Friday 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: 

  • 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. 

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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.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Opportunities for Students

Lewis & Clark Law School

Study Indian Law Remotely This Summer. Offering summer courses via remote learning for the first time during Summer 2021. Law students from any accredited law school will have the opportunity to learn from top Indian Law experts around the country via classes conducted through Zoom. Registration for summer classes begins in February and the add/drop period ends on May 31, 2021. Summer classes are available for academic credit to Lewis & Clark law students, visiting law students, and for auditing by attorneys and non-law students. Please see the description for more information.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Paid Fellowship, Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy, may be temporarily remote, Washington D.C. Seeking candidates for a 27-month paid professional fellowship. American Indian and Alaska Native tribal members are strongly encouraged to apply. FCNL’s Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy receives one-on-one training from an FCNL lobbyist with deep experience on Native American policy issues and participates fully in the organization on the Domestic Policy Team. As an FCNL employee, this position receives professional level salary and benefits. For more details and to apply, visit fcnl.org/congressional-advocate. Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2021.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Division of Intergovernmental Affairs Summer Intern, Odanah, WI or remotely. The internship will entail legal research and writing, collaboration with GLIFWC staff and tribal leadership in meetings on tribal off-reservation wildlife and fishery management issues and participation in cultural activities. We are also intentional about providing value to our interns through mentorship, tailoring projects to the professional interests of our interns and activities related to the intern’s career development. Applications will be received until March 22, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDST. Please see the description for more information.

Lochen Law Offices

Summer Associate, currently remote, Milwaukee, WI. The position is for law students who have successfully completed or are presently enrolled in Constitutional Law—Powers and Federal Indian law, and have a demonstrated interest and/or background in advocating on behalf of Indian tribes. 2Ls and 3Ls based anywhere in the U.S. are encouraged to submit. The closing date is March 31, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Indian Law Opportunities

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP, Presentation Proposals. NAICJA invites presentation proposals for the 52nd Annual Virtual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference to be held October 19-21, 2021. NAICJA’s Annual Conference offers innovative and timely tribal justice information through high quality presentations by national experts. Deadline to submit is Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 pm MST. Submission form here. Please see the announcement for more information.

Secretary of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser (General), Anchorage, AK.  Responsible for providing advice, legal services, litigation representation and support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior bureaus, primarily for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  As an Attorney-Adviser with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Alaska Regional Office, duties will primarily be dedicated to providing legal services to the BIA-Alaska Region. Accordingly, expertise in general Indian law, Alaska Native law, and contracting and compacting pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act is strongly preferred.  Please see the announcement for more information.  The closing date for this announcement on USAJobs is March 5, 2021.

University of Maine School of Law

(2) full-time Visiting Professor of Law, Portland, ME. Inviting applications for positions to teach Criminal Law or Property Law (including associated subjects such as Immigration, Natural Resources, and Federal Indian Law) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Members of minority groups, women, and others whose background would contribute to the diversity of the law school are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted to the University of Maine System Higher Touch portal here. You may email any questions to mainelawsearch@maine.edu. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Prosecutor, Tribal Prosecutor Office, Klamath, CA.  Main duties will be prosecuting tribal criminal matters and working with local counties on diversion programs as well as assist in the tribe’s MMIW project where appropriate.  Full job description is located on the job posting website along with the application. This position is open until filled.  Please see the description for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Welch, MN. The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for representing the Community in various matters, including those involving: contracts, tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, and more. The Assistant General Counsel position also includes representation of the Community’s Family Services Department in child protection, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), adult guardianship and other matters in the Community’s Tribal Court and other courts as needed. Please see the position description for more information and to apply.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Assistant Prosecutor,  Tulalip, WA. Prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases in Tulalip Tribal court. Provide legal advice and support to the Tulalip Police Department. Draft and revise Tribal Codes for the Tribal lawmaking body. Conduct legal research concerning Tribal, Federal and State law. Application closes March 22, 2021. Contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov for more information and see the position description.

