Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred. Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment. Peebles Kidder offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position. Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 3rd, 2021. Please find more information here.

American Civil Liberties Union

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

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

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

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

Echo Hawk & Olsen

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

The Catawba Nation

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

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

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

Tanana Chiefs Conference

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

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

Forest County Potawatomi Community

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

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

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

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

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

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

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

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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

The Nez Perce Tribe

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

American Civil Liberties Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

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

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

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

Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

____________________________________________________________________________ 

Arizona State University

Tenure Track Position – Open Rank – American Indian Studies. Tempe, AZ. The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position (open rank – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The anticipated start date is August 2022. This is an academic year, benefits-eligible, tenure eligible position. For more information or to apply, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/95790.

Qualifications for the position include: Assistant, associate, or full professor level with a specialization or focus on Indigenous geographies. Areas of Specialty may be in any one or a combination of the following: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous methodologies, community and regional planning, design, architecture, environmental studies, sustainability, geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, cartography; placemaking, placekeeping, data sovereignty (GIS and mapping), TEK; Planning on Indigenous Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Indigenous Design and Planning, Indigenized Mapping, Reclaiming Geospatial Data; Demography.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in American Indian Studies; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations and the community. The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

Questions concerning American Indian Studies and the position should be addressed to David Martínez at David.Martinez.3@asu.edu or (480) 727-9818.

Harvard University Native American Program

Executive Director Position. Cambridge, MA. Duties include: (1) Providing leadership in strategic planning, operational goal-setting, and program evaluation; (2) Managing annual budgeting process, proposal writing, grants management, and external relations; (3) Supervising and mentoring program staff; (4) Developing new initiatives, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and overseeing related activities; (5) Facilitating vibrant networking, collaboration, and consultation between and among students, faculty, and staff across campus; (6) Supporting innovative interfaculty and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects concerning NAI issues; (7) Initiating formal relationships between the program and Harvard schools and other administrative offices; (8) Serving as a campus resource for consultation on NAI issues and concerns; (9) Representing the program within the university and throughout the nation in visible consultations and meetings; (10) Liaising with NAI leaders throughout higher education and Indian Country to develop opportunities consistent with HUNAP’s mission. Please visit here to apply and view the position description for more information.

University of California, Los Angeles

2L & 3L Summer 2022 Law Clerk – Tribal Legal Development Clinic. Los Angeles, CA. Candidates are rising 2Ls or 3Ls. We seek to have the clerkship result in an excellent writing sample. Native law students are strongly encouraged to apply. The UCLA School of Law’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic connects law students directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys, to provide legal development services to Indian tribes. The Clinic hosts non-litigation, tribally-driven projects that cover a wide cross-section of subjects. Students work in teams, consult regularly with a tribal liaison, and produce a work product under the supervision of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director. Summer Clinic law clerks are a paid, full-time position, either at the UCLA School of Law campus or remotely. The Clinic is designed to foster the next generation of tribal lawyers. Students are exposed to the complexities, historical contexts, and professional and ethical responsibilities of tribal lawyering. Whenever possible, Clinic law clerks travel to Indian country to meet with tribal clients to collaborate, deliver work products to governing bodies, and participate in relevant meetings and hearings. Clinic projects have included drafting statutes and other governing documents, researching and drafting appellate bench memorandums, building court infrastructure, and developing training materials. Prior projects have spanned the subject-matter spectrum and have included repatriation and cultural resource protection, family law, restorative justice, civil procedure, criminal procedure, non-profit development and more. The Clinic is a part of UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center, a national resource for the support of Native Nations. The Center successfully works to enhance Indian nations’ laws and governmental institutions while advancing cultural resource protection. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Heather Morphew at morphew@law.ucla.edu by December 15th, 2021.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters; (2) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (3) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government; (4) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting agreements; and (5) 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. Apply here.

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

The Yakama Nation

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring confidentiality of records used by Yakama Nation; (2) Prosecuting criminal and civil matters before the Yakama Nation Tribal Courts; (3) Developing and improving the Yakama Tribal Criminal Justice System, including Tribal Code development and amendments; (4) Providing service regarding Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) matters; (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relationships with staff from other tribal and state agencies and with other tribal departmental program staff; and (6) Representing the Yakama Nation. Please see the position description for details. Interested applicants should apply here by December 1st, 2021.

