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.

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.

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.

Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Advisor, Albuquerque, NM Main duty is advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Closing date of the application is November 15, 2019. Apply here and see the job description for more information.

Pokegnek Bodewadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

Executive Director, New Buffalo, MI. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Gaming Commission under the supervision of the Commission and provides administrative support to the Gaming Commission. Position will be filled by 1/1/20. Please see the job description for more information.

Earthjustice

Legislative Assistant, Washington, D.C. Reports to the V.P. of Policy and Legislation and provides administrative and legislative support to Policy and Legislation Lands, Wildlife & Oceans and Access to Justice Teams, and assists in the implementation of legislative and administrative strategies on environmental issue priorities for Earthjustice. For more information please see the job description.

Litigation Assistants, Washington, D.C. The Litigation Assistant provides administrative and litigation support services for nine active Clean Energy Program attorneys practicing in state and federal courts, in public service commissions, and in various administrative forums. This application has a rolling deadline. You can apply here or see the job description for more information.

Kadiak LLC

Tribal Courts Project Manager, BIA Tribal Courts, Anchorage, AK. The PM manages and coordinates all work, activities, issues, and other contractual obligations relating to this contract and will interface with the Government Contracting Officer (CO), the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and any Task Managers. Please see the job description for more information and visit the link to apply.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Chief Administrative Officer, Bethel, AK. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for all administrative operations, including fiscal functions. The CAO will also be responsible for large project implementation and will be a part of the management leadership team. See job announcement for more details. The Association of Village Council President is one of the Nation’s largest tribal consortiums with a service area the size of Washington State. See the position description for more information.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.  Fill out an application at: kickapootexas.org. If you have any questions please call 830-773-2105.

Tribal Prosecutor, Keshena, WI. Under the general direction of the Tribal Chairman, the purpose of the position it to interview witnesses and prepare them for trials, continuing ongoing investigations, preparing criminal cases for trial, presenting criminal cases in trials, rendering legal advice and assistance to local law enforcement officials, and litigating cases before Tribal Court. Closing Date: 11/12/2019 at 11:59 p.m. Interested applicants may apply online and see the job description for more information.

Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation

RFQ, Associate Judge, Appellate Judge or Chief Judge. Soliciting letters of interest and qualifications. Any questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to elsie.petrie@tolowa.com.  Closing Date November 18,2019. Please see the RFQ for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Advocate (Public Defender), La Conner, WA. The Tribal Advocate is a solo practitioner and represents indigent defendants in Swinomish Tribal Court.  Swinomish public defense aspires to restorative justice for each criminal defendant and pursues a better way of realizing public safety and community wholeness. Client-centered representation shall include representation for appellate, post-conviction, and probation matters associated with a criminal case. This application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. 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 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 direction and oversight of the In-House General Counsel. This is an exempt position. For more information please see the description.

Student Opportunities

National Sea Grant Law Center

Intern, Oxford, Mississippi. This position seeks to provide a law student from a diverse background an opportunity to work in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law, with an emphasis on issues facing underrepresented or indigenous communities. This summer, the intern will work on a project related to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia. The closing date is January 15, 2020.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

2020 Diversity Summer Law Fellowship. The goal of the 8-week program is to pair law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with top criminal defense practitioners around the country. More information, including a list of criminal defense practitioners who will be hosting diversity fellows in 2020, and a fellowship application form and instructions, is available here.

 

See posts from November 1, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Department of Justice

Director, Office of Native American Affairs (C.E.A., A), Sacramento, CA. Under the general direction of the Attorney General and the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, the incumbent is responsible for the strategic planning, organizing, and policy development for the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA). Application must be received by Nov. 22, 2019. Please see the job description for more information and to apply.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Trainer, Elected Tribal Governance, Pendleton, OR.  Proposals or quotes are needed for Trainers to conduct an on-site tribal governance workshop for the elected members of the Board of Trustees, the governing body under the Umatilla Constitution and Bylaws.  The one day Workshop is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019.   Attached is an RFP, workshop agenda and concepts.  The first review of proposals or quotes is October 28, and will remain open until filled.  For more information about the Umatilla Tribes see visit their website.