Attorney – Child Welfare, Tulalip, WA. Provides effective consultation and legal advice to Tribal Government, Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors, departments, programs and committees of Tribal government, appears in tribal court and superior court on behalf of Tulalip Tribes, and more. Application closes March 22, 2021. For more information contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov and see the position description.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Elwha Enterprises

Board Members, Elwha Enterprises, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks 5-7 initial Board members for its newly formed Elwha Enterprises. Lower Elwha is located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, just west of the city of Port Angeles. Current businesses include small Class II Casino, Food & Fuel Convenience Store, Smoke Shop, retail Cannabis Store, hotel in planning stages. Experience in tribal economic development law highly desired for at least some Board slots.  Please see the description for qualifications, contact info, and the application form. Please apply by March 9 for priority consideration.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Child Advocacy Center Coordinator

Part-Time Child Victim Advocate / Interviewer, Sitka, AK. Interview children at a child advocacy center and serve as a child and caregiver advocate (alternating between roles for cases). Application closes March 5, 2021. To apply, visit www.sitkatribe.org and please see the position description for more information.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. Assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

(2) Associates, Sacramento, CA. Seeking two associates for our Sacramento office with 3-9 years of experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions and economic development, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 19, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

The Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney

Law clerks, spring, summer, and fall of 2021. This could be a virtual position. Past legal clerks have worked on a wide variety of projects including ordinance drafting, litigation support, legal research, and appeared on behalf of the Tribe in Yurok Tribal Court. We are receiving applications on a rolling basis, but would appreciate having all applications by December 4, 2020. Please visit the website for more information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Transactional Associate Attorney, San Diego, CA. Seeking an associate attorney with 1-5 years of experience in transactional and other Indian law experience.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests, and a clerkship is also highly preferred. More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com. See the job description or visit our website at http://www.sonosky.com/careers.html to apply.  This position is open until filled, but applicants should apply by January 15, 2020.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in California, or willing to become licensed.

See last week’s posts.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Student Opportunities

Environmental Law Institute

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

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen, LLP

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

US EPA Region 8 Office of Regional Counsel

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

Jobs

The Quinault Indian Nation

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

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

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

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Government Center

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

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

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

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

ACLU-Montana

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

ACLU National Office

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

New Mexico Legal Aid

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

Rosette LLP

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

The Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC

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

See posts from September 25, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Intern. Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group offers 10-week paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of judicial clerks, governmental attorneys and associates at law firms. Applications are due Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5PM PST. Visit procopio.com/nativeamericanlawintern or see the job announcement. Application here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

2L Summer Associate. Washington, DC. See attached PDF. October 9, 2020

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Jobs

Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Prosecutor, Brimley, MI. Move up to the wild and beautiful Bay Mills reservation, which sits on the bluffs of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan. The Bay Mills Indian Community is seeking a qualified attorney to carry out, on a contractor basis, the duties of the Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Tribal Court. The Tribal Prosecutor will represent Bay Mills Indian Community in proceedings before the Bay Mills Tribal Court, and is responsible in preserving and upholding the Bay Mills Indian Community Constitution and By-Laws, Law and Order Code, Tribal jurisdiction, ordinances and resolutions, and all applicable federal laws. This position will remain open until closed.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Wind River Tribal Court

Public Defender (Attorney), Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Essential duties include representing all adult and juvenile defendants charged with violations of the Shoshone & Arapaho Law and Order Code (SALOC). Works closely with legal services, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, tribal social service programs, tribal Federal, state probation officers, juvenile probation officers; and other Federal, State, county and city law enforcement services. A full description, qualifications, and special eligibility conditions are in the job description.

Ute Indian Tribal Court

Health and Wellness Court Judge, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Judge of the Ute Tribal Health and Wellness Court is responsible for presiding over all alcohol and drug addiction related cases referred by the Ute Tribal Court or other applicable entity. Team. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position and the successful applicant will be expected to perform all duties necessary to meet the objectives of Court. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Public defender, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Public Defender oversees the representation of defendants/respondents in proceedings initiated in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UTThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

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

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate, Seattle, WA. Seeking candidate with a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their application by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com. For more information, applicants should visit our website at www.ziontzchestnut.com.  The full job announcement is in the attached PDF. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

Litigation Associate, Washington, DC. See attached PDF for duties. Position Open until Filled.

See posts from September 18, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Pueblo of Laguna

Legal Assistant, Laguna, N.M. Please see the announcement for more information. Open until filled.

Family Legal Assistance Attorney, Laguna, N.M. Please see the announcement for more information. Applications close on February 25, 2020.

Navajo Nation Government Development Commission

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. Pursuant to 2 N.N.C. §972(A)(2), one member of the Commission “shall be nominated by the Judicial Branch through the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation to serve a term of two years from the date of confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council; the nominee shall be a licensed attorney and a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.” All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, AZ, 86515, by February 28, 2020. Nominations to the Commission are subject to confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council.

JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE NAVAJO NATION

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

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney Mid Pacific, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to join our team working to protect the interconnected ecosystems, communities, and natural and cultural values in Hawai‘i and the broader Mid-Pacific region. We seek an experienced attorney capable of leading complex litigation and legal advocacy to fulfill our mission. The position will be based in our Mid-Pacific Office located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Please apply here.

Sitka Tribe

Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K. The Family Law Attorney provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the umbrella of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Legal Department. Work collaboratively with other team members, especially project partner Sitkans Against Family Violence -the local women’s shelter, to ensure holistic services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. The ideal candidate must be willing to be engaged with the community to be served. Desire to live and work in Sitka, Alaska, is necessary. Please apply at www.sitkatribe.org or call (907) 747-3207.

National Council of Indian Urban Health

Congressional Relations Summer Policy Fellow 2020, Washington D.C. The Congressional Relations Policy Fellow (Policy Fellow) will assist in the implementation of the NCUIH’s legislative priorities and policy projects as directed by the Director of Congressional Relations. The Policy Fellow will work closely with NCUIH’s Policy team to assist with healthcare and public health advocacy for the Urban Indian Health Programs across the country. The Policy Fellow will be responsible for creating policy and regulation education materials and draft documents for the organization’s leadership and membership as well as Congress. The person in this role should have experience or a desire to have or expand his/her experience in public health, government affairs, and the federal legislative process; as well as a work history with American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) issues and a strong work ethic. Please send a resume and cover letter to Carla Lott, Director of Congressional Relations at jobs@ncuih.org. Applications close on March 20, 2020.

Law Fellow 2020, Washington, D.C. Law fellows will have both internal and external responsibilities grounded in serving urban Indian organizations (UIOs) to advance the mission of NCUIH through policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, and research projects in the health care and public health fields. Law interns/fellows will report to the Director of Federal Relations and regularly work with NCUIH’s Executive Director and Director of Congressional Relations. In addition, law intern/fellows’ work will include analyses of agency activities and support for engagement with agencies under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), including the Indian Health Service (IHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration for Children & Families, HHS Office of the Inspector General, and more; Department of Justice; Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Agriculture; and other agencies as relevant to NCUIH’s mission. Regulatory and policy priorities within the last year have included the following areas: the federal trust responsibility, Medicaid, Medicare, third-party reimbursement, behavioral health, domestic violence, opioids and substance use disorders, HIV and Hepatitis-C, Federal Tort Claims Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, and more. Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ncuih.org. The cover letter should include what the applicant wants to gain out of this fellowship, why he/she is interested in this position as well as a brief summary of career goals.

Martha L. King, P.C., Native Owned Native Law

Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. Provision of business law services to tribal entities, including developing, amending, advocating, negotiating and/or implementing: governing documents, codes and amendments to support self-governance and economic development; employee handbooks and policies and procedures; intergovernmental agreements; and business documents. Open until filled. For more information please see position description.

Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court

PT Law Clerk, Onamia, M.N. The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court seeks a law clerk responsible for assisting the tribal court with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects. Work will be performed remotely from 16 to 20 hours a week with initial and periodic meetings at the work site with the District Court Judge and/or Staff Attorney. See the announcement for more information.

Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute

Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Lead a dynamic and impactful Native American youth leadership development and advocacy organization who can build on its successful growth since its founding in 2011. The candidate must have a very strong understanding of Native American policy issues and deep relationships with tribal communities, tribal leaders, and tribal nonprofit leaders. This position requires a strategic thinker who can work closely with youth and community stakeholders to design programs driven by their vision and rooted in their cultural values, while leveraging the wide resources and expertise of a large organization that is a global leader in the fields of leadership development, policy, and action. In addition to leading the strategic positioning and growth of CNAY’s programs, the Executive Director will manage a staff of 5 people and oversee all finance and operational responsibilities for the program. The Executive Director is also responsible for raising funds and other resources for the program, which is an essential part of the job. Finally, the ideal candidate will be the key external representative for the organization and possess strong writing and speaking ability that will raise the profile of CNAY to funders, elected officials, thought leaders, and other key stakeholders. Applications are only accepted through this link: https://aspeninstitute.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1247770&&&jbsrc=1025.

The Three Affiliated Tribes

Staff Attorney, New Town, N.D. Please see the job announcement for more information. The job application is here.

