Native American Udall Congressional Internship

Even as Native nations achieve greater levels of self-determination, Indian Country continues to be influenced by U.S. federal law and policy. The Udall Internship places students in Senate, House, and federal agency offices to learn firsthand how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Interns will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes.

Program Dates: May 25th – July 30th

What It Is

  • A community of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students who live and work in Washington, D.C., during the summer;
  • Access to a network of American Indian professionals and alumni who work on behalf of tribal nations; and
  • Housing, a living allowance, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and an educational stipend of $1,200.

The Udall Foundation arranges placements for law studentsgraduate students, and undergraduates.

Federal agencies, Senate and House offices that would like to host a Udall Intern should contact Jason Curley, (520) 901-8564.

Application deadline:  January 31th, 2022

Your complete Udall Internship application includes

  • A typed application form with your signature;
  • An 800-word essay on a legislative act or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • A one-page professional resume;
  • Transcripts for all university coursework, including undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate and law;
  • Three letters of recommendation; and
  • Documentation of your citizenship in a federally recognized tribe, state-recognized tribe, or First Nations of Canada (citizens of First Nations must also include proof of U.S. permanent residency).

Contact Jason Curley if you have questions about the Internship Program requirements and application process.

2022 Internship Application

More information about the program is available here: https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/Internship.aspx

Friday Job Announcements

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    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
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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.

Job Announcements

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.

Procopio

Summer 2022 Native American Internship Program. Two positions available. San Diego, CA. The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for two law students to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Interested candidates should submit a writing sample, law school transcript, resume, cover letter by Friday, October 15th, 2021 by 5pm PST. The program is ten to twelve weeks and begins after May 15, 2022. Applications should be emailed (with “2022 Summer Internship” in the subject line) to: kerry.patterson@procopio.com.

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Spring 2022 Research and Publications Internship. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects including: climate change, land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watersheds, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, public participation, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and environmental enforcement. Duties include: (1) Conducting in-depth research; (2) Reporting on outside events; (3) Analyzing, editing, and synthesizing material; and (4) Assisting with preparation for environment training courses. Internship is available to students who have completed their first year of college. Interested applicants. should submit a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page analytical writing, and submit an application here by Friday, November 12, 2021.

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.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional. Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing and potential litigation projects; (2) Drafting motions, briefs, and other pleadings; (3) Working closely with Senior Attorneys, Deputy Managing Attorneys, Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases; (4) Engaging in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other
administrative tribunals; (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work as interns or law clerks; and (6) Engaging with clients, coalition partners, and experts, as well as internal communications and legislative staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references via Jobvite by October 31st.

Lummi Nation Office of the Reservation Attorney

Staff Attorney I or II. 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 in the resolution of complex legal issues impacting the Nation, and its departments and entities; (3) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties; (4) Traveling locally and out of state as necessary to represent the Lummi Nation, as approved in accordance with the Lummi Nation’s policies and procedures; and (5) Attending meetings of the LIBC, the General Council, and Lummi’s Commissions, Boards or Committees, and Inter-tribal or other conferences or meetings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit an application, cover letter, resume, and reference letters here. Position is open until filled.

Coconino County Attorney’s Office

Attorney II. Two vacancies. Flagstaff, AZ. Duties include: (1) Managing caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations; (2) Analyzing case material after investigations; (3) Conducting legal research; (4) Representing clients or the State at court hearings; and (5) Preparing and submitting legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State. Interested candidates can view more information and apply here.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications; (3) Represent the company in legal proceedings; Interact with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal
government; and (4) 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.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) 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; (2) Researching and drafting complex legal opinions, preparing drafts of
contracts, notices, ordinances, codes, resolutions and other legal documents; and (3) 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 candidates should fill out an application; see the position description for detailed instructions. The position is open until filled.

Foster Garvey PC

Indian Law Attorney. The position may be Associate, Principal, or Of Counsel, as appropriate. Seattle, WA (preferred), Spokane, WA, or Portland, OR. Remote work arrangements may be considered. Duties include: (1) Tribal treaty litigation; (2) Working with tribal clients on a broad range of tribal governance and economic development matters; (3) Developing experience in the attorney’s areas of particular interest; and (4) Representing tribes and tribal entities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, recent writing sample, and list of at least three professional references via the firm’s Careers Portal. Review of applications begin next Friday (10/15/21).

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI)

Senior Staff Attorney. Highland, CA. Duties include: (1) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, and policies; (2) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, drafting proposed State and Federal legislation; and (3) Assisting and participating in State and national attorney work groups on matters related to Federal Indian law and gaming law issues, including legislative and litigation matters. Please see the position description and visit the career site for more information.

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 General. Window 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 Prosecutor. Ramah, 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 Prosecutor. Dilkon, 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.

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. The position is open until filled.  

