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


Job Opportunity – Assistant United States Attorney

Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) - United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) 

USAO District of Arizona
40 N. Central St. 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), District of Arizona, is seeking applications from attorneys for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in one of the largest USAOs in the nation. The USAO handles cases on behalf of the federal government in the Criminal Divisions. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, immigration offenses, alien smuggling, narcotics, health care fraud, public corruption and violent crimes originating on public lands in in Arizona’s federally recognized Indian tribes. The work of the AUSAs in this district mirrors the varied activities of the federal government and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse case load of any law office, public or private, in the country.

Job Description: AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement

Salary: The range of basic pay is $45,477 to $120,365 plus Phoenix locality pay of 16.76%

Travel: Travel throughout Arizona and nation-wide may be necessary.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)

3. You will have to upload a Legal Writing Sample and an Arizona Application Form found at you will need to attach these documents under “Other.” They are required documents. Limit the writing sample to 15 pages or less.

4. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

If you are unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing the documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Number of Positions: Few

For more information, click here 

Job Opportunity – City Magistrate

CITY MAGISTRATE – Municipal Court

Department  Municipal Court
Job Type  Full Time
Salary  $85,572-$111,936 annually DOQ
Closes  04/24/2015 5:00 PM

The Department & Position

The City Magistrate is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. Presiding over the City court system, the City Magistrate provides direction and oversees work performed by court staff and is responsible for adjudicating traffic and misdemeanor cases.

The successful candidate will enjoy an incredibly talented, hard working team  consisting of:  an Associate Magistrate, Court Administrator, Collections Officer and 5 Court Clerks.

Essential Responsibilities

This list of responsibilities is illustrative only and not a comprehensive list of functions and tasks: presides over misdemeanor and civil traffic cases filed with the City of Kingman Municipal Court, and presides over Orders of Protection; responsible for applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, state statutes, City ordinances, and case law when presiding over trials to the court, trials to a jury, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, and other hearings; responsible for imposing sentences commensurate to the offense and within the parameters allowed by law; determines the conditions, which, if met, will allow defendant’s release from police custody; responsible for the administration of staff, and oversight of departmental budget.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Be of Good Morale Character
  • Is Committed to Equal Justice Under the Law
  • A Proven Record of Being Fair, Efficient & Professional
  • Excellent Communicator, Keeps Council Informed
  • Be Politically Astute and Demonstrates an Unquestionable sense of Integrity & Honesty

Desired Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate from an accredited Law School and Arizona State Bar membership in good standing;

Five (5) years judicial or related experience;

OR, any equivalent combination of education & experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Compensation & Benefits

Hiring salary range is $85,572—$111,936 annually DOQ

The City offers an attractive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to: Arizona State Retirement System, group medical/dental/vision/life insurance, H.S.A. contributions, F.S.A., supplemental insurance options, generous leave benefits, and many other competitive benefits.

To be considered for this opportunity, please complete application materials and send compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, professional references to:

City of Kingman
Attn: Jackie Walker, Human Resources Director
310 North Fourth Street, Kingman, AZ 86401



APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 24, 2015  @ 5:00PM

No contact will be made with references or current employer until Finalists are selected and with candidates’ permission.

For more information, click here: