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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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Associate Compliance Counsel. Lansing, MI. Duties include: (1) Conducting research and preparing analyses on a range of ethics and compliance matters; (2) Tracking, analyzing, and managing reports under Executive Directives 2019-1, 2019-2, 2019-3, 2019-4, 2019-5, 2019-8, 2019-9, 2019-11, 2019-15, and 2021-8; (3) Organizing and creating other reports and metrics related to compliance; (4) Conducting compliance and ethics training within EOG; (5) Drafting executive directives on compliance matters as needed; (6) Reviewing and analyzing legislation relating to ethics and compliance; and (7) Assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in crafting policies and procedures related to ethics and compliance. Please see the position description for more details. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of their law school transcripts, and a writing sample to Rachel Teegardin, Executive Assistant, teegardinr1@michigan.gov by January 14th, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed and may be interviewed on a rolling basis.

The Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I or II, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice; (2) Representing the Nation, its departments, and entities in tribal, federal, and state forums; (3) Assisting with the revision of Lummi Code of Laws; and (4) Continue professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out an application and submit a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney I, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; (2) Maintaining knowledge of child support law in Lummi Code of Laws and state and other laws; (3) Representing the Lummi Nation in judicial and administrative proceedings to obtain and enforce child support and paternity actions; (4) Performing legal research and writings for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other documents; (5) Completing other legal assignments and projects as designated by the Legal Director, including, but not limited to, code drafting, civil legal research, and proceedings that foster the goals and objectives of the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; and (6) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application with a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals; (2) Representing the Nation in Tribal trial and appellate Court; (3) Representing the Nation in other tribal, federal, state, and local courts; (4) Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, developing the theory of the case, and developing trial or case resolution strategy; (5) Performing pretrial investigations by consulting with tribal law enforcement officers, other law enforcement agencies, and witnesses; (6) Participating with other tribal, state, and federal agencies collaborating on regional responses to specific criminal efforts; (7) Collaborating with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney on cases that may result in federal prosecution; (8) Continuing professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, criminal law, law enforcement, and other areas relevant to job duties; and (9) Completing other legal assignments and projects designated by the Legal Director. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and two reference letters to libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Trinidad Racheria

Housing Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that all programs are operated in compliance with all applicable regulations and within contractual budget parameters; (2) Budget development and monitoring; (3) Managing grant proposals, housing management programs compliance; (4) Overseeing the development of future projects and redevelopment as requested by the CEO and Tribal Council; (5) Coordinating and assessing needs; and (6) Administering Housing and Community Development (NAHASDA; ICDBG; IHBG; BIA) with related agents and contractors. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.trinidad-rancheria.org.

Governmental Affairs Coordinator. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Representing the tribe’s interests before Federal, State, Tribal, and Local elected officials and other stakeholders; (2) Communicating with elected officials and working to foster positive community relations between the tribe and the general public; (3) Tracking and analyzing Federal, State, and Local legislative and regulatory activities impacting tribal interests; (4) Monitoring / reviewing policies, regulations, and guidelines concerning tribal government; and (5) Researching governance, legislation, and other Tribal issues and preparing written reports and recommendations based upon such research. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Environmental Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Annually applying for renewal of EPA grants and other grants as appropriate, including preparing draft work plans and budgets for tribal government review; (2) Preparing progress reports to EPA and comply with other administrative grant requirements and conditions; (3) Serving as the primary contact with EPA; (4) Representing the Rancheria’s environmental interests by interacting with local, state, and federal agencies as directed by the Tribal government; and (5) Provide clarification and clear analysis to tribal officials and tribal members as needed. This position is open filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Grants Accountant. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Researching, analyzing, developing, and administering a variety of policies, programs and procedures; (2) Analyzing and applying federal, state, and local regulations and policies related to new or existing programs and projects; (3) Conducting research, developing applications, and administering a variety of grants; (4) Updating staff and public regarding changes in federal, state, or local regulations and policies; (5) Preparing and administering Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Proposals, and/or contracts or agreements for program activities, equipment, or services; (6) Representing management at meetings of neighborhood, community, and/or policy groups; and (7) Developing presentation materials and coordinating informational meetings and notices to policy-making bodies, community groups, home owners, and others. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Licensed ClinicianTrinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Conducting mental health screenings and providing referrals as appropriate; (2) Development of policies and procedures for mental health services; (3) Delivering individual psychotherapy to Native American clients and other victims of crime; (4) Assessing clients to determine best practices and referrals as needed for their continued healing; (5) Participating in case review meetings and staff meetings; (6) Maintaining client files, records, and case notes; (6) Attending appropriate conferences and trainings to enhance education and awareness; (7) Working with other service providers who are part of a client’s support team; and (8) Working collaboratively with Tribal and Native American services such as mental health, social services and medical providers. This position is open filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Court Project Planner. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Developing plans for projects identified in coordination with court and justice system staff; (2) Managing necessary steps toward implementation of projects; (3) For each project, researching options, alternatives, and best practices, and presents findings to the court staff or other involved individuals for decision making; (4) Researching potential partnerships and collaborations between the court and entities relevant to a project and develops relationships with key individuals; (5) Coordinating communication between court, tribal departments, and outside agencies; (6) Researching funding opportunities for projects and assisting in developing funding requests; (7) Identifying reporting metrics and designs systems for collecting required information for reporting; (8) Collecting and maintaining data; and (9) Attending seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by visiting https://trinidad-rancheria.org/.

