National NALSA Awards

Please join me in congratulating our ASU NALSA members and the COL alumnus who were honored by the National NALSA Executive Board at the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference last week. These students were nominated by the ASU Chapter of NALSA and voted on by the National NALSA Executive Board. Congratulations!

NNALSA Outstanding 1L of the Year – Khia Grinnell
NNALSA Outstanding 3L of the Year – Nikki Borchardt
NNALSA Outstanding Alum of the Year – Marlene Rae Jones (’97)

Carl Artman joins the Indian Legal Program faculty

I am pleased to report that Carl Artman has accepted the College of Law’s offer to become a Professor of Practice as part of our new initiative on economic development in Indian Country.

Carl J. Artman is currently a shareholder on the Godfrey & Kahn’s Indian Nations and Environmental & Energy Practice Groups. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Carl was the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. He served also as the Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department. Prior to the appointments, Carl was Chief Legal Counsel for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin in Green Bay. Carl has represented clients in environmental, corporate, emerging technologies, telecommunications and bankruptcy matters. Carl is licensed to practice in Wisconsin, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Carl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center. He served on the Board of the Presidential Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, Oneida Nation Electronics, Qubit Technology Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc. and Personal Communications Industry Association. He was the Chairman of the Tribal Management Advisory Committee and the Tribal Budget Advisory Committee. He was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nation’s Convention to Eliminate Racial Discrimination. While at the Department of Interior, Carl served as a member of the Trust Executive Steering Committee, Climate Control Task Force Steering Committee and Fire Policy Council. He was a member of the Board of Governance for the National Indian Programs Training Center and the Board of Regents for the Haskell Indian Nations University. He served as an editor for the Denver Journal of International Law Policy.

Artman received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Business School.

EchoHawk to lead the BIA

April 11, 2009

Brigham Young U. Law Professor Will Head Bureau of Indian Affairs

President Obama has chosen a Brigham Young University law professor, Larry EchoHawk, to be the Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary for Indian affairs. He will oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which provides services for 1.7 million American Indians and manages 66 million acres of tribal land.

Mr. EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee tribe and a Democrat, teaches criminal law and federal Indian law at the university. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, he is a Mormon and a Brigham Young alumnus who was the first American Indian elected to a statewide office when he became Idaho’s attorney general, in 1990. In 1994 he ran for governor of Idaho but lost. He has taught at Brigham Young since. –Lawrence Biemiller

Taxation on Indian Reservations

TAX LAW SECTION
LUNCHEON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

“TAXATION ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS”

SPEAKER: THE HONORABLE PATRICK IRVINE, Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. One

Judge Irvine has been a judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals since 2002. He received his B.S. and J.D. from ASU, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of San Diego. From 1989 to 2002, he served in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in various capacities. During his tenure at the AG’s Office he chaired the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team, Opinion Review Committee, Indian Law Working Group and Election Law Committee. He previously worked as an Assistant General Counsel to the Gila River Indian Community, a tax manager for an international accounting firm, and in private practice.

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

TIME: 11:45 — Registration/Lunch
NOON — Program

COST: $25.00 (Section Members) – $30.00 (Non-Members) — Lunch Provided

PLACE: STATE BAR OFFICES
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(East side of 24th Street, a half block north of Indian School
Front of building faces east — plenty of parking)

May Qualify for MCLE Credit

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ILP Students co-author "Arizona Attorney" article

ILP students co-author ‘Arizona Attorney’ article

Indian law should be added to the Arizona State Bar Examination for practical and professional reasons, according to an article written by two students in the College of Law’s Indian Legal Program and published in the May issue of Arizona Attorney.

“State and tribal interactions are increasing at an exponential rate,” wrote authors Brian Lewis (Choctaw) and Raymond Campbell (Gila River Pima), third-year students at the College of Law who are working in its Indian Legal Clinic. “In Arizona today, attorneys need to have at least a modicum of Indian law knowledge to serve their clients competently. And learning at least some Indian law will ensure that Arizona’s attorneys meet the requirements of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.”