U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental & Natural Resources Division, Indian Resources Section

Trial Attorney. Denver, CO or Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Litigation on behalf of federal agencies when they are protecting the rights and resources of federally recognized Indian tribes and their members, (2) Defending against challenges to statutes and agency action designed to protect tribal interests and affirmative actions to protect tribal rights and natural resources. The rights at issue include water rights, the ability to acquire reservation land, hunting and fishing rights, and other natural resources. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants must apply online through USAJOBS. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents by 11:59 PM (EST) by October 13th, 2021 to receive consideration. Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter with brief statement of interest, law school transcript, writing sample, OF 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf and DD-214 , if applicable.

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.

University of Idaho

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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 15th, 2021.

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California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. (2) Providing brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals. (2) 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. (3) Developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, EUR-hiring@calindian.org. The position is open until filled.

Legal Administrative Assistant. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Answering and directing incoming calls including intake screening and providing telephone referrals to clients. (2) Greeting and maintaining professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, tribal members, tribal officials, outside counsel or other CILS visitors. (3) Creating, maintaining, and organizing case and correspondence files including case file tickling with minimal supervision. (4) Representing attorney by communicating and obtaining information; following-up on delegated assignments. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services via email EUR-hiring@calindian.org.

University of Idaho College of Law

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Attorney. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing training and assistance to CJA Panel attorneys. (2) Completing case assignments. (3) Assisting CJA Panel attorneys and the Court with the efficient processing of vouchers for reimbursement. (4) Participating on the CJA Panel selection committee. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants 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 October 1st, 2021. Reference 2021-12 in the subject.

Legal Assistant. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Case management to include opening and closing cases. (2) Screening and referring telephone calls and visitors. (3) Organizing and photocopying legal documents and case materials. (4) Case file creation and management. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should  submit, in one PDF document, a statement of interest and resume and three references to: Melissa Read, Administrative Officer FDNM-HR@fd.org by September 15, 2021. Reference 2021-11 in the subject.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representation of the Navajo Nation government, 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. (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) 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) The Principal Attorney provides 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) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. (2) Facilitating implementation management information systems. (3) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network. This position is open until September 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations. (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies. (3) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. Other duties as assigned. 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) 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. 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 Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. 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 representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. (3) Reviewing investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents. (4) Establishing case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc. (5) Providing legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation. 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 including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports. (3) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research. (4) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings. (5) Identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Judicial Hearing Officer. Judicial District. Chinle, AZ. Duties include: (1) Exercising 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. (2) Performing related work as assigned. (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Judicial District, Chinle AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas; attends meetings. 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 Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research, drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas. 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. Duties include: (1) Presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases. (2) Providing policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District. (3) Hearing and deciding cases within the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation courts, including but limited to evidentiary hearings, motions writs and trials. 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.  

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

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. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. 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. (5) Handling employment matters.  Please see the position description for more information. Submit application, cover letter, resume and writing sample to: melia@hoopainsurance.com. Contact Leah Offins, HR Coordinator l.offins@hoopainsurance.com with questions. 

Seneca Nation of Indians

SNI Peacemakers Court Legal Advisor. Seneca Nation Allegany & Cattaraugus Territories, New York. Duties include: (1) Providing accurate and timely legal advice to the SNI Peacemakers Judges on a variety of legal topics that come before the courts. (2) Providing the Judges with substantive legal advice on resolving the cases before the courts. (3) Performing legal research, providing written as well as verbal legal opinions, draft legal memoranda, proposed orders and opinions, and discussing legal analysis and judicial procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Contact Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians Seneca Nation Karlene.familo@sni.org.

Request for Proposals for Legal Services. For special counsel legal services for the Nation’s Peacemakers Court, the trial level court. Interested attorneys are invited to submit a letter of interest, statement of qualifications, and a detailed rate and service proposal to the Court Administrator. Proposals are due Friday, September 24, 2021. The Nation plans to schedule interviews the fourth week of September and select the attorney by October 8, 2021. Proposals should be submitted to: Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians, Karlene.Familo@sni.org.

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. (3) Representing 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 Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Twin Cities.

Spring/Summer Law Clerk/Internship. Bloomington, MN. Desired Class Level(s): 2L, 3L. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal memoranda and litigation reports. (2) Drafting title opinions for land acquisition. (3) Participating in conference calls and strategy sessions with client agencies and the Department of Justice. The part-time schedule is flexible and remote work may be necessary due to the pandemic. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover Letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample and letter of recommendation from law professor to Mrs. Lori Keller at lori.keller@sol.doi.gov by September 22, 2021.  

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska

Senior Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Litigating every step of the docket of complex cases, from initial client contact to final resolution at trial or appeal. (2) Expanding and defending civil liberties throughout Alaska and beyond. If interested, please email PDFs of your résumé; a professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others three professional references; and a letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Senior Staff Attorney.” Please state in your letter how you learned of this position. To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Integrated Advocacy Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Implementation and coordination of the ACLU-WA’s strategic work in the areas of: Legal/Litigation; Political Strategy; Policy Advocacy; Information and Referral; Communications. (2) Providing supervision and support to the Legal Director, Political Director, Director of
Policy Advocacy Group, the Information and Referral Program Managing Attorney. (3) Development of evaluation and learning tools to assist in determining the best strategic use of resources and determination of advocacy areas. (4) Developing and strengthening partnerships with organizations working with communities most impacted by civil liberties and civil rights violations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Integrated Advocacy Director. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021. ACLU website.

