, environmental, hunting and fishing, juvenile, child protection, and traffic matters; (4) Working with juvenile agencies and social service agencies or other programs for the prevention and solution of juvenile delinquency, child abuse or neglect; and (5) Assisting with the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in tribal or state court proceedings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. Position is open until filled.

Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

Paralegal. Remote, Eastern Time Zone preferred. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research; (2) Organizing and managing client matters, including tracking deadlines, monitoring task lists, and communicating internally and with clients; (3) Assisting with scheduling calls and meetings, and other calendar management tasks; (4) Preparing documents for filing, including proofreading, cite checking, formatting, and ensuring compliance with applicable court or agency rules; (5) Composing and preparing correspondence; and (6) Assisting with generating client invoices. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to jobs@culturalheritagepartners.com by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 15, 2021. Please include the job title in the subject line.

Partners for Justice

Advocate for Native American People in the criminal legal system. Pablo, MT. Duties include: (1) Identifying potential non-criminal penalties of arrest; (2) Partnering closely with attorneys to provide relevant information and documents for clients’ criminal case and other legal issues; (3) Ensuring seamless coordination across interdisciplinary legal and social service teams; (4) Assisting clients with clearing past criminal convictions, preparing for child services interventions, accessing public benefits, maintaining work licenses, finding and maintaining housing, and obtaining mental health or substance abuse treatment; (5) Developing partnerships with local government agencies and community organizations; and (6) Advocating for clients with service providers, attorneys, judges, landlords, employers, and others. Please see the position description for more information. Learn more about PFJ here. Interested candidates should email apply@partnersforjustice.org with a resume and a short writing sample that answers assigned prompts (see position description for details).

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include providing civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three references to ALS Executive Director Cody Nelson, cnelson@alslegal.org. The position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Chief Judge. Nespelem, WA. Duties include: (1) Maintaining a fair and just court system for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation pursuant to the Constitution of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; (2) Analyzing information and data to make recommendations for amendment or adoption of laws to improve the legal and judicial system; (3) Working with tribal communities and a working knowledge of the differences between tribal customs/traditions, statutory and case law, and tribal, federal and state law; and (4) Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with tribal officials, employees and the general public. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit supporting documents to the Human Resources Office (grace.ferguson@colvilletribes.com) by October 29th, 2021. Position is open until filled.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here. The position is open until filled.  

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

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. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

University of Idaho

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. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.