Chief Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Supervising the Prosecuting Attorney office responsible for prosecuting both civil and criminal matters in the Yakama Nation Tribal Court; (2) Representing the Yakama Nation in civil actions involving child abuse/neglect in civil ICWA proceedings; (3) Drafting notices of intervention and/or petitions to transfer which represents the best interests of the child(ren) and the tribe as provided under tribal and federal law; (4) Advising the Tribal Police, NNWS and CPS in investigation, evaluating evidence, case preparation and preparation of legal pleadings; (5) Working with and referring cases as appropriate to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution or the County Prosecutor for state prosecution of non-Indian offenders; and (6) Presenting and explaining key policy issues regarding tribal justice and victimization through written and/or oral reports to key stakeholders that include the JSA, Tribal Administration, and/or Tribal Council/General Council. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact Tamara Saluskin, Deputy Director of the Yakama Nation Justice Services Department at: tamara_saluskin@yakama.com. Apply here.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Special Advisor on Tribal Engagement and Consultation Strategy. Washington, DC, temporarily remote. Duties include: (1) Critically reviewing the agency’s Tribal consultation practices; (2) Working collaboratively to develop recommendations aimed at improving the processes; (3) Executing implementation of recommendations across multiple agency offices; (4) Engaging with internal and external stakeholders on the Commission’s consultation practices; (5) Developing written communications and providing verbal briefings to senior agency officials summarizing efforts and next steps; and (6) Expanding the Commission’s outreach capabilities to Tribal Nations, including developing outreach materials. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are viewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit their resume to Robert.Thormeyer@ferc.gov or Sarah.Venuto@ferc.gov.

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

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

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

District Court JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Civil Liberties Defense Center

Line 3 Defense Legal Fellow. Minnesota. Two positions. Duties include: (1) Providing movement aligned, defendant-centered legal representation for the duration of a criminal case – from arraignment to trial, dismissal, and/or sentencing – for
up to 100 Water Protectors each; (2) Coordinating with our groups, the Pipeline Legal Action Network (PLAN), Line 3 spokes council, and Indigenous leadership; (3) Ensuring legal representation for defendants; (4) Ensuring all high-risk defendants (Indigenous people, LGTBQIA+, those facing felony charges) receive direct representation from a highly-skilled defense attorney; (5) Incorporating movement-aligned legal arguments (necessity defense, treaty law, cultural genocide) are incorporated into defense whenever feasible; and (6) Organizing and participating in defendant-led legal support structures and working groups to the extent feasible (PLAN and Line 3 Legal Spokes Council. The fellows will work together but one will directly report to the Executive Direct of CLDC and the other will report to the Legal Director of WPLC. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, legal sample, and three references to office@cldc.org by November 15th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Research Associate. Washington, D.C.. Each year, ELI hires college graduates to serve as Research Associates. These staff members work directly with the 15–20 lawyers and scientists in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection, climate, public health, environmental justice, and pollution prevention. A typical workload combines research and administration. Please see the position description for more information, and apply here by January 21st, 2022.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Prosecutor. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing the Tribe in criminal proceedings filed to protect the safety and wellbeing of the tribal community and the personal property and natural resources of the Mescalero Apache Tribe; and (3) Overseeing two Assistant Prosecutors and administrative staff. The position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com

Chief Public Defender. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing defendants in criminal proceedings before the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court; and (3) Overseeing an Assistant Public Defender and administrative staff. Please see the position description for more details. The position is open until filled. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com.   

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

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

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.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

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

The Catawba Nation

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

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

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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

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

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

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

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

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

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

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

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Earthjustice

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

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

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

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

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

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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

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

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

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

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

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

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

Table Mountain Rancheria

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

Hobb Straus

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

Pechanga Indian Reservation

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

California Tribal Families Coalition

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

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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

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

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

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

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

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

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

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

California Indian Legal Services

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

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

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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

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

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

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

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

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

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

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

Rosette, LLP

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

Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

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

Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC

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

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

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

Michigan Indian Legal Services

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

Earthjustice

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

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

Associate Attorney – California Regional (San Francisco)

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

Associate Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Associate Attorney – Florida Regional (Miami)

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

Associate Attorney – Midwest Regional (Chicago)

Associate Attorney – Northeast Regional (New York)

Seasoned Litigators:

Senior Attorney — Rocky Mountain Regional (Denver)

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

Litigation Management:

Deputy Managing Attorney – Coal Program (Chicago | Philadelphia)

Managing Attorney – Gulf Regional Office (Houston)

Managing Attorney – Northern Rockies (Bozeman)

Center for Court Innovation

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

Federal Public Defender – District of New Mexico

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

Navajo Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

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

Pechanga Indian Reservation

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

The Catawba Nation Legal Department

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

Job Announcements

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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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; and (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. 

