Job Opportunity – Associate Position

Hobb, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington DC, Portland, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, Sacramento, CA and Anchorage, AK, seeks an Associate Attorney for its Washington, DC office.  Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Qualifications for candidates include: (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) strong academic performance; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation. 

We are looking for candidates with 0-3 years of legal experience.  Prior experience in the field of Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.

To apply:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Ms. Robin Branthover at

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Indian Law 101 – Jan. 29

Wednesday, January 29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ak-Chin Indian Community Conference Center, Room 544
Beus Center for Law and Society, Phoenix, AZ

The new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs will host a conference on the fundamentals of Indian Law.

Topics covered:

  • History of Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Overview of Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction
  • Fundamentals of Tribal Self-Governance
  • Fundamentals of Indian Gaming


  • Professor Robert J. Miller
  • Professor Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes
  • Professor Lawrence S. Roberts
  • Executive Director Jay Spaan, Self-Governance Communication & Education (SGCE) Tribal Consortium

Register now and receive complimentary conference materials.

Standard Registration rate of $250 ends 1/23

Register at:

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Job Opportunity – General Counsel

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
Tuba City, AZ

The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, located in Tuba City, Arizona, is seeking to hire a General Counsel as the principal legal officer of the Tribe. For two years, the Tribe’s current General Counsel has assisted the Tribe in building foundational government infrastructure, but is now transitioning to provide special counsel legal services to the Tribe in the areas of land, water and other special projects. As a result, the Tribe now seeks to hire a new General Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the principal legal officer of the Tribe and report directly to the Tribal Council.
  • Provide professional legal counsel and representation to the Tribal government.
  • Assist the Tribal Council with governance matters and identify legal issues.
  • Implement legal strategies necessary to meet Tribal priorities as directed by the Tribal Council.
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to Tribal Administration in carrying out the daily functions of the Tribal government.
  • Draft and review laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, manuals, handbooks and resolutions.
  • Draft legal and policy memoranda, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Coordinate work with other attorneys retained by the Tribe for various matters, including, but not limited to, land, water and gaming.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Education: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing with no past or present disciplinary actions or member of another state bar with the ability to obtain Arizona bar license within one (1) year of hire.
  • At least 5 years of experience practicing law in the field of Federal Indian Law and/or Tribal Law.
  • Ability to work efficiently, cooperatively and professionally in a highly complex field of law.
  • Ability to educate and explain topics in a wide variety of legal matters to enable informed decision-making by the Tribal Council.
  • Preferred, but not required: Prior experience as legal counsel to a tribal government; Navajo Nation bar license or ability to obtain license within one (1) year of hire.

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
P.O. Box 2950
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Fax: 928-233-8948

See full job description here.

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Wiring the Rez 2020 – Native Women and Indian Country driven work

We bring you Assistant Secretary at the Indian Affairs U.S. Department of Interior Tara Sweeney, member of the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slopes and Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation Delegate-Designate, U.S. House of Representatives will be one of our keynote speakers at our upcoming Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development Via E-Commerce Conference January 30-31, 2020.

See all our impactful presenters and current agenda at:

Register before Standard Registration rate ends next week! 

Job Opportunity – Federal Public Defender

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit
District of Hawaii

Deadline: February 27, 2020 (5 p.m.)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from all qualified persons for the position of Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the District of Hawaii. This position will be available on or after July 15, 2020.

The FPD Office is headquartered in Honolulu, HI. The appointee will manage an annual budget of $3.2 million and an office of approximately 15 employees, which includes attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and administrative personnel. The term of appointment is four years, renewable upon demonstration of highly satisfactory performance in office. The current authorized annual salary is $170,800. The Office of the Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must satisfy the following conditions: (1) be admitted to practice before the highest court of at least one state; (2) be a member in good standing of every state Bar of which he/she is a member; (3) have a minimum of 5 years of criminal practice, preferably with significant federal criminal trial experience; (4) possess administrative expertise; (5)

The completed and signed original application must be sent to the Office of the Circuit Executive, and a scanned version of the completed application uploaded to the Ninth Circuit Federal Public Defender Application System ( by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Download full vacancy announcement here.

Telephone: (415) 355-8985

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Policy Specialist

Tribal Policy Specialist

Policy Development & Government Relations Division

Phoenix Location

Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000

Close date: 1/28/2020


  • This position will support ADE on interpreting and navigating the tribal governance structures and education policies, as well as analyze and communicate to tribal nations on the intersection and potential impact of state and federal education policy and legislation, and hold the following responsibilities;
  • Analyze the impact of legislation and regulations on tribal nations and native students;
  • Conduct outreach and gather input from tribal nations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide policy guidance and consultation to tribal nations and ADE staff on the impact of new or amended laws, programs, and appropriations;
  • In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.


  • Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
  • Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.

Apply here*.

*Select Department of Education Category then Click Tribal Policy Specialist

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Job Opportunity – Titla & Parsi Associate or Of-Counsel

The law firm of Titla & Parsi, PLLC is looking to hire an associate or of-counsel with 1-3 years’ experience to join their team. The Firm specializes in Federal Indian Law, and also does corporate/commercial transactions, real estate, personal injury, employment and environmental law.


·        1-3 years of experience, preferably with Indian Law

·        Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona

·        Strong communication, research, and writing skills

·        Excellent attention to detail

For consideration please submit cover letter and resume to Kevin Parsi at:  Salary will depend on experience.

Job Opportunity – Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments

Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments – 3 Positions

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 10, 2020

The Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is looking to fill three attorney positions on this very important Commission. This Commission’s primarily role is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies. Applicants must have been admitted to practice law for not less than five (5) years. Arizona’s Constitution (Article 6, Section 36.C. and Section 41.D.) provides for ethnic and gender diversity on the commissions.

Please find the application form and additional information here.

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Job Opportunity – Deputy Executive Director

Navajo Nation Washington Office
Washington, DC

Duties and Responsibilities:
In coordination with the Executive Director oversee operations of the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO), including development and implementation of policies and operating standards; supervises staff, provides administrative direction, guidance and monitoring within the NNWO; handles personnel issues and identifies employee development requirements; determines compliance with organizational policies and procedures and evaluates staff performance ; performs work of unusual difficulty with responsibility to support the overall planning and execution of goals and objectives of the Nation; performs related work as assigned.

Assists with review, analysis and research on proposed pending legislation, and policy initiatives to ensure that legislation and policy initiatives to ensure that legislation and initiatives do not adversely affect the Navajo Nation; assists with drafting legislative bills, policy proposals and position papers and provides detailed reports on the activities of Congress to the Nation; advocates and communications extensively with congressional representatives and federal agencies to provide briefings and background on the issues and positions of the Nation; analyzes existing federal regulations to protect the interests of the Nation; analyzes legislative, policy and budgetary initiatives developed by the federal government; provides reports to the Nation outlining the political and policy ramification of these initiatives and provide strategic recommendation on how the Nation should address these initiatives.

Coordinate meetings with congressional representatives and federal officials; prepares materials and strategy for the meeting and accompanies Navajo officials in the meetings; develops public affairs campaigns and formulates coalitions with interest groups, nongovernmental organizations and other governments to further the Nation’s position; attends congressional hearings, press conferences and markups to gather important intelligence on matters of concern to the Nation; assists in the preparation of news releases and articles for publication to increase the awareness of the Nation’s needs; attends strategy meetings; keeps abreast of current events and national news regarding Native Americans; may represent the Navajo Nation at various functions.

For full job description, click here.

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