Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send the following to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. A typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location, main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

 

Havasupai Tribe

General Counsel, Supai, AZ and Flagstaff, AZ. The GC is responsible for all legal matters for the Tribal Government and the supervision of outside special counsels.  The Havasupai Reservation is one of the most remote in the US and one of the most beautiful.  The ability to travel to Supai is required.  This posting will remain open until May 15, 2019. For more information please see the job description.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Legal Division

Attorney III, Sacramento County, CA. Responsible for overseeing or administering various social services programs such as foster care, adoptions, and child welfare services. The Attorney III will also provide litigation support to the CFSD and the Office of the Attorney General in the area of Children’s programs. Application closes April 24, 2019. For more information, please visit the link.

Walker River Paiute Tribe

RFP, Schurz, NV. Soliciting proposals from qualified firms/individuals for the drafting of amendments to the Walk River Paiute Tribe Law and Order Code, Rules of Court, create court forms, and create a court clerk manual and judge’s bench book, to strengthen and enhance the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s Judicial System. Proposals may be mauled or hand delivered. For more information please see the RFP. 

University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative

Graduate Fellowship, Fayetteville, AR. Assist tribes with the development of food codes and provide nationwide trainings on issues of importance to the agricultural sector in Indian Country. This position provides a full tuition waiver plus a small stipend, set up through the University of Arkansas Graduate School Assistantship Program. This position is available to students who study in Fayetteville. Email Susan A. Schneider, Director, LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, with questions at sas.susan@gmail.com.

Navajo Nation

Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Department of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  Experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Henry, Acting Deputy Chief Prosecutor for further information at jahenry@navajo-nsn.gov.  This position has a closing date of 4/30/2019.

Attorney, Department of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  New law school applicants as well as experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Henry, Acting Deputy Chief Prosecutor for further information at jahenry@navajo-nsn.gov.  This position has a closing date of 5/30/2019.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP 

Associate Attorney(s), Diego, CA and Anchorage, AK. Represent Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others. Visit our website at http://www.sonosky.com/careers-attys.html to apply. More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com or see the job posting for more information. 

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians 

In-House Counsel, Redwood Valley, CA. This position is responsible for overseeing or advising the following departments for the Tribe and its businesses: police department, gaming commission, security, surveillance and to provide legal guidance to Tribal Government and Administration as needed. This position is open until filled. For more information please see the job description. 

Earthjustice 

Associate Attorney, Bozeman, MT. Associate attorneys at Earthjustice perform a range of litigation‐related tasks that can include: conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects; Drafting motions, briefs and other pleadings; and more. For more information please see the job description. 

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. 

Associate. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials, an interest in environmental and energy solutions, including sustainability matters, excellent judgment and project management commensurate with years of experience. For more information see the job description and please click here to apply.

 

See posts from April 5, 2019. 

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position (which includes position title and location) as well as a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

California Indian Law Association

Program Coordinator, remote. This is a part-time position (averaging 15 hours a month) that provides direct support to the CILA Board of Directors. All are welcome to apply, including current students. While California-based applicants are preferred, that is not a requirement for this position – the only geographic limitation is that the candidate be willing to travel to the CILA Annual Conference (2019 Northern California location TBD) – all other work can be done remotely. Please see the position description for more information.

The Association on American Indian Affairs

Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship Program,  Washington, DC. The person in this position will support the development of national policy in Indian affairs, and provide research, analysis and writing to support programs that include youth education, juvenile justice issues, Indian child welfare, sacred site protection, and more. The applicant must have or will graduate between January 2017 and June 2019 from an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program. The Fellowship is a paid one-year fellowship in the metro DC area. Applications are due April 1, 2019. Please see the job description for more information.

AmeriCorps

NLADA Strategic Planning, Washington, DC. The goal of this project is to build capacity within National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). to determine if there is are effective national service interventions that would improve individual and community outcomes in the Civil and Criminal Justice Systems in the areas of Court Fines and Fees, the Opioid Epidemic, and Tribal Defense Structures. During the service year, VISTAs will map current works in their assigned area, connect with key stakeholders, develop recommendations for potential interventions, and document their progress to assess sustainability. Please see the position description for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The University of South Dakota School of Law

Assistant or Associate Professor – Tenure Track, Vermillion, SD. The successful candidate will teach our Indian Law and Federal Jurisdiction courses; the remainder of the course package will be subject to negotiation. Areas of potential interest include bankruptcy, insurance, intellectual property, agricultural law, and cyber law. Please visit the application link to apply and include your application letter, vita, and the names and addresses of three current references. Inquiries may be directed to Tiffany C. Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. You may also send a message by email to Tiffany.Graham@usd.edu, or you may call at 605-658-3509.

