Friday Job Announcements


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    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
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The Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University

Associate Professor. Six tenure-track positions. Toronto, ON, Canada. The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities include: contributing to our Juris Doctor program through teaching, mentoring and supervision of students; participating in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, community-engaged research agenda, including pursuing innovative, independent research that produces cutting-edge high quality results; and participating in the academic life of the Law School and the University. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, a teaching dossier and result of teaching evaluations, and three references by December 6th, 2021.

2022 CCL Summer/Fall Fellowship. Bishop, CA. Duties include: (1) Working on a specific Indian allotment trespass case in the Bishop area that is ongoing; and (2) Researching and preparing a self-help guide for allottee interest holders to organize themselves and develop the allotment pursuant to a little-known provision in the American Indian Probate Reform Act. More details in position description. The position is posted on the Employment section of CILS’ website and will remain open until filled. Instructions for applying available here.

Rosette LLP

Associate Attorney. Rosette, LLP is a leading majority-Indian owned national law firm who’s dynamic approach and practice area diversity is unparalleled for our size firm. We specialize in federal law and it’s application to tribes, tribal business, complex litigation, government negotiations, financial transitions, tribal housing, land use and planning, Human Resources management, tribal energy development, and representation related to internal tribal governance matters. We are currently seeking ambitious and motivated Associate Attorneys to handle legal matters for tribal governments and tribal businesses across the United States with offices in Arizona, California, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington D.C.  Applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience. Please send a Cover Letter, Resume, Official/Certified Law School Transcript, Certificate of Good Standing from State Bar, and a Writing Sample to by December 18th, 2021.


Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food and Farming. New York, NY; Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, and professional staff to build cases and support policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation; (3) Interacting with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and supporting litigation goals; (4) Representing Earthjustice at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; (5) Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and other media; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervising student law clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, one page cover letter (see position description for specifics), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. Preference is given to candidates who apply by November 15th, 2021.

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program. New York, NY. Duties include: 1) Building cases and
supporting policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Developing and engaging in legal advocacy, including draft and review legislation; (4) Participating in coalition meetings and events; (5) Representing Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervising student law clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifications), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and a list of professional or academic references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Various Associate Attorney Listings – January 2022

Associate Attorney – California Regional (San Francisco)

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

Associate Attorney – Northeast Regional (New York)

Associate Attorney – Sustainable Food and Farming (New York | Washington DC ) *new 11/5

Associate Attorney – Toxic Exposure & Health (New York) *new 11/5

Litigation Management

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Managing Attorney – Gulf Regional Office (Houston)

Managing Attorney – Northern Rockies (Bozeman)

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 The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

U.S. Office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

The Killian Doherty Environmental Justice Fellow. Remote or Eugene, OR. The U.S. office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) invites bilingual (English and Spanish or Portuguese) public interest lawyers defending indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, or environmental rights to apply for the inaugural Killian Doherty Environmental Justice Fellowship. The Fellowship is open to applicants for the following purposes: (1) The Fellow may use the opportunity to advance his/her/their own work in an area of law related to defending environmental rights or land rights of indigenous peoples or traditional communities. ELAW staff will share resources we have gathered to support that work and meet regularly with the Fellow; (2) Building on work that Killian started, the Fellow may help ELAW gather and analyze legal precedents that support new efforts to defend rights of indigenous peoples to their land and to live in a healthy environment; and (3) Early career attorneys may apply for the Fellowship to gain experience by working with ELAW Staff Attorneys as we collaborate with environmental and human rights lawyers around the world. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 3rd, 2021 and submit a resume and cover letter. See position description for specifics.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Duties include: (1) Attending meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings; (2) Researching and drafting resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval; (3) Providing timely legal advice/counsel to, and drafting legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government; (4) Developing and implementing policies and procedures; (5) Representing NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government; (6) Advising NHBP concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, officers of NHBP and Tribal relations with general public; and (7) Managing delivery of Legal Services as defined by General Counsel to ensure services are provided in a timely manner by appropriate personnel consistent with NHBP business needs. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 9th, 2021 9:30AM.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney. Boulder, CO, or Washington, DC. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an attorney with excellent research and writing skills to assume an Indian boarding school initiative, Indian child welfare, and peacemaking docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here. The position is open until filled, with interviews beginning late November.