Chief Judge, New Town, N.D. Please see the job announcement for more information. The job application is here.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney, Choctaw, MS. Under the direction of the Tribe’s Attorney General, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing general legal services for the tribal government and representing the Tribe in various criminal and civil actions in tribal, state, and federal courts. Please see position description for more information. The Tribe’s Employment Application can be found here. This position closes on February 24, 2020.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Associate General Counsel, Temecula, C.A. The Associate General Counsel will work in the Office of the General Counsel under the direct supervision of the General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The Associate General Counsel will work with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. Please see the announcement for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

PT Staff Attorney, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Nation is seeking a part-time Staff Attorney to advise the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance Commission (TERO) for the Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, Arizona.  The main duties for this Staff Attorney would be to attend monthly commission meetings, and special meetings, draft rules and regulations, provide legal advice on the interpretation and operation of the TERO ordinance, draft commission decisions for contested cases heard by the commission, and handle appeals of commission decisions in Judicial Court, and any other legal services requested by the Commission. The TERO ordinance is an employment preference ordinance for Tohono O’odham tribal members and other Indians or certain employment on the Nation.  The candidate should send his/her hourly compensation requirements.  The closing date is March 31, 2020.

Last week’s post: February 14, 2020.

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes

  1. Position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Navajo Nation 

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

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorneys, Northeast Region. We expect the Staff Attorneys we hire for this position to play a leading role developing and litigating cases and seeking regional legislative opportunities to further the Office’s work. Both Staff Attorneys will play an integral part in shaping the Northeast Office’s strategic plan for fulfilling our regional mission. Both Staff Attorneys also will play an important part in helping our less-experienced attorneys and professional staff grow and develop in their careers.

Procopio Law Firm

Native American Summer Internship, San Diego, C.A. Procopio is seeking Native American law students (or law students with an emphasis in Native American Law) to join the Firm for a 10-week internship with the Native American Practice Group! Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of Tribal Judges, governmental attorneys, Tribal attorneys, university professors, entrepreneurs and associates at law firms. Following the internship, we remain active with our alumni to mentor and prepare them for their success in their career. Procopio’s Native American Summer Internship is a very unique and committed program that will provide valuable experience, dedicated mentorship, exposure to many areas of the law, guidance in legal writing and article drafting, and a lifelong network of contacts! Qualified candidates should email resume, transcript, writing sample and a brief cover email to ted.griswold@procopio.com.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington D.C., Portland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Anchorage seeks an Associate Attorney for its Oklahoma City office.   Hobbs Straus specializes in Native American and Alaskan Native law, and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The ideal candidate will possess:  (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) a strong academic performance history; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation.  A minimum of 1-5 years’ legal experience is required.  Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. To apply:  Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com.

DNA Legal Services

Multiple Positions, Farmington, N.M. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a non-profit law office committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA is one of the largest Indian legal service organizations in the country. We currently have openings for attorneys in all of our offices. We also have summer law clerk positions – fellowship funded positions, volunteer positions, or Work-Study positions – in all of our offices. If you are interested in applying for a position please email your resume and cover letter to Rodolfo. D. Sanchez, DNA – People’s Legal Services Executive Director at rsanchez@dnalegalservices.org.

Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Criminal Public Defender, W.A. State. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation is seeking a qualified Criminal Public Defender. The ideal candidate will display a passion for serving the community by supporting and providing legal counsel to all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. The applicant must be familiar with and capable of creating legal documents, and successfully arguing motions in front of a judge. The Public Defender must be possess and/or be willing to continue acquiring knowledge of federal law, Constitutional Due Process Rights, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Chehalis Law and Order Code, and procedural rules of the court. For a full job description or should you have questions, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator. Juris Doctorate and license to practice law in the State of Washington required. At least five (5) years of experience in the legal field required. Closing date: October 18th, 2019.

Berkey Williams LLP

Berkey Williams Indian Law Fellowship, C.A. Berkey Williams LLP seeks applicants for a one-year Indian Law Fellowship beginning September 2020. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. The Fellowship contributes to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. We are a private law firm with a public interest focus and a client base comprised exclusively of Indian nations and organizations. We maintain offices in Berkeley and Davis, California; Washington, D.C.; and Syracuse, New York. Natural and cultural resource protection, water and land rights, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, employment, health care and Indian child welfare form the core of our work. Additional information may be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com/. The Fellowship offers a competitive salary, benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a firm serving Indian Nations and organizations exclusively. The Fellow will be located in one of our California offices and, over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible. Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Applications are encouraged from recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. We seek Fellows who bring a variety of experiences to the firm’s clients. High academic achievements are considered and weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments and experience, resourcefulness, professional goals, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently. Membership in the California Bar, or willingness to obtain California or other state bar membership, is preferred.

