Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu: 

In the email body: 

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    1. Position title 
    2. Location (city, state) 
    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

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Department of the Interior – Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Office of Regulatory Development. Supervisory Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. Duties: 1) Supervises the Office of Regulatory Development staff and performs the full range of supervisory duties; 2) Performs duties of a highly sensitive nature and maintains sensitive personal contacts with Department officials and high level staffs of other Federal agencies regarding policies, programs, and issues; 3) Ensures that Indian trust resource management programs are consistent with Departmental policy initiatives; 4) Prepares, reviews and drafts agency correspondence, regulations, proposed legislation, legislative reports and correspondence to members of Congress; 5) Recommends changes in policy when such changes will be more consistent and aligned with other programs within the Department as well as being more in line with other Federal programs that affect Indian rights. Closing date: 02/01/2022. Additional details available here: https://go.usa.gov/xt8mV.

Washburn University School of Law

Visiting Assistant Professor. Topeka, KS. Duties include: (1) Teaching full-time in the clinic and/or part-time in the clinic with other courses; (2) If the position is converted to a tenure-track appointment, the incumbent is responsible for fulfilling teaching, scholarship, and service expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment; and (3) Engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession. Please see the position description and this site for further information. Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, F2771221” on the subject line. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor. Topeka, KS. For the 2022-2023 academic year to teach legal writing. The position responsibilities include teaching a full load of first-year legal writing course sections as well as service activities in the department, university, and profession. We seek engaging candidates who value and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices. Application review will begin January 25, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, Legal Writing” on the subject line. Full details can be found at: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (washburn.edu)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage. This role is a full-time, non-tenure track 12-month faculty appointment beginning as soon as possible but no later than August 2022. This position is located at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. The position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in implementing programs to improve the skills necessary for student success in law school, the bar exam, and in law practice; teaching a full workload that may include in-person and online courses; and providing academic support to students during law school and as they prepare for the bar exam. We seek engaging candidates who value and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices. Application review will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage” on the subject line. Full details can be found at Visiting Assistant Professor of Law/Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage (washburn.edu)

Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2022-2023 academic year to teach courses in Washburn Law’s doctrinal curriculum. This position is located at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Particular interest is for applicants wishing to teach Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, and two other courses. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track faculty position. Application materials should clearly articulate the candidate’s record of work supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and state how the candidate will contribute to Washburn University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The position responsibilities include teaching a full workload to include in-person and/or online courses; developing law school classes and seminars; engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession. Application review will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, F2910122” in the subject line. Full details can be found at Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (washburn.edu)

Harvard University

Native American Program Executive Director. Cambridge, MA. Duties include: (1) Providing leadership in strategic planning, operational goal-setting, and program evaluation; (2) Managing annual budgeting process, proposal writing, grants management, fundraising, routine reporting, space planning, human resources, program policies, timely communications, and external relations; (3) Supervising program staff by planning and delegating work, contributes to staff mentorship and development, communicate performance expectations; (4) Developing new initiatives, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and overseeing related activities; (5) Facilitating vibrant networking, collaboration, and consultation between and among students, faculty, and staff across campus; (6) Supporting innovative interfaculty and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects; (7) Initiating formal relationships between the program and Harvard schools and other administrative offices in order to enhance and streamline policies and practices to better serve the HUNAP community (e.g., through recruitment, retention, student affairs, alumni engagement, and professional development); and (8) Serving as a campus resource for consultation on NAI issues and concerns. Please see the position description for further information.

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Assistant Professor – Communication Studies – Focus on Indigenous Rhetoric and Communication. Wilmington, NC. The indigenous rhetoric position will teach in our online M.A. integrated marketing communication (IMC) program. Our students in our online IMC program are largely from North Carolina, and we have students and alumni who work in tribal government (Lumbee) and/or who are Lumbee, Waccamaw Siouan, and Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The position is for assistant professor rank and with a 3/3 teaching load. The interview process for the positions will be held virtually. The link can be found here: https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/22300. The priority application review date is January 24, 2022, but we will be accepting applications through February 7.

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Program Analyst (Water Rights Coordinator). Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Designing, planning, and coordinating the investigation, analysis and technical preparation for Indian water rights cases, including litigation reports and position papers; (2) Developing a technical basis for Indian title or claim to natural resources to permit effective advocacy for the Indian rights or interest involved; (3) Analyzing data collected in support of Indian water rights claims; (4) Reviewing technical and legal documents such as court decrees and legal opinions regarding Indian and non-Indian water rights; (5) Preparing supporting documentation for court action such as litigation reports, position papers, and exhibits; (6) Representing the BIA in negotiating Indian water rights and resulting settlement; (7) Analyzing settlement terms to determine if appropriate and comport with the Federal Trust responsibilities; (8) Implementing Indian water rights settlements; and (9) Prescribing technical tasks required by the legislation and negotiation of ancillary agreements. Please see the position description for further information. Interested applicants should apply by February 14, 2022.

The Yakama Nation

Staff AttorneyOffice of Legal Counsel. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s, to provide legal advice, consultations, and presentations; (4) Performing legal research, reviewing contracts and other legal documents, drafting memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; (5) Serving as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts; and (6) Researching and analyzing material on recent developments in Indian Law, information is reviewed with Lead Attorney to determine the effect on the Yakama Nation and presented to Tribal leadership. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply by February 7, 2022.

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing attorney services in tribal, state and federal courts for the Yakama Nation; (2) Representing the Yakama Nation in criminal prosecutions, civil matters including the Indian Child Welfare Act and dependency matters, may serve as legal advisor to law enforcement; (3) Coordinating with police jurisdictions and other agencies to ensure prosecution activities to serve the interests of the Yakama Nation in protecting the safety of the community; and (4) Maintaining contact with attorneys and other jurisdictions regarding tribal, state, and federal court matters affecting the Yakama Nation. Please see the position description for further information. While the selected applicant will be expected to prosecute all types of cases that come under the purview of the YN Prosecutor’s Office, this position will focus primarily on juvenile dependency and ICWA cases. 
Interested candidates should apply by January 31, 2022.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Chief Judge. Siletz, OR. Duties include: (1) Administering the Tribal Court; (2) Performing all judicial and court functions of the Tribal Court, provided, that the Chief Judge may delegate his or her administrative authority to an Associate Judge or other appropriate person upon budgetary approval by appropriate tribal officials; and (3) The Chief Judge may serve as Presiding Judge of the Siletz District Court, Siletz Gaming Court, or Siletz Court of Appeals, as appropriate. This position is open until appointed by the Tribal Council. If interested in possible appointment as the Chief Judge for the Siletz Tribal Court, please submit your resume to: Siletz Tribal Council, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, Oregon 97380.

Indian Health Service Branch, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel

Attorney Advisor. Rockville, MD. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services to the Indian Health Service, the federal healthcare provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) Providing legal advice on the implementation and operation of various health care programs; (3) Working closely with agency staff who negotiate contracts with tribes for health program administration; (4) Defending challenges to agency actions before administrative law judges and assist the Department of Justice with cases brought in Federal court; and (5) Reviewing the implications of proposed legislation on the IHS health delivery program. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit application materials (see position description for details). The position is open until filled.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements; (3) Working closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses; (4) Providing legal work, legal research, and preparing legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes; and (5) Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until  January 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorCrownpoint, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case; (8) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; (9) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc.; and (10) Presenting complex adjudication in family courts. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Tuba City, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (8) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until January 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; (4) Determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Gathering and compiling evidence, identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records, and other information required to present the case; (8) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (9) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (10) Performing extensive legal research. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Supreme Court Law ClerkSupreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes January 31, 2022.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle, AZThis 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court JudgeJudicial 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Rosebud, SD. Duties include: (1) Administration of all divisions of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, including the Juvenile Court, which shall be administered by the juvenile Court Judge, under the supervision of the RST Chief Judge; (2) Supervising all RST Associate Judges, Magistrate Judges, RST Civil Court Advocates, RST Court Services Officer, the RST Administrative Director, and Clerk of Courts; and (3) The RST Chief Judge will have final approval for the appointments of “Special” Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Judges. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should contact Cheryl Rogers, Director of Administration, at 605-747-2278 or at Cheryl.Rogers@rstjustice.org for further information.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate CounselFairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings, and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

The Catawba Nation

Summer 2022 InternshipRock Hill, SC; Remote. The Catawba Nation is seeking candidates for its summer 2022 Legal Internship.Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 14th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Kanji & Katzen, PLLC

Associate AttorneySeattle, WA; Ann Arbor, MI; or remote. Our nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members.  Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law.  However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.  Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.  The firm offers competitive compensation and benefit packages, and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings. To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com.  We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Phil Katzen at pkatzen@kanjikatzen.com. The position is open until filled.

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General – two openings. Sells, AZ. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring two (2) Assistant Attorneys General.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  While the two postings are for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty.  Knowledge of federal Indian Law is preferred but not necessary. Position classifications are as follows: Assistant Attorney General I (1 year of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General II (3 years of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General III (6 years of legal experience); and Assistant Attorney General IV (8 years of legal experience). Interested candidates should send their resume to Attorney General Howard M. Shanker at Howard.Shanker@tonation-nsn.gov . Please call Mr. Shanker at (520) 349-0559 if you have any specific questions. 

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Attorney GeneralPine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Being the Law Enforcement Officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (2) Prosecuting and representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in all major criminal and civil cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office, including cases that involve public officials; (3) Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office, including the supervision of all civil or criminal cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office before the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; (4) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and committees of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on revisions to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code and Court Rules; (5) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in legal disputes with the Federal Government, State Government, and other entities or individuals; (6) Advising Tribal Police Officers on all legal matters; (7) Issuing directive(s) to the Chief of Police to conduct criminal investigations; (8) Issuing directives regarding law-enforcement procedures to the Chief of Police to protect the Civil Rights of Tribal Members; (9) Upholding the integrity and independence of the Tribal Court, and the OST Constitution and By-Laws; and (10) Upon the request of the Law and Order Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the Attorney shall provide a report containing aggregate data on the number of prosecutions brought by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in cases in which the United States Attorney office has declined prosecution. The Attorney General and the prosecutors working under the Attorney General shall have prosecutorial discretion. Please see the position for further information. Interested candidates should submit a complete OST Application for Employment to Stacy Two Lance, Secretary of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, P.O. Box 2070, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770 – Call (605) 867-8468 or email: StacyTL@oglala.org. The positon is open until filled.

OST Marijuana Commissioner and AlternatesThe Oglala Sioux Tribal Council is now accepting Letters of Intent for persons who are interested in serving as an (1) COMMISSIONER AND (1) ALTERNATE for the OST Marijuana Commission (“Commission”). The Commission is a three member commission appointed by the Tribal Council and are seeking ALTERNATE commissioners should a vacancy occur. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments involving marijuana cultivation and use; (2) Developing a written system of regulations and procedures for licensing persons who wish to participate in marijuana cultivating, brokering, handling, processing, transporting and testing; (3) Developing additional procedures for the destruction of marijuana crops, and additional standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (4) Maintaining a formal record, including a legal description of each of the sites where marijuana activity is allowed under a Commission approved license, along with a detailed description of the approved activity, and a record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (5) Developing and implementing procedures and minimum requirements for ensuring the proper inspection, testing and sampling of marijuana plants, marijuana cultivated, stored, transported, processed, possessed or used within the territory of the Tribe; (6) Developing and implementing minimum standards and procedures for background checking and licensing all labs, technicians and other scientific professionals performing the various marijuana related tests required by the Commission; (7) Developing and implementing procedures for background checking and licensing all applicants for the various marijuana licenses authorized by this Ordinance and Commission regulations; (8) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (9) Developing and implementing additional standards and procedures for refusing a marijuana related license and revoking or suspending any marijuana related license granted by the Commission; (10) Developing and obtaining approval of an annual budget; (11) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (12) Developing and implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Interested candidates should submit Letters of Intent (see position description for requirements) to Stacy Two Lance/OST Secretary, PO Box 2070, Pine Ridge, SD 57770 or email to: Stacytl@oglala.org.

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Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

Associate Attorney. Rapid City, SD. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (3) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (4) Draft agreements and analyze legal documents; (5) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures; (6) Conducting legal research and gathering evidence, interpreting laws, rulings and regulations, and analyzing probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents; (7) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (8) Presenting evidence to defend clients and summarize cases; and (9) Negotiating settlements. Please see the position description for more information. This position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts (if graduated less than 5 years ago) to: Robert Frazer, Chief Operating Officer rfrazer@ndnlaw.com.