Yale – Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Environmental Law Fellow. New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; Santa Monica, CA; San Francisco, CA. Duties include: (1) Focusing on litigation or policy efforts to redress environmental and public health harms, such as air and water pollution, climate change, threats to endangered species, environmental injustice, and exposure to toxic chemicals; (2) Working in one of NRDC’s subject matter programs, based on their interests, and representing NRDC and its members in federal or state court litigation or pursue policy initiatives in one or more of those areas; (3) Collaborating with other environmental, labor, public health, and racial justice groups; (4) For the second year (August 2023 through August 2024), the Fellow will work at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, providing support for environmental law clinics, dual degree students, and events and activities relating to environmental law and policy. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and co-teach the Environmental Protection Clinic alongside NRDC experts and a Yale faculty member. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, transcript, and list of 3 references; submit here by December 1st, 2021.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Tribe, its officers, and entities including in tribal, federal, and state courts, administrative tribunals, and before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies; (2) Drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies; and (3) Negotiating and reviewing intergovernmental agreements, contracts,
and commercial transactions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume, at least three professional references, and a legal writing sample to OTA’s Paralegal at by November 15th, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. Position 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

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 The position is open until filled.

The Catawba Nation

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 ( by November 30th, 2021.

Deputy Tribal Administrator. Duties include: (1) Coordinating the workforce to meet and support the needs of Tribal members and the general public; (2) Managing on-site training needs for staff and leadership; (3) Overseeing implementation of Tribal Ordinances in government operations and throughout all tribal entities; (4) Writing RFPs to engage consultants needed for government projects; (5) Reviewing policies and procedures of departments and recommending changes as needed; (6) Managing special projects as delegated by the Executive Committee and Tribal Administrator; (7) Attending meetings and compiling reports for the Executive Committee and General Council. Please see the position description for more information.

Request for Proposals – Tribal Court Consultant. The Catawba Nation is soliciting proposals from professional firms or qualified individuals to offer tribal court consulting services for the Catawba Indian Nation Department of Justice on a contractual basis. Duties include: (1) Engaging in successful implementation of the Tribe’s vision and mission for the development of tribal courts; (2) Reviewing the Catawba Justice System Strategic Plan, foundational governing documents of the Tribe, memos regarding the jurisdiction of Catawba tribal courts; (3) Development of Healing to Wellness Court – Reviewing Healing to Wellness Court policies, case management forms, and other documents, assisting in negotiating intergovernmental agreement with local justice system for case transfer; (4) Development of Tribal Governance Court – Creating policies and procedures for tribal
governance court, development of ordinances necessary for judicial branch; (5) Development of future tribal courts- help prioritize future tribal courts and identifying potential sources of funding; and (6) Development of Operational Plan for future tribal courts including record-keeping system, docketing and court scheduling, staffing, budget, job descriptions, courtroom set up and safety, etc. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should view the position description for submission requirements. Proposals are due by November 15th, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Cultural Heritage Partners

Professional Executive Assistant. Richmond, VA or Remote. Duties include: (1) Managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; (2) Participating in meetings with the executive, taking notes, and following up with all participants; (3) Working closely and effectively with the partner to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities; (4) Researching, prioritizing, and following up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the partner; (5) Arranging travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and (6) Completing expense reports, file receipts, and liaising with CHP’s Operations Manager to ensure appropriate categorization and reporting of firm expenses. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please include the job title in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Fort Bidwell Indian Community Council

Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Tribal government experience preferred. Duties include: (1) Coordinating and managing the development and implementation of comprehensive annual operating budgets; (2) Assuring the accuracy, quality, security, protection and preservation of all financial records, data and tracking systems of the Tribe; (3) Preparing and submitting certified and accurate financial statements to the Administrative Director and the Tribal Council; (4) Coordinating and monitoring long-range planning, direction, and timely execution of the Tribe’s overall investment, treasury management and financial goals; and (5) Coordinating the negotiation and submittal of the Annual Funding and Single Line Agreements with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should complete a job application and submit to Lynell Cochran at