Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Pueblo of Laguna

RFP, Defense Legal Services, Pueblo of Laguna, NM. Seeks proposal from any law firm or individual practicing attorney to provide legal services for adult criminal defense or representation of juveniles in delinquency proceedings when there is conflict of interest or unavailability of regular defender. Reply by March 4, 2020.

RFP, Prosecutor Legal Services, Pueblo of Laguna, NM. Seeks proposals from any law firm or individual practicing attorney to provide prosecutorial legal services for adult criminal or juvenile delinquency cases when there is conflict of interest or unavailability of regular prosecutor. Reply by March 4, 2020.

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court, Pueblo of Laguna, NM.Full-time attorney to represent adult criminal defendants and juveniles in delinquency cases in Laguna Pueblo Court. Leisurely commute from Albuquerque metro or Grants. Application is open until filled.

Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Paralegal, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files; Composes memoranda, correspondence, and draft pleadings/documents; and more.For more information and to apply visit the link. Application closes January 28, 2020 at 8:30AM.

Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice

Tribal Prosecutor. This position shall represent the ho-Chunk Nation in the prosecution of criminal code and civil offenses. Coordinate with Ho-Chunk Nation law enforcement for investigations, evaluating evidence, and case preparation. For more information please see the position description. Application form here.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. The Managing Attorney will directly supervise seven program attorneys and professional staff. Additionally, this role will work with the Managing Attorney and other staff to help develop and lead the program’s growing body of work to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Summer 2020 Tribal Partnerships Clerkship, Denver, CO or Seattle, WA. Work with attorneys in the Tribal Partnerships Program to conduct legal research, produce legal writing, and help develop outreach and partnership strategies. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. For more information please see the position description.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Natural Resource Department, Suquamish, WA. The Program Manager manages and mentors program staff, updates and implements the Port Madison Indian Reservation Forest Management Plan, develops and manages program budgets and grants, evaluates program capacity and needs, and develops strategies to address priorities. This position is open until filled

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Tenured or Tenure-track Law Professor, St. Paul, MN.  Mitchell Hamline School of Law seeks a professor to serve as Co-Director of its Indian Law Program and teach Tribal Law and related courses.  Applications close 1/24/20.  Contact colette.routel@mitchellhamline.edu with questions.

Yurok Tribe

Title IVE Manager, Northern California. To apply please visit www.yuroktribe.org or call (707) 482-1350 for more information.

Martha L. King, P.C., Native Owned Native Law

Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. Provision of business law services to tribal entities, including developing, amending, advocating, negotiating and/or implementing: governing documents, codes and amendments to support self-governance and economic development; employee handbooks and policies and procedures; intergovernmental agreements; and business documents. Open until filled. For more information please see the position description.

Udall Foundation, John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution

(Senior) Program Associate, Tucson, AZ. Support and assist Project and Program Managers to provide NCECR services in facilitation and mediation, project intake, management and contracting of neutral third-party contractor selection, support and management of the neutral contract, and support management of multiple projects simultaneously.  Closing Date of Application: January 27, 2020. For more information visit the website or see the job description.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Contract Grant Writer, Placerville, CA. This is a short-contract position helping a growing Tribal Court in the preparation and submission of a grant tied to the important work of juvenile justice. Timeframes for submitting proposals are shortened due to upcoming project. Deadline January 27, 2020. Please see description for more information.

Legal Aid of Nebraska

Staff Attorney, Norfolk, NE. Provide legal assistance to Native Americans in tribal, state, and federal forums. Emphasis on representing Native survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.  Position open until filled. See job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

Tribal Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendelton, OR. OLC provides legal services and representation to the CTUIR Board of Trustees and all respective tribal departments, managers, and staff.  For more information please see the position description.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

See posts from January 10, 2020.

 

Deadline Approaching for Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference

Registration is open until January 24 for the Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference, February 4-5, 2020 at the Isleta Resort and Casino. Visit ailc-inc.org/pre-law-advisors-training for more information and to register.

PLAT 2020_01Identify, Advise, and Support Native Pre-Law Students

Recent scholarship by the American Bar Association establishes that although the total number of Native American law students has steadily increased over the past four decades, legal education in the United States includes very few Native American law students, professors, and/or administrators. It is clear that progress is needed. The Native student population remains well below one percent of the total J.D. enrollment (The Pursuit of Inclusion: An In depth Exploration of the Experiences and Perspectives of Native American Attorneys in the Legal Profession).

