Contract Legal Aid Attorney Position at Muckleshoot

This is a one-day-a-week position.

The Muckleshoot Tribal Court has an immediate opening for a contract attorney to staff the Court’s free, weekly legal aid clinic. The attorney will provide direct legal services to community members on a wide range of civil matters, including consumer law, family law, federal Indian law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, employment, health, disability, and elder law. The attorney must be available to handle emergency telephone consultations as well. The attorney may also occasionally represent clients in tribal, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. The attorney will work closely with the Tribal Court Director and court staff to provide excellent legal services to the community. The application period closes on March 30, 2017.

Qualifications: J.D. from an accredited university and licensed to practice law in Washington State. The attorney will need to become a member of the Muckleshoot Tribal Bar before advising clients. The ideal candidate will hold licenses to practice law in other Tribal courts in Washington State, as the attorney will asked to provide legal advice with regard to those jurisdictions. The attorney should have experience handling the kinds of matters listed above.
Applicant Submissions: A cover letter indicating why the candidate wants the position, a writing sample, and resume. The materials should be submitted by email or regular mail to:

Bobbie Jo Norton
Muckleshoot Tribal Court Director
Legal Building
39015 172nd Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Washington Supreme Court Ruling in Hirst Protects Instream Flows

In this much anticipated opinion, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that, in violation of state law, Whatcom County did not ensure the existence of adequate water supplies before issuing building permits. The case will protect stream flows from the “death by a thousand cuts” impact of small wells. Many Washington tribes have sought to protect stream flows from these so-called exempt wells. The opinion is here.