The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Chief Judge. Loleta, CA. Duties include: (1) Supervising, assigning, and reviewing Associate Judges; (2) Assisting the Tribal Court Clerks and the Court Director with effective maintenance of Court records, improving court-filing procedures; (3) Protecting and enhancing the Tribe’s sovereignty; and (4) Assisting the Court Director in Tribal code development to expand the Court’s authority and jurisdiction. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants should contact Aaron McKinney at 707-267-0316 or email aaronmckinney@brb-nsn.gov by December 30th, 2021.

Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Spring 2022 Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern. This position has the option to work remotely in the states within WRA’s region, from one of WRA’s six offices, or in a hybrid of the two. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Carson City, NV. WRA employees and interns are encouraged to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. WRA is partnering with the Catena Foundation and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy to offer the Indigenous Communities Water and Land Internship to individuals who wish to gain experience in the conservation field, by supporting water and land policy research efforts. This Internship is a step toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive water and land management workforce that represents all people. The Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern will work closely with WRA’s Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager and the Healthy Rivers and Western Lands Program teams, with opportunities to learn and grow while working with other conservation and policy professionals. Link to application and more information: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/careers/indigenous-communities-water-and-land-internship/

California Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General – Indian and Gaming Law. Two vacancies. Sacramento and San Diego, CA. Duties include: (1) Counseling the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; (2) Providing counsel to the Attorney General on Indian law and gambling issues, including both unlawful and emerging forms of gambling; and (3) Advising and representing the Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the California Gambling Control Commission in administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with their respective compact, gambling regulatory programs, and gambling licensing programs, and the California Horse Racing Board and the California State Lottery in judicial proceedings.  Deputies’ duties also include work relating to Major League Sporting Event Raffles Program, and actions under the Unfair Competition Law relating to unlawful gambling. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021.

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Program. New York, NY. Duties include: (1) Creating and implementing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and public education to further RJP’s Indigenous Justice work; (2) Litigation in federal and state courts; (3) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; (4) Policy advocacy to affect change in state and federal administrative agencies; (5) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking; (6) Working closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals; (7) Working with ACLU National and affiliate staff across the organization on Indigenous Justice issues; (8) Developing strong relationships with tribes, tribal groups, and tribal advocacy organizations; and (9) Supervising legal fellows and support staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication with the TCC President and Executive Board; (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 and related matters; (3) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments; (4) Acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and otherwise managing Legal Department; (6) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (7) Responsible for the TCC elections and updates to the TCC governing documents; and (8) 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.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters within their areas of expertise or as assigned; (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, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (7) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuing that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; (8) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

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.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk InternAnchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage rising 3L law students to work in the field of Native law.  Interns will have opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects. We provide legal services to victims and survivors of crime, including representation in family law matters and protective order cases. We also support and partner with Alaska Tribes to build capacity, implement cultural values and remedies, and access resources for Tribal Justice Systems. Finally, we represent Alaska Tribes in State Child of Need Aid cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) applies. The internship offers training; the opportunity to shadow experienced attorneys advocating on behalf of Alaska Tribes, tribal organizations and Native people; and a competitive stipend. Alaska Native/American Indian applicants, as defined in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act, who are currently enrolled as 1L and 2L law students are also encouraged to apply here by January 14th, 2022.

Rosette, LLP

Indian Law Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Rosette, LLP is a majority-Indian owned and operated law firm providing legal services to federally-recognized Indian tribes and their governmental entities and agencies nationwide. We are looking for a talented person who has at least three years of Indian law work experience or be a graduate of a law school that provides Indian law curriculum or a certificate in federal Indian law. Candidates must be a member in good standing of at least the California Bar. Preference will be given to attorneys who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and willing to work in a dynamic atmosphere with targeted supervision. That person must have a valid California Driver’s License, the ability to travel to attend client meetings and attend court appearances. Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships. Must also be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States. Please see the position description for more information.

Criminal Division of the Yakima Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Humboldt County Human Resources

Social Worker Supervisor II. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Planning, assigning, directing, mentoring, coaching, and reviewing the work of employees providing the most advanced or complex casework such as adoptions and protective services; (2) Consulting with and guiding social workers in providing counseling, support, and guidance to clients with complex or specialized needs; (3) Reviewing and approving forms, applications, court reports, placements, reports of abuse, and other documents to verify information or determine proper course of action; (4) Reassessing and modifying case plans; (5) Testifying in court and supporting witnesses and victims who must testify in court; (6) Discussing or interpreting regulations, rules, policies, and programs to clients, applicants, staff and the general public; (7) Providing social services for sensitive or confidential cases; (8) Participating or interceding in interviews to defuse hostile or angry clients; and (9) Developing and preparing court reports, case plans, case narratives, and safety plans in automated computer systems. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021 11:59 PM Pacific.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Washington, DC and Oklahoma City, OK. In Washington, we are accepting applications from 2022 law school graduates and attorneys with up to five years of experience. In Oklahoma City, we are accepting applications from attorneys with at least three years of experience. Hobbs Straus is a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Anchorage, AK. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for almost 40 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending Tribal Nations’ rights and exercise of sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Tribal Nations, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Qualifications for candidates include: a strong academic performance; superior research and writing skills; strong communication skills; and a commitment to Federal Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information and for application requirements.

The Indian Law Resource Center – Request for Proposals

Strategic Communications / Public Relations. Helen, MT. The Center is seeking and accepting proposals from strategic communications/public affairs firms to create and implement a robust communications strategy to raise the profile of an Indigenous land rights case currently before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights through earned media opportunities and public affairs tactics reaching audiences in the United States, Guatemala, the European Union, and global Indigenous-led organizations. See the full RFP outlining the scope of work and proposal requirements here. Proposals are due by December 22nd, 2021, at 5:00pm MST, via email to lmyaya@indianlaw.org with the subject line: “Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente Indigenous Community RFP Response”

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 24th, 2021. Please find more information here.

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. 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.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit), Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit.  This position is open until December 10th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., 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.

The California Native American Heritage Commission

Legal Analyst. Yolo County, CA. The Native American Heritage Commission (Commission) has statewide jurisdiction over Native American human remains burials and sacred sites on public and private property. The Commission will begin to enforce the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Health and Safety Code section 8010 et seq. (CalNAGPRA) for the first time since it became law in 2001 and adopt regulations for its implementation. The Legal Analyst, CalNAGPRA, will provide paralegal support for the Deputy General Counsel, CalNAGPRA, by performing paralegal duties to support the implementation of, adoption of regulations, and conduct of mediations administrative proceedings for, CalNAGPRA. Interested candidates should apply here by December 20th, 2021.

University of California Los Angeles

2022-2024 Law Fellows. Los Angeles, CA. Emmett Institute Fellowships in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows also assist the Institute’s Executive Directors with projects that advance the Institute’s work, including by organizing conferences, workshops, public education and outreach efforts, and other events. In addition to these responsibilities, which will continue year-round, Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Applicants should apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07086. Please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests, a resume, a transcript of studies in law school, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and contact information for three references. Applications should be received by Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Visit our website at https://www.law.ucla.edu/emmett for more information about our program.