Peabody Essex Museum

Mellon Library Native American Fellowship, Salem, MA. Beginning in early 2020, this twelve-month fellowship in the Phillips Library will provide an emerging librarian of Indigenous descent with training and duties comparable to those of an Assistant Librarian. This position will play an integral role in assisting with developing and executing cataloging projects to provide better access to materials related to Indigenous subjects. In addition, the Fellow will support the library’s mission of collecting, stewarding, and providing access to materials and resources. Deadline for application and materials is Friday, November 15, 2019. Please see the job description for more information and how to apply.

The Gila River Indian Community

Protective Services Attorney, AZ. Represent the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts. The position requires admission to the Arizona State Bar and 3 years of experience as an attorney in child welfare matters. This is a full-time position in Arizona with a base salary of $82,908 and excellent benefits. The position is open until filled. Apply online at here and see the position description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Associate Counsel, Pine Ridge, SD. Work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee, and with the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees. Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. Application closes December 6, 2019. Please see the job description for more information.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Dept. of Natural Resources, Suquamish, WA. The Forestry Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of the Forestry Program on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and works directly with the Natural Resources Director in setting priorities and implementing actions.  This position is open until filled; applications will be accepted thru November 12, 2019.

Kadiak LLC

Tribal Courts Project Manager, BIA Tribal Courts, Anchorage, AK. The PM manages and coordinates all work, activities, issues, and other contractual obligations relating to this contract and will interface with the Government Contracting Officer (CO), the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and any Task Managers. Please see the job description for more information.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Tribal Court Administrator, Palm Springs, CA. This position offers the opportunity to play a leading role in the initial establishment of the ACBCI Tribal Court System. The TCA will have the responsibility for management and supervision of daily court operations, including development, implementation and maintenance of the case management system, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Judge, Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. Closing date for application submission is October 18, 2019. 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.

Public Defender, Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. 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 Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

RFP, Associate Judge, Concho, OK.  The scope of work includes, but is not limited to handling, presiding over and adjudicating all criminal, civil, juvenile, and traffic cases and litigation as assigned by the Chief Judge or Chief Justice within the jurisdiction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Court. The full scope of work is included in the description. The closing date for the position is November 29, 2019 at 3pm CST.

The Coquille Indian Tribe

RFP, Chief Judge, North Bend, OR. The Tribe is accepting proposals from qualified attorneys to provide hourly contracted services.  The selected candidate would be ineligible for tribal employment fringe benefits.  The Tribe anticipates this work will involve up to approximately five or six hours of billable work time per week, excluding travel.  This is a three-year appointment, expected to begin on February 1, 2020. The deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. Pacific, November 15, 2019. Contact Mike Frost at mikefrost@coquilletribe.org with questions.

 

See posts from October 25, 2019.

 

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.

Legal Opportunities

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Judge, Dept: Pueblo Court; Application is open until filled.

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court; 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 Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Court

Presenting Officer, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. This individual will be responsible to act as the legal representation for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services Department, Truancy Department, and Children’s Intervention Officer in matters where court and/or legal interventions are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pueblo of Isleta community members. All interested individuals can request a copy of the “Request for Letter of Interest” instructions.  Details are in the attached advertisement. The Letter of Interest package must reach the Pueblo of Isleta Procurement Office no later than 3:00 pm MST, Thursday, November 14, 2019.

U.S. Department of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C. The attorney provides legal advice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Duties include advising the Bureau on matters related to the law enforcement program, litigation, preparing transactional agreements, FOIA review, and drafting legal memoranda and opinions. Please see the link below for a full description of duties and requirements on usajobs.gov. The announcement number is SOL-2020-0002. The solicitation closes on October 30, 2019.