Kanji & Katzen, PLLC

Associate Attorney. Seattle, WA; Ann Arbor, MI; or remote. Our nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members.  Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law.  However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.  Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.  The firm offers competitive compensation and benefit packages, and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings. To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com.  We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Phil Katzen at pkatzen@kanjikatzen.com. The position is open until filled.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

2022 Summer Associate. San Francisco, CA. LCHB summer associates work alongside partners and associates in a variety of roles. As a summer associate at LCHB, you will gain valuable experience in legal research and writing and will also have the opportunity to attend court hearings and depositions and assist in conferences with clients, witnesses, and opposing counsel. 2Ls will be considered. Ideal candidates must demonstrate excellent research, writing and analytical skills, along with above average grades. Commitment to public interest strongly preferred. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and references. To apply, send your application materials to the attention of Michelle Reardon, Recruiting Coordinator, at mreardon@lchb.com. Apply here by February 10th, 2022.

The Catawba Nation

Summer 2022 InternshipRock Hill, SC; Remote. Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 30th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Winter 2022 Staff Attorney – Criminal and Civil Tribal Court. Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Maintaining caseload on behalf of Native American clients in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include Indian Child Welfare (ICW), custody/placement, guardian ad litem (GAL), divorce, estate planning; (2) Educating and serving Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law; (3) Participating in tribal court development, code drafting and community education projects; and (4) Carrying out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. Please see the position description for more information. Submit resume, references, and writing sample to: Mary Jo Nyenhuis, Executive Secretary, Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., P.O. Box 6100, Wausau, WI 54402-6100, info@judicare.org.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the operation of the Tribal Accounting Department; (2) Assisting the Tribe in developing general fund budgets; (3) Ensuring that internal controls are in place and followed; (4) Overseeing operation of several Tribal business entities; (5) Preparing financial presentations for the Tribal Council; and (6) Ensuring that the Tribe’s financial resources, rights and interests are protected and preserved. The position is opened until filled. The Tribal Employment Application can be found at www.mescaleroapachetribe.com. Applicants should attach a resume or curriculum vitae to their Applications. Applicants with questions can email agandara-diaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com or mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com.  

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Performing fiduciary duties exclusive to TCC; (2) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication to TCC President and Executive Board on a recurring basis; (3) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and tribal court proceedings and related matters; (4) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments (e.g. contracts, leases, etc), rendering legal opinions, providing management with legal guidance, and acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and managing Legal Department; (6) Overseeing hiring, training, discipline, and employee evaluation; (7) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts including but not limited to reviewing advocacy documents, testimony, preparing for meetings and attending meetings on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (8) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel; and (9) Management and processing of all FTCA / tort claims related activities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings, and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Bureau of Land Management Headquarters, Division of National Landscape Conservation System

Tribal Liaison Officer. Washington, D.C.. Duties include: (1) Conducting formal and informal tribal consultation; (2) Developing BLM national level tribal consultation and coordination policies, directives, and program guidance are consistent with Departmental policies; (3) Managing BLM’s Native American program; (4) Identifying and developing training to support implementation of bureau policies and to provide guidance for line officers; (5) Advising management regarding specific program requirements and responsibilities to Native American topics; (6) Coordinating with Tribal governments and other agencies including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service (FS), etc. on Tribal affairs and other Native American issues; (7) Coordinating with the Assistant Directors, BLM States, the BIA, the Solicitor’s Office, Interior Department, Tribal governments and other state and federal agencies, to develop agency wide policies or guidance with addressing Native American concerns; (8) Developing current and long-range plans for complex projects with procurement and contractual agreements including work-month estimates, procurement needs, contracts for ethnographic research, work schedules, and cost estimates; and (9) Generating management reports, initiating requests, justifications and other report documents as needed at the bureau and Department level. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should see more information and apply here and here by January 21st, 2022. If you have questions about the announcement or application process, please send an email to blm_oc_hr_staff_team@blm.gov.

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

 Ørsted 

Tribal Relations Manager. Workplace: Annapolis, Boston, New London, New York City, Newark, Providence, Washington DC. Duties include: (1) Supporting initial communications with Native America tribes and collaborating with internal stakeholders to develop tailored outreach efforts to tribal communities; (2) Maintaining regular communications with tribes to enhance long-term relationships and mutual understanding; (3) Updating internal project teams on key tribal concerns and assisting in the development of effective responses; (4) Developing and facilitating training sessions to educate our team members on cultural histories and traditions and potential interfaces with our planning and permitting efforts; (5) Maintaining positive relations with tribes, providing information for community awareness, and tracking and reporting on interests or concerns identified through external communications; and (6) Organizing regular meetings with external parties and being responsible for adjusting the schedules and approach to such meetings in response to internal and external stakeholder input. There’s no PDF position description – everything lives in the online portal. Here’s the link again: Tribal Relations Manager (orsted.com). Application deadline: February 14th, 2022, 00:59 EST.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Judge. Cass Lake, MN. The Associate Judge is responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with the impartial and effective administration of justice for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The Associate Judge shall faithfully uphold the tribal constitution and all laws of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. A minimum of 5 years of experience as an attorney is required. Litigation experience is preferred.  Must be licensed to practice law in any state. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with a resume and a copy of current attorney License to: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Jacquelyn Wright, Court Administrator, 190 Sailstar Drive NE Cass Lake, MN 56633, Or email to: jackie.wright@llojibwe.net. Closing Date is Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. The Associate Tribal Attorney assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Tribal Administrator. Pembroke, NC. The Lumbee Tribe of N.C. Tribal Administrator will be responsible for organizing, implementing and directing programs, policies, and directives established by the Tribal Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe. The Tribal Administrator will be responsible for managing approximately 25 Federal and State Programs. This job oversees the operations of 150+ employees on a daily basis. The Tribal Administrator requires strong managerial skills and will work with upper-level management and Tribal Council to improve the overall operations of the Lumbee Tribal Government. Responsibilities are fully outlined in the position description.

The Lummi Nation Lummi Indian Business Council.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II – Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, and other tribal, federal, state, and local courts; (2) Managing a large case load requiring preparation for trial and other court appearances; (3) Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, developing the theory of the case, and developing trial or case resolution strategy; (4) Performing pretrial investigations by consulting with tribal law enforcement officers, other law enforcement agencies, and witnesses; (5) Participating with other tribal, state, and federal agencies collaborating on regional responses to specific criminal efforts; (6) Collaborating with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney on cases that may result in federal prosecution; (7) Negotiating with defense counsel on plea arrangements and sentencing; (8) Completing legal research and writing necessary for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other court documents; (9) Working as a cooperative member of the rehabilitative justice programs; (10) Performing job duties consistent with ethical standards and with the assurance that justice is upheld under the Lummi Code of Laws, and other pertaining laws; and (11) Continuing professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, criminal law, law enforcement, and other areas relevant to job duties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an LIBC application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and two reference letters to be considered.

Staff Attorney I or II – Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Nation, its departments, and entities, in judicial and administrative proceedings in tribal, federal, and state forums; (2) Assisting with revision of Lummi Code of Laws and with complex legal issues impacting the Nation; (3) Negotiating, preparing, and reviewing contracts, resolutions, forms, and policies and procedures; (4) Performing legal research and preparing memorandums of law; (5) Completing legal research and writings necessary for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other court documents; (6) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties; (7) Participating in Lummi community events during and/or after hours to gain perspective of the community served; (8) Attending judicial, administrative, or legislative proceedings; (9) Attending meetings of the LIBC, the General Council, and Lummi’s Commissions, Boards or Committees, and Inter-tribal or other conferences or meetings; and (10) Traveling locally and out of state as necessary to represent the Lummi Nation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit LIBC application, cover letter, resume, and reference letters. The position is open until filled.

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority – Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals – Electronic Fish Harvest Reporting System. Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) and its member tribes. The estimated period of performance is March 1, 2022-June 30, 2022 (with certain services ongoing thereafter). The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to seek proposals from qualified respondents to design or customize, build, host, and maintain an electronic fish harvest reporting system that will meet the needs of CORA and its member tribes. Interested candidates should contact Bev Carrick, CORA Acting Executive Director (bevcarrick@chippewaottawa.org), to obtain a copy of the full Request for Proposal, which describes in more detail the scope of work and the required contents, evaluation, and scoring of proposals. Proposals are due by January 31st, 2022.

Tule River Economic Development Corporation Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals – Grant Writer. The purpose of this request is to acquire the services of a professional grant writer familiar with the requirements and procedures for submitting a funding application to the [US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. The funding application(s) is critical to TREDC’s proposed development of a commercial /industrial development located on land that is in fee to trust. This development will serve to expand economic opportunities for the Tule River Tribe membership.] Please see the full RFP for more information and instructions on where to submit.

Rosette, LLP

Law Clerk. Grand Rapids, MI. An Associate Attorney offer is contingent on the selected candidate’s work performance. Duties include: (1) Assisting and shadowing attorneys as they provide counsel and legal services in a professional manner while maintaining express confidentiality; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Traveling to off-site meetings with prospective and current clients; (4) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other regulatory authority to provide basis for attorneys to effectively counsel clients; (5) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (6) Appearing at hearings and trials, where authorized and with attorney supervision; (7) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents; (8) Interfacing with clients where appropriate; and (9) Complying with all applicable law school, court, and state bar licensure obligations. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, official/certified law school transcript, and a writing sample.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General – two openings. Sells, AZ. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring two (2) Assistant Attorneys General.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  While the two postings are for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty.  Knowledge of federal Indian Law is preferred but not necessary. Position classifications are as follows: Assistant Attorney General I (1 year of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General II (3 years of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General III (6 years of legal experience); and Assistant Attorney General IV (8 years of legal experience). Interested candidates should send their resume to Attorney General Howard M. Shanker at Howard.Shanker@tonation-nsn.gov . Please call Mr. Shanker at (520) 349-0559 if you have any specific questions. 

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Attorney General. Pine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Being the Law Enforcement Officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (2) Prosecuting and representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in all major criminal and civil cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office, including cases that involve public officials; (3) Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office, including the supervision of all civil or criminal cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office before the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; (4) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and committees of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on revisions to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code and Court Rules; (5) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in legal disputes with the Federal Government, State Government, and other entities or individuals; (6) Advising Tribal Police Officers on all legal matters; (7) Issuing directive(s) to the Chief of Police to conduct criminal investigations; (8) Issuing directives regarding law-enforcement procedures to the Chief of Police to protect the Civil Rights of Tribal Members; (9) Upholding the integrity and independence of the Tribal Court, and the OST Constitution and By-Laws; and (10) Upon the request of the Law and Order Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the Attorney shall provide a report containing aggregate data on the number of prosecutions brought by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in cases in which the United States Attorney office has declined prosecution. The Attorney General and the prosecutors working under the Attorney General shall have prosecutorial discretion. Please see the position for further information. Interested candidates should submit a complete OST Application for Employment to Stacy Two Lance, Secretary of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, P.O. Box 2070, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770 – Call (605) 867-8468 or email: StacyTL@oglala.org. The positon is open until filled.

OST Marijuana Commissioner and Alternates. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council is now accepting Letters of Intent for persons who are interested in serving as an (1) COMMISSIONER AND (1) ALTERNATE for the OST Marijuana Commission (“Commission”). The Commission is a three member commission appointed by the Tribal Council and are seeking ALTERNATE commissioners should a vacancy occur. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments involving marijuana cultivation and use; (2) Developing a written system of regulations and procedures for licensing persons who wish to participate in marijuana cultivating, brokering, handling, processing, transporting and testing; (3) Developing additional procedures for the destruction of marijuana crops, and additional standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (4) Maintaining a formal record, including a legal description of each of the sites where marijuana activity is allowed under a Commission approved license, along with a detailed description of the approved activity, and a record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (5) Developing and implementing procedures and minimum requirements for ensuring the proper inspection, testing and sampling of marijuana plants, marijuana cultivated, stored, transported, processed, possessed or used within the territory of the Tribe; (6) Developing and implementing minimum standards and procedures for background checking and licensing all labs, technicians and other scientific professionals performing the various marijuana related tests required by the Commission; (7) Developing and implementing procedures for background checking and licensing all applicants for the various marijuana licenses authorized by this Ordinance and Commission regulations; (8) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (9) Developing and implementing additional standards and procedures for refusing a marijuana related license and revoking or suspending any marijuana related license granted by the Commission; (10) Developing and obtaining approval of an annual budget; (11) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (12) Developing and implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Interested candidates should submit Letters of Intent (see position description for requirements) to Stacy Two Lance/OST Secretary, PO Box 2070, Pine Ridge, SD 57770 or email to: Stacytl@oglala.org.

