Job Posting: Law Clerk/Staff Attorney Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court

Law Clerk/Staff Attorney

Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court (Black River Falls, WI)

Position Type: Judicial Clerkship
Practice Area(s): Indian/Native American
Geographic Preference: Midwest (KY, WV, OH, IN, MI, IL, MO, IA, MN, WI)
Description: The Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court is currently seeking a Law Clerk/Staff Attorney to assist

judges with conducting research, drafting opinions, maintaining the Judiciary’s website,

preparing monthly bulletins, and answering procedural questions from the general public.

A full job description is available at

The position’s start date is negotiable, and Spring 2013 graduates are encouraged to

apply. Ho-Chunk Nation/Native American Preference will apply during the application process.

Desired Class Level: 3L, RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, LLM
Posting Date: January 28, 2013
Expiration Date: March 1, 2013
contact: Ms. Mary Thunder

Clerk of Court

W9598 Highway 54 East Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615 United States

Resume Receipt: Other (see below)
How To Apply: Please mail a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages,

and list of three (3) references with contact information to the following location:

Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court
P.O. Box 70
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Alternatively, applicants may send the requirement documentation in the form of a single,

consolidated PDF file to the following e-mail address:

Regardless of submission method, all documents must be received before March 1, 2013 at

4:30 p.m. CST to receive consideration.

Additional Documents: Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, Other Documents
id: 22035


Tribal citizenship in a globalized world to be examined at College of Law’s annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture


Stacy L. Leeds
 William C. Canby Jr.

Stacy L. Leeds, Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, will deliver the Sixth Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the College of Law. The title of Leeds’ talk is “Whose Sovereignty? Tribal Citizenship, Federal Indian Law, and Globalization.”

The lecture, presented by the Indian Legal Program (ILP) at the College, is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Armstrong Hall on the Tempe campus. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Steptoe & Johnson Rotunda. Click here for free tickets.

The lecture honors Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a founding faculty member of the College of Law. Judge Canby taught the first classes in Indian law there and was instrumental in creating the ILP.

Leeds, the first American Indian woman to serve as dean of a law school, has worked with tribes for more than two decades, interpreting tribal law and serving as a judge for many tribes, including the Cherokee Nation.

“I will discuss how foundational principles of tribal sovereignty developed domestically and how those principles may evolve in the future, including issues of internal and external government accountability, interaction with other nations, and enforcement of tribal rights,” Leeds said.

She said it is important to understand the context in which Native American tribes have defined citizenship in the past in order to predict how it will be defined in the future.
“We are witnessing a global awakening currently with respect to indigenous sovereignty,” Leeds said.

The question is whether tribal sovereignty will be affected by globalization, she said. If this is the case, it could mean a much more complex relationship between the federal government and tribal governments in the future.

For years, the U.S. government has refused to recognize tribal sovereign powers while simultaneously endorsing and supporting similar powers in newly created sovereigns around the globe, Leeds said. However, she noted, we are starting to see positive change as international law plays a greater role within the U.S.

“Enhanced global recognition of tribal government stature is finally being realized to some extent,” Leeds said. “But it will necessarily open tribes up to more internal and external scrutiny, and communities have to be ready for that.”

Doug Sylvester

“We are delighted to welcome Dean Leeds to the College of Law to deliver our Canby Lecture,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester. “Her expertise in tribal sovereignty, as well as her accomplishments in the Native American community and in legal academia, make her an ideal fit for this important program.”

As part of the larger discussion, Leeds said she will touch briefly on the Cherokee Freedman Controversy, a political and tribal dispute between the Cherokee Nation and descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen regarding tribal citizenship. As a judge for the Cherokee Nation, she in 2006 wrote the majority opinion in Allen v. Cherokee Nation Tribal Council that ruled the Freedmen, a group of African-American descendents of former slaves of the Cherokee, were entitled to full citizenship in the tribe.