Earthjustice

Research and Policy Analyst, Los Angeles, CA. Supports the CA Regional Office’s programmatic focus on air pollution and clean energy issues in California by: developing the factual basis for lawsuits, writing and editing comment letters and other advocacy documents, representing Earthjustice in advocacy work with government decision makers, and developing and maintaining relationships with clients and other partners.  Please see the job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Legal Aid Attorney, Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS), Pendleton, OR. Serve women suffering from or at risk for any of the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The IPVS Attorney will advise and if necessary represent eligible clients as they exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attorney will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. Application closes October 30, 2019. See the position description or visit the website for more information and to apply.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Chief Judge, J-2147; Colville Tribal Court.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Senior Staff Attorney, 2 positions J-8937; Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem, WA.  Will provide complex legal services to handle significant legal matters for the Office of Reservation Attorneys. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package, Salary will be negotiated. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Deputy Prosecutor,  J-8821; Colville Tribal Court, Nespelem, WA. Represent Criminal, MINOC, Range Impoundment, Natural Resources Enforcement and civil infraction hearings, Wellness court, and appellate cases before the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Managing Public Defender, J-8791; Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, Nespelem, WA. Represent Tribal Members in criminal matters.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Staff Attorney, J-8668; Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office, Nespelem, WA. providing legal services to Tribal Members.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Please visit and apply at colvilletribes.com or you can contact judy.zunie@colvilletribes.com.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Staff Attorney, Cloquet, MN. The Staff Attorney provides general legal services to the Band. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include contract drafting, litigation, working with administrative agencies, preparing tribal ordinances, and other duties assigned by the Tribal Attorney.  To apply, please submit a resume and any other supporting documentation to: Fond du Lac Human Resources, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.

WI Judicare

Legal Advocate, Wausau, WI (can work remotely). This position is part of the Violence Against Women Act Legal Assistance to Victims grant. The Legal Advocate will also directly assist the Lead VAWA Attorney in her representation of Native American survivors of violence. Please see the position description for more information.

DNA Legal Services

Multiple Positions, Farmington, N.M. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a non-profit law office committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA is one of the largest Indian legal service organizations in the country. We currently have openings for attorneys in all of our offices. We also have summer law clerk positions – fellowship funded positions, volunteer positions, or Work-Study positions – in all of our offices. If you are interested in applying for a position please email your resume and cover letter to Rodolfo. D. Sanchez, DNA – People’s Legal Services Executive Director at rsanchez@dnalegalservices.org.

 

Leadership Opportunities

Center for Indian Country Development (CICD)

Assistant Vice President, Minneapolis, MN. The CICD at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis supports the economic strength of Native communities. This position is a senior member of the leadership team leading the development of the department’s portfolio of policy work and research agenda in Indian Country, and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the department, informing senior Bank leadership on economic and tribal development issues, and building external networks and partnerships, particularly with tribal community members and researchers. For more information, please see the position description or to apply. This position is open until filled.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Dept. of Natural Resources, Suquamish, WA. The Forestry Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of the Forestry Program on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and works directly with the Natural Resources Director in setting priorities and implementing actions.  The incumbent 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.

Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

Chief Administrative Officer, Bethel, AK. We are looking for that rare combination of hard and soft skills that will guide our administrative teams in this period of innovation, as we build systemic efficiency and provide more effective services to our tribal members. The CAO is responsible for directing and evaluating the ongoing administrative operations of the organization, including oversight and responsibility for the fiscal functions of AVCP. Direct experience in non-profit work with tribes or with predominantly government-grant-funded organizations preferred. For more information, please see the position description; to apply, click here. Position open until filled, with review of applicants every 2 weeks.

Student Opportunities

Michigan Indian Legal Services

(3) Summer Legal Interns/Externs, Traverse City and Southwest Michigan offices. MILS is willing to work with interns/externs who need to work remotely. MILS is also willing to work with law school to help law students complete externship credit hour requirements or funding, and will accept applications regardless of year. Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Summer 2020 Law Intern, Valley Center, CA. The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians is seeking a law student (or two) who are interested in learning about practicing Native American law on a reservation. In your ten-weeks here, you will be exposed to a broad range of on-going issues, follow cases in litigation, research and write memos on issues, assist in writing and updating ordinances and policies for the Rincon Band, and other projects requested by the Attorney General. Qualified applicants should submit their resume, transcript, writing sample and cover letter to lmckee@rincon-nsn.gov.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Intern, Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Office of General Counsel attorneys, interns may assist with a variety of matters, including legal research and writing for legal advisory opinions and other memoranda; reviewing tribal gaming ordinances, proposed management contracts, and other tribal submissions; and providing legal support in enforcement actions and appeals. The intern will be assigned at least one major research and writing project. The intern is expected to work 40 hours per week and will be paid at a GS-7 step 1 equivalent rate. Optionally, at the selected applicant’s request, the internship can be converted to an unpaid externship for law school credit. The announcement closes on November 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Law Clerk, Oakland, CA. The position could either begin part time (exact hours negotiable) during Spring 2020 and convert to full time during Summer 2020, or solely be a full-time Summer 2020 position. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and a second year law students. Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred. To apply: interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Ms. Bethany Sullivan at bsullivan@jmandmplaw.com by November 22, 2019. See the job description for more information.