End of the Semester Check-In and Lunch: Indigenous Law & Policy Center

🍂 End of the Semester Check-In! 🍂

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center will be hosting an in-person End of the Semester Check-In on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 from 12:15-1:15pm in room 472

Students, faculty, staff, and allies will come together to celebrate the end of the semester over a provided lunch! **RSVP Required**

RSVP by Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021. Please direct all RSVPs and questions to indigenous@law.msu.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sovereignty Symposium Writing Competition

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXXI, which will be held June 6-7, 2018 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2018 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page.  Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page only.  Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format.  E-mail the formatted version to kyle.shifflett@oscn.net.  Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spaced.  The left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2018.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.  Email entries to e-mail Kyle.shifflett@oscn.net.

Bar Preparation Scholarship Announcement (New Mexico)

To support and promote the practice of Indian Law in New Mexico and to help defray the costs of preparing for and taking the New Mexico bar examination, the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico annually awards scholarships to third-year law students who intend to practice Indian Law in New Mexico. Students who will graduate in 2018 and take the bar examination within one year of graduation may apply. The 2018 Bar Scholarship will award up to a total of $4,000 or more in scholarships, which is subject to change based on the number of applicants, student interest and Indian Law Section resources. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.

NNABA Foundation Announces Bar Review Scholarships

Link: Foundation Scholarships

PHOENIX — The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation is excited to announce its Bar Review Scholarship Program. NNABA Foundation will award at least ten (10) $1,500 scholarships. The NNABA Foundation is partnering with regional American Indian Bar Associations to award these Bar Review Scholarships.

More information and a copy of the NNABA Foundation Bar Review Scholarship application is available at the link above.

To advance its mission to foster the development of Native American lawyers, the NNABA Foundation Board of Directors established this Scholarship Program to help Native American law students offset bar review course/program expenses. “I am excited to announce the NNABA Foundation Bar Prep scholarship,” said Jennifer Weddle, NNABA president. “These scholarships help achieve the NNABA Foundation’s goal of supporting the full inclusion of Native American attorneys in the legal profession.” The Bar Review Scholarships were made possible by the generous support of Walmart and NBCUniversal.

The scholarship recipients will be honored at NNABA’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on April 5, 2017, at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 17, 2017.

Procopio Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Native American Law Internship

San Diego, CA – Procopio, San Diego’s largest business law firm, is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2016 Native American Law Internship.  Procopio maintains a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities it serves.  The Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law.

Procopio’s Native American Law Interns have joined us from the Navajo Nation, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Seminole Nation, the Cherokee Nation, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, the Isleta Pueblo and Tohono O’odham Nation.

This unique internship program provides an opportunity for law students to gain experience handling 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.  Procopio enhances this educational experience even further with a community outreach component, in which interns provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities to local Native American youth.

This paid Native American Law Internship program extends 8 to 10 weeks, and applicants should have completed their first year of law school prior to the start of the internship.

Applications are due by Friday, October 30th by 5 p.m. PST. 

Applications should include:

  • A blog post writing sample (for examples, see Blogging Circle)
  • Law school transcript
  • Resume
  • Cover letter identifying why this is an opportunity you would like to pursue, any tribal governmental experience you have and why Native legal issues are significant to you.

The writing sample for the internship program should be a 250-300 word sample blog post on a newsworthy Native legal topic of your choosing written in a way that will appeal to readers.

Applications can be submitted via email to ted.griswold@procopio.com or sent via USPS mail to:

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
ATTN Ted Griswold
525 B St Ste 2200
San Diego CA 92101 4474

About Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

With more than 140 attorneys in San Diego, Del Mar, Silicon Valley, Austin and Phoenix, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP is one of the largest business law firms in Southern California. We are a regional law firm with an international network that gives us the ability to serve clients’ interests throughout the world. Procopio is dedicated to understanding the businesses and industries of clients and collaborating with them to develop tailored strategies. We advise companies at every stage in the corporate life cycle, helping them to plan, finance and operate their businesses. Our success has been derived from our commitment to clients and our ability to maximize the value we provide to them. Our goal is to continue building long-term relationships with clients through a steady, team-oriented approach. For additional information, please visit www.procopio.com.

