Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Tribal Court Public Defender, Lower Brule, S.D. The chosen applicant will have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of any state (South Dakota licensure preferred). Must never have been convicted of a felony. Provides legal counsel and representation to adults accused of criminal offenses and juveniles accused of delinquent acts. Examines evidence and prepares and presents cases for the defense in criminal actions/delinquency actions.   Review police reports. Draft motions, legal memorandums, and other pleadings. Conducts client and witness interviews. File pretrial motions. Identifies appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients and assists with getting clients into treatment. Appear in court on a daily basis. Knowledge of federal Indian law, criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile law and procedure; and drug court or alternative courts process and procedures. Ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, recognize, formulate and implement viable case defense theories, investigations and litigation strategies. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, multi-task, prioritize assignments, and remain organized. Work effectively with others. Code writing (such as updating or amending tribal laws). Assist with grant writing. Be a contributing asset to the office and welcome the opportunity to promote justice on the reservation. Other duties as may be assigned by Chief Judge. Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience. Closing Date: Until filled. Applications shall be in writing, to include a professional resume, legal qualifications and any other submissions at the option of the applicant. Native American preference applies. Applications may be obtained from the LBST Personnel Office, Lower Brule, South Dakota (phone:  605-473-5561) or by contacting or Chief Judge Lorrie Miner at 605-473-5528.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel, Santa Fe, N.M. Position open until filled. Email sofstehage@pojoaque.org

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Tribal Court Support Attorney, Bethel, A.K. Provide legal advice and representation to YK Delta tribal governments to enhance and develop tribal justice systems handling matters related to child protection and community and family safety.

ICWA Staff Attorney, Bethel, A.K. This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and may also involve litigating other Native law matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

SDVCJ Project Coordinator, Peshawbestown, M.I. Open until filled. GTB Application.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP Will & Estate Planning Attorney Services, Pendleton, O.R. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2017.

Cherokee National Historical Society

Executive Director, Park Hill, O.K. Primary responsibility for leading the organization’s strategic planning and fundraising efforts, managing the day-to-day operations and directing the work of a professional staff, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Shelter-Based Staff Attorney, Juneau, AK

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is hiring a full-time attorney in Juneau, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant’s purpose is to enhance options available to victims of domestic violence to resolve family disputes quickly and peacefully, and to provide representation in a variety of civil matters.  The project will prioritize services to two traditionally underserved and vulnerable groups of domestic violence victims: Alaska Native/American Indian victims and victims experiencing disabilities.

The attorney will appear in state and tribal court civil proceedings involving family law, housing, consumer protection, public benefits, and health care.  The attorney will also partner with AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies) on a project to develop and provide safe, out-of-court alternative dispute resolution services for domestic violence victims in family law cases, when appropriate. The attorney will be based at AWARE, and will work closely with ALSC’s supervising attorney and staff attorney, an AWARE legal advocate, and a part-time family counselor.

Ability to work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds is essential, as is working with individuals experiencing trauma, and physical and mental disabilities. Candidates should possess knowledge, appreciation, experience, and commitment to working with and for Alaska Native peoples and statewide Native organizations.  ALSC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

Computer proficiency required. Bilingual applicants encouraged. Admission to Alaska Bar or Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver required.  Information on Bar Rule 43 can be found at http://www.alaskabar.org/ (Alaska Bar Association website).

Salary: $44,856 to $63,456 per year DOE.  Generous personal leave and benefits package provided, including partial reimbursement of relocation expenses.

Position will be open until filled.  To apply, submit cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three professional references to:

Holly Handler, Juneau Supervising Attorney
hhandler@alsc-law.org

Native American Program, Legal Aid of Nebraska

AmeriCorps Member: Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney, Omaha, NE

The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center in Omaha, NE, the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, the Ponca Hills Health and Wellness Center in Norfolk, NE, and other locations in and near Northeast and Eastern Nebraska. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be an attorney authorized to practice in state and/or tribal court, and before administrative agencies. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers.

Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Staff Attorney, Portland, OR

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland.

Background: LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues.

Responsibilities: The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload providing legal services to Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members.

Qualifications: Position requires current Oregon State Bar membership, proven interest in and commitment to working in Indian Country, and knowledge of federal, tribal, and state laws impacting tribes and tribal members. Regular travel throughout Oregon, including some overnight travel, is required.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on experience, within a statewide salary scale. Full Benefits including health and dental insurance and retirement plan.

Closing Date: October 28, 2016

Applications: Send resume, letter of interest, brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and list of 3 professional references to:

Jennifer Amiott, Director
Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 201, Portland, OR 97215
Email: napolsjobs@lasoregon.org / Fax: (503) 206-7073
Please, no phone calls.

Legal Aid Service of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Tribal members and minority applicants encouraged to apply.

The Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel

Full Time, Regular $60,904-$94,898. Closes 10/26/16. Apply here.

Paralegal

Full Time, Regular $24.12/$26.56/$29.19. Closes 10/26/16. Apply here.

Department of the Interior

Administrative Judge, Interior Board of Indian Appeals, Arlington, VA. Closes 11/14/2016.

Alaska Legal Services Corp: Job Posting for Fairbanks Native Law Staff Attorney

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Fairbanks Native Law Staff Attorney – Alaska Legal Services Corporation is seeking a full-time staff attorney for its Fairbanks office to provide legal services to Tanana Chief Conference member Tribes and tribal members. This position primarily involves representation of individual and tribal clients in proceedings related to the Indian Child Welfare Act, as well as litigating other Native law matters on behalf of TCC Tribes and tribal members. Travel to both rural and urban areas may be required. Click here for full job description.