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California Indian Legal Services
Housing Staff Attorney. Bishop, CA. The position will be primarily dedicated to eviction defense and homelessness prevention for low-income clients. Our fast-paced Office provides legal services related to homelessness prevention through community education, advice and consultation, representation without litigation, direct representation of tenants in Unlawful Detainer (eviction) proceedings in state court, and affirmative litigation on behalf of tenants against unlawful housing actions by landlords. The Housing Staff Attorney will assume a varied caseload that will include all the above. Our Office’s eviction defense work covers a large service territory including Alpine, Mono, and Inyo Counties. The far reaches of Alpine and Inyo Counties are a 4-hour drive one way from the Bishop Office. As a Staff Attorney you will collaborate with other CILS Directing Attorneys and the Legal Director for the purpose of managing legal work, mentoring and supervision, assistance and administration of local case management systems, grant and special project development and implementation, as directed by the Bishop Office’s Directing Attorney, the Legal Director, or the Executive Director. Closing date: 2.28.23
CA ChangeLawyer Fellowship. Bishop, CA. With support from California ChangeLawyers, California Indian Legal Services is hiring a fulltime summer fellow (current law student), post-bar (fall) fellow, or recent law school graduate, for a 2023 summer or fall fellowship. Supervised by the Bishop field office Directing Attorney and at the direction of the Legal Director, who supervises all CILS advocate work, the fellow will work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in multiple areas of federal Indian law. The fellow will have the opportunity to assume a varied case load that may include: brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals; state and federal court litigation; contract negotiation; advising tribal clients; developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; making presentations; and ICWA related dependency cases. While the fellow will be exposed to a variety of federal Indian laws, the fellow’s focus will be primarily on Native American Indian Allotments. The fellow will focus on a project to help Indians with interests in allotments to create organizations and implement decision making structures for economic development. The fellow will research and prepare a self-help guide for allottee interest holders to organize themselves and develop the allotment by forming an organization or family trust (entity) to make decisions on behalf of a majority of the interest holders. Closing date: 2.28.23
Rothstein Donatelli LLP
Summer Associate 2023. Tempe, AZ. This is a 40 hour/week in-office position with remote work flexibility, as needed and approved upon hire. Applicants must have completed 1L or 2L year by Summer 2023. Excellent research abilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Indian law coursework and work experience is preferred but not required. Closing Date: February 10, 2023.
Associate Attorney, Fossil Fuels. New Orleans, Houston or Austin. Earthjustice is soliciting applications for an Associate Attorney to join the Fossil Fuels Program. We use the power of the law to challenge the onslaught of new oil and gas infrastructure development that threatens climate, communities and the environment. This position will focus on oil and gas infrastructure in the U.S. Gulf region (Texas and Louisiana) and will be based in one of three locations: (1) in the New Orleans’ satellite office space shared with other Fossil Fuel Program staff, (2) in the Earthjustice Houston office, or (3) remote from Austin, Texas. Application deadline of 2/26/2023.
Associate Attorney, Oceans. San Francisco, CA. Earthjustice’s Oceans Program seeks an Associate Attorney to assist with our international legal advocacy and litigation to protect our planet’s oceans. This position can start in April, June, or September 2023. The position will be based preferably in our San Francisco, CA office. Application deadline of 2/26/2023.
Senior Attorney, Gulf Regional. Houston, TX. Earthjustice is seeking a senior attorney to join our new Gulf Regional office, located in Houston, Texas or remotely from Texas, Louisiana or Mississippi. Apply by date preferred: 3/5/2023.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Assistant Public Defender. Durant, OK. You will defend all indigent clients in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases that are punishable by incarceration in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma District Court. You will report to the Public Defender Director and will be officed at the Public Defenders Office in Durant, Oklahoma. Closing Date: 3/08/2023.4
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Assistant General Counsel. Peshawbestown, Michigan. Remote work possible after 90 day probationary period. Provides legal representation for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council (GTB). The candidate must be able to perform both legislative and executive services. The candidate must have also engaged in federal district court litigation at the trial and appellate level; published opinions preferred. Minimum 8 years’ experience in Indian law. Brief writing sample is mandatory. Indian preference applies. Open until filled.
Pueblo of Sandia in New Mexico:
Assistant General Counsel-Water. Albuquerque, NM. Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel is a key member of the Pueblo’s legal team. The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will cover a variety of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo and its economic enterprises; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy; and serving as the primary legal contact for the Pueblo’s enterprises on contract matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. A background in Indian law is required, without exception. Open until filled.
The Hopi Tribe
Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi AZ. This is a tribal inhouse counsel position for the Hopi Tribe. The position processes requests for legal review by the Tribal Council and the Tribe’s Officers, Departments and Programs. These requests can range from contract review to answering and analyzing complex questions of law dealing with natural resources to human resources. Open until filled.
