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
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

Litigation Attorney,  Omaha, NE. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. Open until filled. Send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to: careers@bigfirelaw.com. For more information, please see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Closing date has been updated and is open until filled. For more information, please see the position description.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Chief Tribal Judge, Omaha Tribal Court, Macy, NE. Duties include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal and civil matters; trial and disposition of all criminal and civil matters; and more. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

ICWA Attorney, Seattle, WA. Representation of tribal government in child welfare proceedings, consultation on policy issues, engagement in tribal/state relations. Deadline to apply is January 22, 2021. For more information visit the website and see the position description.

Pueblo of Isleta

General Counsel, Isleta, NM. Leads corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives.  Provides tribal leadership with effective advice on strategies and implementation, manages the legal function and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel; and more. Application is open until filled. For more information visit the website and see the position description.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, New York City, NY (though will work remotely while these offices are closed due to COVID-19).  The work of the Program is at the heart of Earthjustice’s mission to defend the right of all people to live, work, and raise children in a healthy environment.  The attorney selected for this position will work closely with other professionals (attorneys, scientists, policy analysts, communications experts) seeking to protect families, communities, and populations—especially those most overburdened or susceptible to harm—from toxic chemicals in the workplace, in consumer products, in the built environment, and in the outside environment. We are seeking someone to start in April 2021. For more information please see the position description.

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Racial Justice Policy Counsel. The Policy Counsel should be an expert, familiar with racial justice movements, theory and concepts, capable of doing the difficult and sensitive work of connecting movements, scholars, policymakers and the public. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2021. See the position description for more information.

University of Manitoba

Dean, Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba. As Manitoba’s only law school, the Faculty is integrally connected to members of the legal profession locally, provincially, nationally, and globally, offering students the opportunity to engage and contribute beyond the classroom. Appointment to begin July 2021. For more information please see the position description.

The ACLU of Montana

Summer 2021 Summer Legal Intern. We will begin reviewing applications February 1, 2021. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from January 8, 2021.

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
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2021 Summer Fellowship in criminal law, partly or entirely virtual. First and second year law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, in good academic standing, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school are invited to apply. This fellowship provides a $500/week stipend over its eight weeks. Specific start and stop dates are flexible but typically start in late May or early June. More information, including application instructions, a downloadable application, and a sample of previous placement locations, is available at the link above.

The Burns Paiute Tribe

Tribal Court Prosecutor, Burns, OR. Requesting proposals from qualified individuals interested in serving as the Tribe’s Prosecutor on a part-time, contractual basis for two-year term beginning no later than January 11 ,2021. Request a proposal packet from Tribal Council Secretary, Tracy Kennedy at BPTTribalCouncil@burnspaiute.onmicrosoft.com or by calling 541-573-8011. Proposals must be submitted at the above address no later than 5:00 pm, January 10, 2021. Please see the RFP for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, NM. Under the direction of General Counsel, provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues.   Works to protect tribal assets and preserve tribal sovereignty. Position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Tribal Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI.Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation on behalf of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.  Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. In order to be considered for this position you must apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page then click apply now.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC,

Litigation Associate, Seattle, WA. The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indian interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State, and who has civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience, preferably for at least two to five years. Proven motion and civil rules practice, if not trial experience, and the ability to self-direct are critical. Please see the position description for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is January 5, 2021.  Application Here.

 Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Attorney General. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the position description for more information.

Assistant Legislative Attorney. Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’odham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the position description for more information.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP, Electronic Data Court Case Management, Dowagiac, MI. Supply and Implement an Electronic Data Court Case Management System for the Pokagon Band Tribal Court System. Closing date is January 07, 2021, no later than 5:00 P.M. Telephone confirmation of receipt of the proposal may be made by calling the Project Manager at (269) 783-0505. Proposals must be emailed to the Project Manager, Tribal Court Administrator Stephen Rambeaux at stephen.rambeaux@pokagonband-nsn.gov.  For more information please see the position description, W9 Form, and National Sex Offender Registry Check.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

The Wabanaki Alliance

Executive Director, Maine. The Wabanaki Alliance is an inter-tribal political advocacy organization and their mission is to advance and advocate for policy on the state and federal level which will better the lives of all members of the tribes in Maine. The focus of the position will be participating in changing state statute regarding the Maine Indian Claims Settlement of 1980 during the 130th Maine legislative session. For more information see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Closing date: 1/6/2021. For more information, please see the position description.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Intern, Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Office of General Counsel attorneys, the intern may assist with a variety of matters, including legal research and writing for legal advisory opinions and other memoranda; reviewing tribal gaming ordinances, proposed management contracts, and other tribal submissions; and providing legal support in enforcement actions and appeals. The intern will be assigned at least one major research and writing project. The selected applicant will be expected to participate for a minimum of 10 weeks, 30 hours per week. The volunteer internship is unpaid and will be conducted virtually using video-conferencing and collaboration software platforms. Depending on school requirements, the internship may be converted to an externship for course credit. The announcement closes on January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Strategic Growth Consulting Services, Dowagiac, MI. The Pokagon Development Authority is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing Strategic Growth Services to assist the Board in achieving the objectives of the Code. Which include increasing and diversifying the Pokagon Band’s non-gaming economic development. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on February 5, 2021. Send Proposals to ed.williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Executive Director, Klamath, CA. Under guidance of the Yurok Tribal Council the incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of overall tribal operations, including guiding Tribally-owned corporations when specifically delegated, serves as the principal operating executive for implementation of the Tribal policies and legislative directives including the direct oversight of the department directors and/or Deputy Executive Directors as well as staff in the Administration Department. Visit www.yuroktribe.org for an application.

Yurok Tribal Court

Staff Attorney, Yurok Legal Access Center, Klamath, CA at the Yurok Justice Center.  Main duties include the assistance of filing paperwork in civil matters in tribal and state courts.  There will be a focus on matters involving elders for this position. Closing date: 1/28/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

Project Manager, To’ Kee Skuy Soo Ney-wo-chek’, the tribe’s MMIW project.  The position will be located in Klamath, CA with service area to include Humboldt County, Del Norte County, and Trinity county.  Coordination with law enforcement, families, survivors, and local service providers is a key component to this position. Closing Date: 1/22/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

The Puyallup Tribe

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serves as hearing judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in accordance with the tribal 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 link for more information.

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

RFP. Soliciting proposals from qualified companies to provide training and technical assistance for audit preparation for Tribes in the AVCP region. This service will build the capacity of AVCP Tribes to successfully complete a Single Audit. For important dates to remember, please see the attachment. Proposals must be received by 4:00 P.M., A.S.T., 02/11/2021. Please see the request for proposal for more information.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Deputy Executive, Wellpinit, WA.  Supports the Executive Director (ED) in day-to-day operations, and at times acts on behalf of the ED in his/her absence. Assists to plan, organize, coordinate and manage programs, as well as facilitate and assist in development of departmental goals, objectives, and budgets in support of the ED and the Tribe. May directly or indirectly supervise Directors and Managers, and supports tribal programs to ensure timely, consistent and effective execution of departmental functions. Please see the description for more information.

See posts from December 11, 2020.

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
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Queens University

David Sharpe Professorship of Indigenous Law, Kingston, ON, Canada. Research and Teaching in the areas of legal traditions, legal practices, or approaches to governance of one or more Indigenous peoples or cultures and state or international laws relating to the rights of Indigenous peoples. Closing date is February 1, 2021. Application process & contact details can be found here. More information about the position here. Please see the position description for further details.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation seeks attorney proposals designed to assist the CTUIR protect its interests as a member of the Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council and the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council. The successful candidate would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and begin services no later than January 2021. Apply here.  Umatilla is a tribal preference employer. Please see the position description for more information.

UCLA School of Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

UCLA Emmett/Frankel and Shapiro Fellowships in Environmental Law and Policy, Los Angeles, CA. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Applications should be received by Tuesday, January 26, 2021, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. For more information and how to apply please see the job description.

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

1L or 2L Diversity Fellowship (summer 2021 associate), Anchorage, Alaska. Summer associates can expect to work with Associates and Shareholders conducting research and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and legal updates for continuing education purposes. Schwabe also has opportunities to volunteer at the firm-sponsored pro bono clinic. For more information and to apply, please visit our website (https://www.schwabe.com/careers-associates); applications close at 11:59pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2021.

Lower Sioux Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Morton, Minnesota. Main duties include assisting the General Counsel by providing in-house legal services that are guided by the goals and objectives set by the Community Council. You may apply online at here or by submitting a resume and application (download here) to Karen.Swann@lowersioux.com. The position is open until filled.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Program Administrator/Coordinator, St. Paul, Minnesota. (60%) Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute Program Administrator, (40%) Moot Court Competition Coordinator. Mitchell Hamline School of Law is a leader in pedagogical innovation dedicated to expanding access to high-quality legal education. Some physical presence at the workplace (post-COVID) is required each month, but applicants residing outside of Minnesota with the ability to travel to the workplace will be considered. For more information see the job description, and apply here.   

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

The Tribal Attorney – Prosecutor, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Under the direction of the General Counsel, responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and other cases in tribal court and handling Indian child welfare cases in state court; Advises Sault Tribe Law Enforcement, Anishnaabek Community and Family Services (ACFS), DeMawating Development and Sault Tribe Housing Authority; Attends Court, drafts filings, perform research and enforces Indian Child Welfare Act; and more. Open Until Filled. Apply online. See the job description for more information.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi 

Paralegal, Pine Creek Indian Reservation, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects and tasks undertaken by the Legal Department; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files for work assigned to the Legal Department; Composes memoranda, correspondence, and draft pleadings/documents pertaining to legal subject matters which may require considerable discretion and judgment; Draft legislation and policies for Tribal departments as directed; Conducts and analyzes results of legal research and applies to current issues/cases using traditional and computerized research techniques. Posting Ends 01/08/2021, 8:30 AM ET. Apply Though the NHBP Careers page. Please see the job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Associate Judge, Nespelem, WA. Exempt position will provide a broad range of judicial functions at the trial court level   for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Tribal Court. Preside over cases of Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Judicial Review of Administrative Hearings as appointed by the Chief Judge. The person filling this position will be evaluated and mentored to potentially become Chief Judge in late 2022. Open Until Filled. Next Review Date: Friday, January 8, 2021. Apply online.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C. This firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental entities and agencies. Qualified candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in transactional, policy, and/or litigation work. Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh; sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com. Please see the position description for more information.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels, Chicago, IL. Protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging upstream and new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development with an emphasis on the Ohio River Valley in Appalachia.  For more information please see the position description.

Yurok Tribal Court

Staff Attorney – Education, Klamath, CA. Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Director, Chief Judge, and Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will assist the Yurok Tribal Court in its legal programs offering assistance under the Youth Diversion program. The candidate will provide services directly to clients to assist with securing the proper services and supports necessary to help the client achieve in school. This may include special education placements, supports, and services. Open until Filled. Link to tribal job site here. Link to Yurok Tribe’s application here. Pleaswe see the position description for more information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Sacramento, CA. Provide exceptional legal services in all areas of federal Indian law, including jurisdiction, taxes, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resources, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), among others.  Handle varied case load that may include representation of low-income individuals, state and federal court litigation, contract negotiation, advising tribal clients, and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients.  Assist with or provide community education presentations.  Build and maintain relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the Sacramento office’s service area.  Work on special grant projects as needed. Open until filled. Link to application here. Please see the position description for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is November 6, 2020.  Application Here.

See last week’s post.

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
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Yurok Tribe

Law Clerk, Office of the Tribal Attorney, Klamath, CA, Law Clerks may be able to work remotely during the COVID emergency.  Position requires a minimum seven-week commitment and includes research, writing, or other work on Federal Indian law and/or Yurok specific-issues related to current OTA assignments. The Law Clerk position is unpaid. Please see the position description for more information and to apply.

Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of General Counsel

Law Clerk, Legal Honors Intern, multiple locations. HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys. For more information and to apply please see the position description.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

Announcement here. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees.  Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Please see the announcement and the qualifications for more information.

RFP.  Special Counsel for various legal services for the Oglala Sioux Tribe until November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The Tribal Council seeks individuals or law firms to provide legal counsel services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for the following areas: Federal Congressional Matters, Litigation, Code Drafting, Treaty Rights and Protection. Please see the request for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation. Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. Open from October 26, 2020 until filled. All positions can be found at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Tribal Court Facilitator, Anchorage Alaska. Coordinate and manage the Tribal Court Support program which provides technical assistance and training to tribal justice systems. Work closely with ANJC team, rural health care providers, and tribal representatives to identify resources and gaps in victim-centered tribal justice delivery, and develop tools that leverage existing resources to fill those gaps. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

Anishinabe Legal Services
Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota.  Anishinabe Legal Services is looking to hire a licensed attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  This position will be open until filled.  Please see the hiring announcement for additional information. 

Lummi Indian Business Council

Paralegal II, Bellingham, WA. The Paralegal II works under the supervision of the Legal Director and Staff Attorneys, and is responsible for routine legal issues, performs paraprofessional tasks and carries out a variety of paralegal, clerical and administrative functions to facilitate effective operations of the ORA, as assigned.  This position report to the Legal Director. Application is open until filled. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA. The Deputy Tribal Prosecutor works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal, federal, state, and local courts. The job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor is evaluated by the Legal Director. Application is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Tulalip Tribes

RFP for Legal Services. This RFP is to contract for legal services to be provided as a victim advocate attorney for the Tulalip Tribal Victims Set-Aside program for the calendar year of 2021, administered by the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney (ORA). Attorneys who are currently licensed to practice law in Washington State and maintain an office in the greater Seattle-Everett area, or law firms including such attorneys, may respond to this RFP. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30pm PT on November 30, 2020. For more information please see the RFP.

Colville Confederated Tribes 

Associate Judge, Nespelem, WA. Provide a broad range of judicial functions at the trial court level. Preside over cases of Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Judicial Review of Administrative Hearings as appointed by the Chief Judge. The Tribal Court is a separate branch of government as set forth in the Constitution of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Judges are constitutionally appointed by the Colville Business Council with conditions set by contract. The person filling this position will be evaluated and mentored to potentially become Chief Judge in late 2022. The position is open until filled. First Review Date: Friday, November 20, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, near Pendleton, Oregon. The CTUIR is seeks a tribal attorney who will provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel.nA majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. The location is nestled near the Umatilla River, at the base of the beautiful Blue Mountains, and experiences all four seasons common to the Columbia River Basin and has easy access to the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 and see the position description for more information. Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.

Waséyabek Development Company

WDC Board Member, Grand Rapids, MI. The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, the NHBP Tribal Council and other management staff to develop investment strategies and development plans for the Company to further the mission and purposes of the Company. For more information please see the position description.

Echohawk & Olson

Associate Attorney—Indian Law Practice Group. Pocatello, Idaho. Work under general supervision of Mark Echo Hawk with Tribal clients in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, and Kansas. Independently perform legal research, writing, and federal/state/Tribal court litigation services, and conduct client communications and meetings. Must be willing to live in the greater Pocatello, Idaho area. Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample along with references to reception@echohawk.com. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Job closing date is Friday, November 5, 2020.

See last week’s posts.

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
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Environmental Law Institute

Fellowship, Washington, DC.  This one-year fellowship will begin in September 2021. The Public Interest Law Fellow works closely with other ELI attorneys and professionals, including our U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection, the rule of law, and environmental justice. The work frequently requires considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society — e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and governance and administration. The application deadline is December 9, 2020. To apply, please visit https://www.eli.org/employment.