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 30, 2019.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi seeks a licensed attorney to serve as Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney for the Tribe to be appointed for an approximate term of four (4) years. This is a contractual, part-time position and will be compensated on an hourly basis. The NHBP Prosecutor serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for supervising all criminal investigations of offenses arising under the Tribe’s criminal laws along with other duties. Please see the job announcement for more information. Closing date: October 17, 2019.

Federicks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP (“FPP”) is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and Native American organizations throughout the United States.  Our gifted, dynamic and diverse team of attorneys includes tribal members who are committed and accomplished advocates for tribal governments and organizations.  Our firms’ singular mission is seeking justice for Indian tribes and their citizens and promoting, protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty, culture and resources.  The increasing utilization and development of tribal lands and resources and growing tribal involvement in business and governmental enterprises create a critical need for sound advice, counsel, advocacy and aggressive legal representation.  Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP maximizes tribal resources for the improvement of Indian communities nationwide.

FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. 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.  FPP 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 lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by October 31, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

See posts from October 4, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Navajo Nation 

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

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Legal Aid Attorney, Pendleton, O.R. CTUIR is looking for an Tribal Legal Aid Attorney. The Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS) Attorney will serve women suffering from or at risk for any of the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The IPVS Attorney will advise and ifnecessary represent eligible clients as they-exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attomey will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. For more information, including application deadline, please visit the announcement.

Passamaquoddy Tribe

Prosecuting Attorney, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract Position for a Prosecuting Attorney. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar and apply to the Passamaquoddy Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151. Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Chief Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract position for the Chief Judge. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar Association and Apply to the Passamaquoddy Tribal Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151 Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for a Wellness Court Judge to preside over court cases throughout a participant’s healing journey. The successful candidate shall be familiar with the appropriate court processes and procedures, in addition to the role of supporter, motivator, and champion in a less adversarial arena of Wellness Court. Is able to demonstrate commitment to promote wellness for each participant. This is a contract position. Must be an active member of the Maine Bar Association and in Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules. Also applicant would need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommended. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to: Wellness Court Director at Pleasant Point, PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. For further info call: 207-853-5166. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Prosecutor, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for and enthusiastic and highly ethical trial lawyer to fill its Prosecutor position. The successful candidate shall be skilled at disputing case and possess excellent communication skills. She/He must maintain communication/connection between Court/Team Partners, gathers date for Court/Team prior to Staffing. Must be and active member of the Maine Bar Association and Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules, also applicant will need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommend. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to Wellness Court Director, PO Box 343, Perry, ME 04667. Please Call 207-853-5166 for and further information. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Frederick Peebles & Patterson LLP

Summer Law Clerk, FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. 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.  FPP 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 lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Public Defender, Mescalero, N.M. The Public Defender will represent defendants in criminal proceedings filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The Public Defender will work to resolve matters in an ethical and professional manner. The Public Defender will oversee Office of the Public Defender staff. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

In-House Attorney, Agency Village, S.D. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Chairman, the In-House Attorney provides practical and wide-ranging legal advice to the Executives, Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees and represents the Tribe in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings. Position open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Michigan State University

Associate Professor Tenure Track, East Lansing, M.I. Michigan State University College of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions with an expected start date of July 1, 2020.  We welcome applications from candidates across all areas of law, although subject areas of particular interest include agricultural and food law, civil rights, commercial and corporate law, criminal law, family law, health care law and policy, race and the law, sports law, and tax. The Law College seeks applicants with a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement.  The position is open to both lateral and entry-level candidates. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Assistant Professor/ Librarian, East Lansing, M.I. The Director of the Law Library reports to the Law College Dean and will play a key managerial role in the life of the Law College by participating in law school administration and annual budget planning, by representing the Law College in a vibrant university environment, by working collaboratively with MSU Libraries, and by creating and advocating a strategic library vision.  Leadership skills, combined with intellectual acuity and a strong system of academic values, are key attributes of the Director.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated expertise in technology, a reputation among peers for leadership and outstanding professional achievement, as well as a strong commitment to supporting faculty research and the larger mission of the Law College and University.  Depending on qualifications and experience, the candidate will be hired as tenure-system or fixed term faculty. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean, East Lansing, M.I. The Executive Assistant is responsible for critical, high-level administrative projects primarily to assist the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and also from time to time the Dean; and works collaboratively with faculty and staff to facilitate and complete various projects. Applications close on September 22, 2019.