Omaha Tribal Court

Tribal Prosecutor. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Interview members of the public concerning complaints of a criminal nature and determine whether to handle complaints as criminal matters; (2) Preparing and implementing appropriate formal complaints to be filed with the Court; (3) Preparing and implementing Criminal Summonses and Arrest Warrants; (4) Maintaining records of the Tribal Prosecutor; (5) Making recommendations to members of the public on how to proceed in mediation; (6) Coordinating and assisting police officers with investigations and preparing cases for trial; (7) Coordinating the entire criminal process with other members of the Court staff, Child Protective Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Police, Social Service agencies and other Courts; (8) Prosecuting Child Protective Services cases on behalf of the Tribe; (9) Engaging in the process of plea bargaining with counsel representing criminal defendants, including the Tribal Public Defender; and (10) Preparing and making reports on the operation of the Tribal Prosecutor’s Office to the Chief Judge. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should send applications and resumes to Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Attn: HR Department, P.O. Box 368, Macy, NE 68039 or send via email to othumanresources@theomahatribe.com. The position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Chief Judge of Tribal Court. Siletz, OR. The Chief Judge is chief administrator of the Tribal Court; assigns cases to Associate Judges, and hears cases. Please see attached position description for more information. The position is opened until filled. 

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Chief Judge. Parker, AZ. Duties include: (1) Determining judicial assignments for assigned judicial officers; (2) Supervising judicial and non-judicial personnel; (3) Establishing docketing, calendaring and case management policies and procedures; (4) Developing and supervising the administration of the Tribal Court budget; (5) Assisting the Tribal Council with the establishment of bond schedules in coordination with the Tribal law enforcement departments; (6) Establishing and implementing standards and parameters for indigency screening, and guidelines for determination of indigency for the purposes of waiving Court fees; (7) Defining and establishing specific parameters under which a defendant shall be granted the time to pay monetary sentences imposed; (8) Complying with statistical reporting, jury management and recording management policies and procedures established by the Tribal Court; (9) Cooperating and coordinating with the Chief Appellate Court Judge concerning the administration of the Tribal Court; (10) Providing regular communications to the Tribal Chairman and Tribal Council. Please see the position description for further information. Contact Tribal.Court@CRIT-NSN.GOV.

Associate Tribal Judge. Duties include: (1) Presiding over a variety of hearings including criminal and traffic arraignments, juvenile offender arraignments, criminal jury and non-jury trials, civil trials, small claims hearings, tax court proceedings, orders of protection hearings and harassment injunctions, pre-trial conferences and motion hearings; (2) Reviewing requests for continuances; (3) Conducting interviews for orders of protection and harassment injunction and preparation of appropriate orders; (4) Reviewing search warrants; (5) Reviewing and signing summons, subpoenas, arrest warrants and other court orders; (6) Reviewing financial disclosure statements; (7) Reviewing and signing seized property releases; (8) Corresponding with non-local defendants for dispositions of cases by mail when appropriate; and (9) Performing legal research. Contact Tribal.Court@CRIT-NSN.GOV.

Deputy Attorney General. Parker, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribal Government before all Federal, Tribal and State courts, administrative proceedings, tribunals, departments, agencies and committees of the Congress and the State Legislatures on behalf of the Tribe; (2) Advising and consulting with and giving legal assistance to the Tribal Council and its officers; and (3) Assisting in Tribal administrative matters upon request of the Tribal Council or its designated representative. Attorney General shall not be required to render legal services for, represent, or appear on behalf of, any member of the Tribe in that member’s individual capacity, nor shall Attorney General act in the capacity of tribal Public Defender. In the absence of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General is responsible for the management, supervision and direction of the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Prosecutor. Interested candidates can apply here and submit their resumes to rloudbear@critdoj.com and crithr@crit-nsn.gov.

Casey Family Programs

Senior Director – Judicial and National Engagement (Attorney). Remote. The Senior Director of Judicial and National Engagement brings national expertise in key areas of access to justice, dependency court legal practice, and the development of partnerships and collaborations that will support judicial branch improvements and promote the social determinants of health and prevention. This position will promote effective practice strategies and support to national efforts to create communities of practice that advance judicial branch and national engagement strategies that will strengthen child, family and community well-being. The Senior Director brings national expertise in three key areas of Dependency Court work:  (1) judicial and attorney leadership; (2) high quality legal representation; and (3) working to strengthen the “front-door” of the court.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Judicial and National Engagement (JNE) and coordinates and provides consultation at a national level and in identified states to achieve Casey Family Programs’ mission and JNE’s strategic priorities.  The Senior Director coordinates and provides efforts to reduce the need for children to be reported to Child Protective Services or enter foster care by strengthening high quality legal representation for families, promoting preventive legal advocacy across the country, and promoting court reforms to narrow the front door of child welfare. Interested candidates should apply here by February 12th, 2022.

Muckleshoot Tribal Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor. Auburn, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribe in the areas of adults and juveniles committing criminal acts, civil prosecution of child abuse and neglect, Elder abuse and neglect cases, civil and criminal violations of traffic offenses, fish and wildlife offenses, exclusion matters, vicious dog offenses and other civil offenses occurring within the Tribal jurisdiction; (2) Representing the Tribe in ICW proceedings, drafting notices of intervention; (3) Presenting materials to the court; (4) Conducting interviews with witnesses and complainants; (5) Litigating bench and jury trials; (6) Reviewing cases for arraignments, pre-trial conferences, or probation violation hearings; (7) Responding to calls from victims, concerned family and friends, and service providers; (8) Presenting and explaining key policy issues regarding tribal justice and victimization; (9) Keeping abreast of new laws, cases and legal challenges that may affect pending or future case prosecution and advises tribal police of challenges; (10) Cooperating with tribal, state and federal officials in prevention and adjudication of cases while upholding tribal sovereignty; (11) Conducting research, writing documents, filing legal documents in the appropriate court, and presenting oral arguments in court; (12) Reviewing and evaluating Agency regulations, internal controls, and policies, and makes recommendations concerning same to Law and Order Committee and Tribal Council; and (13) Developing and improving the Tribe’s code of laws including code development. Please see the position description for further information.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Duties include: (1) Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings; (2) Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval; (3) Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government; (4) Prepares legal memoranda and conducts legal research as directed; (5) Develops and implements policies and procedures, and works with Department Leaders to create policies/procedures and compose resolutions for Tribal Council; (6) Represents NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government; (7) Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for the Tribal Council and other Tribal government entities; (8) Under the supervision and direction of the Chief Legal Counsel, advises NHBP concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, officers of NHBP and Tribal relations with general public; (9) Manages delivery of Legal Services as defined by General Counsel to ensure services are provided in a timely manner by appropriate personnel consistent with NHBP business needs; and (10) Maintains current, accurate and complete records as required by federal, state and all regulatory agencies. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates can apply here by February 11th, 2022.

California State University Los Angeles

Child Welfare Instructor. Los Angeles, CA. Duties include: (1) Develop an outreach program to underserved communities, particularly Native American/Alaska Native; (2) Recruit students with Native American/Alaska Native heritage; (3) Participate in and contribute to relevant community and interagency activities; (4) Create a social media presence for CalSWEC; (5) Provide outreach and support for graduates during their employment obligation period; (6) Work with CalSWEC Project Coordinator to interview and select students for the CalSWEC program; (7) Develop new CalSWEC internship sites, work closely with students needing placements and place students in field internships; (8) Assist in the development of a CalSWEC Specialized Seminar series and give presentations; and (9) Participate in School meetings and activities, participate in field education meetings and orientations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships. Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Are you a skilled development professional with an expertise in cultivating relationships with foundations and individual donors? If you are up for the challenge of supporting our mission of fostering innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress, then the Environmental Law Institute needs you as our Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships.  As a part of ELI’s Development team, you will play a key role in our outreach to Foundations, donors, members of the ELI Board of Directors, and assisting with the annual Award Dinner. Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Simply visit https://www.eli.org/employment to get started.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Northeast Regional (NYC). New York City, NY. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research and preparing memoranda on issues related to ongoing or potential new cases; (2) Reviewing and analyzing administrative records and technical documents; (3) Drafting motions, briefs, and other legal and factual documents in support of litigation; (4) Participating in proceedings before federal and state courts and agencies; (5) Working with clients and experts and learning how to handle press work; (6) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references by January 16th, 2022. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food & Farming (NYC | Washington DC). NYC, Washington DC. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, and professional staff to build cases and
support policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Interacting with clients and work with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and, ultimately, to support our litigation goals; (4) Representing Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; (5) Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and other media; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervision of student law clerks. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references by January 30th, 2022. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Antitrust Associate. San Francisco, CA. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP seeks a lateral attorney in San Francisco to join our thriving and collegial antitrust practice. Our diverse team of antitrust attorneys have successfully challenged cartels and monopolies in the pharmaceutical, high technology, electronic component, and medical industries on behalf of consumers, hospitals, local governments, and small businesses. Associates have lead roles in cases, investigating cases, consulting closely with clients, taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions and appeals, working with experts, participating in trials and mediations. For nearly fifty years, Lieff Cabraser has represented only plaintiffs in some of the highest-profile cases in the United States, recovering billions of dollars for our clients. We strive daily to achieve justice for our clients, and seek similar-minded attorneys to join our team. The ideal candidate will have well-developed written and oral advocacy skills. Resumes in confidence to: Lin Chan, Hiring Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 275 Battery St., 29th Fl, SF, CA 94111. Email: jobs@lchb.com. Interested candidates can apply here. Learn more at our website, www.lieffcabraser.com.

The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Associate Justice. Juneau. AK. The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Associate Justice position for the Tribe’s Supreme Court for a two-year term. Candidates will be rated by the Judiciary Committee as highly qualified, qualified, and not qualified to serve as Associate Justice to ensure the candidate can uphold the integrity and dignity of the Court. The Judiciary Committee may require a background check by a law enforcement agency. Interested candidates must submit a letter of intent to serve, copy of ID (for age verification purposes), three character references, and a Tribal Court Bar Admission application to the Judiciary Committee Chair by the close of business on March 21, 2022. Submit all documents to: Tlingit & Haida Judiciary Committee, c/o DonnaRae James, Chair, judiciarycommittee@ccthita-nsn.gov, Fax: 866.532.3558. Please see the position description for more information and for a copy of the application.

Friday Job Announcements

University of Colorado Boulder

Director of American Indian Law Clinic (Clinical Faculty). Boulder, CO. The University of Colorado seeks a professor for appointment in the American Indian Law Clinic, deadline Jan 4th, 2022. Here is the post https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=35539… to share with your networks. With one of the country’s leading programs in American Indian Law, dating back to 1992, and an amazing faculty, student body, and set of Indian Country relationships, Colorado Law is excited about the opportunity presented here! We’re particularly eager for candidates who are able to educate the next generation in what we see as a seamless web of tribal, federal, and international law concerning Indigenous Peoples. This is a chance to join the legacy of David Getches, Charles Wilkinson, Rick Collins, Jerilyn Decoteau, Sarah Krakoff, Jill Tompkins, Carla Fredericks, and more recently Jim Anaya and Kristen Carpenter, in our vibrant community at the University of Colorado, participate in our joint projects with the Native American Rights Fund, and serve as a mentor to our students. Candidates may also be interested in learning about the campus-wide Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies. Duties include: (1) Creating a docket of cases and projects that will expose students to an array of issues in American Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Law more broadly, potentially including engagements in tribal, state, federal, and international venues; (2) Supervising students in their case or project work; (3) Organizing and teaching a companion clinical seminar; (4) Working with students, faculty, staff, and community members as part of Colorado Law’s American Indian Law Program, which focuses on domestic, comparative, and international law involving Indigenous Peoples; (5) Teaching an annual workload of 8 credits and providing instruction and student advising as assigned by the Dean or their delegate; (6) Holding class and evaluating students’ work and assigning grades within the policies of school and campus; and (7) Ongoing curriculum development and planning. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit applications via CU Boulder Jobs.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Associate Judge Part-Time – Omaha Tribal Court. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Presides over criminal and civil matters as assigned by the Chief Judge; (2) Handling all Juvenile Court matters, including cases involving the Omaha Nation Child and Family Services (“CFS”); (3) Assisting, as necessary, in issuing bench warrants, search warrants, subpoenas, court orders, judgments, and other documents as requested by the chief judge; (4) Carrying out the functions of the Chief Judge when necessary i.e., hearing civil and criminal court cases; (5) Abiding by the Omaha Nation Law and Order Code; (6) Rendering judgments by weighing arguments and evidence, studying relevant cases, writing and announcing opinion; and (7) Attending educational workshops in and out of state. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, writing sample, and three (3) professional references; please see the position description for submission requirements.