Sonosky Chambers

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.

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.

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.

Southern Ute Tribe

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Request for Proposals – Special Prosecutor. Ignacio, CO. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to serve as Special Prosecutor for the Tribe. For full RFP email jrivera@southernute-nsn.gov or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 8th at 5 pm MST.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In-House Attorney. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing on-site legal advice to the Tribal Council and various Tribal government and commercial entities regarding a wide variety of matters, including gaming related matters; (2) Attending frequent meetings of the Tribal Council and periodic meetings of the Tribe’s General Membership; (3) Drafting Tribal Ordinances, policies and procedures; (4) Negotiating and documenting commercial transactions; (5) Drafting formational documents of Tribal commercial entities; (6) Negotiating, writing and reviewing various types of contracts, including leases, permits, purchase agreements, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements; (7) and coordinating and working with the Tribe’s outside General Counsel and special counsel. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can submit their resume and letter of interest by email to resumes@morongo-nsn.gov. Fill out an employment application here.

Tribal Court Clerk. Banning, CA. Under the direction of the Tribal Court Judge and the general direction of the Tribal Operations Administrator, the Tribal Court Clerk will perform varied duties including but not limited to preparing for and managing the functions of the Tribal Court and performing administrative duties related to the Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Healing Wellness Court Coordinator. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Facilitating planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program; (2) Providing court intervention and early access to therapeutic and treatment services to youth that have entered into the criminal justice system and who may be dealing with issues involving alcohol and/or drug use; (3) In conjunction with Court staff, the Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator is responsible for forming, coordinating, and staffing a multi-disciplinary advisory team; (4) Drafting program policy and procedures to screen and determine eligibility of participants; and (5) Producing deliverables required by the grant and funder (Department of Justice) in a timely fashion. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Gun Lake Tribe

General Counsel. Shelbyville, MI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal counsel and legal representation to the Gun Lake Tribal Council and departments of the Gun Lake Tribal Government; (2) Advising governmental departments and subordinate entities regarding legal rights, practices and allocation of legal resources; (3) Overseeing the Gun Lake Tribe’s Legal Department, providing oversight, coordinating the activities of retained outside counsel and managing all contracting including monitoring legal costs and issues; and (4) Acting as the Chief Litigator for the Band. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants should register and apply here.

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.

The Wilderness Society

Government Relations / Communications Specialist to the President. Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the efficient operations of TWS’ legislative advocacy work; (2) Ensuring effective coordination of the Government Relations team internally and across the organization; (3) Supporting priority campaigns by managing special projects; (4) Developing written advocacy materials, and directly engaging congressional offices; (5) Preparing the President for meetings with Members of Congress, the Administration, and other decision makers. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by October 17th.

Native American Rights Fund

Law Librarian. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing general library services that support the mission of the National Indian Law Library (NILL); (2) Supporting the legal work of NARF and the Indian law information needs of the general public. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Anne Lucke, Library Director, Native American Rights Fund, nill@narf.org. Open until filled with preference given to applications received by October 8th, 2021. See our website for full position description and qualifications: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

Alaska Fellow. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Working with NARF Staff Attorneys and NARF clients in all aspects of complex impact litigation before tribal, state, and federal courts, including factual and legal research, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs; (2) Identifying and researching tribal sovereignty issues, and writing demand letters, legal memoranda, and advocacy letters; (3) Representing NARF and NARF clients before various community and stakeholder groups; (4) Representing NARF clients before federal and state agencies and in regulatory proceedings; (5) Building and leading coalitions with diverse stakeholders and working in partnership with other organizations. Position is for two years only and is not a guarantee of full-time NARF employment after the end of the fellowship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by October 13th, 2021.

Gila River Indian Community Office of General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Community in tribal, state and federal courts and administrative bodies; (2) Handling civil regulatory matters; (3) Advising community officials, departments and programs; (4) Assistance in drafting ordinances and resolutions; (5) Drafting and reviewing programmatic policies; and (5) Drafting and reviewing contracts, business agreements and intergovernmental agreements. This position is advertised as open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Prospective Services Attorney. Protective Services Office, located at the Family Advocacy Center. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing support in various child welfare matters (including dependency, child in need of care, abuse/neglect and juvenile offender cases) and adult protection matters in the Community’s courts; (2) Representing the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts; and (3) Providing counsel and advice to the Community’s Tribal Social Services Department on substantive issues relating to child welfare. Please see the position description for more information. This position is advertised as open until filled. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Kanji & Katzen PLLC

Summer 2022 Associate. Seattle, WA and Ann Arbor, MI. Seeking 2L students, but highly motivated 1Ls may apply as well. Applicants should possess a stellar academic and professional record, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to serving tribal nations. Prior coursework in Indian law or experience with tribal communities is also highly valued. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, references to Terri Walrod (twalrod@kanjikatzen.com) by October 1, 2021.