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 has been extended to November 13, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Summer Associate, offices in Davis, California, Washington D.C and Syracuse, New York.  Our Firm works exclusively with Tribes and Tribal organizations to promote and protect their political, cultural, social and economic self-determination.  The Davis office is seeking a 2nd year law student for a summer associate position in 2021.  The position requires excellent research and writing skills.  We especially encourage students with a demonstrated commitment to serving Indian people and tribal nations to apply.  Please forward a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Gloria Coronado, gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  The deadline to apply is Monday, November 30, 2020.  No phone calls, please.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Mount Pleasant, MI.  Under the supervision of General Counsel, represent the tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, excluding representation performed by the General Counsel. This position is open until filled. All of our open positions are on our website at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now. Link here.

Yurok Tribe

Staff Attorney – Education, Klamath, CA.Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Director, Chief Judge, and Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will assist the Yurok Tribal Court in its legal programs offering assistance under the Youth Diversion program. The Staff Attorney will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Yurok Tribal Court as assigned. The Staff Attorney-Education will work closely with the Chief Judge and other department staff. The candidate will provide services directly to clients to assist with securing the proper services and supports necessary to help the client achieve in school. This may include special education placements, supports, and services. Open until Filled. Link to tribal job site here and link to Yurok Tribe’s application here.

Pueblo of Pojoaque Legal Department

General Counsel, Pojoaque, New Mexico. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is now accepting applications for an attorney to provide legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel. A background of federal Indian law is essential. Practice areas include direct legal services, domestic affairs, tribal corporations, water law, litigation, gaming, general civil law, and contracts. Must be capable of being admitted to the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court and the New Mexico State Bar. Position will be filled within 30 days of this posting. Send resumes via email to rfrias@pojoaque.org.

Native American Program Legal Aid of Nebraska

Staff Attorney, Norfolk, NE. Provide legal assistance to Native Americans in tribal, state, and federal forums. Emphasis on representing Native survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.  Position open until filled.  See job description for more information. Apply here.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney, Pocatello, Idaho. Work under general supervision and independently perform legal research, writing, and federal/state court litigation services for our Indian Law partners in relation to work for tribes in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, and Kansas. Must be willing to live in the greater Pocatello, Idaho area. Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample along with references to reception@echohawk.com. We are a family-oriented office and offer competitive salary and benefits. Job closing date Friday, November 5, 2020.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, Arizona. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHS Statewide Victim Services Liaison, Lansing, MI. Lead and coordinate the DHHS OVC Statewide Liaison project, develop and implement recommendations for policy for the Division of Victim Services, Department of Health and Human Services to improve services and increase access to legal assistance and representation for rural and American Indian/Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other related crimes, including Indian Country crimes. Application Link. Posting closes November 16, 2020. 

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Supreme Court Judge, Mashpee, MA.  Job duties/powers are to conduct all court hearings, and issue orders and papers, and to decide all matters within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.  All resumes can be emailed to Vivian.Bussiere@mwtribe-nsn.gov.  Please review the attached job description. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Senior Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Senior Tribal Attorney administers and supervises the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Deadline to apply is November 5, 2020. Link to required employment application here.

Associate Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Associate Tribal Attorney will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Deadline to apply is November 7, 2020. Link to required employment application. Link to required employment application here.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is November 6, 2020.  Application Here.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

General Manager of Tribal Operations,  Mayetta, Kansas. The General Manager of Tribal Operations (GMTO) reports to the Tribal Council and is responsible for the administrative operation of the Nation’s departments, which may include developing, recommending and implementing policies, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operations of the Nation’s government functions and services. The GMTO will work directly with the Tribal Council to facilitate communication regarding program needs and shall be responsible for accomplishing the Nation’s goals and objectives and for ensuring that the members are provided with desired and mandated services in an effective cost efficient manner. This position coordinates development of program budgets and is responsible for the oversight and direction of all Tribal government programs and departments which includes approximately 300 tribal government employees.

