Job Opportunity – Judicial Vacancy, Superior Court in Maricopa County

Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Brian Ishikawa.

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

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, March 16, 2015.

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

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for this vacancy to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for this vacancy 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 judge will be paid $145,000 annually.


Job Opportunity – OJJDP Vacancy JP-15-044, Tribal Senior Policy Advisor, GS-1101-14

Job Title:Tribal Senior Policy Advisor
Department:Department Of Justice
Agency:Office of Justice Programs
Hiring Organization:Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Job Announcement Number: JP-15-044
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $107,325.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year
Pay Schedule: Annual
Time Limit: Permanent – No time limit
Number of Vacancies: 1
Application Deadline: 3/27/2015
Open Date: 2/26/2015
Who May Apply: US Citizens
Work Schedule: Full Time
Series & Grade: GS-1101-14


About the Agency

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. OJP is seeking results-oriented professionals to join our team and build solutions to address evidence-based, “smart on crime” approaches in criminal and juvenile justice.

This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP is focused on juveniles in crisis from serious, violent, and chronic offenders to victims of abuse and neglect. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices. OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles.

Plans, develops, and implements program/project development activities that affect broad mission areas related to Tribal Juvenile Justice. Participates in the design and development of new Tribal Juvenile Justice programs/projects, including preparation of scopes of work for design studies; selection of study contractors; and review and approval of completed design studies. Coordinates and collaborates with senior level management/programmatic staff of other OJP and DOJ offices on all comprehensive community-based and system development programs, with a particular emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Provides expert guidance in the resolution of complex problems or issues impacting DOJ American Indian and Alaska Native programs, such as crosscutting OJJDP issues involving other DOJ components or federal agencies. Participates in the analysis of OJP-wide projects and programs. Coordinates with DOJ’s Office of Tribal Justice.

Serves as an authoritative expert in analyzing legislation and developing standards, regulations, or policies that impact DOJ and OJP-wide programs involving American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Coordinates or synthesizes a cross section of criminal and juvenile justice issues with policy considerations that reflect a balance, and that meet the mission and needs of OJP/OJJDP programs.

Plans and develops strategies for maximizing the potential of outreach project opportunities, enhancing OJJDP’s visibility and interactions with its primary constituencies, including Congress and juvenile justice and tribal interest groups. Maximizes OJJDP’s outreach with other constituencies, including the corporate/profit sector, related non-profit organizations, other federal government agencies, local and state governments, and interested local community groups. Conceives and recommends entrepreneurial and innovative projects and activities or recommends the means of broadening and strengthening existing projects and activities that find a common ground with a widening range of stakeholders and build support for OJJDP with the general public. Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals and groups, explaining facts and ideas which actively promote and advance OJJDP’s programs. Serves as a spokesperson by cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with organizations involved in tribal youth, juvenile justice and child protection issues and programs.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on

Agency Contact Info:
DOJ/Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Agency Information:
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Human Resources Division
810 7th Street NW
Washington, Florida

Job Opportunity – Judicial Vacancy – Superior Court in Maricopa County


Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Carey Snyder Hyatt.

An original completed application, 5 double-sided copies, and one (1) single-sided copy must be received by the Human Resources Department, Administrative Office of the Courts, 1501 West Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in and a resident of Arizona for the past five years, a resident of Maricopa County for the past year, and under age 65 at the time the nomination is submitted to the Governor.

Human Resources Department – OR – by calling (602) 452-3311
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, – OR – by sending an E-mail request to:
- OR – at the Judicial Department website:


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

All written comments about applicants should be directed to the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, c/o Blanca Moreno, Administrative Office of the Courts, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007. All comments received at that address will be distributed to all commission members. Applicants are asked to limit solicited reference letters to a maximum of 12, from a diverse group of people who are well-acquainted with the applicant. All letters timely submitted will be forwarded to all commissioners.

To comment on issues relevant to the vacant judgeship or on a particular applicant, submit a written statement to the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, Attn: Blanca Moreno, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007. An opportunity for public comment will also be scheduled at both Commission meetings about this vacancy.

The Arizona Constitution requires the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments to submit at least three nominees to the Governor within 60 days of the effective date of each vacancy. The Governor has 60 days in which to make a selection from the nominees submitted by the Commission. To obtain the procedures of the Commissions on Appellate and Trial Court Appointments or a list of Commission members call (602) 452-3311 or visit the website:

At its first meeting, the Commission reviews the applications and determines which applicants will be interviewed. That meeting and the subsequent interviews are open to the public, and voting on the nominations is conducted in a public session. News releases announcing the meetings will be issued at least one week prior to each meeting.

The annual salary of a Superior Court judge is $145,000. Superior Court judges are eligible to enroll in State and/or County benefit plans.

Each judge is subject to an unopposed, nonpartisan retention election at the first general election held at least two years after he or she takes office. To be retained, a judge must receive a majority of affirmative votes cast. Following the first retention election, Superior Court judges stand for retention election every four years.