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Attorney General, Redwood Valley, CA. This position is responsible for overseeing or advising the following departments for the Tribe and its businesses: police department, gaming commission, security, surveillance and to provide legal guidance to Tribal Government and Administration as needed. This position is responsible for making sure departments are following regulations and policies. Further duties will include attending Tribal or County Court on behalf of the Tribe. Please see the job description for more information.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Eagle Pass TX. 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 have to represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. Please see the job description for more information.

Menominee Indian Tribe

Domestic Violence Prosecutor, Keshena, WI. Under the direction and authority of the Prosecutor, the purpose of the position is to be responsible for prosecution of Domestic Violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking cases on the Menominee Indian Reservation; coordinate and work with the Courts, Law Enforcement, Probation-Parole, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Workers to reduce domestic violence on the Menominee Reservation; and encourage arrest procedures and enforcement of protection orders. Please see the job description or visit the link for more information. Application closes February 22, 2019.

Tohono O’Odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. 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. See the job description for more information or visit http://tolc-nsn.org. Application closes February 21, 2019.

Trees, Water & People

National Director, Fort Collins, CO. This position provides oversight of the Tribal Renewable Energy Program, by acting as a liaison between funding entities (private foundations, corporate partners, government, and individual donors) and the communities seeking support. The National Director provides overall planning, leadership, and management of TWP’s National Program. For more information please see the job description.

Navajo Nation

Attorney, Department of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  New law school applicants as well as experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Henry, Acting Deputy Chief Prosecutor for further information at jahenry@navajo-nsn.gov.  This position has a closing date of 3/06/2019.

Attorney, Department of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor of the Navajo Nation.  New law school applicants as well as experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Henry, Acting Deputy Chief Prosecutor for further information at jahenry@navajo-nsn.gov.   This position has a closing date of 3/11/2019.

Center for Court Innovation

(2) Senior Program Manager, NYC, NY. This position will provide Technical Assistance to tribal courts. Duties will include working on a variety of tribal justice projects such as strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice, tribal corrections, tribal/state relationships, healing to wellness courts, and other problem-solving initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a JD, MSW, or relevant graduate-level degree, or previous experience delivering technical assistance to tribal justice systems. Candidates with previous experience working with tribal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

See posts from February 1, 2019.

 

 

 

Deadline Approaching! DOJ Fellowship

The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship, part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian country jurisdictions.

For more information please click here. Applications close September 4, 2018.

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.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy, Washington, D.C. This is a 27-month professional fellowship that begins in October 2017. Application deadline is June 1, 2017.

Open Society Foundations

Leadership in Government Fellowship. Founded to support former senior-level government staff in the United States and its territories who have recently left public service and have played a significant role in advancing social change from within government in the United States and its territories at the local, state, or federal levels.

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Summer Law Clerks, Harbor Springs, MI. LTBB Tribal Court is seeking two unpaid summer law clerks funded through your school or other external sources. Harbor Springs is a resort community on the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. The Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction hearing cases including, but not limited to: criminal, civil, drug court, domestic violence, eviction and children’s cases. The Tribal Court is looking for applications from students interested in working on a huge variety of legal issues. No prior Indian law classes are required, but a genuine interest in Indian law and strong legal research and writing skills are necessary. The following are examples of projects and work to be done by LTBB’s summer clerks:

-Participating on the Drug Court Team,
-Researching Domestic Violence programs that can be integrated into the Tribal Court;
-Research and writing for the Tribal Court;
-Research and writing for the Appellate Court;
-Reviewing novel procedural and constitutional issues;
-Assessing, reviewing, and writing Court Rules and Procedures;
-Working with other units of Tribal Government;
-Working with the Court on establishing special protocol for juvenile cases;
-Working on Indian Child Welfare matters and cases.

Due to the significant cultural events and activities occurring on the reservation the Tribal Court allows time for and encourages our summer clerks to be involved in Tribal functions, events, and activities, as well as activities in the outlying community. Our clerks attend sacred fires and feasts, learn how to cut sweet grass and birch bark and participate in a variety of traditional activities. We assist students in locating appropriate and affordable summer housing. We are a family-friendly employer. Please email cover letters and resumes to Yvonne Brown at ybrown@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov and state your GPA in your cover letter.  We will request transcripts and writing samples for people we are interested in interviewing.

