Friday 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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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Deputy Legal Counsel. Lansing, MI. Duties include: (1) Advising on major litigation facing the Governor and the State of
Michigan, working with the Department of Attorney General; (2) Reviewing and analyzing legislation, including both policy and
appropriations bills; (3) Drafting executive orders and executive directives; (4) Providing counsel on emergency management issues; (5) Reviewing policy initiatives and helping craft administrative solutions; (6) Participating in the judicial appointment process and reviewing non-judicial appointments; (7) Reviewing public communications from the Executive Office of the Governor; and (8) Addressing matters that may arise with Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes and strengthening those relationships. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, a copy of your law school transcripts (if graduated 2014 or after), and a writing sample. Send by email to: Rachel Teegardin, Executive Assistant, teegardinr1@michigan.gov. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2021.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Adhering to the Tribal Code, presiding over, hearing and determining all types of cases filed in the Tribal Court, including but not limited to: criminal, traffic, civil (e.g. domestic relations, probate, repossession, breach of contract, personal injury), juvenile, and child welfare cases (e.g. neglect, dependency, delinquency, truancy); (2) Working with the Court Administrator in the development of a Court budget and maintenance of the case docket; and (3) Supervising 2-3 Associate Tribal Judges. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume with copy of CIB to Human Resources, Mescalero Apache Tribe, via 1) first class mail at P.O. Box 227, Mescalero, NM 88340; 2) facsimile at (575) 464-9292; or 3) via website at www.mescaleroapachetribe.com, e-mail to Human Resources staff listed. Please email agandara-diaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com or ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com with any questions. Position is open until filled.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Staff Attorney. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Investigating, filing, and litigating through trial civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts; (3) Maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys and a senior staff attorney, as well
as helping to supervise interns and fellows in the department; (4) Engaging in advocacy, coordinating with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, providing legal analysis; (5) Representing the ACLU publicly, speaking to the media and others; and (6) Traveling, as well as some working on nights and weekends, may be necessary. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and the position for which you would like to be considered, Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until November 12th, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluwa.org/careers.

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Development Associate. Montana. Duties include: (1) Data oversight and analysis; (2) Managing database to ensure data integrity and accurate records; (3) Prepare reports that use data to evaluate development progress; (4) Portfolio Management; and (5) Administration of donor stewardship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit (in pdf format) a letter of interest (see position description for specifics) and resume to jobs@aclumontana.org by November 15th, 2021.

California Indian Legal Services

Legal Administrative Assistant. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Answering and directing incoming calls including intake screening and providing telephone referrals to clients; (2) Creating, maintaining and organizing case and correspondence files; (3) Assisting CILS clients, tribal members, tribal officials, outside counsel or other CILS visitors; (4) Reading, researching, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, reports and legal documents; (5) Preparing attorneys for meetings and court by providing meeting packets, travel arrangements and directions; (6) Scheduling couriers, court reporters, expert witnesses, and other special functions; (7) Monitoring evidence gathering, anticipating changes in litigation or transaction preparation requirements; (8) Being willing to learn, interpret and apply a variety of tribal and state laws, rules, or procedures as directed by staff attorneys. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit letter of interest, resume, and references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services via e-mail EUR-hiring@calindian.org.

Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Working collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law; (2) Providing legal services on issues of jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA); (3) Counseling and servicing low income Indian individuals; (4) State and federal court litigation; (5) Developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; (6) Developing and maintaining effective relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the service territory, including all funding sources, and ensuring that the office pursues and secures meaningful opportunities to work with tribes, Indian organizations and Indian individuals throughout the service territory; and (6) Collaborating with Directing Attorneys and the Executive Director for the purpose of legal work management that includes staff attorney mentoring and supervision, assistance and administration of local legal work management systems, and grant and special project development and implementation, as directed by the Directing Attorney or the Executive Director. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re: Eureka Staff Attorney, 609 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025. E-mail EUR-hiring@calindian.org. 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 and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area (NBSCRA) Tribal Coalition — Native American Rights Fund