The Arizona Constitution requires that justices and judges undergo a performance review before each retention election, the results of which are disseminated to voters before the election. The Supreme Court adopts the rules that govern judicial performance review, a copy of which can be obtained by calling (602) 452-3311. The standards adopted by the Supreme Court and the Commission on Judicial Performance Review for evaluating justices and judges are:

“The judge shall administer justice fairly, ethically, uniformly, promptly and efficiently. The judge shall be free from personal bias in decision making, shall decide cases based on proper application of law and procedure to the facts, and shall issue prompt, clear rulings and decisions that demonstrate competent legal analysis. The judge shall act with dignity, courtesy and patience. The judge shall effectively manage the courtroom and discharge the administrative responsibilities of the office.”

Job Opportunity – Capital Case Staff Attorney

POSITION: Capital Case Staff Attorney
POSITION TYPE: Regular, Full-time
SALARY RANGE: $58,562 – $131,144 (JSP 11/1 – JSP 14/10)
(depending on qualifications)
TYPICAL STARTING SALARY $58,562 – $71,791 (JSP 11/1 – JSP 12/1)
CLOSING DATE: March 11, 2015
LOCATION: Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona

This position is dedicated to assisting the district judges with the capital habeas corpus cases in the District of Arizona.

The capital case staff attorney performs legal research and prepares recommendations to the court in regard to stays of execution; jurisdiction; scheduling; exhaustion of remedies; discovery; motions for evidentiary hearing; disposition on the merits; and certificates of probable cause. The capital case staff attorney also performs substantive writing and is responsible for preparing bench memos and orders on matters pending before the judges related to the district’s death penalty caseload.

Other duties of the capital case staff attorney include reviewing pleadings and motions; attending court proceedings; drafting orders; acting as a liaison between the court and litigants; advising appropriate personnel regarding the status of death-eligible cases; and participating in conferences with counsel and experts regarding appointment and compensation.

- To qualify for the position of capital case staff attorney at salary level JSP 11, a person must be a law school graduate and have one or more of the following attributes:
Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools.
- Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such school.
- Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
- Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies which, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above. Some examples of criteria which are considered to be acceptable as equivalent include:
o Publication of a noteworthy article in a law school student publication or other scholarly publication;
o Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
o Winning of a moot court competition or membership on a moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
o Participation in the legal aid or other law school clinical program sanctioned by the law school;* or
o Summer experience as a law clerk to a state or local judge or law clerk experience on a continuing basis in a private firm while attending school (i.e., working one’s way through college).*

*In order to receive credit, participation and experience could not have been for academic credit.

This list is not all-inclusive; the determination of an acceptable equivalence rests with the appointing judge.

To qualify for the position of capital case staff attorney at salary level JSP 12 a person must be a law school graduate, have one year of legal work experience performed after graduation from law school, be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction and have one or more of the attributes listed in the first paragraph under Minimum Qualifications.

To qualify for the position of capital case staff attorney at salary level JSP 13 a person must be a law school graduate, have two years of legal work experience performed after graduation from law school, and be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction and have one or more of the attributes listed in the first paragraph under Minimum Qualifications.

To qualify for the position of capital case staff attorney at salary level JSP 14 a person must be a law school graduate, have three years of legal work experience performed after graduation from law school, and be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction and have one or more of the attributes listed in the first paragraph under Minimum Qualifications.

The following factors will be used to select the best qualified candidates for interview. You may respond to these factors on a separate sheet of paper and attach to your application. Identify your response by using the factor number.

1. Experience in planning and organizing work, establishing priorities, and working independently. Cite specific examples of work experience which exhibited this ability, including the level of responsibility and degree of autonomy.

2. Experience in reviewing documents and extracting data. Cite examples of this experience indicating the type of documents reviewed and the level of responsibility.

3. If you have specialized experience in the field of death penalty law or habeas law, please describe the specific duties you performed.

Applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Participation in the interview process will be at the applicant’s own expense and relocation expenses will not be provided.

The initial appointment to this position is provisional pending the successful completion of the required background checks or investigations. The United States District Court is a drug-free workplace and the applicant selected will also be required to participate in a drug screening test prior to employment. By statute, employees must be a citizen of the U.S. or authorized to work in this country on a temporary worker’s visa or an immigrant visa.

The court reserves the right to amend or withdraw any announcement without written notice to applicants. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the district court executive may elect to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.

Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments, are considered at will employees, and are entitled to standard federal benefits such as paid vacation time, paid sick time, medical insurance and life insurance. Salary will be set commensurate with qualifications as defined by the Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP). Judicial employees are also eligible for long-term care, disability insurance and a Flexible Benefits Program which includes medical care reimbursement, dependent care reimbursement, and commuter benefits reimbursement. Due to budgetary restrictions, this position will not be eligible for retirement benefits until October 2015 except for transfer eligible applicants. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.