Berkey Williams LLP

2022-2023 INDIAN LAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Beginning September 2022. Duties include promoting and protecting Indian Nation sovereignty. Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE. Duties include: (1) Reviewing, negotiating, analyzing, and drafting key company contracts. (2) Providing strategic and proactive legal advice to applicable business clients. (3) Assessing applicable gaming laws and regulations for possible changes and reforms. (4) Inspiring confidence in business clients by consistently providing well-reasoned legal advice and practical solutions to complex issues. For more information, please see the position description. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com. 

Tribal Government and Housing Attorney – Omaha, NE. Duties include: (1) Working 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. (2) 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. 

Wilderness Workshop

Associate Attorney, (One-year term position). Carbondale, CO. Duties include: (1) Advocating at the federal level to achieve our conservation goals, in collaboration with our Legal and Policy Directors. (2) Bringing legal and policy expertise to our engagement in public land plans and projects, national policy efforts, federal legislation, and strategic litigation. (3) Supporting our major campaigns with legal and policy strategy and tactics. Please see the position description for more information. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest and resume to Jobs@wildernessworkshop.org with the subject: “Associate Attorney.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as possible. We anticipate beginning interviews in late-September.

Rincon Band of Luseño Indians Reservation

Federal Law Summer Internship. Northeastern San Diego county, CA. For law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Attorney General in research and drafting Tribal ordinances, policies, and resolutions. (2) Reviewing and revising agreements. (3) Researching and preparing legal memoranda on a wide variety of legal matters handled by the office. Please see the position description for more information. This is an 8-week, full time, on Reservation internship (some telecommuting permitted). The position will be filled as soon as possible. To apply, please submit the following to Laurel McKee by email at lmckee@rincon-nsn.gov by no later than Friday, October 15, 2021: a cover letter, current resume, a brief writing sample, and a copy of your transcript.

Muskogee (Creek) Nation

Chief District Court Judge. Okmulgee, OK. Duties include: (1) Hearing and deciding matters. (2) Remaining faithful to tribal law, custom, and ordinances. (3) Requiring lawyers in proceedings to refrain from conducting bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. (4) Accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that person’s lawyer, the right to be heard according to Muscogee (Creek) Nation law. Please see the position description for more information.

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: 

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

____________________________________________________________________________ 

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Summer 2022 Law Clerk. Positions are available in Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. The Law Clerk will: (1) Assist NARF attorneys by conducting legal research. (2) Draft legal memorandums and case filings. (3) Verify citations and proofread. (4) Assist in case management and work on special legal projects. Please see the position description for  more information. To apply, submit a cover letter (indicate your office preference), resume, non-collaborative legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and three references to Kevin Cheng, Law Clerk Program Coordinator kcheng@narf.org by September 10, 2021

University of North Dakota School of Law

Fall 2022 Faculty Position, Grand Forks, ND. One or more tenure-track positions beginning fall 2022.  Areas of interest include Federal Indian Law, Lawyering Skills, Civil Procedure, Business Associations, Energy, and Oil & Gas. Faculty will: (1) Conduct innovative research. (2). Work across disciplinary boundaries, including teaching and learning. (3) Be committed to equity and inclusion. Please see the open positions for more information and to apply. Please contact the UND School of Law’s Faculty Selection Committee at und.law.fsc@law.und.edu with any questions.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota.  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 Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney (OTA)

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Law Clerk, Klamath, CA. The Law Clerk will: (1) Perform legal research (e.g., statutes, regulations, case law, policies), including analysis of legal positions. (2) Prepare memoranda, correspondence, case law briefs, and legislative summaries. (3) Assist in drafting appropriate ordinances and policies that implement the Tribe’s self governance objectives. (4) Provide opinions on documents and policies, and attend meetings concerning tribal regulatory (including environmental) matters. Please see the position description for  more information. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and legal writing sample (no more than five pages) to Associate General Counsel, Alexandra Mojado, at amojado@yuroktribe.nsn.us.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Durant, OK. The Assistant Prosecuting Attorney will: (1) Represent the Choctaw Nation in all juvenile cases and deprived actions within the jurisdiction of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (2) Facilitate communication with federal, state, and local officials regarding juvenile matters involving members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (3) Assist in drafting legislation affecting children and juvenile laws. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Appellate Justice. The Appellate Justice will: (1) Support and defend the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, and its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercise considerable independent judgement in hearing motions, reviewing briefs, hearing oral argument, conducting hearings and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Provide a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (4) Draft and issue opinions and orders of the Appellate Court as necessary and appropriate. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can send their resume and letter of interest to hr@pechanga-nsn.gov, Fax: 951-587-2209.