Paralegal – Tribal Administration Building. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Drafting and organizing Tribal and Enterprise Board resolutions and codes such as Tribal Legal Codes, Housing Codes, and other legal documents; (2) Preparing contracts, agreements, memorandum of understanding, and other legal pleadings and filings; (3) Working with THPO and Realty Programs on preparing land purchases and acquisitions; (4) Meeting with attorneys, clients, and other professionals; (5) Drafting legal documents including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits, and interrogatories; (6) Researching and analyzing statutes, regulations, legal articles, judicial decisions, and other legal sources, providing written analysis to attorneys; (7) Preparing, organizations, stores, and retrieves case files, which may include evidence, exhibits, depositions, pleadings, end exhibits. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter; please see position description for submission requirements.

The Catawba Indian Nation

Request for Proposals – Tribal Court Bailiff. Rock Hill, SC. Duties include: (1) Screening the public (attorneys, defendants, etc.) at the front door; (2) Removing the public or others if they are in unauthorized areas or are causing a disturbance to the public or employees of the Court and the Tribe; (3) Supervising the loading/unloading and security of prisoners transported to and from Court; (4) Standing watch in open court and assisting as deemed necessary by the In-Court Clerk and sitting Judge; (5) Ensuring the security of the In-Court Clerk, sitting Judge, attorneys, public and defendants as
necessary during open court; and (6) Serving Protective Orders and other relevant court paperwork to defendants/attorneys at the Judge’s instruction. Please see the request for proposal description for more information and submission requirements by 5:00pm December 24th 2021.

Request for Proposals – Tribal Court Judge. Rock Hill, SC. The duties include all normal duties of a drug court judge acting in that capacity for infractions and code enforcement cases. The Catawba Nation intends holds court twice a month on first and third Thursdays of the month, and will be proceeded by a meeting between all service providers and staff to make recommendations. Court will be held in a professional manner according to standards observed by the NADCP. The Judge shall maintain all education requirements for the position and comply with all the reporting requirements. The judge may review and make recommendations regarding court programs, court fines, court charges, and court procedures. The judge will help keep the court staff apprised of changes in laws and procedures. Please see the request for proposal description for submission requirements by 5:00pm December 24th, 2021.

Summer 2022 Internship. Rock Hill, SC; Remote. The Catawba Nation is seeking candidates for its summer 2022 Legal Internship.Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 14th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

UCLA School of Law

Emmett Institute Fellowships in Environmental Law & Policy. Los Angeles, CA. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows also assist the Institute’s Executive Directors with projects that advance the Institute’s work, including by organizing conferences, workshops, public education and outreach efforts, and other events. In addition to these responsibilities, which will continue year-round, Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Interested candidates should submit applications by Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.

California Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General – Indian and Gaming LawTwo vacancies. Sacramento and San Diego, CA. Duties include: (1) Counseling the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; (2) Providing counsel to the Attorney General on Indian law and gambling issues, including both unlawful and emerging forms of gambling; and (3) Advising and representing the Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the California Gambling Control Commission in administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with their respective compact, gambling regulatory programs, and gambling licensing programs, and the California Horse Racing Board and the California State Lottery in judicial proceedings.  Deputies’ duties also include work relating to Major League Sporting Event Raffles Program, and actions under the Unfair Competition Law relating to unlawful gambling. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 27th, 2021.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk InternAnchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage 1L, 2L, and 3L law students to work in the field of Native law.  Interns will have opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects. We provide legal services to victims and survivors of crime, including representation in family law matters and protective order cases. We also support and partner with Alaska Tribes to build capacity, implement cultural values and remedies, and access resources for Tribal Justice Systems. Finally, we represent Alaska Tribes in State Child of Need Aid cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) applies. The internship offers training; the opportunity to shadow experienced attorneys advocating on behalf of Alaska Tribes, tribal organizations and Native people; and a competitive stipend. Alaska Native/American Indian applicants, as defined in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act, who are currently enrolled as 1L, 2L, and 3L law students are encouraged to apply here by January 14th, 2022.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Tribal Government and Housing Associate Attorney. Omaha, NE. Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 3 years of tribal government and housing experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, and state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies, drafting of ordinances, regulations and policies, negotiation and review of contracts and commercial transactions. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

Litigation Attorney. Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office (remote possible). The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Gila River Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Community in tribal, state and federal courts and administrative bodies, including handling civil regulatory matters; (2) Advising Community officials, departments and programs; (3) Assistance in drafting ordinances and resolutions; (4) Drafting and reviewing programmatic policies; and (5) Drafting and reviewing contracts, business agreements and intergovernmental agreements. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org. Questions about the position can be directed to Tom Murphy at thomas.murphy@gric.nsn.us.

Protective Services Attorney. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing support in various child welfare matters (including dependency, child in need of care, abuse/neglect and juvenile offender cases) and adult protection matters in the Community’s courts; (2) Representation of the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts; and (3) Providing counsel and advice to the Community’s Tribal Social Services Department on substantive issues relating to child welfare. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org. Questions about the position can be directed to Sunshine Manuel at sunshine.manuel@gric.nsn.us.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney – Fossil Fuels Program. Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Working with program staff and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, comments, briefing, discovery, and oral advocacy; (3) Reviewing and analyzing administrative records and technical documents, and preparing comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents; (4) Engaging with clients, coalition partners, and experts, as well as internal communications and legislative staff; and (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Associate Attorney – Northwest Office. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, and professional staff to build cases and supporting policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Interacting with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and, ultimately, to support our litigation goals; (4) Representing Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; (5) Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and other media; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervision of student law clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Associate Attorney = Tribal Partnerships Program. Seattle, WA or Denver, CO. Duties include: (1) Working with the Tribal Partnerships team to partner with and represent tribes and tribal communities; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation; (3) Participating in cultivating new clients, allies, and coalition partners; (4) Developing and executing effective media strategies; (5) Integrating communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies; (6) Participating in long-term planning, strategy development, goal-setting, and work plan management that advances a collective vision for Tribal Partnerships; (7) Participating as an active member of a learning and mentorship culture, and engaging with colleagues in manner that is respectful, professional, and supportive; and (8) Participating in training and professional development opportunities appropriate to the role and the organization. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients as well as representing clients in a professional manner while maintaining express confidentiality; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Traveling to off-site meetings with prospective and current clients as needed; (4) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other
regulatory authority to effectively counsel clients; (5) Communicating with opposing attorneys through personal contact, telephone/email and facsimile to expedite cases to closure; (6) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; and (7) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, certificate of good standing from State Bar, and a writing sample.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu: 

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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Associate Compliance Counsel. Lansing, MI. Duties include: (1) Conducting research and preparing analyses on a range of ethics and compliance matters; (2) Tracking, analyzing, and managing reports under Executive Directives 2019-1, 2019-2, 2019-3, 2019-4, 2019-5, 2019-8, 2019-9, 2019-11, 2019-15, and 2021-8; (3) Organizing and creating other reports and metrics related to compliance; (4) Conducting compliance and ethics training within EOG; (5) Drafting executive directives on compliance matters as needed; (6) Reviewing and analyzing legislation relating to ethics and compliance; and (7) Assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in crafting policies and procedures related to ethics and compliance. Please see the position description for more details. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of their law school transcripts, and a writing sample to Rachel Teegardin, Executive Assistant, teegardinr1@michigan.gov by January 14th, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed and may be interviewed on a rolling basis.

The Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I or II, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice; (2) Representing the Nation, its departments, and entities in tribal, federal, and state forums; (3) Assisting with the revision of Lummi Code of Laws; and (4) Continue professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out an application and submit a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney I, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; (2) Maintaining knowledge of child support law in Lummi Code of Laws and state and other laws; (3) Representing the Lummi Nation in judicial and administrative proceedings to obtain and enforce child support and paternity actions; (4) Performing legal research and writings for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other documents; (5) Completing other legal assignments and projects as designated by the Legal Director, including, but not limited to, code drafting, civil legal research, and proceedings that foster the goals and objectives of the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; and (6) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application with a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals; (2) Representing the Nation in Tribal trial and appellate Court; (3) Representing the Nation in other tribal, federal, state, and local courts; (4) Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, developing the theory of the case, and developing trial or case resolution strategy; (5) Performing pretrial investigations by consulting with tribal law enforcement officers, other law enforcement agencies, and witnesses; (6) Participating with other tribal, state, and federal agencies collaborating on regional responses to specific criminal efforts; (7) Collaborating with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney on cases that may result in federal prosecution; (8) Continuing professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, criminal law, law enforcement, and other areas relevant to job duties; and (9) Completing other legal assignments and projects designated by the Legal Director. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and two reference letters to libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Trinidad Racheria

Housing Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that all programs are operated in compliance with all applicable regulations and within contractual budget parameters; (2) Budget development and monitoring; (3) Managing grant proposals, housing management programs compliance; (4) Overseeing the development of future projects and redevelopment as requested by the CEO and Tribal Council; (5) Coordinating and assessing needs; and (6) Administering Housing and Community Development (NAHASDA; ICDBG; IHBG; BIA) with related agents and contractors. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.trinidad-rancheria.org.

Governmental Affairs Coordinator. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Representing the tribe’s interests before Federal, State, Tribal, and Local elected officials and other stakeholders; (2) Communicating with elected officials and working to foster positive community relations between the tribe and the general public; (3) Tracking and analyzing Federal, State, and Local legislative and regulatory activities impacting tribal interests; (4) Monitoring / reviewing policies, regulations, and guidelines concerning tribal government; and (5) Researching governance, legislation, and other Tribal issues and preparing written reports and recommendations based upon such research. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Environmental Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Annually applying for renewal of EPA grants and other grants as appropriate, including preparing draft work plans and budgets for tribal government review; (2) Preparing progress reports to EPA and comply with other administrative grant requirements and conditions; (3) Serving as the primary contact with EPA; (4) Representing the Rancheria’s environmental interests by interacting with local, state, and federal agencies as directed by the Tribal government; and (5) Provide clarification and clear analysis to tribal officials and tribal members as needed. This position is open filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Grants Accountant. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Researching, analyzing, developing, and administering a variety of policies, programs and procedures; (2) Analyzing and applying federal, state, and local regulations and policies related to new or existing programs and projects; (3) Conducting research, developing applications, and administering a variety of grants; (4) Updating staff and public regarding changes in federal, state, or local regulations and policies; (5) Preparing and administering Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Proposals, and/or contracts or agreements for program activities, equipment, or services; (6) Representing management at meetings of neighborhood, community, and/or policy groups; and (7) Developing presentation materials and coordinating informational meetings and notices to policy-making bodies, community groups, home owners, and others. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Licensed ClinicianTrinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Conducting mental health screenings and providing referrals as appropriate; (2) Development of policies and procedures for mental health services; (3) Delivering individual psychotherapy to Native American clients and other victims of crime; (4) Assessing clients to determine best practices and referrals as needed for their continued healing; (5) Participating in case review meetings and staff meetings; (6) Maintaining client files, records, and case notes; (6) Attending appropriate conferences and trainings to enhance education and awareness; (7) Working with other service providers who are part of a client’s support team; and (8) Working collaboratively with Tribal and Native American services such as mental health, social services and medical providers. This position is open filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Court Project Planner. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Developing plans for projects identified in coordination with court and justice system staff; (2) Managing necessary steps toward implementation of projects; (3) For each project, researching options, alternatives, and best practices, and presents findings to the court staff or other involved individuals for decision making; (4) Researching potential partnerships and collaborations between the court and entities relevant to a project and develops relationships with key individuals; (5) Coordinating communication between court, tribal departments, and outside agencies; (6) Researching funding opportunities for projects and assisting in developing funding requests; (7) Identifying reporting metrics and designs systems for collecting required information for reporting; (8) Collecting and maintaining data; and (9) Attending seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by visiting https://trinidad-rancheria.org/.