Many Native American attorneys report that their decision to pursue legal education was strongly influenced by personal interaction and the persuasion of family, mentors, lawyers, and other professionals. The Pathways to the Legal Profession Conference aims to increase the number of competitive Native law school applicants nationwide by providing mentors necessary skills and resources to identify, advise, and support the next generation of Indigenous attorneys.

Community and Social Network

We invite advisors with an array of titles and responsibilities to attend the conference. This includes community members such as teachers and youth mentors, as well as those who specifically advise American Indian students interested in applying to law school such as educators, school administrators, and pre-law advisors.

This Training Includes…

  • Keynote session featuring Indian Law professor, Matthew L.M. Fletcher, outlining the need for Native Attorneys
  • Strategies to identify students who possess qualities that may translate to success in law school
  • Workshop on applying to law school, covering topics such as advising applicants on their personal statements, resumes, and supplemental statements (including diversity statements and other addenda); financing law school; LSAT Overview; and law school selection
  • Panel discussion with current Native law students
  • A national network of pre-law advisors to American Indian prospective law school applicant

 

Please note, if you are a student interested in law school consider applying to the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative Admissions Workshop.

Gloria Valencia-Weber reappointed to board for Legal Services Corporation

University of New Mexico Emeritus Professor of Law Gloria Valencia-Weber was recently sworn in as one of 11 members of the Board of Directors for Legal Services Corporation, the single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. Valencia-Weber was originally appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, and was one of six selected for reappointment. Article here.

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women

Executive Director, Albuquerque, NM.  Lead the organization in building and strengthening social, political, and economic environments in which violence against Native American women no longer exists. Application closes January 15th, 2020. Please see the position description for more information and how to apply.

U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Law Clerk, St. George, UT. Judge David Nuffer oversees all cases originating out of the southern region of Utah. Main duties include: manage assigned civil and criminal cases, perform legal research as required, and make recommendations and propose solutions. Application closes 1/16/20.

Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Courts

Chief Tribal Judge, Zuni, NM. The Chief Tribal Judge performs judicial work of considerable and varying difficulty in the adjudication of cases. They are responsible for the administration and management of the Tribal Courts. Apply online at http://www.ashiwi.org. For more information please call the Zuni Human Resources Department at (505) 782-7086.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Counsel Vacancy Announcement, Pine Ridge, SD. The Junior Associate will work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee and the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees.  Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. The application closes  January 17, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, Leech Lake Reservation, MN. Provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  This position will be open until filled.  Please see the hiring announcement for additional information.

Hopi Tribe

Chief Prosecutor, Kykotsmovi, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Deputy Prosecutor, Kykotsmovi, AZ. This position performs professional legal work in the investigation and prosecution of adult and juvenile criminal offenses through conviction and appeal; presentation of certain civil cases in the Hopi Family Court, including Minor In Need of Care cases; legal research and preparation of Court documents; participates as directed in specialty dockets such the Hopi Family Wellness Court and Veterans’ Court; and more. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Deputy General Counsel, Kykotsmovi, AZ. Provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Hopi Tribal government – including the legislative and executive branches of the Hopi Tribe, the administrative departments, offices and programs. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional Office, Chicago, IL. Work closely with Staff Attorneys, a Deputy Managing Attorney, the Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases; Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy; and more. Applications are due by 2/3/2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the due date. Please see the position description for more information.

Associate Attorney, Northwest, Seattle, WA. Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases.  As the attorney gains experience, typically her or his case load will include both cases for which he or she has primary responsibility under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, and cases on which he or she works in a supporting role with Staff Attorneys. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Staff Attorney, Anchorage, AK. Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation; Develop litigation and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals; Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners; and more. Rolling deadline until position filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation

COMMISSION ON NAVAJO GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. The nominee must be a licensed attorney and a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, AZ, 86515, by December 23, 2019. Nominations to the Commission are subject to confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council.

JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE NAVAJO NATION

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, CA. Provide legal counsel on a range of issues as well as representation in tribal and state court regarding matters affecting the Morongo Tribal Government and its various departments, subject to the direct and oversight of the In-House General Counsel. Posted Until Filled. Please see the position description or website for more information.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Tribal Court Facilitator, Anchorage, AK. Coordinate and manage the Tribal Court Support program which provides technical assistance and training to tribal justice systems. Work closely with ANJC team, rural health care providers, and tribal representatives to identify resources and gaps in victim-centered tribal justice delivery, and develop tools that leverage existing resources to fill those gaps. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

Paralegal, Anchorage, AK. The Paralegal supports ANJC Staff Attorneys and is responsible for maintaining communication and coordination of legal services with Alaska Tribes and tribal entities in Indian Child Welfare cases. The Paralegal also supports work related to providing training and technical assistance to sustain Alaska Tribes’ courts. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

Family Law Attorney, Anchorage, AK. ANJC seeks a Staff Attorney I/II to provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, dating violence and stalking. Responsible for managing a caseload of state court family law matters, domestic violence protective orders and other matters as assigned. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

The ACLU of Michigan

(2) Staff Attorney, anticipated Detroit, MI. Litigate a wide variety of civil rights and civil liberties cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, acting as lead or co-counsel, and often in partnership with volunteer attorneys, coalition partners, and lawyers from the national ACLU. A significant goal of this position is to enable the ACLU of Michigan to respond quickly when significant civil rights and civil liberties issues present themselves in our communities. For more information please see the position description.

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.  Open until filled.  See job description for more information.

Intake Advocate/Paralegal, Sacramento, CA.  Duties will include conducting client intakes, gathering information on potential Indian law issues, performing follow-up investigation and research, drafting client documents under attorney supervision, providing referrals, and administrative duties.  Open until filled.  See job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Staff Attorney, Oakville, WA. Responsible for working with the Office of Tribal Attorney (OTA) representing the Departments of the Tribe and some work with the Tribe’s enterprises.  Focus on working with the Tribe’s contract attorney representing and doing work for the Social Services and Behavioral Health Departments of the Tribe and providing other Indian Law and sovereignty services for the Tribe.  Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality is required. Closing Date: January 24, 2020. See the position description or visit the website for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Welch, MN. Will be responsible for representing the Community in various matters, including those involving: contracts, tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, land assignments and housing, healthcare, litigation, enrollment, ordinance drafting and revision, gaming operations and regulations, and government relations. Closing date:  January 31, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

State of Washington

DSHS Chief Review Judge, Thurston County, WA. The Chief Review Judge leads a group of professional staff including DSHS Review Judges.  You’ll have broad decision-making authority delegated by the Secretary and direct the department’s program and policies for administrative hearings, appeals of agency decisions and coordination of agency rules and policies. See job description for more details.  Closing Date:  1/29/20.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings. For more information see the job description or visit the website.

Mitchell Hamlin School of Law

Mitchell Hamline’s Public Health Law Center, St. Paul, MN. The closing date for all positions is: January 31, 2020.

HEAL Tobacco Staff Attorney

PHLC Staff Attorney

(there are 4 openings between the HEAL Tobacco and PHLC Staff Attorney)

PHLC Administrative Assistant

PHLC Policy Analyst

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Associate Attorney, Rapid City, SD. Provide counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as represent clients in a professional and expedient manner; Participate in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; and more. Position open until filled.

 

See post from December 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

Pre-Law students can apply today for The Native American Pipeline to Law Admissions Workshop to prepare for the law school application process while networking with law school professionals. More information below.

June 17-21, 2020

Apply by April 24, 2020

Hosted at the MSU College of Law in East Lansing, MI

 

 

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Register Today for Pre-Law Advisor Training

Please share widely! Registration fee waivers and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Education Departments,  Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Pathways to the Legal Profession:  Identifying, Advising, and Supporting Native American Pre-Law Students

February 4-5, 2020

Isleta Resort and Casino, Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico

The Pathways to the Legal Profession conference aims to increase the number of competitive Native law school applicants nationwide by providing mentors necessary skills and resources to identify, advise, and support the next generation of Indigenous attorneys.

Registration, hotel information and additional information about the agenda can be found here. Please register by January 24, 2020.

Please note that this conference is designed for advisors.  If you are interested in becoming a law student, learn about the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative.

 

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You are welcome to contact Rodina Cave Parnall at 505-277-5462 with any questions.

AMERICAN INDIAN LAW CENTER, INC.
Website:  ailc-inc.org

 

Kanaka Maoli and Maunakea

Aloha Kakou_Mauna Kea Letter.

The above letter is written by Violet Pohakuku’i’ai Lui-Frank. The mountain has been met with over 50 years of mismanagement and broken promises. Now being heard around the world, Kanaka maoli remain committed to protecting the ‘aina from further desecration with no plans of leaving Maunakea until TMT leaves Hawai’i.

More info here: puuhuluhulu.com