ILP Alumni & Friends Breakfast – 4/10/08

You are invited to attend the ILP’s Alumni and Friends Breakfast!
The breakfast will be held on
THURSDAY, April 10th at 7:30 a.m.
at the Albuquerque Marriott.
This is the first day of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference.
Exact location within the Marriott will be announced at a later date. Hope to see you there!
Please RSVP by April 4th to Sunny Larson
at or (480) 965-6413.

National NALSA Moot Court – Winners and Thank you!

Thank you all of the judges who volunteered their time and donors who financially supported the students to make this competition a success. We appreciate all you gave us. Thanks again for supporting the students.

16th Annual NNALSA Moot Court Competition
February 21-23, 2008
Hosted by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona

Best Advocate
Kim Garelick and Steven Foster
Oklahoma City University

Edward Hu and Derek Kauanoe
University of Hawai’i

Anosh Yaqoob and Scott Hovey
University of Hawai’i

Best Oralist
Anosh Yaqoob
University of Hawai’i

Alex Hagen
University of South Dakota

Steven Foster
Oklahoma City University

Best Brief
Moani Crowell and Greg Schlais
University of Hawai’i

Kim Garelick and Steven Foster
Oklahoma City University

Novaline Wilson and Alicia Ivory
Michigan State University

A special thanks to Nikki Borchardt for arranging all social events on behalf of this year’s host schools.

JOB: Chief Judge San Mauel

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is seeking a qualified candidate to be appointed to the position of Chief Judge of the San Manuel Tribal Court. To apply for the Chief Judge position, please visit the employment link at to complete an on-line application. To learn more about the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians visit our website at

Needed: Moot Court Judges

NNALSA needs volunteers to serve as oral argument judges for the NNALSA Moot Court competition being held at ASU Law School on Feb. 21-23. NNALSA is in dire need of judges on Thursday and Friday, but judges are also still needed for Saturday. The competition rounds are listed below. Please sign up for as many rounds as possible. Send your responses to Matt Campbell at Please forward this request to your coworkers and other attorneys.

16th Annual NNALSA Moot Court Competition Schedule


Registration — 10am-12pm
Orientation — 12:30- 1:30
Round One, Heat One – 2pm-3:30pm
Round One, Heat Two – 3:30pm-5pm
Feast N’ Fest – Night time (Maybe 6 or 7is)


Round 2, Heat One – 8am-9:30am
Round 2, Heat Two – 9:30am-11am
Round 3, Heat One – 2pm-3:30pm
Round 3, Heat Two – 3:30pm-5pm
Heard Museum Banquets — 8pm-10pm (Bus Holding 55 leaves Hotel at 7:15pm)


Sweet 16 — 8am-9:30am

Elite 8 — 10am — 11:30am

Final Four — 1pm-2:30pm

Final Argument — 3:30pm-5:30pm

Awards Banquet — 7pm-9pm

JOB: SRPMIC General Counsel

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, Arizona
General Counsel
$137,483 – $ 206,227 per annum
(Full Range)

Description: Under the administrative direction of the Community Council, serves as the chief legal advisor, representative and counselor to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or Community) government, including all departments, divisions, enterprises and other entities. Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. Provides assistance to avoid or prevent legal disputes and litigation and protects the Community’s legal interests. Supervises, administers, and oversees all legal services for the Community. This is treated as an FLSA exempt job class.

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree and graduate of an accredited law school, with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing law which included some experience in at least three or more of the following areas: federal Indian law, employment law, commercial transactions, gaming law, leasing, and planning and zoning, A minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience and some experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government is also required.

· Special Requirement: Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar, preferably the Arizona State Bar, and must be eligible to be or admitted to practice in Federal District Court. Must have no outstanding contempt citation from any court. If not licensed and certified by the Arizona State Bar as of the date of hiring, employment shall be conditioned on successful completion and passing of the Arizona State Bar exam within one (1) year of the date of hire.

SUBMIT OFFICIAL SRPMIC APPLICATION OR RESUME TO: SRPMIC -Human Resources, 10,005 E. Osborn Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona 85256

For full job description and to download our application, please visit our website:

JOB: South Dakota


The Lakota Peoples’ Law Project, based in Hot Springs, South Dakota near the famous Lakota town of Wounded Knee, is opening a new “High Impact Litigation” Office in Rapid City, South Dakota – and is seeking applications from qualified Native American attorneys and qualified Native American Law-trained attorneys for the position of FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY in its new Rapid City Office. Bar membership is required. However, while preferred, membership in the South Dakota State & Federal Bars is not required. This can be accomplished after being hired.Starting salary: Public Interest attorney rates.with health & retirement benefits.Our initial federal litigation will be a Rule 23(a) Federal Class Action civil lawsuit to be filed in the Western Division of the United States District of South Dakota against the South Dakota State Department of Social Services’ Children’s Protection Services seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for the agency’s 10-year refusal to comply with the state and federal legal requirements of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act ( ICWA ] and the violation, by the officers, agents, employees and assignees of the DSS, of important state and federal Constitutional and Statutory Rights of the Lakota children; Lakota parents; Lakota grandparents; Lakota Tioshpaye (extended family) members and Lakota Tribes in connection with the State of South Dakota’s unlawful seizure and involuntary subjection of literally thousands of young Lakota children, over the past ten years to: a.) unlawful seizure and involuntary state detention; b.) subjection to the involuntary state administration of psychiatric drugs; c.) unlawful state termination of parental, filial and familial rights andd.) the involuntary “placement” of these Lakota children with Non-Lakota families and the state termination of all communications between these Lakota children and their rightful Lakota parents, families, Tioshpayes and Tribe.This first case will be Co-Counseled by Washington, D.C. Harvard College and Harvard Law School-trained attorney Daniel Sheehan (former National Legal Counsel to the Native American Rights Committee of ACLU National and former Christic Institute Chief Counsel in The Three-Mile Island Case; The Karen Silkwood Case [with Wyoming Attorney Gerry Spence]; The American Sanctuary Movement Case in Texas and The Iran/Contra Case);as well as by accomplished South Dakota Civil Rights & Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Duffy; noted New York City attorney and Senior Partner in the Arent-Fox Law Firm, Eugene Scheiman and attorney Ira Lustbader, Chief Counsel of Children’s Rights, Inc. of New Jersey.Future cases which are presently being contemplated include: b.) a federal litigation to secure the return, to the traditional Seven Council Fires (Oceti Sakowin Oyate) of the Lakota People, all of the aboriginal Lakota Territory that was unlawfully seized by the United States Government, in incremental portions, in 1851; in 1868; in 1871 and in 1887 and c.) other legal actions (including federal litigation) to bring about the eventual dis-establishment of the present Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) tribal council system of government and the “Reservation” system that was unlawfully imposed upon the Lakota People by the United States Government and the replacement of these governing structures by a genuinely self-governing and self-sustaining traditional Seven Council Fires Government in Lakota Territory.Applicants for this Full-Time Staff Attorney position must have: a.) excellent legal training in the fields of American Indian Law and American Constitutional Law and b.) some federal and/or state litigation experience in the first of these legal fields.

Please contact directly:
Attorney Daniel Sheehan at: (831) 459-6136 Or