Calif. Bar Exam Results and Affirmative Action Critics

From Cheryl Harris at UCLA Law:

Colleagues,

I am writing seeking your help and counsel in preventing the disclosure of private data regarding our students that would have little research value but could produce significant harm. Rick Sander, in collaboration with two other law professors, Bill Henderson of Indiana University School of Law and Vik Amar of UC Davis, is seeking to get the California Bar Examiners to release the bar exam scores, as distinct from the the passage rates, for Black and Latino law school graduates. He wants the LSAT scores, race, gender, law school attended, repeater status, and bar exam scores for all those taking the bar exam for the first time between 1997 and 2003—the classes admitted from 1994 to 1999. He furthers wants similar data on Black and Latino graduates from the classes of 2004 and 2005. His argument is that this will help evaluate his prior claims attributing poorer bar passage rates and lower law school performance to affirmative action ( or as he prefers to call it “racial preferences” ) which admit Black and Latino students with lower entering academic credentials into institutions with significantly higher median scores.

I am attaching a National Law Journal op-ed authored by myself and Walter Allen, Professor of Education and Sociology at UCLA, explaining why the Bar Examiners should stick by their original decision to deny him access to this material. The reason they point to is that the test takers provide the background information to the bar examiners for the purpose of determining testing validity—that is whether the test is fair. There is no specific request or consent given to provide access to a group of researchers to test a hypothesis. (I should point out that this disclosure is different from that g iven to LSAC projects like the BPS study or the more recent, After the JD study, in that institutional actors like LSAC who are governing bodies for the administration of evaluations have a distinct responsibility to engage in ongoing evaluation to determine best practices—a different inquiry than verifying a hypothesis.)This privacy concern is compounded by the fact that while his team promises to take precautions in structuring how the data will be reported, given the extremely small numbers of Black students in some of the cohorts, it would be possible for someone to extrapolate from the reported data back to a particular set of people.

There are serious problems with the research model that Sander et. al. propose. While this time the research team includes people who, unlike Sander, are not committed to the mismatch thesis, the reason that the research has twice failed to get National Science Foundation funding is that as the peer review letters disclose (all of this is on Sander’s website), the project is grounded on a set of assumptions—among them that bar scores reflect what is learned in law school—and encumbered by a set of problems that skew the pool to be tested—so-called selection biases.

Rather than addressing these issues, and figure out how to redesign the proposal so that it will meet peer review, Sander has now engaged in a campaign to publicly pressure the California Bar into giving him this data. He first went to the US Civil Rights Commission which is now populated by people like Abigail Thernstrom and Gail Heriot, of the Proposition 209 campaign, who unsurprisingly support his request since his research supports their political opposition to affirmative action. Heriot wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal chastising the committee for giving into political correctness and then Sander and Amar wrote the LA Times op-ed Sept 26 to which Walter and I responded.

Sander has succe eded in getting the Board of Governors of the California Bar to review the initial decision to deny and set the matter for a public hearing on November 8, 2007 before the Board’s Committee on Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Oversight at 2:30 here in Los Angeles. Thus far, there are letters on record supporting the general idea of Sander’s project and urging the release of this data. If the board is to be fully apprised of the issues and take account of the concerns regarding potential harm, it needs to hear from as many as possible. I know that colleagues at Stanford are planning to appear and that students and alum from Stanford are wanting to be heard as well. I will be there also.

I am writing to ask if you would be willing to weigh in. Regardless of whether one thinks that the mismatch hypothesis has been empirically demonstrated or not, the problem here is that the method proposed to test it is deeply flawed and risks putting our students in harm’s wa y, without their even having given consent to such examination.

If you think you might be interested, I would ask that you contact me via email and then perhaps an appropriate response can be coordinated. Excuse the length of the email but I wanted to be as thorough as possible.

The op-ed is here.

Thanks,

Cheryl

Boozhoo!

Welcome to the blog of the Michigan State University College of Law’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center!!!!

You can learn more about the Center by visiting our website.

We are hosting the 4th annual Indigenous Law Conference on October 19-20, 2007. You can register here.

We also publish occasional papers and white papers regarding Indian law and policy areas at this site. We have researched and written (often with our students) papers on tribal law, the Michigan ban on affirmative action, and other topics.