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Law and Justice Department

Prosecutor. Lapwai, ID. Duties to include: (1) Representing the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court; (2) Reviewing reports and charging cases; (3) Drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents; (4) Representing the Tribe in civil prosecutions and Minor-In-Need-Of-Care/ICWA proceedings that come before the Tribal Court; and (5) Supervising an Administrative Legal Assistant, Deputy Prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement Attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should provide a legal writing sample with application, and resume listing at least three work-related references by October 11, 2021.

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Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Coal Program. A full or part-time legal externship for spring 2022. The legal extern may work remotely or at the Chicago, IL; New York, NY; or Philadelphia, PA office once offices reopen. Legal externships are unpaid and students must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. Duties include: (1) Assisting in case investigation, legal research and discovery; and (2) Preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description or visit here for more information. Interested applicants can apply here and should submit a resume, cover letter (see specifications), a writing sample, an unofficial law school transcript, and a list of references including at least one law professor or legal employer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Oceans Program. A full or part-time legal externship for spring 2022. The legal extern may work remotely or at the Chicago, IL; New York, NY; or Philadelphia, PA office once offices reopen. Legal externships are unpaid and students must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. Duties include: (1) Working with attorneys in the Oceans Program investigating matters related to federal litigation and domestic and international marine issues; (2) Assisting in the development of case strategy and legal theories; and (3) Under the supervision of an attorney, performing legal and factual research and preparing memoranda. Please see the position description or visit here for more information. Interested applicants can apply here and should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a list of references including at least one law professor or legal employer. Applications are due by October 17, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

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.

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. 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.  

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.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In-House Attorney. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing on-site legal advice to the Tribal Council and various Tribal government and commercial entities regarding a wide variety of matters, including gaming related matters; (2) Attending frequent meetings of the Tribal Council and periodic meetings of the Tribe’s General Membership; (3) Drafting Tribal Ordinances, policies and procedures; (4) Negotiating and documenting commercial transactions; (5) Drafting formational documents of Tribal commercial entities; (6) Negotiating, writing and reviewing various types of contracts, including leases, permits, purchase agreements, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements; (7) and coordinating and working with the Tribe’s outside General Counsel and special counsel. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can submit their resume and letter of interest by email to resumes@morongo-nsn.gov. Fill out an employment application here

The Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel. Albuquerque, NM. Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel. Duties include: (1) Providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo and its economic enterprises; (2) Performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy; and (3) Serving as the primary legal contact for the Pueblo’s enterprises on contract matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. Please see the position description for more information and visit Pueblo of Sandia Assistant General Counsel to apply.

Assistant General Counsel – Water, Environment & Natural Resources. Albuquerque, NM. Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel. Duties include: (1) Providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; (2) Performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and (3) Serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. Please see the position description for more information and visit Pueblo of Sandia Assistant General Counsel – Environment to apply.

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.

Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”)

Staff Attorney. State of Washington. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s, to provide legal advice, consultations, and presentations; (4) Performs legal research, reviews contracts and other legal documents; drafts memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; and (5) As assigned, serves as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, a 5-7 page writing sample, law school transcripts, and list of at least three professional references to both the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department at https://yakama.isolvedhire.com/jobs/, with a courtesy electronic copy to OLC at jobs@yakamanation-olc.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Chandler, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients as well as represent clients; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Communicating with opposing attorneys to expedite cases to closure; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials as needed and/or assigned; (6) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyze and review legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, official/certified law school transcript, Arizona Bar Certificate of good standing, and a writing sample to HR@ROSETTELAW.COM. All correspondence can be addressed to the Hiring Committee. 

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. 

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – LGBTQ & HIV Project. Two positions available: LGBTQ & HIV Project staff attorney posting LGBT-19, LGBTQ & HIV Project staff attorney posting LGBT-20. New York, NY. We know that having more Indigenous voices represented in and leading our work will increase its quality and expand the scope of impact. While we are primarily looking for experienced litigators, we are also open to hearing from anyone interested in the positions. Duties include: (1) Litigation in federal and state courts, including pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals; (2) Supervising law clerks; (3) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; and (4) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and the public generally. Please see the position descriptions linked above for more information.