See posts from last week.

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.

AmeriCorps

Attorney Member, Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership, Albuquerque, NM. The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients at First Nations Community HealthSource Health Center http://www.fnch.org/ in Albuquerque. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be an attorney authorized to practice in state and/or tribal court, and before administrative agencies. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers. Open until filled. More information at: https://newmexicolegalaid.isolvedhire.com/jobs/188561.html.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Miami, Florida Regional Office. Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney our Florida Regional Office. The Staff Attorney will help expand our outreach to and partnerships with environmental justice groups and others advancing the rights of disproportionately burdened communities, especially in South Florida community-based groups. Additionally, they will coordinate community-based environmental advocacy with national strategies and litigation in other program areas, as appropriate.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, North County San Diego, CA.Main duties include: Management of non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court, perform fiscal, accounting, and budgetary duties, facilities maintenance, information technology, human resources and a variety of court support work. See more at www.Sciljc.org or see the position description.

Peebles Kidder 

2021 Summer Law Clerks, Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date.  Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  Peebles Kidder offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position.  Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to Solveig Monson at smonson@ndnlaw.com by November 15, 2020.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

Announcement here. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees.  Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Please see the announcement and the qualifications for more information.

RFP.  Special Counsel for various legal services for the Oglala Sioux Tribe until November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The Tribal Council seeks individuals or law firms to provide legal counsel services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for the following areas: Federal Congressional Matters, Litigation, Code Drafting, Treaty Rights and Protection. Please see the request for more information.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU of Hawaii)

Legal Director, Honolulu, Hawaii.  We will be taking applications until November 13, 2020 or until the position is filled.  Please visit our website at  https://acluhi.org/ for the full details of this job announcement or to check out our organization.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Investment Committee (IC), and as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

NNDOJ Office of the Chief Prosecutor

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs 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. Administers 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.  Coordinates  and  evaluates  the  overall  effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. Responsible for adhering to the Plan of  Operation  and  establishing  annual  goals  and  objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

NNDOJ Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; 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.

Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study 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; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares 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; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

See posts from October 10, 2020.

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

Environmental Law Institute

Research and Publications Intern (Spring 2021 January – May), Washington, DC, but it will be a fully remote position, so interns do not need to be in DC. Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Closing date: November 15, 2020 11:59pm. Application link here.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen, LLP

(paid) Summer 2021 legal clerkship, Oakland, CA. MPKGC is a boutique Indian law firm. We are seeking a current law student with a demonstrated interest in tribal issues to assist with a wide range of matters, such as tribal governance, gaming, economic development, housing, ICWA, and more. The position will be based in Oakland or remote, to be determined closer to start date. Applications are due Friday, November 13. Please see attached posting for details. For more information or inquiries, please contact Bethany Sullivan at bsullivan@jmandmplaw.com.

US EPA Region 8 Office of Regional Counsel

Summer intern and spring and fall externship, in Denver, CO. We are looking for rising 2L students who are able to commit to a full-time (40 hours a week) summer or spring externship. We are requesting that applications be submitted by October 15 for a spring externship, and by November 15 for summer internships. We are unable to offer any remuneration; however, we endeavor to accommodate requests for academic credit consistent with your law school’s externship policy. At this time, we are uncertain whether the office will continue to work remotely into the spring and summer. Our office is currently remote and worked remotely this past summer.