Requests

Bishop Tribal Council

RFP, Contract Chief Judge, Bishop, CA. The Tribe has received the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grant and the Judge will be responsible to lead development and implementation of this grant. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019. For more information please see the announcement.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, contractual Domestic Violence Attorney, Northern California, 95546. Legal assistance services, notification of key proceeding dates, assistance with restitution advocacy, assistance with victim impact statements, emergency legal assistance for filing restraining or protective orders, and obtaining emergency custody order and visitation rights. Statements must be received by October 31, 2019.

The Shivwits Band of Paiutes’ Shivwits Band Corporation

RFP, Economic Development Coordinator, Ivins, UT. Oversee economic development for the Corporation. Main duties will include general oversight of the Shivwits Convenience Store, establishment of concessions and equipment rentals at Fire Lake Reservoir, and other economic development activities. Closing date is November 20, 2019.

The Yakama Nation Housing Authority

RFP, Wapato, WA. Requesting legal services pertaining to Indian housing issues in the following specialties: Real Estate, NAHASDA, Employment, Finance/Development and Legislative. Individuals or firms may send a proposal for one or as many specialties of their choosing. RFP package may be obtained electronically from: alfred@ynha.com. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 2:00 pm November 13, 2019. See the job announcement for more information.

 

See posts from October 11, 2019.

 

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:

In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes

  1. Position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

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.

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.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorneys, Northeast Region. We expect the Staff Attorneys we hire for this position to play a leading role developing and litigating cases and seeking regional legislative opportunities to further the Office’s work. Both Staff Attorneys will play an integral part in shaping the Northeast Office’s strategic plan for fulfilling our regional mission. Both Staff Attorneys also will play an important part in helping our less-experienced attorneys and professional staff grow and develop in their careers.

Procopio Law Firm

Native American Summer Internship, San Diego, C.A. Procopio is seeking Native American law students (or law students with an emphasis in Native American Law) to join the Firm for a 10-week internship with the Native American Practice Group! Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of Tribal Judges, governmental attorneys, Tribal attorneys, university professors, entrepreneurs and associates at law firms. Following the internship, we remain active with our alumni to mentor and prepare them for their success in their career. Procopio’s Native American Summer Internship is a very unique and committed program that will provide valuable experience, dedicated mentorship, exposure to many areas of the law, guidance in legal writing and article drafting, and a lifelong network of contacts! Qualified candidates should email resume, transcript, writing sample and a brief cover email to ted.griswold@procopio.com.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington D.C., Portland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Anchorage seeks an Associate Attorney for its Oklahoma City office.   Hobbs Straus specializes in Native American and Alaskan Native law, and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The ideal candidate will possess:  (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) a strong academic performance history; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation.  A minimum of 1-5 years’ legal experience is required.  Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. To apply:  Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com.

DNA Legal Services

Multiple Positions, Farmington, N.M. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a non-profit law office committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA is one of the largest Indian legal service organizations in the country. We currently have openings for attorneys in all of our offices. We also have summer law clerk positions – fellowship funded positions, volunteer positions, or Work-Study positions – in all of our offices. If you are interested in applying for a position please email your resume and cover letter to Rodolfo. D. Sanchez, DNA – People’s Legal Services Executive Director at rsanchez@dnalegalservices.org.

Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Criminal Public Defender, W.A. State. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation is seeking a qualified Criminal Public Defender. The ideal candidate will display a passion for serving the community by supporting and providing legal counsel to all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. The applicant must be familiar with and capable of creating legal documents, and successfully arguing motions in front of a judge. The Public Defender must be possess and/or be willing to continue acquiring knowledge of federal law, Constitutional Due Process Rights, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Chehalis Law and Order Code, and procedural rules of the court. For a full job description or should you have questions, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator. Juris Doctorate and license to practice law in the State of Washington required. At least five (5) years of experience in the legal field required. Closing date: October 18th, 2019.

