UPDATED: Indian Law Professor Jobs

The University of Colorado Law School

Tenure-Track Law Professor. Boulder, CO. Position begins at the start of the 2022-23 academic year. We welcome applications from candidates in all subject areas and at all levels of seniority. Strong needs in Tax Law, Environmental/Natural Resources Law, Health Law, Business/Commercial Law, American Indian Law, and Race and the Law (broadly construed). Interested in candidates who can teach classes in the first-year curriculum, especially constitutional law, criminal law, legislation and regulation, or property, and in candidates who can teach negotiation/alternative dispute resolution. Duties include: (1) Teaching and providing instruction and student advising. (2) Researching and preparing scholarly publications in the related areas of expertise, in addition to participation in academic conferences. (3) University service, which involves membership in departmental, college-level and university committees, attending departmental meetings, student recruitment and processing routine paperwork such as filling out reports, answering email, participating in surveys and voting in school and university elections as appropriate. Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, cover letter, PDF sample of work, one to three research papers (combine documents into one file if submitting more than one paper), Diversity and Inclusion Statement, and Statement Describing Research Related Goals. The position will remain open until filled. Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Receiving applications from lateral candidates for full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty positions expected to begin July 1, 2022. Also seeking junior lateral candidates whose scholarly work, teaching and/or mentoring focuses on Black experiences. Interested candidates should submit  an updated C.V. along with a list of references (contact information only), Statement of Research and Teaching Interests (Optional), Scholarly Writing Sample (Optional), Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, cover letter (optional), and teaching evaluations (optional). Candidates should apply here by Friday, Sep 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) to ensure full consideration by the committee, though applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time), but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Apply here.

The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Assistant/Assoc./Full Professor, Legal Writing. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching in the 1L Legal Writing program as well as select upper-division writing courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524. 

Entry-level or lateral professor with expertise in the field of Business Organizations. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching Business Organizations. (2) Selecting upper-division drafting courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Please see the position description for more information. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524.

The University of Idaho College of Law

Tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the area of Tax Law. Moscow, ID. Both entry-level and lateral candidates are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Teaching an introductory tax course, as well as other classes that may include advanced tax courses and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. (2) Mentoring students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the scholarly and legal communities. (3) Conceivably, they might switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law).  On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena.  However, that very well could change over time and there are several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, including a statement of demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community, at https://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. Please direct general questions to Sam Newton, the search committee chair, at samnewton@uidaho.edu. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021

University of Minnesota Duluth

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor. Duluth, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Teaching, advising, research, and service. (2) Active commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering socially just, culturally responsive, and anti racist practices in higher education, social work or community settings. (3) Strong experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or other Indigenous people and communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here and search for job opening 342786. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.

University of North Dakota School of Law

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

The University of New Mexico School of Law

Entry-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program (LIPP) to begin August 1, 2022. Preference for someone who graduated from law school in the past three to five years. Duties include: (1) Teaching doctrinal courses in LIPP. (2) Supervising the Tribal Law Journal. (3) Teaching in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) from time to time. Please direct questions to Laura Spitz, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee (lauraspitz@unm.edu<mailto:lauraspitz@unm.edu>). For full consideration, applicants should apply by September 15, although it is recommended that you submit your materials as soon as possible. View the complete job description and apply here.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Candidates with experience in law practice, law-related professional fields, or academia who are interested in teaching in any field. We have needs in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Legal Writing, Native American Law, Property, Torts, Trial Advocacy, and in our clinical law program. Candidates whose law-practice, teaching, research, or community-service experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Candidates who are interested in, and excited about, teaching in our innovative blended learning program (https://mitchellhamline.edu/academics/j-d-enrollment-options/blended-learning-at-mitchell-hamline/).

University of Washington School of Law

The University of Washington School of Law is hiring for one entry-level tenure-track assistant professor or tenured Associate Professor or tenured Professor to teach and publish in Indian Law and one or more of the following core instruction areas of curricular need: business law, contracts, criminal law, and/or property while overseeing the Native American Law Center with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2021. This position is full-time and on a 9-month basis. Details here (https://ap.washington.edu/ahr/position-details/?job_id=67957).

