JOB: NCAI Staff Attorney

NCAI Staff Attorney

Organization: NCAI

Skills and Qualifications: The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Staff Attorney in the Washington, DC office. Subject areas of the Staff Attorney’s work will include (but are not limited to): tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, tribal lands, law enforcement, tribal justice systems, federal agency consultation, taxation, economic development, and other issues of importance to Indian tribal governments.
Minimum Qualifications- JD degree- Active Bar Membership and eligibility for DC Bar Admission.- 2+ years of legal experience- Strong administrative and organizational skills.- Ability to both take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility.- Capacity to work under pressure, meet deadlines consistently, and handle multiple projects concurrently,- Knowledge of tribal communities.

Responsibilities include:- Legal analysis- Legislative analysis and drafting- Researching background information related to tribal issues- Drafting memoranda – Preparation of amicus briefs- Coordination with federal agencies- Legislative and agency advocacy- Advising and updating tribal leaders on important issues

Salary and Benefit: This is a salaried position that offers competitive salary and benefits (including health benefits, 401(k) plan, vacation time, etc.). Salary to be determined based on experience.

Application Procedure:Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter by mail or email.

Open Date: 8.29.2007

Close Date: Until filled

Contact Info: National Congress of American Indians Attn: Virginia Davis 1301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036

Contact Email: vdavis@ncai.org

Organization Web-Site: www.ncai.org

Allison Binney (’00) Promotion

Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Dorgan announced today he is naming the panel’s general counsel, Allison Binney, as staff director and chief counsel of the committee. Binney has served two-and-a-half years as general counsel. She will replace Sara Garland, who is leaving the committee staff director position to become chief of staff to Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Congrats Allison!

Dorgan’s comments on Binney

DORGAN ANNOUNCES ALLISON BINNEY AS NEW SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE STAFF DIRECTOR
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
CONTACT: Barry E. Piattor Brenden TimpePHONE: 202-224-2551

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced Tuesday he is naming Allison Binney, an expert in American Indian law and current General Counsel, as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Binney, a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and a graduate of Arizona State University’s College of Law, has served for two and a half years as general counsel for the Indian Affairs Committee. Before joining Dorgan’s committee staff, she specialized in American Indian law for six years at private law firms in Washington, D.C. She will replace Sara Garland, who is leaving the Committee Staff Director position to become Chief of Staff to Senator Kent Conrad.

“I’ve worked with Allison for a number of years, and she’s distinguished herself as an expert in American Indian issues and law,” Dorgan said. “I’m pleased to see Allison step into this leadership role. She is a steady hand and capable leader who will help navigate our effort to address the chronic shortages of health care, housing, law enforcement and education that we face in Indian Country.”

Conference sponsored by AILC

SAVE THE DATE!

Protecting our Children & Families
Best Social Work Practices and Effective Court Orders

A symposium on Title IV-E funding for tribal leaders,
judges, attorneys, advocates, and social workers

March 28, 2008 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

National Indian Programs Training Center
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Albuquerque, New Mexico

There is no charge for attending this symposium, but seating will be limited. REGISTER EARLY!
For more information, call the American Indian Law Center at (505) 277-5462.

Co-sponsored by:

American Indian Law Center, Inc.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office Casey Family Programs
Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center

Navajo Nation Division of Social Services NM Children, Youth & Families Department
NICWA (National Indian Child Welfare Association)

Bartley Harris – Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Bart Harris! Bart was selected to receive the 2nd Annual William C. Canby Scholarship award. The scholarship is for students in their final year of school with a strong interest in Indian law.

Bartley Harris is Saulteaux-Cree raised in Alberta, Canada. He is finishing his final year of the JD/MBA program here at ASU. Bartley is also near completion of the Indian Legal Program Certificate. While at school, Bartley has benefited from the support of his wife Penny and their four children, all members of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation of Saskatchewan.