Many Indian law issues may arise in Arizona, from the adoption of Indian children and probate of real property on tribal lands to auto accidents on reservations that may involve complex jurisdictional dilemmas, Lewis and Campbell wrote in the article, “Indian law: A needed addition to the Arizona Bar Exam.”

The magazine invited the students to write the article, because a proposed Arizona Supreme Court rule change would include Indian law as a topic to be tested on the Bar exam. The comment period on the proposal ends May 20.

In 2003, New Mexico became the first state to include Indian law on its Bar exam, followed by Washington state in 2004, and other states are working to add it, Lewis and Campbell wrote. Arizona, the state with the largest percentage of Indian lands in the country, should not fall behind, they wrote.

To read the full article, click here.

JOB: Hoopa Valley Tribe – Tribal Attorney

Date: 4/23/2009 10:23:07 AM

Contact: Rosella Moon

Employer: Office of Tribal Attorney
Address1: Hoopa Valley Tribe
Address2: Post Office Box 188
CityStateZip: Hoopa, CA. 95546

Email: legal@hoopa-nsn.gov
Website: www.hoopavalleytribe.com
Fax: 530-625-4847

AcceptingCalls: No

JobTitle: Attorney
Salary: 56K DOE
Hours: 40 HRS. A WK.

Description: Tribal Attorney, contractual, $56,000, Neg. DOE. The Hoopa Valley Tribe, a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Hoopa, CA, seeks an attorney to fill the position of Tribal Attorney. The successful candidate will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney under the supervision of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and the Tribal Chairman; Provides a broad range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, including without limitation, advice, negotiation, drafting, research, lobbying, litigation in civil matters and representation in administrative proceedings as well as other duties as assigned. Attorney will not proved legal service to individual tribal members except upon the formal direction of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council. The successful candidate will receive all benefits provided by the Tribe to its other employees including sick, bereavement, and annual leave, retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and life insurance. REQUIREMENTS: CA. bar membership; experience in Indian law and civil litigation as well as self-governance, gaming, contracts, environmental, water, economic development and employment law is preferred.

Experience: Graduate,Current Bar Members
Submit: Resume,Cover Letter,Writing Sample
SendBy: Fax,Email

Deadline: 09/30/2009

Pro Bono Winners!

Congrats to our students who earned Pro Bono Distinction!

Highest Pro Bono Distinction (150 hours or more) — Joe Sarcinella
Pro Bono Distinction (50 — 99 hours) — Nikki BorchardtCongratulations for Sarah Cedar Face for being selected for a Summer Fellowship!

Pro Bono Participants
Sarah Cedar Face
Dan Lewis
Brad Martin
Rebecca Ross
Naomi White
Mandy Cisneros
Michael-Corey Hinton
Pat Kincaid

JOB: Tohono O’odham Judge (4 positions)

OPENING DATE: February 14, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Open till filled
TITLE OF POSITION : JUDGE (4 positions)
LOCATION OF POSITION : This position is located within the Tohono O’odham Judicial Branch.

LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT :
The Nation’s judges are appointed by the Tohono O’odham Legislative Council. The terms are as follows: Two judges will be appointed to six-year terms beginning February 1, 2007 and expiring on February 1, 2013. Two additional judges will be appointed to six-year terms beginning February 1, 2009 and expiring on February 1, 2015.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED :
Under the general supervision of the Chief Judge.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES :
A judge of the Tohono O’odham Nation, and shall have the duties/powers of the office in accordance with article VIII of the constitution of the Tohono O’odham Nation, and shall have such powers as provided herein:
(1) Hear and determine, when so assigned by the chief judge or the deputy chief judge, any matter arising under the law, ordinances and constitution of the Tohono O’odham Nation and grant, when otherwise required enter an order or judgment in favor of a party. Readvertised 10-29-08
(2) Hear and determine an uncontested or contested petition(s) for adoption, custody, dependency, guardianship of other similar proceeding the status of minors, and incompetence of incapacitated persons.
(3) Hear and enter judgment in criminal misdemeanor of juvenile/child/offender cases.
(4) Hear and determine any matters pertaining to evaluation, treatment and placement of mentally ill person(s).
(5) Hear and determine any matter pertaining to dissolution of marriage, probate of estate and any matter filed pursuant to the civil laws of ordinances of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
(6) Grant and order(s), judgment(s) or decree(s) on written stipulation in accordance with agreed terms and conditions.
(7) Hear and rule on any motion of application relative to an Order, Judgment or Decree granted or signed by a judge, provided that the motion or application is made in accordance with the applicable Rules of Court Procedure.
(8) Issue orders to show cause requiring any person(s) to appear before a judge of the Tohono O’odham Courts to show cause why the Court should not issue a contempt of court.
(9) Issue civil and criminal arrest warrants pursuant to the rules of civil and criminal procedure.
(10) Enter an ex parte order, provided a judge shall not make ex parte orders which would deprive a person from custody of a child of deprive a person of his liberty, or grant injunctive relief, without notice and opportunity to appear being given to each person who may be affected, expect in default hearings of for necessary, temporary matters preceding a hearing.
(11) Grant an order of judgment, provided there are uncontroversial facts to support such order of judgment of grant other ancillary or extraordinary relief as may be necessary to effectuate any term of condition heard and determined.
(12) Perform such other judicial duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
(1) Admitted to, and a member in good standing with, a state bar and federal bar; possess a juris doctorate degree, and have at least three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the field of Indian law, or Readvertised 10-29-08
(2) Possess a bachelor’s degree and at least six years of work experience and training in judicial of law-related field which provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
 Working knowledge of tribal laws and applicable state and federal laws.

 Working knowledge of applicable criminal, civil, traffic laws and regulations.

 Working knowledge of judicial practices and procedures within Indian country.

 Working knowledge of the organization, functions and legal limitations on the authority of Indian tribes.

 Skills in the preparation and argument of legal memoranda, orders, judgments, and decrees.

 Good writing and verbal skills.

 Ability to research, interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to matters or cases arising under the Nation’s laws or Constitution.

 Ability to perform the duties of the office impartially and diligently and to avoid any appearance of impropriety in all activities.

 Ability to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

 Ability to improve the law and the administration of justice either by speaking, writing, lecturing, teaching or participating in activities concerning the law of judicial services.

 Ability to regulate all extra judicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with the judicial duties.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Requirements marked with a ** are preferred and requirements underlined are mandatory.
(1) Preference given to qualified, enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes with first preference to qualified, enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation Readvertised 10-29-08
(2) ** Ability to speak or understand the O’odham language.
(3) Applicant will be required to go through an extensive nationwide background investigation check . Background check shall include criminal history, driving record litigation, past of pending, and may include financial information check and checks of other background information concerning the applicant.

NOTE: Conviction of a misdemeanor involving a serious crime or of any felony and/or conviction of a driving under the influence of major traffic offense within the past three years shall automatically disqualify the applicant. Serious crime is defined as any crime, which involves interference with the administration of justice, perjury, misrepresentation, theft or moral turpitude including a conspiracy, solicitation of attempt to commit a serious crime.
(4) Must be fingerprinted
(5) An application for employment must be submitted with a resume and three reference letters — applicant will not be considered if application, resume and reference letters are received of postmarked after the closing date.
(6) ** Valid Arizona driver’s license (must be able to obtain Arizona license upon beginning of employment).
(7) Must provide copies of college diploma(s) and bar certification if an attorney.
(8) Must take pass oral and written examination on legal questions and matters to illustrate knowledge of judicial and legal requirements.

SALARY: $70,070.94 to $76,485.48
– Group health and life insurance, 401(k) plan, and as well as other benefits are provided.
Applications for employment are available from the Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch and must be submitted to:

ATTN: Judiciary Committee Chairperson Application must be submitted to the
Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch Legislative Branch Administration
Post Office Box 837 During the hours of 8:00 A.M. –
Sells, Arizona 85634 5:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday
(520) 383-5260 EXCEPT HOLIDAYS