Rothstein Law Firm

Indian Law Associate, Tempe, AZ. Rothstein Donatelli is accepting applications for an Indian law associate position in its Tempe, Arizona office. The position is for an attorney with a minimum of 2 years of Indian law or general legal experience. Candidates should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Rothstein Donatelli, with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM and Tempe, AZ, focuses its practice on federal Indian law, civil rights, white collar criminal defense, and personal injury. Rothstein Donatelli is committed to advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing samples and three professional references to Joseph Meserve, Executive Director, P.O. Box 8180, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87504-8180. E-mail responses may be submitted to jmeserve@rothsteinlaw.com. http://www.rothsteinlaw.com

Ho-Chunk Nation

Legislative Attorney, Black River Falls, WI. Works directly with the Nation’s Legislature to assist in drafting tribal laws and resolutions, while also generally providing guidance and advice to the Legislature on issues of Ho-Chunk, Federal, and State law.  This could cover a broad range of issues, including tax, finance, business, gaming, criminal law, jurisdiction, constitutional interpretation, litigation, family law, housing, real estate, employment, environmental, and leasing.  Attorneys for the Nation may also be called upon to advocate for the Nation in judicial, administrative, or political settings.  This position may require some travel as well. The tribe is organized under a Constitution that includes four Branches of government, including the General Council, Legislature, President and Judiciary.  The Legislature’s legal needs are served by the Legislative Counsel and three Legislative Attorneys (who are supervised by the Legislative Counsel).

The Legislature seeks a candidate with a law degree from an accredited law school, with zero to five years of experience, who is (or will become) a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  The Ho-Chunk Nation provides a competitive salary with benefits.  See attached job description. Interested persons can send a cover letter and resume to the following: Michael Murphy, Legislative Counsel, Ho-Chunk Nation, P.O. Box 667, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

National American Indian Housing Council

Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. This high-level position serves as a senior leader on organizational operations and reports directly to the Executive Director. The position directs all aspects of the organization’s administrative services and operations in support of NAIHC. This position supervises administrative personnel and coordinates departmental administrative personnel for general clerical, financial and administrative support activities; assures that good customer service is provided from support staff through proper training and mentoring; works closely with the Executive Director for planning, budgeting, member services, management and grant management. The Deputy Director is responsible for procurement and contracting services and for the development, implementation and monitoring of written policies governing NAIHC. The Deputy Director works closely with the Executive Director to ensure that the program, events and financial objectives of NAIHC’s strategic plan are met. This position provides support in the areas of grant writing, program compliance, statistical analysis, project/program development, technical assistance, and facilitates collection and analysis of membership data including periodic membership needs assessment.

Minimum candidate qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field; Minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profits, including experience in non-profit finance, internal controls, policy, human resource management, program development, and event planning. Must possess excellent supervisory and planning skills; strong written and oral communication skills. Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to careers@naihc.net. Please place “Deputy Director” in the subject line. For more information on NAIHC visit http://www.naihc.net. Position will be open until filled.

Anishinabe Legal Services Seeks Fellow, Staff Attorney

Fellowship

Attention 2017 law school graduates: ALS wants to host a fellow! ALS proposes fellowship projects concentrating on services to a Native American population in Rural Minnesota and primarily with Elders in Elder Abuse related matters and expanding tribal court jurisdiction. The Equal Justice Works RFP application is open until Sept. 16th.

If you are a current 3L, have an interest in Native American and Elder Law, and would like more information about our organization, please contact Chari at 1-800-422-1335 or by email: claduke-clark@alslegal.org.

Staff Attorney

ALS is looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated Staff Attorney to provide direct legal services for clients before administrative agencies and Tribal Courts throughout the Anishinabe Reservations in North Central Minnesota. The staff attorney will be responsible to provide direct legal services to individuals specifically with their disability benefits including obtaining federal disability benefits through the reconsideration and appeals processes, but also handling overpayments and cessation cases, as well as other legal matters related to consumer law, school law, and tribal law.

This attorney is expected to be licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota by anticipated start date of position; this attorney is also expected to be licensed or willing to immediately become licensed before the local Tribal Courts. Salary is D.O.E. and benefits include individual and family health insurance, dental insurance, paid holidays, paid time off and life insurance.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume, along with writing sample and three (3) references to ALS Administrative Director, Chari LaDuke-Clark, Anishinabe Legal Services, PO Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633 or email required application materials to claduke-clark@alslegal.org. Applications preferred by Sept. 19th but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Berkey Williams LLP Look for Summer Associate and Fellow

SUMMER ASSOCIATE – 2017

The Berkeley office is seeking a 1st or 2nd year law student for a summer associate position in 2017. The position requires excellent research and writing skills. We especially encourage Native American students to apply, and students with a demonstrated commitment to serving Indian communities. Please forward a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Gloria Coronado, gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com. The deadline to apply is October 14, 2016. No phone calls, please.

INDIAN LAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – 2017-2018

Berkey Williams LLP Indian Law Fellowship Program aims to encourage recent law graduates to work in the field of American Indian law and to provide the Fellows with an opportunity to pursue wide variety of projects in Indian country. The Firm’s intent is to provide recent law graduates with the time and resources to tackle a wide variety of the issues in Indian country such as water rights, ICWA, cultural and natural resources protection, among others. The Fellowship intends to contribute to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths might be.

About the Fellowship
The one-year Fellowship offers a competitive salary, full benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in an established firm focused exclusively on serving Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The Fellow will work in the California office. The Fellowship begins in September, 2017, with some flexibility depending upon the candidate’s schedule. Berkey Williams is committed to recruiting attorneys who will bring a variety of experiences to the Firm’s clients, and to supporting them by providing the resources necessary to building a strong career in Indian law. The projects on which a Fellow might work are subject to the creativity of the Fellow and the needs or demands of a particular client tribe or tribal organization.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria
Applications are encouraged from recent law 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. High academic achievements are certainly considered, but they are weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments, professional goals, cultural competence, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently as needed. Candidates with interest in specific public interest projects are encouraged to bring their proposals to the Firm. Candidates are encouraged to seek their own funding as well, as the Firm’s ability to offer the fellowship is contingent on funding. Membership in the California Bar, or the Bar of another state, though not essential, is a significant factor in the firm’s evaluation of candidates.

Applying for the Fellowship
Interested law graduates should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to
Gloria Coronado, ICWA/Administrative Assistant, at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com. No
phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2016.

ABOUT BERKEY WILLIAMS

The firm is a private, for-profit partnership with a significant public interest focus. The Firm has four attorneys and two paralegals in Berkeley, California, one attorney in Washington, DC, and one attorney in Syracuse, New York. The Firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Natural resources protection, environmental justice, water and fishing rights, recovery of ancestral lands, cultural resources, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, economic development, Indian child welfare, employment, and health care are representative areas of the Firm’s work. More information may be found on the firm’s web site: http://www.berkeywilliams.com.

Seattle U Legal Fellowship Opportunity in Alaska

Exciting Fellowship Opportunity in Alaska!

The Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law and  the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) has developed a project that will provide estate planning services to BBNA members. The members reside in 36 villages in a remote area around Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are seeking a full-time Fellow to reside in Dillingham, Alaska, where BBNA is headquartered, for 9 months, from September 2012 through May 2013. The Fellow will travel to villages with BBNA staff to meet with clients and provide estate planning services. The Fellow will be supervised by Center personnel and will have on-site contact with an Alaska Legal Services attorney. This is a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain hands-on legal experience in a unique location! BBNA members have special estate planning needs, and the Fellow will undergo training on those special needs, as well as estate planning for native Alaskans. While this is not a salaried position, travel and living expenses will be paid.

We will begin accepting applications for this Fellowship on April 1, 2012, with the deadline for applications on July 31, 2012.

If you are interested, please submit: (i) cover letter, (ii) resume, (iii) unofficial transcript, (iv) three references to Erica Wolf, Managing Attorney at wolfer@seattleu.edu.

ACS Offers Paid, One-Year Law Fellowship

The American Constitution Society (ACS), one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations, seeks a talented, versatile and energetic recent law school graduate to serve as a Law Fellow. The Fellow will serve as part of ACS’s Programs staff, which is led by a group of experienced attorneys who coordinate and facilitate ACS’s rapidly expanding output of innovative, highly relevant legal and public policy work. The Fellow will work with existing Programs staff to assist in coordinating the work of ACS’s Constitution in the 21st Century project, an ambitious multi-year effort to engage scholars, practitioners, public officials and law students in the articulation and dissemination of a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy.

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