NBSCRA Manager. Alaska. Duties include: (1) Assisting the NBSCRA Tribal Advisory Council in the creation of the TAC’s processes and procedures; (2) Supporting and advancing the priorities of the TAC; and (3) Ensuring coordination between the TAC and federally recognized Tribes from the region, the Bering Sea Federal Task Force, and other governmental agencies or federal entities that have responsibilities in the region. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to dougherty@narf.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Justice and Chief Justice. Pine Ridge, SD. Two Alternate Positions is being advertised for the OSN Supreme Court to fill the term of office per recommendation by the OST Law and Order Committee of The Oglala Sioux Tribe. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent, resume w/pertinent documents of degree & etc., a complete background check w/ the OST Human Resource Department; and a negative drug test to StacyTL@oglala.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Marijuana Commissioner and Alternate. Pine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments; (2) Developing standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (3) Maintaining a formal record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (4) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (5) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (6) Implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, as well as with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent (please see the position description for specifics) to Stacytl@oglala.org.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Law Clerks. A total of three clerks will be hired: either three Term Law Clerks or one Career Law Clerk and two Term Law Clerks. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Working closely with the Judge on civil and criminal litigation filed in District Court, (2) Conducting research and preparing drafts of opinions and orders; (3) Working on various long-term projects, being involved in courtroom proceedings, and assisting in the development of a judicial extern program; and (4) Assisting in running chambers, and will assist in oversight for externs. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, response to the statement of qualifications (see position description), three references, a writing sample, and a completed AO78 application for employment via email (Word or .pdf format) to: seattle_personnel@wawd.uscourts.gov.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients and representing clients in a professional manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.); (3) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other regulatory authority to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials; and (6) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, certificate of good standing from State Bar, and a writing sample to nhendricks@rosettelaw.com by November 18th, 2021.

Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Prosecutor of the Ute Tribal Court. Fort Duchesne, UT. Duties include: (1) Exercising independent discretion in the prosecution of adult criminal offenses, juvenile delinquent or status offenses, and civil prosecution of child neglect, traffic offenses, fish and wildlife offenses, exclusion matters, and other civil offenses occurring within tribal jurisdiction; (2) Advising the Tribal Police in investigation, evaluating evidence, case preparation and preparation of legal pleadings including subpoenas, search warrants, and arrest warrants; (3) Advising and assisting the Tribal Police, Family Services, and other tribal agencies and programs as necessary in matters implicating tribal justice on the Reservation; (4) Responding to calls from victims, concerned parties, and service providers; (5) Appearing and arguing cases in the Tribal Court at all stages of proceedings, including pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeal; (6) Drafting legal documents; and (7) Assisting in improving the Tribe’s justice system, including development of codes and court rules, participation in meetings and trainings, and preparation and implementation of grants. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should complete a Tribal Application Form. Applicants should mail a completed Tribal Application Form, cover letter, and resume to Ute Indian Tribe, ATTN: Human Resources, RE: Prosecutor, P.O. Box 190, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026. For questions or concerns, contact our office at (435) 725-4009. 

Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

Spring Intern and Summer Associate. Remote or in Richmond, VA. These positions will support the firm’s historic preservation and American Indian law practices, which focus primarily on advocacy, administrative/regulatory matters, governance, and alternative dispute resolution. Please see the position description for more information. Interested 2L and 3L candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@culturalheritagepartners.com by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, November 19, 2021. The cover letter should specify if you are interested in the spring internship, the summer associate position, or both.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Tribal Prosecutor. Harbor Springs, MI. Duties include: (1) Independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, and
other cases in tribal court and handling Indian child welfare cases in state court; (2) Providing advice and preparing
formal legal documents on a wide range of problems dealing with complaints and citations filed in Tribal
Court; (3) Interviewing conservation enforcement officers, law enforcement officers, and individuals; (4) Gathering and analyzing evidence in cases; and (5) Preparing and presenting evidence in Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send all correspondence to TribalChair@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