The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Chief Judge. Loleta, CA. Duties include: (1) Supervising, assigning, and reviewing Associate Judges; (2) Assisting the Tribal Court Clerks and the Court Director with effective maintenance of Court records, improving court-filing procedures; (3) Protecting and enhancing the Tribe’s sovereignty; and (4) Assisting the Court Director in Tribal code development to expand the Court’s authority and jurisdiction. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants should contact Aaron McKinney at 707-267-0316 or email aaronmckinney@brb-nsn.gov by December 30th, 2021.

Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Spring 2022 Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern. This position has the option to work remotely in the states within WRA’s region, from one of WRA’s six offices, or in a hybrid of the two. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Carson City, NV. WRA employees and interns are encouraged to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. WRA is partnering with the Catena Foundation and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy to offer the Indigenous Communities Water and Land Internship to individuals who wish to gain experience in the conservation field, by supporting water and land policy research efforts. This Internship is a step toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive water and land management workforce that represents all people. The Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern will work closely with WRA’s Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager and the Healthy Rivers and Western Lands Program teams, with opportunities to learn and grow while working with other conservation and policy professionals. Link to application and more information: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/careers/indigenous-communities-water-and-land-internship/

California Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General – Indian and Gaming Law. Two vacancies. Sacramento and San Diego, CA. Duties include: (1) Counseling the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; (2) Providing counsel to the Attorney General on Indian law and gambling issues, including both unlawful and emerging forms of gambling; and (3) Advising and representing the Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the California Gambling Control Commission in administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with their respective compact, gambling regulatory programs, and gambling licensing programs, and the California Horse Racing Board and the California State Lottery in judicial proceedings.  Deputies’ duties also include work relating to Major League Sporting Event Raffles Program, and actions under the Unfair Competition Law relating to unlawful gambling. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021.

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Program. New York, NY. Duties include: (1) Creating and implementing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and public education to further RJP’s Indigenous Justice work; (2) Litigation in federal and state courts; (3) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; (4) Policy advocacy to affect change in state and federal administrative agencies; (5) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking; (6) Working closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals; (7) Working with ACLU National and affiliate staff across the organization on Indigenous Justice issues; (8) Developing strong relationships with tribes, tribal groups, and tribal advocacy organizations; and (9) Supervising legal fellows and support staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication with the TCC President and Executive Board; (2) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and tribal court proceedings and related matters; (3) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments; (4) Acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and otherwise managing Legal Department; (6) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (7) Responsible for the TCC elections and updates to the TCC governing documents; and (8) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel and is responsible for the management and processing of all FTCA / tort claims related activities.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters within their areas of expertise or as assigned; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal
government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (7) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuing that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; (8) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk InternAnchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage rising 3L law students to work in the field of Native law.  Interns will have opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects. We provide legal services to victims and survivors of crime, including representation in family law matters and protective order cases. We also support and partner with Alaska Tribes to build capacity, implement cultural values and remedies, and access resources for Tribal Justice Systems. Finally, we represent Alaska Tribes in State Child of Need Aid cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) applies. The internship offers training; the opportunity to shadow experienced attorneys advocating on behalf of Alaska Tribes, tribal organizations and Native people; and a competitive stipend. Alaska Native/American Indian applicants, as defined in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act, who are currently enrolled as 1L and 2L law students are also encouraged to apply here by January 14th, 2022.

Rosette, LLP

Indian Law 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. We are looking for a talented person who has at least three years of Indian law work experience or be a graduate of a law school that provides Indian law curriculum or a certificate in federal Indian law. Candidates must be a member in good standing of at least the California Bar. Preference will be given to attorneys who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and willing to work in a dynamic atmosphere with targeted supervision. That person must have a valid California Driver’s License, the ability to travel to attend client meetings and attend court appearances. Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships. Must also be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States. Please see the position description for more information.

Criminal Division of the Yakima Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Humboldt County Human Resources

Social Worker Supervisor II. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Planning, assigning, directing, mentoring, coaching, and reviewing the work of employees providing the most advanced or complex casework such as adoptions and protective services; (2) Consulting with and guiding social workers in providing counseling, support, and guidance to clients with complex or specialized needs; (3) Reviewing and approving forms, applications, court reports, placements, reports of abuse, and other documents to verify information or determine proper course of action; (4) Reassessing and modifying case plans; (5) Testifying in court and supporting witnesses and victims who must testify in court; (6) Discussing or interpreting regulations, rules, policies, and programs to clients, applicants, staff and the general public; (7) Providing social services for sensitive or confidential cases; (8) Participating or interceding in interviews to defuse hostile or angry clients; and (9) Developing and preparing court reports, case plans, case narratives, and safety plans in automated computer systems. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021 11:59 PM Pacific.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Washington, DC and Oklahoma City, OK. In Washington, we are accepting applications from 2022 law school graduates and attorneys with up to five years of experience. In Oklahoma City, we are accepting applications from attorneys with at least three years of experience. Hobbs Straus is a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Anchorage, AK. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for almost 40 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending Tribal Nations’ rights and exercise of sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Tribal Nations, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Qualifications for candidates include: a strong academic performance; superior research and writing skills; strong communication skills; and a commitment to Federal Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information and for application requirements.

The Indian Law Resource Center – Request for Proposals

Strategic Communications / Public Relations. Helen, MT. The Center is seeking and accepting proposals from strategic communications/public affairs firms to create and implement a robust communications strategy to raise the profile of an Indigenous land rights case currently before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights through earned media opportunities and public affairs tactics reaching audiences in the United States, Guatemala, the European Union, and global Indigenous-led organizations. See the full RFP outlining the scope of work and proposal requirements here. Proposals are due by December 22nd, 2021, at 5:00pm MST, via email to lmyaya@indianlaw.org with the subject line: “Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente Indigenous Community RFP Response”

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date. 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. Peebles Kidder 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 Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 24th, 2021. Please find more information here.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit), Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit.  This position is open until December 10th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, Arizona. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviewing for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) With prosecutor oversight, finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases in Justware using established procedures, completing case management, and closing of completed case files; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information, meeting regularly with team as required for renewals of program, and maintaining daily operations of district office. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ – White Collar Crime Unit. Duties include: (1) Under general supervision of Senior Investigator, maintaining office files; (2) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (3) Making travel and lodging arrangements; (4) Processing and distributing incoming and outgoing mail; (5) Taking and transcribing minutes of meetings; (6) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents and related financial documents within established limits and procedures; (7) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule tracks and maintaining records and status of processes used in department; and (8) Attending meetings, trainings and conferences as it relates to work, assisting in preparing, storing, and securing evidence, preparing legal documents, assisting with special projects and assignments. This position is open until December 9th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

The California Native American Heritage Commission

Legal Analyst. Yolo County, CA. The Native American Heritage Commission (Commission) has statewide jurisdiction over Native American human remains burials and sacred sites on public and private property. The Commission will begin to enforce the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Health and Safety Code section 8010 et seq. (CalNAGPRA) for the first time since it became law in 2001 and adopt regulations for its implementation. The Legal Analyst, CalNAGPRA, will provide paralegal support for the Deputy General Counsel, CalNAGPRA, by performing paralegal duties to support the implementation of, adoption of regulations, and conduct of mediations administrative proceedings for, CalNAGPRA. Interested candidates should apply here by December 20th, 2021.

University of California Los Angeles

2022-2024 Law Fellows. Los Angeles, CA. Emmett Institute Fellowships in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows also assist the Institute’s Executive Directors with projects that advance the Institute’s work, including by organizing conferences, workshops, public education and outreach efforts, and other events. In addition to these responsibilities, which will continue year-round, Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Applicants should apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07086. Please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests, a resume, a transcript of studies in law school, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and contact information for three references. Applications should be received by Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Visit our website at https://www.law.ucla.edu/emmett for more information about our program.

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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Staff Attorney. Siletz, OR. Duties include: (1) Advising Tribal administration/departments on legal issues; (2) Representing Tribal administration in Tribal court, state and federal courts, arbitration, and other judicial and administrative forums; (3) Maintaining current knowledge of statutes and new legislation affecting Tribal activities; (4) Interpreting Federal, State, and Tribal Law as it applies to Tribal program development and application; (5) Developing or revising ordinances and policies; (6) Supervising and directing department personnel; (7) Assisting Tribal Attorney on issues of Tribal significance, and in other Tribal issues, at the Tribal Attorney’s discretion; and (8) Coordinating department activities to the Tribal Attorney’s overall legal strategy for the Tribe. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a Tribal Application for Employment Form; see the position description for specifics. This position is open until filled.

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date. 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. Peebles Kidder 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 Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 3rd, 2021. Please find more information here.

American Civil Liberties Union

Legal Director. Lincoln, NE. Duties include: (1) Maintaining and developing impact litigation and advocacy docket; (2) Managing all aspects of the ACLU’s litigation program; (3) Overseeing the investigation and development of cases prior to filing litigation; (4) Building litigation teams with in-house lawyers, cooperating counsel, and other partners; (5) Overseeing litigation in federal and state court and ensuring effective client counseling; (6) Supervising a team of five staff attorneys, contract paralegal, and multiple law clerks; (7) Serving as a spokesperson for the ACLU, working closely with communications team to engage in strategic public forums, advocacy discussions, and media opportunities; and (8) Assisting with administrative matters. Please see the position description for more details. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to jobs@aclunebraska.org with the subject “Legal Director” and state how you learned of the position in the cover letter. Position is open until filled.

Legal & Policy Counsel. Lincoln, NE. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and policy research and analysis; (2) Drafting legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs; (3) Conducting legislative and administrative advocacy before government bodies; (4) Assisting with intake, correspondence, and administrative matters; (5) Interviewing witnesses and potential clients; (6) Providing support and assistance to ACLU clients, legal staff, and cooperating attorneys; (7) Supervising student interns/law clerks; and (8) Occasionally serving as a spokesperson for ACLU of Nebraska. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send an email and cover letter to jobs@aclunebraska.org with the subject line. The position is open until filled.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

The Catawba Nation

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

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

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal AttorneyPort Angeles, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate Tribal Attorney for its on-reservation Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”).  Duties include: (1) Handling most of the Tribe’s legal workload; and (2) Supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA.  Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Please see the position description for more information. Open until filled. Please apply by November 15th, 2021, to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. 

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Under general supervision of the President. Duties include: (1) Performing fiduciary duties exclusive to TCC; (2) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication; (3) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)and tribal court proceedings and related matters; (4) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments; (5) Acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (6) Preparing annual departmental budget and otherwise managing Legal Department; (7) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (8) Being responsible for the TCC elections and updates to the TCC governing documents; and (9) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Under the general supervision of the General Counsel. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing
continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government; (6) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (7) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (8) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Corporate Attorney. Milwaukee, WI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal counsel and services to Forest County Potawatomi Community to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law; (2) Contracting management and administration; (3) Reviewing, researching, interpreting, and preparing both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues with respect to federal, tribal and state laws; and (4) Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Applicants can apply to fcp.jobs or email a CV to terrance.brown@fcpotawatomi-nsn.gov.