ACLU

Legal Director, Sioux Falls, S.D. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Chapter Office, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU legal program across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of SD/ND/WY mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the office’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, indigenous justice, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

Indigenous Justice Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an experienced attorney to carry out litigation, advocacy, and outreach to advance justice and liberty for Indigenous people in New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to work in concert with Indigenous communities to dismantle the systems of racism and oppression that make Native Americans among the most marginalized racial groups in our state. This position will work with other leaders in the organization to ensure that our priority advocacy efforts center the voices of impacted people and address the most pressing civil rights challenges facing Indigenous communities. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

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Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities with the American Indian Health in Family Services in Detroit, Michigan

Information on Apprenticeships

American Indian Health and Family Services I-LEAD has five (5) paid apprenticeships available. These apprenticeships can help master the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to help you become successful. If interested, please submit a letter of interest that includes who you are, why you want to work at AIHFS, what types of experiences and skills you hope to gain or improve, and how this apprenticeship will help you achieve and reach your long term goals. For questions and submission please email Teia McGahey at tmcgahey@aihfs.org no later than Thursday, June 21, 2018. We will schedule a 30 minute meet and greet with you on June 23rd from 9am-5pm. All applications are due no later than Thursday, June 23, 2018.

Information on Internships

American Indian Health and Family Services is seeking interns in the following capacity:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting/Payroll
  • Medical Billing/Reception

If you are interested in an internship with AIHFS, please email Chasity Dial at hr@aihfs.org.

 

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Department of Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Phoenix. A.Z. The Office of the Solicitor is seeking an Attorney-Adviser to provide legal counsel and representation for the Western Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, analyze complex legal issues and provide advice on a broad range of legal issues affecting bureaus within the department, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, handle all phases of administrative litigation, draft litigation reports and provide other legal support, and handle general law matters. This position pays $74,872 to $136,771 per year, and applications close on May 4, 2018.

Sonosky, Chambers

Summer Associate, Washington D.C. 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, among others. The firm’s practice includes representation of tribal interests in federal, tribal and state courts, and before Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state agencies. Sonosky, Chambers is recruiting 2L students for 2019 summer associate positions. Interested applicants should see the job announcement linked above for more information. Applications close on August 31, 2018.

Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Associate General Counsel, Temecula, C.A. The Associate General Counsel will work in the Office of the General Counsel under the direct supervision of the General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.  The Associate General Counsel will work with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. Please see the job announcement for more information and how to apply.

Water Protector Legal Collective

Strategic Planning, Mandan, N.D. The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking proposals from professional qualified consultants to provide services to WPLC for the development of a three to five year strategic plan. All proposals should clearly define how they will work with WPLC to assist in a comprehensive, participatory planning process. Applications close on May 4, 2018. Please see the job announcement for more information and how to apply.

National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney, Washington, D.C. The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Project Attorney in the Washington, DC office. The Project Attorney will have responsibility for day to day management of NCAI’s VAWA implementation technical assistance project. This project is focused on supporting tribes as they implement Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. The Project Attorney will work closely with senior NCAI staff assigned to the project, with an inter-tribal working group of tribal stakeholders, and with other project partners. Applications close on May 31, 2018. Please see the website for more information and how to apply.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Village, W.A. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed within six months, to practice in Washington. We are seeking an energetic attorney, preferably with at least three years of experience, with excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, and an ability to work hard and thrive in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural environment; bring flexibility to a fast-paced and dynamic work setting; enjoy and excel at creative problem solving; have demonstrated a commitment to working with Native or other minority communities and/or restorative justice; and a commitment to reside on or near the Swinomish Reservation.

Qualified applicants must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; representing public or private entities; gaming regulation or operations; and Indian law, including protection of treaty rights, as well as expertise in several of the substantive fields of law listed above. Compensation DOE. For application and complete job description please provide your contact information to Wendy Otto, 11404 Moorage Way, LaConner, WA 98257; (fax) 360-466-5309; email wotto@swinomish.nsn.us. Applications will be accepted until suitable candidate is found. Native American hiring preferences under Swinomish Tribal Code 14-01.120 will be in effect during the selection of candidates. Applicants must pass a background check and a drug test.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Anchorage, A.K. The Anchorage Office is seeking two (2) AUSAs to work in its Criminal Division. The successful candidate primarily will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. This will include prosecuting a wide range of cases such as firearms offenses, drug crimes, child exploitation and other violent crimes, fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes. In addition, the candidate may also be called upon to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the districts priorities. Assistant United States Attorneys work their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments. This position pays $72,987 to $164,100 per year, and applications close on May 9, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

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