Attorney Position

Santa Ana Staff Attorney Position

NMLA has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Santa Ana Office.   NMLA represents low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer and Native American issues.  NMLA seeks to hire an attorney to provide legal assistance to low income Native Americans in its Santa Ana Office, which is located on the Santa Ana Pueblo.  The Staff Attorney will handle cases and matters involving federal Indian law and Indian tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in tribal court.  In addition, staff attorney may be required to handle poverty law issues involving consumer and family law issues in forums other than tribal court and to conduct outreach in Indian communities.  Expectation is that attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. 

Requirements:    Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies, ability to manage a caseload, and the ability to build collaborative relationships within the community.   Reliable transportation required.  New Mexico bar license is preferred. 

Send letter of intent, resume, and two references to:  Gloria Molinar, New Mexico Legal Aid, PO Box 25486, NM 87125-5486, or email:  Salary: DOE; NMLA is an EEO/AA employer.

ASU Native American Alumni Chapter Homecoming events

Please join ILP alumni and other ASU grads this weekend at the 2011 ASU Homecoming Mixer and the ASU Block Party!

Reunite with ASU Natives!
Homecoming Mixer
Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
6:00 p.m.
Macayo’s Depot Cantina
300 S. Ash Ave.
Tempe, AZ
Please RSVP to Eileen Allison – or 480-229-2477

Block Party
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011
Fry Bread Sale 10:00 a.m.
Parade11:30 a.m.
Block Party 12:30 p.m.
Kick Off 3:30 p.m.
Native American Venue — University East of Fulton Center

The Native American Alumni Chapter invites you to join us as we celebrate ASU Homecoming 2011!

Join us for dinner at Macayo’s Depot Cantina. We hope all NAAC Sun Devils (past, present and future) will join us as we celebrate Homecoming 2011. Catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat, and reunite with ASU Natives!

10-26-11 NABA-AZ Update

Please see below for the most recent news and events.

1. NABA-AZ Board Meeting

Date: October 27, 2011
Time: 12:00 — 1:30 PM
Location: Whirlwind Golf Club
RSVP: Linda Arnold at

2. NABA-AZ Seven Generations Dinner

Thanks to everyone who made the Seven Generations Dinner a success. The Dinner raised approximately $15,000. Great job to our Event Chair Sonia Martinez and Committee: Kate Rosier, Tamara Begay, Alane Breland, Faith Klepper and Linda Arnold. A nice article was published in the Gila River Indian News. See attached article. And a nice thank you note was submitted by Honoree Bill Quinn. See attached letter.

3. Informational Briefing: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The free informational briefing will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, and is meant for tribal leaders, staff, and others to learn about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: what it is, what it says, and how it may be used at the tribal, federal, and international levels to effectuate changes that will benefit and strengthen our nations, territories, and communities.

Date: October 29, 2011 (day before NCAI)
Location: Billy Frank Conference Center
721 9th Avenue, #200, Portland, Oregon
Time: 2:30 — 4:30 PM
Cost: Free

4. Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association Annual Convention

Date: November 4, 2011
Location: Mountain Preserve Reception Center, 1431 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix
Time: 11:15 AM — 4:30 PM
Cost: $125 for private lawyers/$100 for public/government lawyers
RSVP: or contact Kim Demarchi at

5. Access to Sacred Sites on Federal Public Lands by Melissa Tatum

Date: November 15, 2011
Location: ASU Law School, Room 114
Time: 12:15 PM
Cost: Free

6. DC Indian Law Conference

Date: November 15, 2011
Location: Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K Street NW, Washington DC 20005
Time: 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Cost: $95 after 10/25 (includes breakfast and lunch)
CLE: 8-9 CLE Credits
7. Tohono O’odham Nation v. City of Glendale, CV-11-0167-P
The Arizona Supreme Court denied the petition for review filed by the City of Glendale and granted attorneys’ fees to the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Get the story:
8. Equator Prize 2012
The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2012, which will recognize 25 outstanding local initiatives that are working to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. All winning initiatives will receive US $5,000, with 10 selected for “special recognition” and a total of US $20,000 each. Representatives of all winning communities will participate in Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in Brazil in June 2012. On its 10-year anniversary, and in recognition of the new and emerging challenges that face local and indigenous communities the world over, the Equator Prize 2012 will have an expanded thematic scope and geographical eligibility.
‘Resilient Communities’
The Equator Prize 2012 will focus on local innovation and excellence in promoting community wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods, environmental conservation, and sustainable natural resource management. Eight new ‘special recognition’ categories — in areas such as community-based adaptation, food security, forest management, energy, water, and more — have been created with the overall theme of ‘resilient communities for sustainable development’.
‘A World of Innovative Local Solutions’
Geographical eligibility for the Equator Prize 2012 has been expanded to include all countries receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For a list of eligible countries, eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please click here.
How to Nominate
To nominate an initiative for the Equator Prize 2012 (or to self-nominate), visit our website:
Nomination forms must be submitted by 31 October 2011. Nominations may be completed online or sent via email, fax, or post to:
Equator Initiative
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
304 East 45th Street, Room 640
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 212 906-5104 / Fax: +1 212 906-6642

9. On the Move

Marnie Hodakwen is now in house at the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

10. Jobs

A. State Bar of Arizona, Diversity and Outreach Advisor

Under minimal supervision, the Diversity and Outreach Advisor oversees and coordinates diversity efforts on behalf of the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) to attract a more diverse population to the practice of law and to promote their active involvement and leadership within the SBA and legal profession in Arizona.