Chief Appellate Justice. The Appellate Justice will: (1) Exercise considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Appellate Court, ruling on motions, setting briefing schedules, scheduling oral argument, conduct hearings and decide cases in a fair and impartial manner. (2) Provide a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (3) Preside at all hearings before the Appellate Court and dispose of cases. (4) Draft and issue opinions and orders of the Appellate Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can send their resume and letter of interest to hr@pechanga-nsn.gov, Fax: 951-587-2209.

Licensing & Administrative Law Division – Washington State Attorney General’s Office

Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The Assistant Attorney General will: (1) Negotiate state-tribal agreements, advise on tribal treaty rights and related case law as applied to the Division’s clients. (2) Litigate and advise on taxation and enforcement authority issues. (3) Develop and maintain healthy client relationships. (4) Aid client agencies in negotiations with tribes on liquor, marijuana, and/or fuel tax issues. (5) Defend claims against agencies and officials in state and federal courts. Please view the position description for more information. Interested applicants should visit the application portal by August 31, 2021. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

Chief Judge, Pablo, MT. The Chief Judge will: (1) Supervise and provide general direction to the Tribal Court as the trial court division of the Tribal judiciary. (2) Preside over the Small Claims division, the Traffic Court Division, and the Youth Court Division of Tribal Court. (3) Oversee the general administration of the Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information and for the list of materials to be submitted. Materials should be submitted to personnel@cskt.org. For more information, contact Tribal Council Chairwoman Shelly Fyant at 406-675-2700 Ext. 1007.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP

Associate Attorney, Louisville, CO. The Associate Attorney will: (1) Provide counsel and legal services to new and existing clients in a professional and expedient manner. (2) Appear at hearings and trials, including hearings in tribal courts. (3) Conduct legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants can send their resume, cover letter, a writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Northern Arapaho Tribe

Staff Attorney, Lander, WY. The Staff Attorney will: (1) Work under the direction of the In-House Counsel and will be assigned a portfolio of Tribal programs. (2) Work directly with Tribal Programs on policies, procedures, legal issues and will represent the Programs in State and Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants can send their resume, cover letter, application, and certificates for all jurisdictions in which they are licensed by August 30, 2021 to L. Clare Johnson at clare.johnson@northernarapaho.com.

University of Colorado Law School

2022-23 Academic Year Faculty, Boulder, CO. Faculty will preferably: (1) Teach classes in the first-year curriculum, especially constitutional law, criminal law, legislation and regulation, or property. (2) Teach negotiation/alternative dispute resolution. (3) Contribute to an inclusive campus environment. Please see the position description for more information. Application materials will not be accepted via mail or email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through the CU Jobs portal. Candidates should apply as soon as possible for full consideration. For questions, please contact Professor Sharon Jacobs, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, sharon.jacobs@colorado.edu.

Catawba Nation

Fall 2021 2L Legal Internship, Remote. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department with research and writing projects such as drafting ordinances and memoranda. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email their cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Root & Rebound

Tribal Regions Staff Attorney, Eureka, CA with travel across northern CA. The Tribal Regions Staff Attorney will: (1) Expand our direct legal services and growing partnerships with the Yurok Tribe and other Indigenous communities in Northern California. (2) Conduct holistic legal intakes to assess a client’s reentry legal needs and develop an appropriate legal services plan. (3) Push for policy reform on issues affecting Indigenous communities, including speaking with media or congressional representatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants are preferred to submit applications by August 29th, though applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), Secretary’s Office, Office of Legal Counsel

Attorney, various locations, WA. The Attorney will: (1) Represent DCF in legal actions and proceedings before the Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals. (2) Coordinate DCF representation performed by the Department of Justice or other agencies. (3) Provide legal advice regarding the administration of DCF programs, and licensing and regulation matters. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants must apply online by 11:59 PM August 20, 2021. For assistance, please contact Jenn Xiong at 608-422-6418 or via email at JenniferM.Xiong@wisconsin.gov.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Sacramento, CA. Legal assistance to low-income individuals and tribes on an extensive range of Indian law issues. Duties will include research and writing, counsel and advice, representation in federal, state, and tribal court, and community outreach. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lyans, Director of Administration at hiring@calindian.org. The position is open until filled.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Intern. Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group offers 10-week paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of judicial clerks, governmental attorneys and associates at law firms. Applications are due Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5PM PST. Visit procopio.com/nativeamericanlawintern or see the job announcement. Application here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

2L Summer Associate. Washington, DC. See attached PDF. October 9, 2020

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Jobs

Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Prosecutor, Brimley, MI. Move up to the wild and beautiful Bay Mills reservation, which sits on the bluffs of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan. The Bay Mills Indian Community is seeking a qualified attorney to carry out, on a contractor basis, the duties of the Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Tribal Court. The Tribal Prosecutor will represent Bay Mills Indian Community in proceedings before the Bay Mills Tribal Court, and is responsible in preserving and upholding the Bay Mills Indian Community Constitution and By-Laws, Law and Order Code, Tribal jurisdiction, ordinances and resolutions, and all applicable federal laws. This position will remain open until closed.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Wind River Tribal Court

Public Defender (Attorney), Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Essential duties include representing all adult and juvenile defendants charged with violations of the Shoshone & Arapaho Law and Order Code (SALOC). Works closely with legal services, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, tribal social service programs, tribal Federal, state probation officers, juvenile probation officers; and other Federal, State, county and city law enforcement services. A full description, qualifications, and special eligibility conditions are in the job description.