AmeriCorps Attorney/Paralegal for a Medical-Legal Partnership Program. Traverse City, MI. Duties include: (1) Providing direct legal help to low-income patients at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Health Services and Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Health Clinic; (2) Providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities and consulting with medical providers; and (3) Recruiting and assisting in the training of new volunteers. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply online at MyAmeriCorps.gov.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program. Learn more about the Coal Program here. Chicago, IL or Philadelphia, PA. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Managing Attorney, other Deputies, and Director in developing program direction and strategy; (2) Serving as direct supervisor of up to seven attorneys and professional staff; (3) Developing and leading the Program’s environmental, regulatory, and administrative work; (4) Working with the Program’s leadership to recruit, evaluate, and hire qualified candidates; (5) Developing and litigating cases under state and federal environmental laws; (6) Working with Legal Practice staff and Regional office staff to implement internal operational policies and procedures; and (7) Assisting direct reports in career advancement by identifying and encouraging appropriate training and professional development opportunities, and creating a development plan with each direct report. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite and submit a resume, 1-2 page cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references. Position is open until filled.

Our Associate program seeks multiple Attorneys to join our team of lawyers and advocates in January 2022.

Associate Attorney – California Regional (San Francisco)

Associate Attorney – Clean Energy Program (Philadelphia | San Francisco | Washington, DC)

Associate Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Associate Attorney – Florida Regional (Miami)

Associate Attorney – Fossil Fuels Program (Chicago | New Orleans}

Associate Attorney – Midwest Regional (Chicago)

Associate Attorney – Northeast Regional (New York)

Seasoned Litigators:

Senior Attorney — Rocky Mountain Regional (Denver)

Senior Attorney —  Alaska (Juneau | Anchorage | Remote in Alaska)

Litigation Management:

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Managing Attorney – Gulf Regional Office (Houston)

Managing Attorney – Northern Rockies (Bozeman)

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager – Technical Assistance. New York, NY or remote. Duties include: (1) Developing a broad range of subject matter expertise around tribal justice projects and community justice projects, including but not limited to, healing to wellness courts and treatment courts, strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile Justice, corrections and reentry, tribal-state relationships, risk-need responsivity tools, and other problem-solving initiatives; (2) Assisting with grant proposals; (3) Giving presentations at national conferences and training events; (4) Helping lead the planning and coordination of roundtables and national training events; (5) Leading the writing of publications, including monographs, fact sheets, toolkits, and other products; and (6) Engaging in projects that support research development for tribal justice system. Please see the position description for more information. See the job posting here. Interested applicants should apply by October 29th, 2021.

Federal Public Defender – District of New Mexico

Research and Writing Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing advanced research and writing services to staff attorneys on trial and appellate cases; (2) Performing computer assisted legal research; (3) Aiding in the development of legal strategies, writes briefs, motions, petitions for certiorari, and legal memoranda for review by the Defender and staff attorneys; and (4) Examining, analyzing, and researching records and issues, performing legal research and preparing legal documents, assisting Assistant Federal Defender staff with all aspects of case preparation, training, continuing legal education and supervision of
legal interns as appropriate. The Research and Writing Attorney does not ordinarily make court appearances,
but can sign briefs with the trial attorney if admitted to the 10th Circuit. Interested candidates should submit, in one pdf document, a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to Margaret Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Please reference 2022-03 in the subject line.

Navajo Nation

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3)Implementing management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; (5) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  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, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; (3) Providing advice to and preparing advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; (4) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (5) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Administering 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; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives. 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.

Legal Secretary, Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, AZ. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports; transcribes hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (2) Opening new cases, collecting and compiling statistical information for special and periodic reports; (3) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (4) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents, and
related financial documents within established limits and procedures; and (5) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government; (2) Will attend arraignments, trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; (3) Preparing all required legal documents, determining nature of the criminal offense, and establishing case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses; (4) Providing legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; and (5) Preparing and obtaining search warrants as necessary, conducting follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducting legal research, reviewing criminal complaints, interviewing witnesses, and other legal matters. 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. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (5) Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. 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.

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. 

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, 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.

The Catawba Nation Legal Department

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.