– JD required
– Experience working with and within diverse environments
– Demonstrated experience building successful networks with organizations and individuals which resulted in the delivery of an initiative, program or service throughout a highly diverse population.
– Experience working with volunteers, boards and elected officials
– Clear, concise written and verbal communications skills
– Highly developed presentation skills
– Demonstrated leadership skill and ability
– Excellent customer service skills
– Highly effective interpersonal skills
– Demonstrated ability to successfully market and promote programs or initiatives
– Able to work successfully either as a team player or individually
– Able to work effectively with changing priorities and environments
Salary: $63,328-$79,155

B. Staff Attorney — Legal Services, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

SALARY: $75,644.00 – $107,794.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/14/11

CLOSING DATE: 10/28/11 11:59 PM

Under general supervision of the Managing Attorney, this position will provide legal review and advice to clients of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC & Community) Legal Services Office. Guiding directive is to protect the client’s interests, legally and ethically, while working to prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation. This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to a standard work schedule. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

More Information:

C. Assistant City Attorney — City of Phoenix

Assistant City Attorneys in the Civil Division of the Law Department work in one of six areas: Public Safety; Litigation/Employment; Natural Resources; Economic Development & Finance; Land Use; and Transportation. The emphasis on this recruitment is to fill several positions in our newly created Public Safety Section, however, this recruitment process may also be used to fill vacancies that exist in any one of these sections. All attorneys in the Law Department may be reassigned based on the best interests of the City as determined by the City Attorney.

These positions will be police advisors with expanded responsibilities providing general counsel services to the Phoenix Police Department and other related public safety functions. A strong background in criminal procedure is a must for these positions, including Constitutional requirements related to criminal procedure. As general counsel for the Police Department, a background in municipal law, transactional work, grants, tort claims related to police conduct and employment law is a plus. These positions will also be responsible for providing policy guidance on public safety issues for the City of Phoenix Government Relations Office.

Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications. First review of applications will occur the week of October 31, 2011.

SALARY $76,211- $132,392 annually.

 Graduated from an accredited school of law and admission to the State Bar of Arizona.
Please include your Arizona State Bar license number on resume or cover letter.
 Three years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your legal area of specialty as well as your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above and include your Arizona State Bar license number.

 For other important information related to employment with the City of Phoenix, please visit:

 If you need assistance applying for this job, please contact our HR Center at (602) 262-6277.

Asst City Attorney III, 10130, #5797, 10/10/11, AA, Benefits Code: midmgr

D. Joint Prosecutor — South Dakota

Info attached.

E. Indian Law Resource Center Summer Clerkships

Deadline November 18, 2011

F. NARF Clerkships

Deadline October 31, 2011


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Only 2 Days Left to Register at the Regular Rate!

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference

Register Here!

A concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian water law.
Perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

This conference may qualify for up to 6.5 hours of CLE credit inArizona, New Mexico and California.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. (8:00 a.m. Check-In, Walk-In Registration & Continental Breakfast)

Armstrong Hall, Great Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University, Tempe Campus

$200 — Until Oct. 18 / 5 p.m.
$225 — Walk-in Registration rate

For more information, contact Kate Rosier at or (480) 965-6204
Or visit the conference website: Click Here to go to Conference Website.

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE – October 21, 2011

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is holding a conference entitled Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011. The conference will be a concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian Water law and will be perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

Confirmed speakers are John D. Leshy (UC Hastings College of Law), Peter W. Culp (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Judith M. Dworkin (Sacks Tierney P.A.), Diane Enos (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), M. Kathryn Hoover (Navajo Nation DOJ), Diane J. Humetewa (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Jonathan L. Jantzen (Tohono O’odham Nation, Rodney B. Lewis (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld), and Ryan A. Smith (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck).

This conference will be eligible for up to 6.5 of hours of CLE credit in Arizona, New Mexico and California. Early bird rate $175 by 09/23, $200 by 10/18, and $225 Walk-in Rate. For agenda and registration visit:
or contact Kate Rosier at 480.965.6204

Arlinda Locklear Presentation 2PM Today!

Dear Alumni and Friends – TODAY! Arlinda Locklear will be at the COL. Her talk begins at 2:00pm in the Faculty Center (266)at the College of law at ASU. If you can make it we would love to have you. Ms. Locklear is the first Native woman to argue before the US Supreme Court. She is an amazing attorney and well respected in Indian Country. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!