Ute Indian Tribal Court

Health and Wellness Court Judge, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Judge of the Ute Tribal Health and Wellness Court is responsible for presiding over all alcohol and drug addiction related cases referred by the Ute Tribal Court or other applicable entity. Team. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position and the successful applicant will be expected to perform all duties necessary to meet the objectives of Court. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Public defender, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Public Defender oversees the representation of defendants/respondents in proceedings initiated in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate, Seattle, WA. Seeking candidate with a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their application by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com. For more information, applicants should visit our website at www.ziontzchestnut.com.  The full job announcement is in the attached PDF. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

Litigation Associate, Washington, DC. See attached PDF for duties. Position Open until Filled.

See posts from September 18, 2020.

Job Announcements

Good afternoon! This is a special edition of Thursday Job Announcements. If you have recently sent a job announcement to Turtle Talk but do not see it here, it is possible that the information wasn’t sent to us in the requested format. For more information please see our recent post.

If the information has been sent in the past week, it will appear in tomorrow’s regularly scheduled Friday Job Announcement post. Thank you again for both your patience and your dedication to Indian Country legal opportunities!

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date. See below for examples.

  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

 

Havasupai Tribe

Tribal Prosecutor, Supai, AZ. Represent the Tribe in adult criminal matters and juvenile proceedings involving allegations of child dependency, incorrigibility, and juvenile offenses. Application closes August 11, 2019. Interested applicants should provide a letter of interest and a current resume to Kristin McPhie at kristin@drlawfirm.com. Please see the job description for more information.

Public Defender, Supai, AZ. Perform professional legal work involved in representing defendants in the Havasupai Tribal Court. Application closes August 11, 2019. Interested applicants should provide a letter of interest and a current resume to Kristin McPhie at kristin@drlawfirm.com. Please see the job description for more information.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Oneida Judiciary

Wellness Court Coordinator, Oneida, WI. Develop & facilitate opportunities for participants to succeed in their journey to sobriety and wellness. Link all key players needed for the Wellness Court team. Coordinate the delivery of a variety of services for identified participants. Position responsibilities include all aspects of case management for Wellness Court participants. Offer support for positive outcomes. Continuation of this position is contingent upon funding allocations. Please see the job description for more information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Escondido, CA. Supervised by the Directing Attorney, work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. Our fast-paced office provides 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).  Please visit California Indian Legal Services’ website here.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Guardian Ad Litem, Prairie Island Indian Community, MN. Seeking individuals who can provide guardian ad litem services for Tribal Court proceedings. There is no closing date for this application. Please see the job description for more information.

Native American Disability Law Center

Advocate, location TBD. Assist Native Americans with disabilities who need to access services & fully integrate into the community. This position is full-time and the application is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Development Director, Location TBD. Identify potential funding sources, increase & diversify donors, maintain current funding sources. This position is part-time or contract and the application is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor

Spring 2020 Internship Program, Washington, D.C.  The Division of Indian Affairs provides legal counsel and representation to the Secretary of the Interior acting as federal trustee to American Indian tribes and their members. The division also provides legal advice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs concern­ing the administra­tion of Indian service programs. Please see the internship description for more information and how to apply, and see the website for closing dates.

The ACLU of South Dakota

Indigenous Justice Organizer, Rapid City, SD. Work to implement a community outreach strategy to build scalable public education and advocacy programs, while incorporating organizing, coalition-building, leadership development, communication, and lobbying tactics. Please send cover letter and resume by email to HRJobsSD@aclu.org. Reference [ASD-91] in subject line; more information can be found here.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

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

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, CO. Must have excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Quinault Indian Nation

Senior Assistant Attorney General Children and Elder Services, Taholah, W.A. This in-house counsel position provides the Quinault Nation’s children’s and elders’ programs with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (CSSP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD) and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Please see the job announcement for more information. The position is open until filled.

EarthJustice

Litigation Assistant, Chicago, IL. This position provides paralegal and administrative support for the litigation and advocacy activities of the Midwest Regional office, and provides support for  the administrative and operations needs in the office. Depending on qualifications and experience, we intend to hire either a Litigation Assistant I or II. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Please find a job description with more information attached, and apply here.

Law Clerkship, Summer 2020. Work with attorneys on case development and litigation. Under the supervision of an attorney, perform legal and factual research, and develop case strategy and legal theories. Prepare briefs and motions, meet with clients and experts, participate in moots of oral arguments, and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. This application is open until filled. Please see the job description of website for more information.