Berkey Williams LLP

Berkey Williams Indian Law Fellowship, C.A. Berkey Williams LLP seeks applicants for a one-year Indian Law Fellowship beginning September 2020. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. The Fellowship contributes to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. We are a private law firm with a public interest focus and a client base comprised exclusively of Indian nations and organizations. We maintain offices in Berkeley and Davis, California; Washington, D.C.; and Syracuse, New York. Natural and cultural resource protection, water and land rights, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, employment, health care and Indian child welfare form the core of our work. Additional information may be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com/. The Fellowship offers a competitive salary, benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a firm serving Indian Nations and organizations exclusively. The Fellow will be located in one of our California offices and, over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible. Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Applications are encouraged from recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. We seek Fellows who bring a variety of experiences to the firm’s clients. High academic achievements are considered and weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments and experience, resourcefulness, professional goals, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently. Membership in the California Bar, or willingness to obtain California or other state bar membership, is preferred.

Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@ berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2019.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi seeks a licensed attorney to serve as Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney for the Tribe to be appointed for an approximate term of four (4) years. This is a contractual, part-time position and will be compensated on an hourly basis. The NHBP Prosecutor serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for supervising all criminal investigations of offenses arising under the Tribe’s criminal laws along with other duties. Please see the job announcement for more information. Closing date: October 17, 2019.

Federicks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP (“FPP”) is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and Native American organizations throughout the United States.  Our gifted, dynamic and diverse team of attorneys includes tribal members who are committed and accomplished advocates for tribal governments and organizations.  Our firms’ singular mission is seeking justice for Indian tribes and their citizens and promoting, protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty, culture and resources.  The increasing utilization and development of tribal lands and resources and growing tribal involvement in business and governmental enterprises create a critical need for sound advice, counsel, advocacy and aggressive legal representation.  Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP maximizes tribal resources for the improvement of Indian communities nationwide.

FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPP offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by October 31, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

See posts from October 4, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing MI. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. The position is open until filled. Please visit the link for more information.

The ACLU of Arizona

Legal Director, Phoenix, AZ. lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. Be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. Provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy. The job posting is attached and available online.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Tribal Attorney, Agency Village, SD. Application and job description information can be seen at SWO Human Resources Office or here.  Application can be downloaded from “Apply Now” and emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV.  Contact  Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Court Administrator, Palm Springs, CA. Management and supervision of daily court operations. Please apply@ www.hotwatercasino.com. See the job description for more information.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship 2020, CA. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. Closing Date: October 30, 2019. Please see the description for more information.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys, Florida Regional Office, Miami, FL. Earthjustice is hiring two Associate Attorneys in Miami, FL to join the team and is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Associate responsibilities will include but not limited to conducting legal and factual research, prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing and potential litigation projects, assist with written discovery requests and depositions and advocate in front of administrative agencies for strong health and environmental protections.  The Associate Attorney program is a term-limited, three-year position with a potential for extension. This program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Attorney, Traverse City, MI. MILS has a 3-year, grant-funded attorney position. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. See job description for more information.

RFP. Project Consultant, Traverse City, help set up remote access to server. Proposals due Oct 25, 2019.

RFP. Project Consultant, Traverse City, Assist with a three-year, statewide, legal needs assessment. Proposals due Oct 25, 2019.

The Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Youth Court Coordinator. The Tribal Youth Court Coordinator will also perform a variety of court-support tasks including: (1) developing work methods and procedures; (2) directing communication and coordination with various tribal, state, and federal agencies as well as community partners; and more. See the position description for more information.

Department of Justice

Tribal Victim Witness Assistance Specialist, Bay City, MI. Provide advice to District United States Attorney’s Office Management and acting as a focal point for tribal, victim matters within the District; Develop and implement specific program activities which promote compliance with Federal victim laws and guidelines; and more. See the job description for more information.

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.

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 September 27, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

 

Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Public Defender, Mescalero, NM. The Public Defender will represent defendants in criminal proceedings filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The Public Defender will work to resolve matters in an ethical and professional manner. The Public Defender will oversee Office of the Public Defender staff. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled.

Social Services Case Manager, Mescalero, NM. Serves as Case Manager for the Tribal Social Services Program. Provides client case management and referrals. Prepares case records, summaries, special and routine reports, and other records in maintaining a formalized case management system. Establishes and maintains protective services cases with individual case plans for the protection, care, and supervision of children/adults in all placement types. Implements financial assistance programs and objectives. Provides financial assistance eligibility, case management assisting consumers in becoming financial need and appropriate referrals. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled.