Chief Prosecutor. Keam Canyon, AZ. The Chief Prosecutor administers the Hopi Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Prosecutor. He or she is responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Hopi tribal code and pursues dependency matters pursuant to the Hopi Children’s’ Code. This position works (and coordinates) with Hopi and BIA law enforcement, the FBI and US attorney’s office. The position also works with the Tribal Council in reviewing the Code and law enforcement matters on the Hopi Reservation. Importantly, the position prosecutes cases before the Hopi Tribal Courts. Open until filled
Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Keam Canyon, AZ. The Deputy is responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Hopi tribal code and pursues dependency matters pursuant to the Hopi Children’s’ Code. . This position works (and coordinates) with Hopi and BIA law enforcement, the FBI and US attorney’s office. The position also works with the Tribal Council in reviewing the Code and law enforcement matters on the Hopi Reservation. Importantly, the position prosecutes cases before the Hopi Tribal Courts. Open until filled
Office of the Attorney General – Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Assistant Attorney General. Alpine, CA. The Assistant Attorney General will work in the Office of the Attorney General under the direct supervision of the Attorney General for the Viejas Band. The Assistant Attorney General will work with the Attorney General and Deputy Attorneys General to render legal services to the Viejas Band, including its government departments, enterprises, and elected officials. Competitive salary depending on experience and comprehensive benefits. Open until filled.
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. Closing Date: February 18, 2023.
Tribal Deputy Prosecutor. Port Angeles, WA. The Tribal Prosecutor is a critical partner in advancing these goals while identifying and addressing associated threats to the political, social, and cultural integrity of the Tribe relating to tribal justice and victimization. Closing Date: February 18, 2023.
Tribal Defense Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. The Tribal Defense attorney is responsible for representing defendants in adult criminal cases, youth in delinquency and status offense cases, parents or other legal custodians in child dependency cases, and Elwha Tribal members in contested traffic, housing, and civil regulatory cases. Closing Date: February 18, 2023.
San Francisco State University
Tribal Government Relations Lead. San Francisco, CA. The Tribal Government Relations Lead is responsible for overseeing the San Francisco State University (SF State) NAGPRA Program, compliance with both NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA, and Tribal, local, state, and federal engagement. The candidate will help guide the actions of SF State in meeting the goals of the NAGPRA program to (1) continue ongoing NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA compliance (2) help SF State establish a proactive and sustainable NAGPRA consultation program with Native American Tribes. Closing date: Open until filled.
Bay Mills Indian Community
Attorney. Brimley, MI. The attorney works under the direct supervision of the President of the Bay Mills Indian Community and Bay Mills Community College, and provides strategic legal advice as counsel for and on behalf of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and all its governmental and commercial entities to advance compliance with applicable laws, to appear as such before all federal, state and tribal courts, tribunals, departments, agencies and committees of Congress and the State legislatures, including services in connection with tribal claims against the United States. Work directly in developing tribal legislation, public policy, regulations, and represent Bay Mills in cases related to federal Indian law, the Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian gaming, environmental law, or natural resource law. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.
CA Energy Commissions
Attorney I. Hybrid – CA. Do you want to work directly with the state’s principal energy policymakers? The California Energy Commission seeks an Attorney I in the Regulatory & Advisory Unit of the Chief Counsel’s Office. The Chief Counsel’s Office is a full-service law office involved in all phases of Commission activity. Final day to apply: 2/26/2023.
Office of the Attorney General – Navajo Nation Department of Justice
Request for Proposal – Arizona Legal and Litigation Services. Window Rock, AZ. Assist the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Water Rights Unit in legal and litigation services related primarily to the Water Rights in the State of Arizona. Closing Date: February 17, 2023
Request for Proposal – Federal Lobbying and Legal Services. Window Rock, AZ. Assist the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Water Rights Unit to provide legislative, lobbying and/or legal services. Closing Date: February 17, 2023.
Request for Proposal – New Mexico Legal and Litigation Services. Window Rock, AZ. Assist the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Water Rights Unit in legal and litigation services primarily to Water Rights in the State of New Mexico. Closing Date: February 17, 2023.
Request for Proposal – Utah Legal and Litigation Services. Window Rock, AZ. Assist the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Water Rights Unit in legal and litigation services primarily to Water Rights in the State of Utah. Closing Date: February 17, 2023.
Environmental Law Institute
Research & Policy Intern (Summer 2023). Washington D.C. ELI is seeking Research & Policy interns for the summer of 2023 to assist with our portfolio of uniquely positioned environmental law and policy projects addressing critical environmental and sustainable development challenges domestically and internationally. Application Deadline: 3/1/23.
Associate Attorney. Rapid City, SD. Provide counsel and legal services to new and existing clients in a professional and expedient manner. Interact in person with clients – travel in the region is required for this position. Apply knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients. Conduct legal research by preparing legal memoranda and drafting pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters. Represent clients in tribal, federal, and occasionally in state courts. Draft contracts and agreements and analyze legal documents. Conduct legal research and gather evidence; interpret laws, rulings and regulations. Apply knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients. Comply with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Achieve firm’s monthly and annual billable hours requirement.
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