Indian Law Professor Jobs

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To post an open Indian Law professor 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: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

____________________________________________________________________________

The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Assistant/Assoc./Full Professor, Legal Writing. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching in the 1L Legal Writing program as well as select upper-division writing courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524. 

Entry-level or lateral professor with expertise in the field of Business Organizations. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching Business Organizations. (2) Selecting upper-division drafting courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Please see the position description for more information. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524.

The University of Idaho College of Law

Tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the area of Tax Law. Moscow, ID. Both entry-level and lateral candidates are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Teaching an introductory tax course, as well as other classes that may include advanced tax courses and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. (2) Mentoring students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the scholarly and legal communities. (3) Conceivably, they might switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law).  On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena.  However, that very well could change over time and there are several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, including a statement of demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community, at https://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. Please direct general questions to Sam Newton, the search committee chair, at samnewton@uidaho.edu. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021

University of Minnesota Duluth

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor. Duluth, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Teaching, advising, research, and service. (2) Active commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering socially just, culturally responsive, and anti racist practices in higher education, social work or community settings. (3) Strong experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or other Indigenous people and communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here and search for job opening 342786. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.

University of North Dakota School of Law

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

The University of New Mexico School of Law

Entry-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program (LIPP) to begin August 1, 2022. Preference for someone who graduated from law school in the past three to five years. Duties include: (1) Teaching doctrinal courses in LIPP. (2) Supervising the Tribal Law Journal. (3) Teaching in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) from time to time. Please direct questions to Laura Spitz, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee (lauraspitz@unm.edu<mailto:lauraspitz@unm.edu>). For full consideration, applicants should apply by September 15, although it is recommended that you submit your materials as soon as possible. View the complete job description and apply here.

Job Announcements

____________________________________________________________________________ 

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

In the email body: 

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

____________________________________________________________________________ 

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

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

Root & Rebound

Tribal Regions Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA, with travel across Northern California. Duties include: (1) Expanding direct legal services and growing partnerships with the Yurok Tribe and other indigenous communities in Northern California. (2) Conducting holistic legal intakes for a client’s reentry legal needs and developing an appropriate legal services plan. (3) Building partnerships and relationships with Indigenous community groups and organizations. (4) Pushing for policy reform on issues affecting Indigenous communities, including speaking with media or congressional representatives, or participating in communications campaigns. (5) Seeking and elevating potential new funding opportunities. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are preferred by August 29th, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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 by July 30, 2021. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate Attorney. Tempe, AZ. Duties include: (1) Specializing in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, civil litigation, and transactional matters. (2) Advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. (3) The ability to conduct excellent research, writing skills, and experience working with tribal communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Firm Administrator Manya Snyder at info@rothsteinlaw.com. The position will remain open until filled. 

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

Recent law school graduates for three-year fellowship program, beginning Fall 2022. San Francisco, Also hiring law students as law clerks, full-time for Summer 2022 and part-time during the school year. Please see the position description for more information. Applications for both positions are due September 6, 2021.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include possessing outstanding writing, research, and communication skills. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. This position is open until filled.

The California Tribal Families Coalition

Summer 2022 Law Clerkships. Sacramento, CA/Remote. Duties include promoting the health, safety and welfare of tribal children and families. Clerkships will be primarily remote but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California with the CTFC team. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, rising 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. Please send the following materials to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org: cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references. The application deadline is November 5, 2021. See the full job announcement for more details. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org by November 5th, 2021.

The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Assistant/Assoc./Full Professor, Legal Writing. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching in the 1L Legal Writing program as well as select upper-division writing courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069  by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524. 

Entry-level or lateral professor with expertise in the field of Business Organizations. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching Business Organizations. (2) Selecting upper-division drafting courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Please see the position description for more information. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP

Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO.  Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients in a professional and expedient manner. (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.). (3) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters. (4) Appearing at hearings and trials, including hearings in tribal courts. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send their  resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts (if graduated less than 5 years ago) to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Chief Judge, Spokane Tribal Court, Wellpinit, WA. The Chief Judge will: (1) Serve as Chief Judge for the Spokane Tribal Court. (2) Preside over cases brought before the Tribal Court under the Revised Spokane Law and Order Code (“RSLOC”). (3) Hear and adjudicate matters filed in the Spokane Tribal Court. (4) Serve as the lead Court Administrator and supervise the assistant Court Administrator in the setting, amending, and management of budgets, as well as grant management and reporting. (5) Report quarterly to Tribal Council and submit an annual written report. (6) Communicate the needs of the Spokane Tribal Court to the Tribal Council. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants should submit a Spokane Tribe of Indians Employment Application, letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com.