Attorney – Health Insurance. Milwaukee, WI or Crandon, WI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal counsel to the Health & Wellness Center and the tribe’s insurance department and general insurance coverage to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law; (2) Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law involving health care providers, pharmacy, vision, dental and other clinic needs and overall insurance needs of the tribe; (3) Reviewing, researching, interpreting, and preparing both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues; (4) Drafting, reviewing, and approving policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, contracts, leases, and other legal documents; (5) Researching legal issues and recommending revisions as necessary; and (6) Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Applicants can apply to fcp.jobs or email a CV to terrance.brown@fcpotawatomi-nsn.gov.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney III. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Legal Department Director with analysis for ongoing legal cases and issues in a broad spectrum of practice areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, Ordinances, and Resolutions; (3) Representing the Band in Tribal Court and State Court; (4) Providing analysis for ongoing legal cases and issues including Business Transactions, Finance, Gaming, Government Affairs, Litigation, Environmental Law and Policy, Energy, Natural Resources, Taxation, Tribally controlled schools and colleges, and Tribal Housing; (5) Researching and drafting complex legal opinions, preparing drafts of contracts, notices, ordinances, codes, resolutions and other legal documents; and (6) Defending and prosecuting on behalf of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in all actions arising under the jurisdiction of the Leech Lake Tribal Court, other state and federal district courts and forums as needed. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants can apply here and email documents to david.paquette@llojibwe.net.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Court Clerk Level II. Duties include: (1) Providing clerical support and records management for operation of the Tribal Court, and support services for the Chief Court Clerk, Court Administrator, Chief Judge, Associate Judges, and Pro Tempore Judges; (2) Overseeing issuance of summons, subpoenas, orders; and (3) Assisting as necessary with the legal and administrative needs of a jury trial. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Court Clerk Level III. Duties include: (1) Providing clerical support and records management for operation of the Tribal Court, and support services for the Chief Court Clerk, Court Administrator, Chief Judge, Associate Judges, and Pro Tempore Judges; (2) Assisting the public, attorneys, law enforcement, social services, and other agencies in submitting filings; and (3) Explaining without providing legal advice how to amend filings so that it may be accepted by the Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Natural Resources Attorney. La Conner, WA. Qualified applicants must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: protection of treaty rights, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Magnuson Act, or the Clean Water Act implementation or compliance, FERC (re)licensing, shoreline regulations, or regulation of extractive industries, including coal or oil, or vessel or rail traffic. The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and two samples of independent writing to Wendy Otto, wotto@swinomish.nsn.us.

The Nez Perce Tribe

Prosecutor. Lapwai, ID. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court; (2) Reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents; (3) Representing the Tribe in civil prosecutions and Minor-In-Need-of-Care proceedings that come before the Tribal Court; and (4) Supervising an Administrative Legal Assistant, Deputy Prosecutor, and Child
Support Enforcement Attorney. Please see the position description for more details. Interested candidates should submit a resume, legal writing sample, and three professional references by applying here.

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Program. New York, NY or Remote. Duties include: (1) Litigation in federal and state courts, including writing pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals; (2) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; (3) Advocating to affect policy change in state and federal administrative agencies; (4) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking; and (5) Supervising legal fellows and support staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Indigenous Justice Program Coordinator. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Building capacity and knowledge within the nationwide ACLU to effectively and respectfully engage in Indigenous Justice work; (2) Facilitating internal and external education to build awareness and increase visibility across affiliates and within the ACLU organization; (3) Building long-term partnerships forged on respect and mutuality between the ACLU and Indigenous Communities, Movements, and Tribes to serve as a national and regional resource for and to advance Indigenous Justice. In addition to nationwide responsibilities, the IJ Program Coordinator will work with staff in the ACLU of New Mexico to advance local Indigenous Justice priorities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Legal Director – ACLU of Washington. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing vision, direction and support for the ACLU-WA’s legal program; (2) Coordination and management of the legal department and its docket, staff, and network of cooperating attorneys; and (3) Developing and pursuing litigation as part of an integrated advocacy strategy and a demonstrated ability to work with, support and inspire others in innovative advocacy. Please view the full job description, including how to apply, by visiting our website at https://aclu-wa.org/pages/legal-director. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line your name and “Legal Director” by January 15th, 2022.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor – Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs; (2) Planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments. This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, Arizona. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviewing for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) With prosecutor oversight, finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases in Justware using established procedures, completing case management, and closing of completed case files; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information, meeting regularly with team as required for renewals of program, and maintaining daily operations of district office. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ – White Collar Crime Unit. Duties include: (1) Under general supervision of Senior Investigator, maintaining office files; (2) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (3) Making travel and lodging arrangements; (4) Processing and distributing incoming and outgoing mail; (5) Taking and transcribing minutes of meetings; (6) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents and related financial documents within established limits and procedures; (7) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule tracks and maintaining records and status of processes used in department; and (8) Attending meetings, trainings and conferences as it relates to work, assisting in preparing, storing, and securing evidence, preparing legal documents, assisting with special projects and assignments. This position is open until December 9th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Chinle, AZ. Under general supervision of Senior Investigator. Duties include: (1) Maintaining office files; (2) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (3) Making travel and lodging arrangements; (4) Receiving, processing, logging, and distributing incoming and outgoing mail; (5) Taking and transcribing minutes of meetings; (6) Monitors, orders and maintains office supplies and inventory; prepares work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents and related financial documents within established limits and procedures; maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule tracks and maintains records and status of processes used in department; attend meetings, trainings and conferences as it relates to work, assist in preparing, storing, and securing evidence, prepare legal documents as required by staff, assist with special projects and assignments.  This position is open until December 6, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Duties include: (1) Providing legal office administrative support to prosecutorial office; (2) Drafting legal correspondence and reports, developing and maintaining legal case files; (3) Proofreading all legal documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance; (4) Maintaining and preparing for destruction legal documents with applicable policy and regulations; (5) Receiving criminal complaints/police reports and juvenile referrals and processes them (via Justware) for prosecutor review and filing. Receives incoming motions and pleadings, generates subpoenas, affidavits, and notice for submission to the courts. Meets with prosecutors on case management support and assist in communicating with witness, defense council and victims for upcoming court hearing, Collects and compiles statistical information from Justware and related sources for special and quarterly reports and projects. Maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring.  This position is open until December 6, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custoy and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZThis 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

District Court JudgeJudicial 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

Government Relations Manager. Alaska. Duties include: (1) Advancing AVCP’s advocacy priorities primarily by preparing white papers and advocacy documents; (2) Tracking legislation and regulations of interest to AVCP and member tribes; (3) Preparing testimony and talking points for listening sessions and consultations; and (4) Keeping our member tribes informed and engaged in region-wide advocacy initiatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to janderson@avcp.org and complete the online application for employment. Applications will be viewed on a rolling basis.

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The Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University

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

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

Rosette LLP

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

Earthjustice

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

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

Various Associate Attorney Listings – January 2022

Associate Attorney – California Regional (San Francisco)

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

Associate Attorney – Northeast Regional (New York)

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

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

Litigation Management

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Managing Attorney – Gulf Regional Office (Houston)

Managing Attorney – Northern Rockies (Bozeman)

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

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

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

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

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

Native American Rights Fund

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

Yale – Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

The Catawba Nation

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

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

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

Cultural Heritage Partners

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

The Fort Bidwell Indian Community Council

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

Friday Job Announcements

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Dartmouth College Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship. The Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Dartmouth College invites applications for a tenured full (or associate) professor to begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. in Global Indigenous Studies or a related field, and expertise in global Indigenous studies. This is a newly endowed chair, designated as the Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies to support the study of Native American and global Indigenous Peoples. Specific areas of focus include, but are not limited to, Indigenous politics and sovereignty; law; economics; philosophy; kinship and social relations; transnational and/or migration studies; environmental and land management; gender studies and/or feminisms; and literature. In all contexts, we seek an established scholar whose academic training, scholarship and teaching are firmly grounded in global Indigenous studies. Applicants should state in their letter of application how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should submit a letter of application and CV through Interfolio, accessed here: http://apply.interfolio.com/93058 The review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Tribal Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Reviewing all charges and complaints of violations of Tribal criminal and civil law; (2) Prosecuting individuals with criminal violations in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court system; (3) Establishing a working relationship with local, state, federal jurisdictions to establish protocols for coordinating criminal investigations and prosecution; (4) Providing advice and recommendations to the Tribal Council and Legal Council regarding the adoption of laws or amendments to existing law; and (5) Serving as the presenting officer in matters such as the SWO Elder/Adult Services and Protection Code, the Juvenile Code, and representing the Tribe in Indian Childhood Welfare Act cases. Please see the position description for more information.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Assistant Prosecutor/Presenting Officer. Tacoma, WA. Duties include: (1) Researching, evaluating, and analyzing laws and court decisions; (2) Preparing and presenting complaints, motions, and other legal documents for civil and criminal prosecutions; (3) Representing the Puyallup Tribe in the enforcement of the Criminal, Juvenile Justice, and Children’s Codes; (4) Working with Tribal agencies in the preparation and presentation in court of criminal and civil cases; and (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relations with staff from other tribal and state agencies, victims of crimes, parents, and other relatives. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing Officer. Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Justice. Duties include: (1) Presiding over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; (2) Performing related work as assigned; and (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. Please see the position description for more details. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General; (2) Conducting legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (3) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (4) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (5) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; and (5) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Litigation Unit. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing customer service by greeting clients and answering phone calls; (2) Distributing incoming/outgoing mail; schedule meetings, conferences, conference calls and travel arrangements for assigned professional staff; (3) Maintaining all case files for the Litigation Unit; (4) Finalizing pleadings to be submitted for filing in a tribal, federal, state or administrative tribunal; and (5) Maintaining office files in accordance with the Department of Justice filing system. This position is open until November, 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Catawba Indian Nation

3L Spring 2022 Internship. Remote. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com. Application deadline is November 30th, 2021.

Request for Proposals. The Catawba Indian Nation is soliciting proposals from professional firms or qualified individuals to offer tribal court consulting services for the Catawba Indian Nation Department of Justice on a contractual basis. Please see the RFP for more details.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date. 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. Peebles Kidder 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 Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 3rd, 2021. Please find more information here.

Drummond Woodsum

Associate Attorney – Tribal Nations Services Group. Portland, ME. Duties include providing high level, quality services to Tribal nations, Tribal enterprises, and companies that do business with Tribal nations or in Indian Country. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Jess Garretson, HR Manager, jgarretson@dwmlaw.com by December 31st, 2021.

University of New Mexico

Visiting Assisting Professor for Spring 2022 Semester. Albuquerque, NM. Seeking a visiting assistant professor to teach in the UNM Southwest Indian Law Clinic for the spring 2022 semester. Please see more information and apply here.

Staff Attorney I. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s; (4) Performing legal research, reviews contracts and other legal documents; drafts memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; (5) As assigned, serving as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts; (6) Researching and analyzing material on recent developments in Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 5-7 page writing sample, law school transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references to both the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department and a courtesy electronic copy to OLC at jobs@yakamanation-olc.org. Applications are due November 22nd, 2021 and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque

Chief General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Hiring and managing of employees, establishing budgets, document control, client relations, litigation, and outside legal contracts; (2) Representing or overseeing legal representation of the Pueblo government, its business enterprises, non-profits entities, and Boards and Commissions in legal disputes, court actions, administrative, and legislative hearings, and any related activities; (3) Providing legal advice to the Tribal Officials as the Executive body and the Tribal Council as the Legislative body of the Pueblo government; (4) Assisting Tribal government and corporate entities with development of policies and procedures; and (5) Developing processes and procedures for effective and efficient legal representation of the various Pueblo government departments, corporate entities, Boards and Commissions. Please see the description for more information. Interested candidates should Stacey Ofstehage, HR Director, sofstehage@pojoaque.org.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Legal Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing vision, direction and support for the ACLU-WA’s legal program; (2) Coordination and management of the legal department and its docket, staff, and network of cooperating attorneys; and (3) Developing and pursuing litigation as part of an integrated advocacy strategy and a demonstrated ability to work with, support and inspire others in innovative advocacy. Please view the full job description, including how to apply, by visiting our website at https://aclu-wa.org/pages/legal-director. Position closes December 3rd, 2021.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Call for Papers: Journal of Criminal Justice

Call for Papers. Journal of Law and Criminal Justice is a refereed international journal that seeks to publish high quality research papers in the areas of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies. The Journal invites papers based on empirical research, theoretical analysis and debate, and policy analysis and critique. The journal is dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on law, crime and justice throughout the world. It provides a forum for social scientists to report research findings for policy making with respect to crime and justice through innovative and advanced methodologies. The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at editor.aripd@gmail.com.

Request for Quotes: The Association of Village Council Presidents – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP)

Request for Quotes. The Association of Village Council Presidents seeks a contractor to write and publish a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) Service Delivery Guide for AVCP Tribal Communities and Families. Contractor will conduct interviews with approximately 20 AVCP staff and approximately five community organizations to identify and describe how services offered by AVCP prevent or reduce the likelihood of MMIP; identify other community, regional, or statewide services offered in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; and identify collaboration opportunities between AVCP, tribes, and other organizations. For more information, please see attached announcement. Send application materials to janderson@avcp.org.