Social Worker, Mescalero, NM. Under general direction of the Social Services Program Manager, provides a variety of child protective, elderly, and family services. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. A full job description will be provided upon requested. Position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

(2) Senior Staff Attorney, J-8937, Nespelem WA.  Will provide complex legal services to handle significant legal matters for the Office of Reservation Attorneys. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package, Salary will be negotiated. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Spokesperson Sr., J-8914, Public Defenders Office, Nespelem WA. Colville Tribal Court appointed counsel responsible for representing indigent people in Tribal Court. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Deputy Prosecutor, J-8821, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court representing Criminal, MINOC, Range Impoundment, Natural Resources Enforcement and civil infraction hearings, Wellness court, and appellate cases before the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Managing Public Defender, J-8791, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, representing Tribal Members in criminal matters.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Staff Attorney, J-8668, Nespelem, WA. Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office providing legal services to Tribal Members.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Please visit and apply at colvilletribes.com or you can contact judy.zunie@colvilletribes.com.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing MI. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. The position is open until filled. Please visit the link for more information.

ACLU of Arizona

Legal Director, Phoenix, AZ. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the organization’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, education, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with our policy, organizing, and communications teams, with the national ACLU staff, and other local and national partners to advance our advocacy goals. The job posting is available online.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Member Relations Manager, Portland, OR. The member relations manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for the development and implementation of NICWA’s member acquisition, retention, and engagement program and services, to create a robust and active membership. For more information please see the job description.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court.  Please see the job announcement for more information.

Department of the Interior

Associate General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, D.C. The Office of General Counsel within the National Indian Gaming Commission is looking for a supervisory attorney capable of exercising judgment while performing challenging legal assignments, with a broad knowledge of the field of Federal Indian law and regulations as they pertain to Indian gaming and in relation to the operations of the IGRA, and federal, state, and tribal laws and regulations.\

 

See posts from September 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

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.

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.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Legal Aid Attorney, Pendleton, O.R. CTUIR is looking for an Tribal Legal Aid Attorney. The Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS) Attorney will serve women suffering from or at risk for any of the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The IPVS Attorney will advise and ifnecessary represent eligible clients as they-exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attomey will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. For more information, including application deadline, please visit the announcement.

Passamaquoddy Tribe

Prosecuting Attorney, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract Position for a Prosecuting Attorney. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar and apply to the Passamaquoddy Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151. Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Chief Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract position for the Chief Judge. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar Association and Apply to the Passamaquoddy Tribal Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151 Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for a Wellness Court Judge to preside over court cases throughout a participant’s healing journey. The successful candidate shall be familiar with the appropriate court processes and procedures, in addition to the role of supporter, motivator, and champion in a less adversarial arena of Wellness Court. Is able to demonstrate commitment to promote wellness for each participant. This is a contract position. Must be an active member of the Maine Bar Association and in Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules. Also applicant would need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommended. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to: Wellness Court Director at Pleasant Point, PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. For further info call: 207-853-5166. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Prosecutor, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for and enthusiastic and highly ethical trial lawyer to fill its Prosecutor position. The successful candidate shall be skilled at disputing case and possess excellent communication skills. She/He must maintain communication/connection between Court/Team Partners, gathers date for Court/Team prior to Staffing. Must be and active member of the Maine Bar Association and Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules, also applicant will need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommend. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to Wellness Court Director, PO Box 343, Perry, ME 04667. Please Call 207-853-5166 for and further information. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Frederick Peebles & Patterson LLP

Summer Law Clerk, FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPP offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position. Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Public Defender, Mescalero, N.M. The Public Defender will represent defendants in criminal proceedings filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The Public Defender will work to resolve matters in an ethical and professional manner. The Public Defender will oversee Office of the Public Defender staff. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

In-House Attorney, Agency Village, S.D. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Chairman, the In-House Attorney provides practical and wide-ranging legal advice to the Executives, Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees and represents the Tribe in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings. Position open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Michigan State University

Associate Professor Tenure Track, East Lansing, M.I. Michigan State University College of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions with an expected start date of July 1, 2020.  We welcome applications from candidates across all areas of law, although subject areas of particular interest include agricultural and food law, civil rights, commercial and corporate law, criminal law, family law, health care law and policy, race and the law, sports law, and tax. The Law College seeks applicants with a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement.  The position is open to both lateral and entry-level candidates. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Assistant Professor/ Librarian, East Lansing, M.I. The Director of the Law Library reports to the Law College Dean and will play a key managerial role in the life of the Law College by participating in law school administration and annual budget planning, by representing the Law College in a vibrant university environment, by working collaboratively with MSU Libraries, and by creating and advocating a strategic library vision.  Leadership skills, combined with intellectual acuity and a strong system of academic values, are key attributes of the Director.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated expertise in technology, a reputation among peers for leadership and outstanding professional achievement, as well as a strong commitment to supporting faculty research and the larger mission of the Law College and University.  Depending on qualifications and experience, the candidate will be hired as tenure-system or fixed term faculty. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean, East Lansing, M.I. The Executive Assistant is responsible for critical, high-level administrative projects primarily to assist the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and also from time to time the Dean; and works collaboratively with faculty and staff to facilitate and complete various projects. Applications close on September 22, 2019.

ACLU

Legal Director, Sioux Falls, S.D. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Chapter Office, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU legal program across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of SD/ND/WY mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the office’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, indigenous justice, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

Indigenous Justice Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an experienced attorney to carry out litigation, advocacy, and outreach to advance justice and liberty for Indigenous people in New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to work in concert with Indigenous communities to dismantle the systems of racism and oppression that make Native Americans among the most marginalized racial groups in our state. This position will work with other leaders in the organization to ensure that our priority advocacy efforts center the voices of impacted people and address the most pressing civil rights challenges facing Indigenous communities. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

See posts from September 13, 2019.

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

Michigan Governor’s Legal Counsel Spring Semester Clerkship Program [Sept. 30, 2019 Deadline]

Here:

Spring Semester Clerkship Program

Office of Legal Counsel

Office of the Governor, State of Michigan

Description: Lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel serve as the Governor’s attorneys, providing analysis and advice on all legal and policy issues that involve the Governor.  This includes a wide array of functions, including interpreting federal and state laws, advising the Governor and senior staff on legislation that may impact the powers and authorities of the Governor and the Governor’s office, and serving as the Governor’s lead advocate on litigation involving the Governor’s office and state agencies.

Law Clerks may assist attorneys in the Office of Legal Counsel with the following:

  • Reviewing major litigation;
  • Monitoring, researching, and drafting legislation;
  • Researching and drafting Executive Orders and Executive Directives;
  • Reviewing and advising on extradition, clemency, and other criminal matters and ethics issues; and
  • Representing and advising the Governor in tribal-state relations

Candidates who have completed their first or second year of law school will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to respond to a variety of legal issues that arise daily, requiring quick research, analysis, and response

Instructions for Applicants:

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation by mail or email to the address below. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.

Lori Blankenship

Office of Legal Counsel
Office of the Governor, State of Michigan

George W. Romney Building

111 S. Capitol Avenue

Lansing, MI 48909

BlankenshipL@michigan.gov

Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Associate Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE.  Big Fire Law provides legal representation and advocacy in a broad range of services, with an emphasis in tribal law and federal Indian law serving tribal nations, tribal business enterprises and tribal organizations throughout the United States.  The ideal candidate will have experience in general civil litigation, be a self-starter and team oriented with exceptional organizational skills.  Experience working in Indian Country preferred but not required. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to: Barb Baker at bbaker@bigfirelaw.com.

U.S. Department of the Interior

Attorney/Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Portland, OR.  Position provides legal advice and assistance to the Northwest Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Duties include advising the Bureau on a variety of Indian law issues including the authority to take land into trust for Indian tribes, leasing of Indian lands, trespass actions, environmental review of BIA actions focusing on NEPA compliance, title review of realty transactions and FOIA review.  Please see the link below for a full description of duties and requirements on usajobs.gov. The position closes September 19th.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Litigation Associate, Seattle, WA.  The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indian interests, is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State, and has at least two to five years of experience in civil litigation or serving as a judicial clerk.  Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter tailored to this announcement, as well as a résumé, writing sample, transcript, and list of at least three educational and professional references, to Alice Hall, the firm’s Office Manager, at alice@galandabroadman.com.  For more information about Galanda Broadman, visit galandabroadman.com.

Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

AttorneyGeneral, 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, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. For more information please see the job description.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Attorney, The Office of General Counsel, Washington D.C. Must be capable of exercising judgment while performing challenging legal assignments, with a broad knowledge of the field of Federal Indian law and regulations as they pertain to Indian gaming and in relation to the operations of the IGRA, and federal, state, and tribal laws and regulations.For more information please visit the link.

Godfrey and Kahn

Environmental, Energy & Indian Nations Attorney, Milwaukee, WI. We seek candidates to help our clients develop and implement innovative environmental and energy solutions to achieve their goals for a wide variety of projects. This opportunity would also supplement and grow our Indian Nations Law team, which is comprised of a number of experienced attorneys from specialized practice areas (i.e. tax, real estate, etc.) and provides a full range of legal services to Indian nations, tribal housing authorities, tribal corporations and other Indian country entities. For more information please see the position description.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Police Officer, Fulton, MI. The purpose of this position is the overall patrolling and investigative duties for lands in federal trust, citizens living on Tribal land and Tribal property and any additional jurisdiction pursuant to Tribal statute. The NHBP Police officer reports to the Director of Law Enforcement through the chain of command. Application closes 10/9/2019 at 8:30 AM. Apply and see more information at the link.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Court / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission Open Until Filled.

Court Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Court / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission Open Until Filled.

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court; Closing date for application submission – * Contact POL – HR.

Associate Judge, Dept: Pueblo Court; Closing date for application submission – *Contact POL – HR.

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 Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Office of Reservation Attorney 

Senior Staff Attorney, Nespelem, WA. Must have at least 7 years’ successful experience as a licensed attorney. Exceptionally strong research and writing skills required. Candidates with litigation experience and experience working with Indian tribes encouraged to apply. Must be member in good standing of any state bar association. Open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume listing at least three work-related references, and writing sample to Office of the Reservation Attorney Attn: Alice Koskela, Managing Attorney, P. O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA  99155.

Rosette, LLP

Attorney, Sacramento, CA.  Rosette, LLP is a majority-Indian owned and operated law firm providing legal services to federally recognized Indian tribes and their governmental entities and agencies nationwide. Candidates must be a member in good standing with the California state bar.  Please respond to this job posting with your cover letter, resume and writing sample via email to: Christian Cienfuegos at: ccienfuegos@rosettelaw.com.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation;

(2) Senior Staff Attorney J-8937, Nespelem, WA. Colville Confederated Tribes.  Will provide complex legal services to handle significant legal matters for the Office of Reservation Attorneys. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package, Salary will be negotiated. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Spokesperson Sr., J-8914, Public Defenders Office, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court appointed counsel responsible for representing indigent people in Tribal Court. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Deputy Prosecutor J-8821, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court representing Criminal, MINOC, Range Impoundment, Natural Resources Enforcement and civil infraction hearings, Wellness court, and appellate cases before the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Managing Public Defender J-8791, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, representing Tribal Members in criminal matters.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Staff Attorney J-8668, Nespelem, WA. Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office providing legal services to Tribal Members.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Please visit and apply at colvilletribes.com or you can contact judy.zunie@colvilletribes.com

Navajo Nation

Assistant Attorney General, Water Rights Unit, Window Rock, AZ.

Attorney, Navajo-Hopi Legal Services program, Window Rock, AZ.

Attorney(s), DOJ, Tax & Finance Unit and Litigation Unit, Window Rock, AZ.

Prosecutor(s), Prosecutor’s Office, Window Rock, AZ.

Attorney, Office of Legislative Counsel, Window Rock, AZ.

Full website here.

 

 

See posts from September 6, 2019.

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law Clerk to Justice Megan K. Cavanagh

The Michigan Supreme Court is currently seeking qualified applicants for two available clerkships with Justice Megan K. Cavanagh. One begins in January 2020, and the second will begin in September 2020. See the full position description here.

This position will be located at the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan.

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter, résumé, transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), three professional references, and one writing sample in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat(.pdf) to jobapps@courts.mi.gov. Please include, “Justice Cavanagh Clerkship” in the subject line. If you are unable to submit applicant materials electronically, please contact Judicial Human Resources at (517) 373-1147.