“Stacy has long been a leader in education and tribal government,” said Robert Clinton, Foundation Professor of Law at the College of Law. “At a time when the Cherokee Freedman controversy was heating up at the Cherokee Nation, her courageous opinion for the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court was widely heralded, although controversial.”

Clinton added that Leeds has been a pioneer as a Native American scholar and author, and her contributions to the field of Indian law are widely respected.

“I am very honored to be a part of this lecture series and to contribute to the world-class work of the Indian Legal Program at ASU,” Leeds said. “The program has a fantastic reputation and a vibrant Indian law curriculum.”

Before arriving at the University of Arkansas, Leeds was Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas School of Law and director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She has taught law at the University of Kansas, the University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

Leeds was the first woman and youngest person to serve as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She teaches, writes and consults in the areas of American Indian law, property, energy and natural resources, economic development, judicial administration and higher education.

Job Posting – Counselor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs

Counselor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Job Announcement Number:AG-13-PQ824547 (DEU)


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013




Full Time – Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in Washington, DC.  The mission of the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.  The incumbent of this position serves as a Counselor to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, focusing on maintaining liaison with other offices and bureaus that encompass the Indian Affairs organization.  The incumbent will consult with tribal leaders and communities, departments, congressional committee staffs and others within the private sector to carry out duties.  The role of the incumbent is that of an advisor in policy determining issues and related matters of a confidential and administrative support nature. 

This position is being advertised concurrently with (AG-13-PQ824548) using Merit Promotion procedures.  Status applicants who wish to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement.__________________________________________________________________________________

Who May Apply

  • U.S. Citizens


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation
  • Relocation expenses may be paid.
  • Travel may be required.


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 The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinates assigned activities to ensure compliance with the Administration’s policies.  Provides coordination, liaison and initial review on matters pertaining to the program areas under the supervisor’s purview.
  • Assignments are complex, important and diversified in scope and may be within any jurisdiction of the Indian Affairs programs.  Assignments may be of a nonrecurring nature, and the incumbent is responsible for research and conducting special studies or surveys of problems, projects, or program implementation.
  • Produces briefings, decision memorandum and background papers on a wide variety of issues, problems or matters.  Develops strategies on sensitive and controversial issues and serves in a confidential capacity on organizational and internal matters.
  • Works with Departmental program and staff officials to assure that projects assigned are coordinated to meet the objectives of Indian Affairs and are ready for action or endorsement by the Assistant Secretary.  Participates in meetings called for the purpose of briefing key officials when assignments will require coordination between two or more program offices.
  • Participates in staff conferences and meetings called by the supervisor.  Contributes to program discussion and developments by citing current status of program involvement.  Notes and follows up on assignments made by the supervisor during these conferences and meetings.
  • Working closely with the top leadership staff of the Indian Affairs organization, the incumbent develops, coordinates, resolves and implements a variety of special projects which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of national importance.  Completes in-depth analysis of issues of importance to top leadership staff within Indian Affairs, which is frequently needed in very short time frames.
  • Follows legislative matters of interest to the Indian Affairs organization and programs to keep the supervisor informed of their status and progress.  Utilizes knowledge of the supervisor’s viewpoints in the general review of proposed legislation in order to highlight and bring to his/her attention those portions of bills which conflict with current Indian Affairs policy.  Recommends policy alternatives to be incorporated as needed.


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 GS-14:  All applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13), which includes: 1) analyzing proposed legislation and evaluating the impact such legislation may have on one’s organization; 2) preparing, presenting, and defending proposed recommendations, policies, or regulations; 3) developing and delivering verbal presentations to high level officials on sensitive or controversial topics; AND 4) serving as spokesperson or representative for an organization or senior official.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement Friday, January 18, 2013.   Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM’s web site at

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of Friday, January 18, 2013.  Qualified applicants will be rated based on their possession of the knowledge and experience requirements identified under the “Qualifications” section.  Candidates rated as best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

  • Analytical Ability
  • Communication
  • Knowledge of legal research procedures, methods, and sources

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.