Position location(s)

  • Alaska – Anchorage and Juneau
  • California – San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Coal Program – Chicago and Philadelphia
  • Midwest – Chicago
  • Florida – Tallahassee and Miami
  • International – San Francisco
  • Mid-Pacific – Honolulu
  • Northeast – New York
  • Northern Rockies – Bozeman
  • Northwest – Seattle
  • Oceans Program – Seattle and San Francisco
  • Rocky Mountain – Denver
  • Washington, D.C.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Tribal Court Director, Shingle Springs, CA. Responsible for ensuring that all court operations, programs and services are operating effectively and efficiently; managing court security, overseeing records management, and improving public access and information; supervision of staff and consultants relating to operational functions, wellness court programs and legal assistance programs; and more. This position is open until filled. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

The California Native American Heritage Commission

Enforcement Attorney, West Sacramento, CA. Investigate and enforce all Native American cultural resources protection and access laws under the Commission’s authority. The application deadline has been extended. For more information please see the job description.

Mille Lacs Band Legal Aid

(2) Staff Attorney, Onamia, MN.  Practice in both Tribal and State District Courts, providing legal representation to Mille Lacs Band members (adult and juvenile) in criminal and civil matters. Specific areas of law include: Family law, public benefits, housing, education, ICWA/ Child Protection law, probate and wills, and criminal matters. MN Law License required for this position or able to obtain MN Law License within six months. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Tlingit & Haida

Child Welfare Attorney, Juneau, AK. The attorney will provide civil legal representation to Tlingit & Haida on child welfare cases and issues. The incumbent’s primary responsibility is to advise the Tribal Family & Youth Services (TFYS) department staff regarding the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other State and Federal legislation that impact Tribal families. The deadline to apply is 4:00 pm, August 9, 2019. For more information see the job description or visit the website.

McKinley County (NM) District Attorney’s Office

Senior Trial Attorney (DUI Taskforce), Gallup, NM. This is a grant-funded position focusing on DUI criminal prosecution. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to glee@da.state.nm.us by 5:00 p.m. August 30, 2019.

Assistant Trial Attorney, Gallup, NM. Main duties entail criminal prosecution. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to glee@da.state.nm.us by 5:00 p.m. August 30, 2019.

Senior Trial Attorney, Gallup, NM. Main duties entail criminal prosecution. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to glee@da.state.nm.us by 5:00 p.m. August 30, 2019.

 

See posts from Friday, July 26, 2019.

If you have recently sent a job announcement to Turtle Talk but do not see it here, it is possible that the information wasn’t sent to us in the requested format- for more information please see our recent post.

Friday Job Announcements

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

INTERN/FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Navajo Nation

Law Clerk Intern (summer), Department of Justice, Office of the Prosecutor, multiple worksite locations: Window Rock, AZ, Crownpoint, NM, Ramah, NM, Tohajiilee, NM, Shiprock, NM, Chinle, AZ, Kayenta, AZ, and Tuba City, AZ. For more information please contact Gertrude Lee, Chief Prosecutor, at gertrudelee@navajo-nsn.gov and see the position description.

Department of the Interior National Indian Gaming Commission

Legal Fellow, Office of General Counsel, Washington D.C. The Commission’s primary mission is to work within the framework, created by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) for the regulation of gaming activities conducted by tribes on Indian lands, to fully realize IGRA’s goals. For more information see the attachment or click here. Application closes April 8, 2019.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship, Washington D.C. This position will support the development of national policy in Indian affairs, and provide research, analysis and writing to support programs that include youth education, juvenile justice issues, Indian child welfare, sacred site protection, repatriation, protection of cultural heritage, federal acknowledgement, environmental security, and other program issues. Please see the job description or visit the website for more information. Applications are due April 1, 2019.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney III, Cass Lake, MN. Seeking a recent law school graduate to assist the Legal Department Director with analysis for ongoing legal cases and issues in a broad spectrum of practice areas. This position is also responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, Ordinances, and Resolutions. Entry-level candidate preferred, but all qualified applicants will be considered. Please see the attached job description for more information on this position. Please visit www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html to apply.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Program Assistant, St. Paul, MN. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs that promote the improvement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. TLPI focuses upon collaborative programs that provide critical resources for tribal court systems, victim’s assistance programs, violence against women programs, and others involved in promoting the improvement of justice in Indian country. For more information please visit www.home.tlpi.org. Deadline to apply, April 15, 2019.

Rosette, LLP

Litigation Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Seeking an ambitious and experienced attorney. This firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian tribes, their governmental entities and agencies, and businesses. For more information please see the job description.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

Tribal Attorney, Environmental Law Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendleton, OR. Among other demonstrated competencies, applicant should be familiar with federal Indian law, Superfund site assessment and clean-up, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act(s), Clean Air Act, NEPA, ESA, Nuclear Waste Policy Act and its implementation under DOE 435.1.  For questions contact CTUIR Human Resources at (541)276-3570. Position closing date is April 12, 2019. To apply click here and see the job description for more information.

DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.