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.

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 6th, 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.

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

Project Director – Critical Race Studies Program (CRS). Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about the program here. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the creation of a publicly accessible, real-time tracking project that compiles and interactively presents information about new legislation and other formal policies suppressing anti-racist education, training, or research associated with CRT; (2) produce briefs and other materials synthesizing and analyzing research and data collected; and (3) Convening academics, litigators, and advocates to discuss and develop the legal theories being used to contest these initiatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by September 30th, 2021.

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 8th, 2021.

Job Announcements

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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: 
  2. Position title 
  3. Location (city, state) 
  4. Main duties 
  5. Closing date 
  6. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  7. An attached PDF job announcement. 

____________________________________________________________________________ 

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.

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Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Associate General Counsel. Mount Pleasant, MI. Duties include: (1) Preparing and reviewing contracts, agreements, leases, rights of way and similar documents in order to maintain the best legal interest of the tribe. (2) Negotiating contracts, purchases and other agreements maintaining the best legal and financial interests of the tribe. (3) Reviewing and recommending actions on a wide range of complex legal issues for Tribal Administration and Tribal Operations. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. View open positions and apply here.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)

Associate Counsel, Attorney II. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Working collaboratively with ANTHC leadership, clinical staff, other attorneys, legal staff, and outside counsel to identify, analyze, prioritize, and respond to legal and regulatory compliance issues. (2) Performing legal research, drafting policies, reviewing contracts, conducting internal investigations, and advising ANTHC leadership on legal matters. To apply, please submit your resume to Chelsea Greene (cmgreene@anthc.org) and fill out an online application here.

The Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Office of the Tribal Attorney. Klamath, CA or as determined (currently work from home). Duties include: (1) Assisting the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. (2) Performing legal research and providing legal advice. (3) Reviewing and negotiating contracts. (4) Advising on employment matters. (5) Drafting legislation. (6) Representing the Tribe in litigation. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Fill out an application and apply here

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Attorney 1 Staff. Durant, OK. Duties include: (1) Providing research and legal advice to the assigned departments of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. (2) Managing cases and projects. (3) Negotiation of contractual agreements. (4) Mitigating legal liability. (5) Working with outside entities on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here by September 7th, 2021.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Fossil Fuel Program. Two positions. New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Working with program staff and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases. (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, comments, briefing, discovery, and oral advocacy. (3) Reviewing and analyzing administrative records and technical documents, and preparing comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents. (4) Engaging with clients, coalition partners, and experts, as well as internal communications and legislative staff. (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and a list of three references here.

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. 

2022 Summer Law Clerk Program. Washington, D.C.. Only students currently enrolled in law school are eligible to apply, and second year law students are preferred but not required. The position will be a full time position for approximately 10 weeks, with specific dates to be determined. Qualifications for candidates include: (1) A strong academic performance. (2) Superior research and writing skills. (3) Strong communication skills. (4) Commitment to Federal Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and references to Robin Branthover at rbranthover@hobbsstraus.com. Please reach out to Robin or to Katie Klass at kklass@hobbsstraus.com with any questions. 

2022 Fall Associate Attorney. Washington, D.C.. Duties include: (1) Promoting and defending Tribal Nations’ rights and exercise of sovereignty. (2) Expanding opportunities for Tribal Nations. (3) Improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and references to Robin Branthover at rbranthover@hobbsstraus.com. Please reach out to Robin or to Katie Klass at kklass@hobbsstraus.com with any questions.

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.

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 Makah Tribal Council

Request for Proposals. The Makah Tribal Council invites proposals for interested parties to contract with the Makah Tribe to provide judicial services by acting as a Judge Pro Tem for the Makah Tribal Court in accordance with the Makah Tribe’s Law and Order Code. Duties include: (1) Presiding over, hearing, and resolving cases of the Makah Tribal Court involving criminal, civil, juvenile, domestic violence, fishing and traffic cases. (2) Strictly adhering to the Makah Code of Judicial Ethics, the Makah Law and Order Code, applicable court rules, and applicable bar regulations and ethics requirements. (3) Keeping court records as may be required. Questions regarding this RFP may be addressed to Leanne Ellis, Court Administrator, leanne.ellis@makah.com, or Vincent Cooke, Acting General Manager, vincent.cooke@makah.com. Please submit clearly marked Makah Judge Pro Tem RFP sealed bids either in person or by mail on or before October 1, 2021 at 4:00pm PST to:

Makah Tribe

Attn: Laurette Venske

161 Resort Drive / P.O. Box 115

Neah Bay, WA 98357