Job: Alaska

From: Bessie O’Rourke Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:05 AMTo: Bessie O’RourkeSubject: Please spread the word re attorney jobs

Dear All,
My office is still looking for someone who wants to be an assistant borough attorney, in Barrow. There may be two positions opening up, but we are now hiring for a contracts and real estate-focused position. (Later this year there may be another position which would be focused on environment and natural resources, which we have also started advertising for.)

I am having a heck of a time hiring, so thought I would just write people I know and ask you to spread the word, in case there are people you know, or people you know who may know people who may know people……who could be interested. (We are also using different ads, in papers, schools, bar associations, other associations, other municipalities, other agencies who must hire for the more remote parts of Alaska, etc.)

Depending on the candidate, we are willing to work with people who have less than two years experience practicing law, and who have to take the Alaska bar after they get here. The assistant attorney positions pay $110,964. The Borough pays relocation expenses up to a given max, has good insurance benefits, leave benefits, and PERS.

The work I think is interesting and varied, the staff is friendly and collaborative, and the town, the region and the indigenous and other cultures make life here different than on the road system. You know I like it. People who want to try something different should check it out.

Any referrals would be so helpful. Anyone interested is welcome to call or email me. Thanks.

Bessie O’Rourke
Borough Attorney
North Slope Borough

Bradley Bledsoe Downes (’94) ATLG Faculty Member

ATLG New Faculty Member, Bradley Bledsoe Downes
February 1, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Academy of Tribal & Local Government

Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes respected tribal attorney Bradley Bledsoe Downes to its world-class faculty

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Bledsoe Downes is a recognized expert in federal Indian law, tribal government sovereignty, gaming regulation, labor and government relations Long Beach, CA — The Academy of Tribal & Local Government, the leading training and education institute in Indian Country, proudly welcomed to its world class faculty Bradley Bledsoe Downes, one of the leading experts in federal Indian law and other issues affecting Indian Country.

Mr. Downes is a founding member and Managing Partner of the law firm Bledsoe Downes & Rosier, PC headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. His diverse and successful practice areas include Federal Indian Law, Indian Gaming, Tribal Government Sovereign Authority and Regulation, Civil Litigation, Economic Development, Business, Employment and Labor, Fee-to-Trust Transfers, Indian Child Welfare and Governmental Relations. He has been rated one of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Gaming Law (2005-2009) and was noted as a “Rising Star” in 2004.

Mr. Bledsoe Downes served on-reservation for more than three years as Tribal Attorney for the Hoopa Valley Tribe and currently serves as General Counsel to the Elk Valley Rancheria. He is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of California. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Arizona State University College of Law.

Mr. Bledsoe Downes is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He has extensive experience in tribal governmental and jurisdictional matters, tribal-state intergovernmental relations and negotiations, and tribal-third party business transactions, and is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. “Bradley is one of the most respected and dynamic legal minds in Indian Country,” stated Deron Marquez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Tribal & Local Government. “As a proud Native American, he further strengthens our faculty, our brand, and our academic and professional standing nationally.” About the Academy of Tribal & Local Government The Academy of Tribal & Local Government is a Native-owned and operated institute advancing productive relations between federally recognized tribal and local governments nationwide. Utilizing a renowned faculty with more than 200 years of real world and academic experience in Indian Country, the Academy develops customized education programs offering long-term solutions that serve the unique economic, social and cultural needs of these governments. The Academy also serves Indian Country through comprehensive online training for goods and service providers nationwide through its Vendor Certification Program. For more information please visit