Job Announcements

New York University Arts and Sciences — Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Junior Faculty PositionNative American Studies. New York, NY. The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University invites applications for a junior ranked search in the field of Native American Studies. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose research relates to urban indigeneity, Critical Indigenous Theory, settler colonialism, literature, Indigenous resurgence and governance, Queer Studies, Indigenous pedagogies, environmental studies, and/or language revitalization. We encourage applications from scholars who work in collaboration with First Nations or Native American nations and whose research engages with Indigenous communities. Please see the position description for more information. The search committee will begin their review of applications on November 1st, 2021. Please apply here.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Staff AttorneySeattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Investigating, filing, and litigating through trial civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts; (3) Maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys and a senior staff attorney, as well
as helping to supervise interns and fellows in the department; (4) Engaging in advocacy, coordinating with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, providing legal analysis; (5) Representing the ACLU publicly, speaking to the media and others; and (6) Traveling, as well as some working on nights and weekends, may be necessary. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and the position for which you would like to be considered, Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until November 12th, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluwa.org/careers.

Director, Policy Advocacy Group. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Ensuring that the policy work of the ACLU-WA is strategic, collaborative, consistent with ACLU policy, and undertaken in conformity with ACLU-WA race equity values and practices; (3) Supporting and supervising staff and developing long and short-term individual work plans and goals; (4) Recruiting and mentoring of PAG interns and volunteers; (5) Coordinating work and ensuring success of cross-departmental campaigns; and (6) Identifying priority issues, doing the primary research, and being the advocate or spokesperson as appropriate. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Director, Policy Advocacy Group. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will
be accepted until November 17, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Environmental Protection Policy Analyst II. Olympia, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing policy analysis, technical support and coordination on emerging habitat issues for Commission and member tribes; and (2) Advancing habitat protection and restoration objectives necessary to the protection of tribal treaty rights and resources. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Wendy Bowman, HR, wbowman@nwifc.org by November 12th, 2021.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Environmental Attorney. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and counsel on a wide range of environmental compliance, litigation and related matters; (2) Reporting to the Associate General Counsel for Environment, Safety and Health in the Laboratory’s Office of General Counsel (OGC); (3) Resolving complex environmental issues in creative and effective ways; and (4) Advocating for and/or negotiating legal positions on significant matters. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 1st, 2021, and submit a cover letter and writing sample along with application materials.

Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – International Program. San Francisco, CA. Duties include: (1) Wielding the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; (2) Preserving magnificent places and wildlife; (3) Advance clean energy; and (4) Combat climate change. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of application materials.

Managing Attorney. Northern Rockies, MT. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the office and providing leadership for their growing teams currently comprised of attorneys and professional staff; (2) Developing and implementing regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans and programmatic and litigation priorities; and (3) Taking on cases with national scope or addressing programmatic priorities outside of the region. It is important to note that the organization is open to candidates who do not have a focus in Environmental law; Earthjustice is excited to consider attorneys who are familiar with Tribal Law or other impact litigation. Please see the position description for more information. Please email interest to jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.

Grand Canyon Trust Field Attorney. Colorado Plateau. Duties include: (1) Surveying the wild places you’re fighting for; (2) Navigating through tamarisk and government-agency offices, from Ogden to Kanab, and Flagstaff to Moab; (3) Learning from Native leaders; (4) Studying the plans and projects that may harm the places we advocate for; and (5) Writing comments on those proposals, to represent the Grand Canyon Trust in administrative proceedings, to drop pithy quotes for the papers, and to otherwise press our case for the Colorado Plateau. Please see the position description for more information. Please email interest to jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions; and (3) Representing the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Request for Qualifications — Policy Analyst. Humboldt County, CA. Duties include: (1) Determining program requirements and producing recommendations regarding policies, processes, and form development; (2) Drafting new or revised policies and procedures; and (3) Preparing and presenting reports and recommendations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit proposals to Lisa Rose Sanderson, Victims of Crime Program Director, Hoopacourt.advocatedirector@gmail.com by November 10th, 2021.

Request for Qualifications — Education Outreach Coordinator. Humboldt County, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing the public and service providers with information about the services offered to victims of crime; (2) In collaboration with Program Director, developing Victims of Crime Program multimedia strategic plan; (3) Developing and designing original content for outreach, social media, and communications; (4) Assisting program Civil Legal Assistant and Program Director in designing content for Tribal Court self-help kiosk for the public to access; (5) Building Victims of Crime content calendar; and (6) Implementing and promoting data collection instruments to community. Please see the description for more information. Interested candidates should submit proposals to Lisa Rose Sanderson, Victims of Crime Program Director, Hoopacourt.advocatedirector@gmail.com by November 10th, 2021.

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area (NBSCRA) Tribal Coalition — Native American Rights Fund

NBSCRA Manager. Alaska. Duties include: (1) Assisting the NBSCRA Tribal Advisory Council in the creation of the TAC’s processes and procedures; (2) Supporting and advancing the priorities of the TAC; and (3) Ensuring coordination between the TAC and federally recognized Tribes from the region, the Bering Sea Federal Task Force, and other governmental agencies or federal entities that have responsibilities in the region. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to dougherty@narf.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Table Mountain Rancheria

In-House Counsel. Friant, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services in all areas of Federal Indian Law; (2) Preparing, submitting and processing fee-to-trust applications on behalf of the Table Mountain Rancheria; (2) Researching and drafting contracts and tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and the Tribal Chairperson; and (4) Providing legal advice and guidance to the various tribal departments and entities of Table Mountain Rancheria. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Matt Stanley, Senior Director of Human Resources (mstanley@tmr.org) and Dan Casas, Senior Legal Counsel (dcasas@tmr.org). All questions should be directed to Matt Stanley at (559) 822-2813.

Hobb Straus

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Deputy Legal Counsel. Lansing, MI. Duties include: (1) Advising on major litigation facing the Governor and the State of
Michigan, working with the Department of Attorney General; (2) Reviewing and analyzing legislation, including both policy and
appropriations bills; (3) Drafting executive orders and executive directives; (4) Providing counsel on emergency management issues; (5) Reviewing policy initiatives and helping craft administrative solutions; (6) Participating in the judicial appointment process and reviewing non-judicial appointments; (7) Reviewing public communications from the Executive Office of the Governor; and (8) Addressing matters that may arise with Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes and strengthening those relationships. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, a copy of your law school transcripts (if graduated 2014 or after), and a writing sample. Send by email to: Rachel Teegardin, Executive Assistant, teegardinr1@michigan.gov. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2021.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Adhering to the Tribal Code, presiding over, hearing and determining all types of cases filed in the Tribal Court, including but not limited to: criminal, traffic, civil (e.g. domestic relations, probate, repossession, breach of contract, personal injury), juvenile, and child welfare cases (e.g. neglect, dependency, delinquency, truancy); (2) Working with the Court Administrator in the development of a Court budget and maintenance of the case docket; and (3) Supervising 2-3 Associate Tribal Judges. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume with copy of CIB to Human Resources, Mescalero Apache Tribe, via 1) first class mail at P.O. Box 227, Mescalero, NM 88340; 2) facsimile at (575) 464-9292; or 3) via website at www.mescaleroapachetribe.com, e-mail to Human Resources staff listed. Please email agandara-diaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com or ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com with any questions. Position is open until filled.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Staff Attorney. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Investigating, filing, and litigating through trial civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts; (3) Maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys and a senior staff attorney, as well
as helping to supervise interns and fellows in the department; (4) Engaging in advocacy, coordinating with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, providing legal analysis; (5) Representing the ACLU publicly, speaking to the media and others; and (6) Traveling, as well as some working on nights and weekends, may be necessary. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and the position for which you would like to be considered, Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until November 12th, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluwa.org/careers.

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Development Associate. Montana. Duties include: (1) Data oversight and analysis; (2) Managing database to ensure data integrity and accurate records; (3) Prepare reports that use data to evaluate development progress; (4) Portfolio Management; and (5) Administration of donor stewardship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit (in pdf format) a letter of interest (see position description for specifics) and resume to jobs@aclumontana.org by November 15th, 2021.

California Indian Legal Services

Legal Administrative Assistant. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Answering and directing incoming calls including intake screening and providing telephone referrals to clients; (2) Creating, maintaining and organizing case and correspondence files; (3) Assisting CILS clients, tribal members, tribal officials, outside counsel or other CILS visitors; (4) Reading, researching, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, reports and legal documents; (5) Preparing attorneys for meetings and court by providing meeting packets, travel arrangements and directions; (6) Scheduling couriers, court reporters, expert witnesses, and other special functions; (7) Monitoring evidence gathering, anticipating changes in litigation or transaction preparation requirements; (8) Being willing to learn, interpret and apply a variety of tribal and state laws, rules, or procedures as directed by staff attorneys. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit letter of interest, resume, and references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services via e-mail EUR-hiring@calindian.org.

Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Working collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law; (2) Providing legal services on issues of jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA); (3) Counseling and servicing low income Indian individuals; (4) State and federal court litigation; (5) Developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; (6) Developing and maintaining effective relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the service territory, including all funding sources, and ensuring that the office pursues and secures meaningful opportunities to work with tribes, Indian organizations and Indian individuals throughout the service territory; and (6) Collaborating with Directing Attorneys and the Executive Director for the purpose of legal work management that includes staff attorney mentoring and supervision, assistance and administration of local legal work management systems, and grant and special project development and implementation, as directed by the Directing Attorney or the Executive Director. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re: Eureka Staff Attorney, 609 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025. E-mail EUR-hiring@calindian.org. Position is open until filled.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area (NBSCRA) Tribal Coalition — Native American Rights Fund

NBSCRA Manager. Alaska. Duties include: (1) Assisting the NBSCRA Tribal Advisory Council in the creation of the TAC’s processes and procedures; (2) Supporting and advancing the priorities of the TAC; and (3) Ensuring coordination between the TAC and federally recognized Tribes from the region, the Bering Sea Federal Task Force, and other governmental agencies or federal entities that have responsibilities in the region. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to dougherty@narf.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Justice and Chief Justice. Pine Ridge, SD. Two Alternate Positions is being advertised for the OSN Supreme Court to fill the term of office per recommendation by the OST Law and Order Committee of The Oglala Sioux Tribe. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent, resume w/pertinent documents of degree & etc., a complete background check w/ the OST Human Resource Department; and a negative drug test to StacyTL@oglala.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Marijuana Commissioner and Alternate. Pine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments; (2) Developing standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (3) Maintaining a formal record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (4) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (5) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (6) Implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, as well as with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent (please see the position description for specifics) to Stacytl@oglala.org.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Law Clerks. A total of three clerks will be hired: either three Term Law Clerks or one Career Law Clerk and two Term Law Clerks. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Working closely with the Judge on civil and criminal litigation filed in District Court, (2) Conducting research and preparing drafts of opinions and orders; (3) Working on various long-term projects, being involved in courtroom proceedings, and assisting in the development of a judicial extern program; and (4) Assisting in running chambers, and will assist in oversight for externs. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, response to the statement of qualifications (see position description), three references, a writing sample, and a completed AO78 application for employment via email (Word or .pdf format) to: seattle_personnel@wawd.uscourts.gov.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients and representing clients in a professional manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.); (3) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other regulatory authority to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials; and (6) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, certificate of good standing from State Bar, and a writing sample to nhendricks@rosettelaw.com by November 18th, 2021.

Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Prosecutor of the Ute Tribal Court. Fort Duchesne, UT. Duties include: (1) Exercising independent discretion in the prosecution of adult criminal offenses, juvenile delinquent or status offenses, and civil prosecution of child neglect, traffic offenses, fish and wildlife offenses, exclusion matters, and other civil offenses occurring within tribal jurisdiction; (2) Advising the Tribal Police in investigation, evaluating evidence, case preparation and preparation of legal pleadings including subpoenas, search warrants, and arrest warrants; (3) Advising and assisting the Tribal Police, Family Services, and other tribal agencies and programs as necessary in matters implicating tribal justice on the Reservation; (4) Responding to calls from victims, concerned parties, and service providers; (5) Appearing and arguing cases in the Tribal Court at all stages of proceedings, including pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appeal; (6) Drafting legal documents; and (7) Assisting in improving the Tribe’s justice system, including development of codes and court rules, participation in meetings and trainings, and preparation and implementation of grants. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should complete a Tribal Application Form. Applicants should mail a completed Tribal Application Form, cover letter, and resume to Ute Indian Tribe, ATTN: Human Resources, RE: Prosecutor, P.O. Box 190, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026. For questions or concerns, contact our office at (435) 725-4009. 

Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

Spring Intern and Summer Associate. Remote or in Richmond, VA. These positions will support the firm’s historic preservation and American Indian law practices, which focus primarily on advocacy, administrative/regulatory matters, governance, and alternative dispute resolution. Please see the position description for more information. Interested 2L and 3L candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@culturalheritagepartners.com by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, November 19, 2021. The cover letter should specify if you are interested in the spring internship, the summer associate position, or both.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Tribal Prosecutor. Harbor Springs, MI. Duties include: (1) Independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, and
other cases in tribal court and handling Indian child welfare cases in state court; (2) Providing advice and preparing
formal legal documents on a wide range of problems dealing with complaints and citations filed in Tribal
Court; (3) Interviewing conservation enforcement officers, law enforcement officers, and individuals; (4) Gathering and analyzing evidence in cases; and (5) Preparing and presenting evidence in Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send all correspondence to TribalChair@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

AmeriCorps Attorney/Paralegal for a Medical-Legal Partnership Program. Traverse City, MI. Duties include: (1) Providing direct legal help to low-income patients at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Health Services and Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Health Clinic; (2) Providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities and consulting with medical providers; and (3) Recruiting and assisting in the training of new volunteers. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply online at MyAmeriCorps.gov.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program. Learn more about the Coal Program here. Chicago, IL or Philadelphia, PA. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Managing Attorney, other Deputies, and Director in developing program direction and strategy; (2) Serving as direct supervisor of up to seven attorneys and professional staff; (3) Developing and leading the Program’s environmental, regulatory, and administrative work; (4) Working with the Program’s leadership to recruit, evaluate, and hire qualified candidates; (5) Developing and litigating cases under state and federal environmental laws; (6) Working with Legal Practice staff and Regional office staff to implement internal operational policies and procedures; and (7) Assisting direct reports in career advancement by identifying and encouraging appropriate training and professional development opportunities, and creating a development plan with each direct report. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite and submit a resume, 1-2 page cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references. Position is open until filled.

Our Associate program seeks multiple Attorneys to join our team of lawyers and advocates in January 2022.

Associate Attorney – California Regional (San Francisco)

Associate Attorney – Clean Energy Program (Philadelphia | San Francisco | Washington, DC)

Associate Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Associate Attorney – Florida Regional (Miami)

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

Associate Attorney – Midwest Regional (Chicago)

Associate Attorney – Northeast Regional (New York)

Seasoned Litigators:

Senior Attorney — Rocky Mountain Regional (Denver)

Senior Attorney —  Alaska (Juneau | Anchorage | Remote in Alaska)

Litigation Management:

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Managing Attorney – Gulf Regional Office (Houston)

Managing Attorney – Northern Rockies (Bozeman)

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager – Technical Assistance. New York, NY or remote. Duties include: (1) Developing a broad range of subject matter expertise around tribal justice projects and community justice projects, including but not limited to, healing to wellness courts and treatment courts, strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile Justice, corrections and reentry, tribal-state relationships, risk-need responsivity tools, and other problem-solving initiatives; (2) Assisting with grant proposals; (3) Giving presentations at national conferences and training events; (4) Helping lead the planning and coordination of roundtables and national training events; (5) Leading the writing of publications, including monographs, fact sheets, toolkits, and other products; and (6) Engaging in projects that support research development for tribal justice system. Please see the position description for more information. See the job posting here. Interested applicants should apply by October 29th, 2021.

Federal Public Defender – District of New Mexico

Research and Writing Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing advanced research and writing services to staff attorneys on trial and appellate cases; (2) Performing computer assisted legal research; (3) Aiding in the development of legal strategies, writes briefs, motions, petitions for certiorari, and legal memoranda for review by the Defender and staff attorneys; and (4) Examining, analyzing, and researching records and issues, performing legal research and preparing legal documents, assisting Assistant Federal Defender staff with all aspects of case preparation, training, continuing legal education and supervision of
legal interns as appropriate. The Research and Writing Attorney does not ordinarily make court appearances,
but can sign briefs with the trial attorney if admitted to the 10th Circuit. Interested candidates should submit, in one pdf document, a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to Margaret Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Please reference 2022-03 in the subject line.

Navajo Nation

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3)Implementing management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; (5) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; (3) Providing advice to and preparing advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; (4) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (5) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs; (2) Administering short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives. This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary, Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, AZ. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports; transcribes hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (2) Opening new cases, collecting and compiling statistical information for special and periodic reports; (3) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (4) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents, and
related financial documents within established limits and procedures; and (5) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government; (2) Will attend arraignments, trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; (3) Preparing all required legal documents, determining nature of the criminal offense, and establishing case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses; (4) Providing legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; and (5) Preparing and obtaining search warrants as necessary, conducting follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducting legal research, reviewing criminal complaints, interviewing witnesses, and other legal matters. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (5) Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

The Catawba Nation Legal Department

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Job Announcements

Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Northeast Regional Office. New York, NY or remote. Legal externs work under the direct supervision of attorneys in the development and prosecution of litigation and other advocacy. Externs will participate in a wide range of tasks, including: (1) Assisting in case investigation, legal research, and discovery; and (2) Preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Los Angeles Office. Los Angeles, CA or remote. Duties include: (1) Working on case development and litigation; (2) Performing legal and factual research and developing case strategy and legal theories; (3) Preparing briefs and motions, meeting with clients and experts; and (4) Participating in moots of oral arguments and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and list of references. Applications will be viewed on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure & Health Programs. Two positions. New York, NY. Duties include: (1) Assisting with case investigation and legal research; and (2) Preparing memoranda and contributing to legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit a cover letter (see position description for specifics), resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of references by November 15th, 2021.

Senior Attorney. Denver, CO. Duties include: (1) Protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) Transitioning Colorado and Arizona from reliance on dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy; and (3) Defending disproportionately impacted and tribal communities from pollution and other environmental harm. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply through Jobvite and must submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifications), writing sample, and three professional references.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Farmington, NM, another DNA location, or remote. Duties include: (1) Providing legal assistance to low-income victims of crime under the New Mexico Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant; (2) Following all DNA and NM VOCA Grant policies, requirements, and all other applicable state, federal, and local regulations; (3) Participating in community outreach, training programs, legal clinics, and client education events; and (4) Participating in remote, local, or online intake. Interested candidates should submit an employment application, resume, cover letter, transcripts, and writing sample to HResources@dnalegalservices.org. The position is open until filled.

Community Development Institute (CDI)

Federal Interest Specialist. Remote. Duties include: (1) Researching real property in the public and federal records and providing information on property records to ACF (OHS and the Office of Grants Management); (2) Reviewing the SF-429 real property report and providing findings to OHS and the Office of Grants Management (OGM); and (3) Developing action plans, materials, and resources to guide OHS and OGM in taking next steps to resolve federal interest properties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to lgravelin@cditeam.org by October 29th, 2021.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel; (2) Assuming diverse roles while working with the Pueblo people, their government, and Pueblo corporations; (3) Developing substantial knowledge and understanding of the Pueblo, its departments and businesses, and a general understanding of Indian Law and tribal-federal-state relations and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Law and Order Code. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a resume to sofstehage@pojoaque.org by October 31st, 2021.

The Federal Public Defender

Administrative Officer. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Acting as principal advisor to the Defender on all aspects of office administration and management; (2) Assisting with the management of key day-to-day planning, operations, and special projects; (3) Supervising the administrative, information technology, and legal support staff; (4) Managing the financial operations of the defender office; and (5)
Ensuring adherence to federal and local procurement practices and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should, in one pdf document, submit a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Reference 2022-01 in the subject.

Administrative Assistant. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Assisting in a variety of
administrative matters regarding operations, finance, procurement, property, space and facilities,
human resources, personnel, and policy; (2) Attending to administrative inquiries from staff in both offices as well as from other organizations; (3) Arranging travel and preparing travel vouchers for payment reimbursement, ensuring accuracy and compliance with government travel regulations; (4) Reviewing and preparing purchase orders and payments; and (5) Overseeing all office ordering and receiving, updating inventory, restocking and maintenance of equipment. Interested candidates should, in one pdf document, submit a statement of interest, resume, and three references to Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Reference 2022-02 in the subject.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Project Director – Critical Race Studies Program (CRS). Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about the program here. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the creation of a publicly accessible, real-time tracking project that compiles and interactively presents information about new legislation and other formal policies suppressing anti-racist education, training, or research associated with CRT; (2) Producing briefs and other materials synthesizing and analyzing research and data collected; and (3) Convening academics, litigators, and advocates to discuss and develop the legal theories being used to contest these initiatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by October 18th, 2021.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC)

Native Law Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services to Association of Village Council Presidents (“AVCP”) member Tribes and tribal members; (2) Representing tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act; and (3) Litigating other matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Pearl Pickett, Supervising Attorney, ppickett@alsc-law.org. Please reference Native Law Staff Attorney in the subject line of the application. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk Intern. Anchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage rising 3L law students to work in the field of Native law.  Interns will have opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects. We provide legal services to victims and survivors of crime, including representation in family law matters and protective order cases. We also support and partner with Alaska Tribes to build capacity, implement cultural values and remedies, and access resources for Tribal Justice Systems. Finally, we represent Alaska Tribes in State Child of Need Aid cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) applies. The internship offers training; the opportunity to shadow experienced attorneys advocating on behalf of Alaska Tribes, tribal organizations and Native people; and a competitive stipend. Alaska Native/American Indian applicants, as defined in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act, who are currently enrolled as 2L law students are encouraged to apply here by November 30th, 2021.

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)

Health Policy Analyst. Washington, D.C. Remote work temporarily available. Duties include: (1) Monitoring, identifying, and analyzing health-related developments in programs, policies, regulations, and legislation that may require USET SPF attention and action; (2) Working closely with USET’s Tribal Health Program Support Department and member Tribal Health Programs to identify and provide technical support around health policy issues at the regional and Tribal Nation levels; (3) Assisting in the preparation of talking points, testimony, comments, resolutions, technical reports, data analysis, and white papers on health-related issues to USET SPF member Tribal Nations; and (4) Providing technical support and occasional representation at relevant meetings and conferences, including the meetings of federal Tribal advisory committees. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply through Indeed.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Indian Law Resource Center

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Attorney. Helena, MT, remote, or Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Researching and writing in Spanish and English; (2) Contact and consultations with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous organizations in Mexico and Central and South America; and (3) Asserting and defending Indigenous rights to self-determination and other related rights. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, submit a resume, a writing sample in English or Spanish, and two professional references to mt@indianlaw.org. Applications will be viewed as they are received.

Navajo Nation

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; (3) Providing advice to and preparing advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; (4) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (5) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Under the general direction of Attorney General Office and the direct supervision of the assigned Assistant Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal assistance to the Division of Economic Development, Capital Projects Management Department, the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office, and other entities of the Navajo Nation; (2) Representing the Navajo Nation programs before courts and administrative tribunals; (3) Providing guidance to the Navajo Nation on gaming related matters and representing the Nation at various gaming meetings with tribes, states, and/or the federal government; (4) Monitoring, advising, and assisting the Navajo Nation on legal matters related to census, redistricting, and voting; and (5) Attending meetings with relevant stakeholders, state, and federal officials. This position is open until October 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs; (2) Administering short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives. This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Office of the ProsecutorRamah, NM. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation government; (2) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases; (3) Attending arraignments, trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; (4) Preparing all required legal documents; (5) Reviewing investigative reports and related documents and determines nature of the criminal offense; (6) Establishing case plan with and advising law enforcement personnel on most serious criminal offenses; and (7) Preparing and obtaining search warrants, conducting follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducting legal research, reviewing criminal complaints, interviewing witnesses. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathers facts and data; (4) Preparing a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (5) Making decisions in sensitive cases and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary, Office of the ProsecutorDilkon, AZ. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviews for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) Finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases, completing case management, and closing of completed case; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Request for Proposals

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) seeks proposals that would provide Will and Estate Planning legal services (Program) directly to CTUIR members (Client). The Program is a pass-through contract administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel. Services include individual Client meetings, advising and drafting estate planning for trust land and other property they may own, accessing or coordinating with federal and tribal agencies related to the completion of the will drafting, and causing the documents to be filed with the CTUIR Enrollment Office. Apply via https://ctuir.org/contracting-opportunities/rfp-wills-estate-planning-attorney-services/ Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.