Seeking the following positions. To apply, email Hresources@dnalegalservices.org and visit https://dnalegalservices.org. Call (928) 283-3206 for more information.

  • Managing Attorney, Public Defender, Keams Canyon, AZ
  • Staff Attorney, Public Defender, Keams Canyon, AZ
  • Managing Attorney (Civil), Keams Canyon, AZ
  • Staff Attorney (Civil), Keams Canyon, AZ
  • MLP Attorney, Tuba City, AZ
  • Receptionist, Flagstaff, AZ
  • (2) Staff Attorney, Farmington, NM
  • MLP Managing Attorney, Farmington, NM
  • NMVOCA Project Attorney, Farmington, NM
  • Director of Litigation, Window Rock, AZ
  • Director of Information Technology, Window Rock, AZ
  • Community Outreach/Legal Education Coordinator, Window Rock, AZ

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Advocate, LaConner, WA. Represent eligible clients in Swinomish Tribal Court in criminal prosecutions and in Wellness Court hearings, and also provides general advice on a variety of civil matters.  The role of the Tribal Advocate in criminal matters is similar, but not identical to a public defender in the state court system. For more information please see the job description and view the employment application.

 

See posts from March 15, 2019.

Friday Job Announcements

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

Student Opportunities

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Indian Law Office Summer Intern, Wausau, WI. (1) Assist Indian Law Office Attorneys with their cases. (2) Appear in Tribal Court on behalf of eligible clients. (3) Research relevant Indian Law Issues. (4) Participate in Indian Law office projects. Please see the position description for more information.

Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc

(3) Summer Interns, Southwestern Michigan and Traverse City, MI. Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) is a statewide provider of free legal services to low income Indians and Indian tribes. MILS represents Indian individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span the complete range of federal Indian law and tribal representation. For more information please see the internship position descriptions.

Job Opportunities

Zuni Tribe

Tribal Prosecutor, Zuni, NM. This position will provide prosecutor service for the Zuni Tribe in all classes of criminal offenses as well as investigate and prosecute criminal matters and related legal issues of crimes that occurred within the exterior boundary of the Zuni reservation. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Legislative Branch for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

(2) Legislative Staff Attorneys, Onamia, MN. Assist the Chief Legislative Counsel in the amending, revision, and creation of Band Legislation. In order to aid in the development of progressive and practical legislation for the Band, Legislative Staff Attorneys are required to collaborate on committees with staff from all three branches of the Band’s government, attend legislative sessions, and occasionally travel to the Band’s multiple districts within the state of Minnesota. Application closes March 6, 2019. Please see the description for more information.

The Hopi Tribe

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

Redding Rancheria

Paralegal/Court Facilitator, Redding, CA. The Paralegal will provide legal advice on court process to litigants in tribal court. Consults directly with the Tribal Attorney and Judge and as directed with the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Team. Processes home loan program files for Tribal Members as directed. Application closes Friday, March 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Please see the attached job postings.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Redding Rancheria Human Resources Department (530-225-8979).

Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM)

Lansing Staff Attorney, Lansing, MI. The staff attorney position is in the Lansing – Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) – office, serving Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Livingston and Shiawassee Counties. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work as a generalist, including family, consumer, public benefits and housing law. This position is opened until filled. Please see the description for more information.

Waséyabek Development Company

Executive Assistant, Grand Rapids, MI. Provide high-level administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer of WDC as well as company executives and staff by conducting researching, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. Please see our website to apply: www.waseyabek.com

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serve as a hearing judge in accordance with trival Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes April 1, 2019.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager, NYC, NY. The Center for Court Innovation is seeking two Senior Program Managers to provide Technical Assistance to tribal courts. Duties will include working on a variety of tribal justice projects such as strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice, tribal corrections, tribal/state relationships, healing to wellness courts, and other problem-solving initiatives. For more information please see the description. Application closes March 6, 2019.

See posts from February 22, 2019.

Friday Job Announcements

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

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Legal Intern(s), Manistee, MI. Intern(s) will work closely with the Unified Legal Department in several clearly defined projects to be completed. Interns will assist the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Unified Legal Department provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. Applications will be reviewed on a revolving basis, beginning December 1, 2018, until the position(s) is filled. Applications may be sent via email to the Unified Legal Department at UnifiedLegal@lrboi-nsn.gov.

Manhattan Legal Services

Summer Internship(s), Manhattan, NY.  The law student’s responsibilities may include: client intake, interviewing and outreach; Legal research and writing; Observation of court proceedings and/or administrative hearings; and advocacy and representation with administrative agencies. The law students will receive close supervision and will also have many opportunities to attend court proceedings and interact with clients. This could possibly satisfy educational requirements; stipends may be available through a fellowship program such as the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. Please see the position description for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Intertribal Agriculture Council

Development Director, duty station is flexible. This position matches the initiatives, staff, and other resources of the organization with funding opportunities on a broader scale. Facilitate and fund partnerships to further improve our ability to promote economic development through sustainable agriculture. If interested please submit a detailed letter of interest and resume for consideration to kari@indianaglink.com. Application closes February 15, 2018 at 5:00pm (MST). For more information, please visit http://www.IndianAgLink.com.