The University of Idaho College of Law

Tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the area of Tax Law. Moscow, ID. Both entry-level and lateral candidates are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Teaching an introductory tax course, as well as other classes that may include advanced tax courses and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. (2) Mentoring students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the scholarly and legal communities. (3) Conceivably, he or she might switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law).  On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena.  However, that very well could change over time and there are several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, including a statement of demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community, at https://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. Please direct general questions to Sam Newton, the search committee chair, at samnewton@uidaho.edu. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Government Affairs Office. Laguna, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing indigent individuals in the Pueblo Court accused of violating the Pueblo’s ordinances. (2) Performing necessary tasks to provide competent advocacy including arrangements for setting of bail and posting of bond, pretrial conferences, representation in court appearances, and post-trial representation. (3) Ensuring that the civil rights of clients charged with violations of the Pueblo’s codes and/or ordinances are competently protected. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out an application here. Applications are due no later than September 3rd, 2021.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

District Court 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.  

Organizations and Law Professors Comment on Proposed ICWA Regulations

Here is a selection of a few of the major groups in support of the proposed ICWA regulations (as available from Regulations.gov or sent directly to us at fort [at] law [dot] msu [dot] edu):

American Bar Association
Association on American Indian Affairs
ACLU
California Indian Legal Services
Casey Family Programs, with additional signatories including NNABA and TLPI
Children’s Defense Fund
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
ICWA Law Center
Michigan Tribal-State Judicial Forum
Michigan Indian Legal Services
NABA-Arizona
National Indian Child Welfare Association
National American Indian Court Judges Association
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
NCAI
NARF AK
Letter from:
Advocates for Children and Youth
Children’s Defense Fund
Children and Family Futures
Child Welfare League of America
Foster Family-Based Treatment Association
Generations United
National Children’s Alliance
National Crittenton Foundation
National Foster Parent Association
Nebraska Appleseed
Nebraska Families Collaborative
New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks
North American Council on Adoptable Children

Law Professors Comment. Signed by 21 clinicians, professors, and deans representing more than 15 law schools.

Times have certainly changed since the original Guidelines were issued. Administrative law and the power of the federal government have shifted considerably in the past forty years. In addition, there was no way the federal government could foresee the dramatically different applications of ICWA across the fifty states. These new regulations are necessary because without them the application of the law is arbitrary, with Indian children treated differently depending on which state’s courtroom they are in. Having disparate interpretations of ICWA was certainly not the intent of Congress in passing a federal law, and conflicts with the rationale of the Supreme Court’s decision in Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield, 490 U.S. 30, 45-46 (1989) (describing the need for uniformity in defining ‘‘domicile’’ under ICWA). These regulations will provide a stronger measure of consistency in the implementation of ICWA and prevent the application of different minimum standards across the United States, contrary to Congress’ intent.

One of our second year law students at MSU Law, Whitney Gravelle, was a huge help in researching issues related to administrative authority and getting a first draft going.

 

Fletcher on Becoming an American Indian Law Professor

I just posted on SSRN a short paper I prepared for the National Native Law Students Association annual meeting career panel last month at the Pojoaque Pueblo: “On Becoming an American Indian Law Professor.” Here is the abstract:

There are only a few dozen American Indians who are enrolled tribal members who are tenure system law professors in American law schools. In fact, in our quick review of the American Association of Law Schools roster of teachers who list themselves as Native American Law instructors, we found fewer than 30 tribal members who are currently tenure system law professors. We study this group, as well as a few known tribal members who have either retired or left the academy for loftier pursuits, for purposes of identifying the profiles of tribally enrolled American Indians on the tenure track in American law schools. The object of this short paper is to advise American Indian law students and others on how to become an American Indian law professor.

I wrote this before all the Elizabeth Warren stuff came out. There’s more to say about that, I suppose, but that’s for another time.