Jobs

The Quinault Indian Nation

RFQ, Taholah, Washington. Seeking a Chief Judge for the Quinault Tribal Court. Please contact Kelly Billie at Kelly.billie@quinault.org or (360) 276-8215, ext. 1400 to obtain a copy of the detailed RFQ document for proposal qualifications and requirements. Proposals must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Anticipated start date will be early January, 2021. Proposals and/or questions about the RFQ should be submitted to lbruner@quinault.org.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Durant, OK. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, quasi-civil, wildlife, traffic and deprived actions on behalf of the Choctaw Nation as assigned by the Lead Tribal Prosecutor. For more information please see the job description. Application closes October 31, 2020.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Prosecutor, Department of Prosecutor’s Office, Manistee MI. This position serves as the chief law enforcement officer responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Tribe’s Constitution, criminal laws, conservation laws, ordinances, regulations, and resolutions in Tribal Court. The incumbent acts independently, exercising his/her own prosecutorial discretion. Please see the job announcement for more information. Application closes October 13, 2020.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Government Center

Paralegal, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects and tasks undertaken by the Legal Department; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files for work assigned to the Legal Department; and more. For more information please see the job description. Posting Ends 10/14/2020 8:30 AM ET. Apply at the NHBP Careers page https://www.nhbpi.org/careers-at-nhbp/.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Water Attorney, Ignacio, CO. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review, and employment matters. Apply online at https://careers.southernute.com/pfund. Closes October 13, 2020, 5:00pm MST.

RFP – Social Services Attorney. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to represent Social Services in child/elder/at-risk adult protection cases. Approx. ½ time. For full RFP email jrivera@southernute-nsn.gov or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 26h at 5 p.m.

ACLU-Montana

Communications Director, Missoula, MT. The Communications Director has a unique opportunity to set and guide the strategy for communications, elevate the mission and the brand of the ACLU of Montana, grow our supporter base, expand the public’s understanding of civil rights and civil liberties, and advocate for positive change in the civil rights and liberties landscape in Montana. Our current top priorities are Indigenous justice, criminal legal reform and ending the criminalization of poverty, LGBTQ equality, and voting rights. We will begin reviewing applications October 5, 2020. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information please visit the website and see the job description.

ACLU National Office

Senior Advisor, Affiliate Equity Programs in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, National office, New York, NY. The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. For more information please visit the link.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. New Mexico Legal Aid has received a multi-state grant from AmeriCorps to host one-year AmeriCorps members to facilitate the medical-legal partnership (MLP) program serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout the US. 14 members will be recruited throughout the US as follows: six attorneys in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, Sitka), four attorneys in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and one attorney in each Arizona (Phoenix), Nebraska (Omaha), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and Utah (Montezuma Creek). The attorney selected will be located primarily at the clinic site but also the at host site’s local office. AmeriCorps Member will ideally begin November 15th, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter and continue for one year. For more information and to apply visit www.newmexicolegalaid.org.

Rosette LLP

Attorney, Oklahoma City, OK. Preference will be given to attorneys who are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, as well as those who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. Position will close in two weeks. Please see the announcement for more information.

The Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC

Director of Indigenous Advocacy, Washington, D.C.The Firm is currently recruiting for a Director of Indigenous Advocacy based in our Washington, D.C. office.  The Director of Indigenous Advocacy will have experience working on Capitol Hill and will interact primarily with the firm’s Managing Principals led by Robert Odawi Porter, Esq., a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Communication with other Firm personnel, clients, and people outside of the Firm will be required to accomplish the duties of the position. Closing Date: November 15, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

See posts from September 25, 2020.

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.

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.

The Pascua Yaqui Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General, adjacent to Tucson, AZ. The Assistant Attorney General represents the Pascua Yaqui Tribe by providing nonpartisan legal advice and representation to officials, agencies, departments, divisions, enterprises and other entities of the Tribe’s government. Interested candidates should have at least 4 years of experience as a practicing attorney, with a background in Indian Law strongly preferred.  The job posting can be found here or see the job description for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

RFP. Welch, MN. After a hard-fought victory at the Minnesota Legislature in securing the Legislation, PIIC is excited to embark on the Net Zero Project. PIIC requests proposals from qualified firms, partnerships, corporations, associations, or professional organizations (“Vendor(s)” or “Respondent(s)”) to become its primary partner for the Project. The selected Vendor will help PIIC develop a project plan, including elements such as governance, community engagement, feasibility, technical analysis, possible creation of a tribal utility, etc. The selected Vendor will oversee the execution of a developed project plan and the procurement/construction required to meet the objectives identified for the Project. Additionally, PIIC seeks a qualified Vendor that both understands the public-facing aspect of the Project and can work with the existing team on communication strategies to foster stakeholder and public confidence. Submissions due September 28, 2020. Please see the RFP for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is October 1, 2020.  Application here.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly

Legislative Staff Attorney II, Onamia, MN. Assists in representing the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly in the lawful exercise of its constitutional and statutory duties and obligations. The Legislative Staff Attorney also conducts legal research, drafts bills and legal opinions, reviews contracts, and performs other duties as assigned by the Secretary-Treasurer and Band Assembly with notification given to the Legislative Counsel. The Legislative Staff Attorney will regularly collaborate and work with the Legislative Counsel on legal issues. Application closes 9/28/2020. Please see the job description or link for more information.

Native American Rights Fund

Executive/Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Boulder, CO. This position will provide administrative and legal support for a busy law office. Due to COVID-19, this position will be temporarily remote. No closing date, it will remain open until filled. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply.

Environmental Protection Agency

Attorney-Advisor, Denver, CO, telework eligible. Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation and provides policy recommendations; Perform litigation activities; Draft Agency determinations proposed regulations and federal register notices; and more. For more information and to apply please see the job description. Application closes September 23, 2020.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

2021 Summer Law Clerk, Washington, DC.Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, is currently seeking applications for its 2021 Summer Law Clerk Program in its Washington, DC office. Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply. This position is open until filled.

American Bar Association

Senior Associate Executive Director and General Counsel. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, will provide leadership in two distinct areas: – As General Counsel of the organization of America’s lawyers, responsibility for legal guidance and counsel in the ABA’s Office of the General Counsel – As Senior Associate Executive Director, responsibility for oversight of the office that manages the ABA’s law school accreditation process. For more information please see the position description.

ACLU of New Hampshire

Director of Community Engagement, Concord, NH. Manage ACLU-NH organizing campaigns, build volunteer capacity across the state, and engage with community partners to advance civil rights. Manage a team of two full-time staff organizers. This is an exciting opportunity to provide vision, leadership, and support to an organizing program that focuses on the most important civil rights issues of our time, including racial justice, voting rights, and LGBTQ rights. Due to COVID-19, relocation to New Hampshire will not be immediately required. Requesting job applications by October 5, 2020. To apply send cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-nh.org.

See posts from September 11, 2020.

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.

Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Administration Headquarters

Staff Attorney, New Town, ND. Provide legal advice and counsel to the Three Affiliated Tribes, The Tribal Business Council and all Tribal Programs, entities and sub-divisions of the Tribes, including but not limited to representation before Tribal, Federal & State Courts and Administrative agencies. Review, drafting, and negotiation of contracts, including PL 93-638 Contracts with Governmental Agencies and other outside Agencies. For more information please see the job description. Application here. Application is open until filled.

UCLA Law

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship, 2021-2023. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as an assistant professor of law are invited to apply if their research interests concern topics at the intersection of race/racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The law teaching fellowship programs of Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law are some of the oldest in the nation. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Quinault Indian Reservation

RFQ. The Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington is seeking a Chief Judge for the Quinault Tribal Court. Please see the detailed RFQ document for proposal qualifications and requirements. Proposals must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Anticipated start date will be early January, 2021. Proposals and/or questions about the RFQ should be submitted to lbruner@quinault.org.

Office of the Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney, Choctaw, MS. Under the direction of the Tribe’s Attorney General, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing general legal services for the tribal government and representing the Tribe in various criminal and civil actions in tribal, state, and federal courts. This position is open until filled. The Tribe’s Employment Application can be found at http://www.choctaw.org/government/services/employment.html

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels in Chicago, IL. See a brief description below. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is hiring a Staff Attorney to join us in using the power of the law to protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging upstream and new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development with an emphasis on the Ohio River Valley in Appalachia.  

See posts from September 4, 2020.