Native Governance Center

Finance & Operations Director, St. Paul, MN. This position provides overall direction for all financial management, accounting and budgeting function, will oversee the organization’s Human Resource function and processes, and technology services. The ideal candidate is energized by working in a setting reflective of the consistent change, pace and realities of a new and developing organization. Full description and application instructions at: nativegov.org/careers.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Serves as legal advisor to the Tribal Council, tribal government departments and economic enterprises; Provides legal advice and analysis of tribal, state and Federal laws and regulations, specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; Drafts and revises the Tribal Constitution, Law and Order Code, other tribal laws, ordinances, and policies; Works at hours and times outside of normal business hours and days; and more. Application closes March 7, 2019.

Queens Legal Services

Reader/Intake Paralegal, Jamaica, NY. The reader/intake paralegal will be responsible for reading court and government agency documents, client documents and other papers to the staff attorney; will assist the attorney as needed in client meetings at the office and off-site at court, administrative hearing offices, and outreach locations; will be responsible for helping with other administrative tasks as needed to support the staff attorney, including but not limited to: maintaining paper and electronic files; completing handwritten and fillable electronic immigration forms at the attorney’s direction; and organizing and formatting documents for court hearings and filings. Please see the job description for more information.

Executive Assistant, Jamaica, NY. The Executive Assistant to the Project Director will work closely with the MLS Project Director and leadership team in key areas including the following: Providing support to our Board of Directors, including taking minutes at evening Board Meetings; Assisting with employee orientation and personnel-related documents; Coordinating the hiring process; Helping manage escrow and other fiscal-related tasks; Monitoring staff timekeeping; Helping coordinate and support receptionists and secretarial staff, including overseeing scheduling; and more. For more information please see the job description.

Legal Services NYC

Clinical Social Work Supervisor Part-Time – Consultant, New York, NY. Legal Services NYC seeks a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as a consultant to provide supervision to 6 MSW level staff located in multiple borough offices. Supervision would include clinical supervision as well as supervision to address the complexities of social work in an interdisciplinary setting. Up to 20 hours per month is anticipated and scheduling is flexible. Travel to local borough offices is required. Please see the job description for more information.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Eagle Pass, TX. Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. This position is full-time. Application is open until filled. Click here to apply.

Prosecutor, Eagle Pass, TX. Prosecuting attorneys are licensed lawyers who represent KTTT in criminal cases against individuals or groups accused of illegal activity. Must have a Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent law degree from an accredited institution and be licensed to practice law in the state, with a minimum of 7 years’ experience. This full-time position is open until filled. Click here to apply.

Director of Police, Eagle Pass, TX. Under Tribal Administrations re-organizational plan, organize and direct the efficient operation of the police department through the direction of subordinate officers who maintain law and order, prevent crimes, protect life and property, and assure all police services are delivered in a safe, effective and timely manner. This full-time position is open until filled. Click here to apply.

The Chehalis Tribal Court

Associate Judge, Oakville, WA. Seeking a part time associate judge to preside over the civil dockets, which includes general civil matters and family law cases.  The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation is a small rural community located approximately 25 miles south of Olympia, Washington.  This is a contractual position for 2 to 3 court days per month. Interested persons must have a law degree and at least 5 years of experience in civil and family law matters.  Tribal law experience is required.  American Indian applicants are encouraged to apply.  Contract terms are negotiable.  Please send all inquiries to court@chehalistribe.org or call 360-709-1615.

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel

Full-time Staff Attorney, Lapwai, ID.  The ideal candidate: is comfortable handling litigation, transactional negotiations, project management, and strategic planning; is a team player; exercises sound judgment; possesses excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; is able to analyze complex factual, legal, and policy issues, delve deeply into any area of law, and respond to the wide array of legal issues that require prompt and accurate analysis. Areas of emphasis for this position include federal Indian law, commercial transactions, employment law, and land matters. Submit résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, 3 letters of reference, and job application (available at www.nezperce.org) to Human Resources Director, P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, ID 83540.  For questions about the position, contact Julie Kane, Managing Attorney, at 208-843-7355.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Assistant Executive Counsel, Sells, AZ. The Assistant Executive Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to the Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as to executive branch departments, offices, and programs in all areas of Indian law. The position will handle a combination of transactional work and litigation. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of civil litigation experience within a law firm. Must be a member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing OR eligible to become a member. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Wendell R. Matt, Executive Counsel, via email at wendell.matt@tonation-nsn.gov. If you have any questions please call (520) 383-2028.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court and Rise Above

RFQ. Rise Above in collaboration with The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court is seeking a subcontractor to help establish program policies and procedures and needed infrastructure for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court Crime Victims Service Program, provide services for victims and survivors within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, which is located in Northern California, 95546. The RFQ is due February 22, 2019.

See posts from February 8, 2019.