Go to our web site at to submit an on-line application, answer the supplemental questions and attach the following required documents:

  • Attorney/Law Clerk Supplement*
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Selection Factors responses
  • Unofficial or official law school transcripts
  • A writing sample of no more than five pages in length; and
  • No more than three letters of recommendation

    *You can obtain the Attorney/Law Clerk supplement on our web page at: under Employment / Employment Application Forms.

    Attachments should be submitted as WordPerfect, Word or Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents. Other formats are not acceptable.

    Applications will be considered complete when the on-line application and all required attachments in the proper format are received in the Human Resources Division. Applications received after the closing date may not be considered.

    If you have questions about this application process, please call the Human Resources Division at (602) 322-7110.


Job Opportunity – Judicial Clerk


Judicial Clerk

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court (Mashantucket, CT)

Position Type:

Judicial Clerkship

Practice Area(s):

Indian/Native American, Litigation (civil), Employment/Employee Relations

Geographic Preference:

Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA)


Full-time position, one year. Under the supervision of the Chief Judge, the Law Clerk is required to:~ Conduct legal research on relevant statutes and cases; analyze legal issues presented by administrative records; communicate findings of research to tribal court judges either orally or by succinct memoranda.
~ Review legal pleadings, motions, briefs, transcripts, and recordings.
~ Draft memoranda of decision and orders for pending Tribal Court cases.
~ Attend hearings as requested by the tribal judges.
~ Draft lesson plans for educational programs.
~ Prepare special projects such as editing decisions for publication and developing proposed amendments to Mashantucket Rules of Civil Procedure.

Desired Class Level:

3L, RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp

Posting Date:

February 17, 2015

Expiration Date:

March 31, 2015


Ms. Patricia BruneAdministrative Assistant III

101 Pequot Trail P.O. Box 3126 Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338-3126 United States

Resume Receipt:

Other (see below)

How To Apply:

Submit a cover letter addressed to “Chief Judge,” resume, law school transcript (official or unofficial), a brief legal writing sample, and a list of 2-3 references. Letters of recommendation are preferred, but not required. Transcripts and letters of r

Requested Document Notes:

Letters of recommendation are welcomed. Please also complete the online application referenced in the attached announcement.




8th Annual Native American Bar Association of AZ Golf Tournament

Native American Bar Association Arizona

Course Information:
Whirlwind Golf Club
5692 W. North Loop Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

With the cost of tuition rising each year, Native American law students are finding it increasingly difficult to afford law school. The financial burdens of law school can prevent and delay legal education of many Native American law students who often are supporting their families while pursuing their law degrees. That is why, starting in 2008, NABA-AZ held its first annual golf tournament to provide financial assistance to Native law students in Arizona help offset the increasingly high cost of tuition. Since 2008, NABA-AZ has provided over $45,000 in scholarship assistance to Native law students in Arizona and with your support at our 8th Annual Tournament we believe we can provide more students with financial assistance to help them achieve their educational goals. We welcome you to join us and support Arizona Native law students!

Download the form here: NABA AZ Golf Tournament Flyer 

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 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 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 – Federal Policy Associate

Federal Policy Associate

Job Title: Federal Policy Associate
Review Date: Annually based on hire date
Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

The NIEA Federal Policy Associate position is responsible for building support for the advancement of Native education policy through various vehicles – from working with key stakeholder groups to coalition partners and policy makers in in the federal government. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with Native communities, Native organizations, and education leaders to provide support for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and the education policy that affects them.

The essential functions of this position, include, but are not limited to the following:
- Work to develop and implement advocacy priorities and initiatives concerning federal policy and legislation.
- Attend policy-related meetings, conferences, workshops, forums, and other pertinent presentations to expand NIEA outreach and networking capabilities.
- Develop briefing papers, talking points, comments, testimony, articles, etc. to clarify and advance NIEA’s national policy agenda and membership resolutions.
- Build relationships and networks with key stakeholders including tribal governments, Native education advocates, governmental agencies, and Administration and Congressional policy staff.
- Analyze and synthesize research (or supplemental information) for developing stances to proposed and existing policies and legislation that are national in scope.
- Additional duties as necessary.

- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government relations, education, or related field preferred; Master’s degree desired but not required.
- At least 2 years of direct policymaking or advocacy experience, legislative background preferred.
- Knowledge and passion for furthering the mission of NIEA and a commitment to Native students and enhancing their educational opportunities.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders including policy makers, local advocates, tribal governments, and educators regarding various education issues.
- Excellent written and verbal communication as well as interpersonal, public speaking, and presentation skills.
- Knowledge of and experience working with tribes, Native communities, and national Native and civil rights organizations.
- Proven ability to work in team environment while demonstrating capacity to solve problems independently and address concerns in a timely and accurate manner.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to For additional information, contact Nancy Dewire at 202.544.7290.