Job Opportunity – Attorney


Job Description

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 currently seeking an attorney for the Firm’s Arizona office who has actively practiced for a minimum of 5 years. Preference will be given to attorneys who are members of federally-recognized Indian Tribes or of Native American heritage, having 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 minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships. Must be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States.

We offer competitive salary and benefits, including health care, 401k, and vacation.

Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Christian Cienfuegos at:

Job Opportunity – Executive Director


The Association on American Indian Affairs,, a national Indian advocacy nonprofit is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Executive Director. As the chief operating officer, the candidate must possess significant fundraising, administrative and programmatic experience, have excellent writing and public speaking skills and knowledge about American Indian affairs. Salary depends on experience and qualifications.

To apply, by May 8 please submit a cover letter of interest and resume, including three references, in confidence to Chair, Board Search Committee at  or to:
966 Hungerford Drive, Ste. 12–‐B,
Rockville, MD 20850.

Full job description is available at Click Here

National Native American Bar Association Releases Study of Native American Attorneys

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) and NNABA Foundation recently released the results of the first-of-its-kind research study on Native American attorneys. This research is the only comprehensive research regarding Native American attorneys across all practice settings where each and every of the over 500 survey respondents identified as Native American.

One of the powerful findings of this study is that Native Americans often feel invisible and share an overarching perspective that their experiences are not valid or real. In addition to documenting the failure of traditional diversity and inclusion efforts to reach Native American attorneys, the study sheds light on unique challenges facing American Indians. Native Americans are clearly behind even other underrepresented groups in terms of inclusion, retention, and representation.

“This comprehensive research is not only the first – but the only – research that examines the experiences of Native American attorneys across all practice settings. It presents a stark portrait of an entire group of attorneys systematically excluded from the legal profession,” said Mary Smith, NNABA President. “It is clear that traditional diversity and inclusion programs are simply not working for Native American attorneys. NNABA hopes that this research will be used to build a more robust pipeline of Native American attorneys and to work toward the full inclusion of Native Americans in the legal profession.”

Highlights of the research include:

  • The survey captured information from 527 Native American attorneys, approximately 20% of the 2,640 Native American attorneys in the United States.
  • The most satisfied attorneys were working in the tribal sector, and the least satisfied attorneys were working for the federal/state government or law firms; however, tribal politics/cliques, overwhelming workloads, and not being able to make an impactful difference were cited as primary sources of dissatisfaction even in the context of being generally satisfied.
  • Over 40% of the attorneys overall in the study reported experiencing demeaning comments or other types of harassment based on their race, ethnicity, and/or tribal affiliation; and 33.63% reported experiencing one or more forms of discrimination based on their race, ethnicity, and/or tribal affiliation.
  • Women were more likely than men to report demeaning comments and/or harassment based on gender (38% to 3%); discrimination based on gender (35% to 4%); denial of advancement or promotional opportunities due to gender (21% to 3%); and denial of appropriate compensation due to gender (29% to 1%).
  • Over 76% of the attorneys in this study reported that more awareness and understanding of issues faced by Native Americans would have a positive impact on their careers. In comparison, only 60% of the attorneys felt that more effective implementation of diversity and inclusion policies in their workplace would have a positive impact on their careers. This is not surprising given the ways diversity and inclusion initiatives have largely ignored the issues and concerns of Native American attorneys.

For more information and to view the full report and the executive summary, go to

Founded in 1973, NNABA serves as the national association for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NNABA strives for justice and effective legal representation for all American indigenous peoples; fosters the development of Native American lawyers and judges; and addresses social, cultural and legal issues affecting American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

For more information contact 480-727-0420 or visit 

Job Opportunity – General Counsel

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is Seeking a General Counsel.

Classified Location:
Temecula  California  92592

United States

PECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION Temecula Band of Luiseño Mission Indians P.O. Box 1477, Temecula, CA 92593 Telephone (951) 770-6000 Fax (951) 695-1778 Email: HR@PECHANGA-NSN.GOV

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is accepting applications for the position of General Counsel.

Under the direction of the Tribal Council to the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the General Counsel provides legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government and its entities and enterprises. Legal matters include a broad variety such as contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate matters, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare, and legislation. In addition, the General Counsel researches and writes complex legal opinions, prepares drafts of contracts, notices, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents.

· Must possess Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school.
· Must be a Member of the California Bar and licensed to practice law in the state of California.
· Must have a minimum of 7 years experience in practicing law in both the state and federal arenas, with emphasis in Indian Law and a comprehensive understanding of tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdictional matters.
· Must have previous experience working as General Counsel.
· Extensive practical experience working within California on issues such as American Indian law, gaming law, family law, contract law, employment law, cultural matters, environmental law and water issues preferred.
· Must have the ability to lead and manage a staff of attorneys and support personnel.
· Must have the ability, flexibility, and willingness to travel when required.
· This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing.
· Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.

Position closes April 29, 2015. For complete Job Announcement and application go to: WWW.PECHANGA-NSN.GOV. Send resume and application to HR@PECHANGA-NSN.GOV

The Pechanga Tribal Government will at all times and for all positions give hiring, transfer and promotion preference to qualified applicants in the following order: 1) Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians Members; 2) Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian Member Spouses; 3) Other American Indians; and 4) all others.


NABA-AZ Nominations for 2015 Seven Generations Awards

NABA-AZ is soliciting nominations for their 2015 Seven Generations Awards.  We encourage NABA-AZ members to nominate individuals (and possibly organizations) for all three categories below.  All nominations are due on Friday, April 17, 2015 and must be submitted to Theresa Rosier at

Member of the Year Award – Recognizes and honors a member who has a long history of service to NABA-AZ or a new member who has contributed significantly to the organization. Download the form here: 2015 Nomination Application Member of Year.

Community Award – Recognizes and honors individuals or groups who have a history of service working to improve the social, economic, legal or cultural well-being of Indian Country, including Indian people or tribal governments. Download the form here: 2015 Seven Generations Community Award Nomination Form.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Recognizes and honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of law in the state of Arizona. Download the form here: 2015 Seven Generations Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form.

Job Opportunity – Two Vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Linda Miles and Judge Robert Miles.                

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges. 

Applicants must be at least 30 years old, admitted to practice law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa County for the past year.

Applications can be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ. 85007; by calling (602) 452-3311; by sending an electronic mail request to:; or at the Judicial Department website:

The original completed application, 5 double-sided copies, and a single-sided copy must be returned to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015. 

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for these vacancies to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for these vacancies is held. 

All meetings of the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.  The new judges will be paid $145,000 annually.

Contact:  Blanca Moreno
(602) 452-3308


Fair Courts Conference

A free conference regarding Pinal County’s judicial system, AZ’s Merit Selection System and national cases impacting Fair and Impartial Courts. CLE is offered for $25.00 if desired. Breakfast and lunch are served at no cost to guests. RSVP is required. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.  This event may qualify for up to 3.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.5 hours of professional responsibility.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Lunch Lecture with Elizabeth Medicine Crow

We are happy to announce Elizabeth Medicine Crow will be visiting the law school  next week. Elizabeth graduated in Class of 2005. She is a recent recipient of the ILP Emerging Leader Award, which she will be accepting this Thursday at the ILP Alumni & Friends Reception and Awards Ceremony. Elizabeth will be here Monday at 12:15 PM to meet with you in room 114.

Please join us! The ILP will provide lunch. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to