Job Announcement – Associate Attorney Litigation

                                         ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY (Litigation)

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP is a nationwide law firm dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and organizations. We represent tribes and tribal entities in a wide spectrum of services including business transactions, litigation and governmental affairs, in many forums, including federal, state, and tribal courts.

We are seeking an experienced litigation attorney for our Omaha, Nebraska office. Minimum qualifications include:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Status as an active member in good standing of the bar with any state jurisdiction and willing to obtain licensure in Nebraska
  • Minimum of five (5)  years of federal, state or tribal litigation related experience or served as a law clerk to a federal court judge
  • Familiarity with tribal and Federal Indian law
  • Excellent analytical, research and writing abilities
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team in a fast paced environmentIn addition to the minimum qualifications, it is strongly preferred that applicants possess the following skills:
  • Litigating cases in federal, state or tribal courts or in administrative proceedings
  • Preparing pleadings and briefs, taking and defending discovery, conducting hearings and litigating actions or proceedings through trial
  • Knowledge of, and skill applying various state court or federal rules of  civil procedure and rules of evidence
  • Taking depositions and/or conducting other examinations of witnesses
  • Effectively communicating with opposing counsel, co-counsel, and federal/state/tribal agency representatives

Your contributions are rewarded with a “Total Compensation Package” including a competitive salary, bonus potential, and excellent benefits.

Send your resume today with a cover letter, salary requirements, writing sample and law school transcripts (if graduated within the last 5 years) to:

Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources-  ahacker@ndnlaw.com3610 N 163rd Plaza – Omaha, NE 68116   

We will be accepting applications until October 20, 2014

Job Opportunity – The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced litigator

The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced litigator for its Appellate Section for a full-time position in Washington, DC.

Please note: If you applied in response to Announcement ENRD-14-025-EXC, which closed April 14, 2014, you need not re-apply. Your application will be considered for this announcement.

Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.

Thank you for your help in disseminating this vacancy announcement.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:

Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)

Attorney, Washington, DC 20004, United States


About the Office: 

If you applied in response to Announcement ENRD-14-025-EXC, which closed April 14, 2014, you need not re-apply. Your application will be considered for this announcement.

About the Office: The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced litigator for its Appellate Section for a full-time position in Washington, DC.

The Appellate Section is responsible for handling cases in the federal courts of appeals involving the ENRD for preparing appeal recommendations, and for preparing drafts for the Office of the Solicitor General of petitions and briefs in all ENRD cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department’s web site at:

Job Description: 

Cases involve such subject matters as: air, water, and solid waste regulation; hazardous substance cleanups; public land and forest management; water rights; Indian treaty rights and Indian gaming; land condemnation; Fifth Amendment takings; fish and wildlife conservation; and criminal environmental prosecutions.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five or more years of post-J.D. litigation/legal experience, and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants with U.S. Court of Appeals experience or with a background in environmental or natural resources law will be preferred.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position. Paid and unpaid experience will be considered.

This is a permanent appointment with a probationary period following a security clearance, for a full time position. Selected attorneys are eligible for employment benefits such as health and life insurance, the FERS retirement program, paid vacation and sick leave, and a public transportation subsidy.

Salary: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-13 ($89,924 – $116,901); GS-14 ($106,263 – $138,136), and GS-15 ($124,995 – $157,100) per annum.

Travel: Periodic travel is required.

Application Process: Applications must be received by Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter highlighting relevant experience and salary history, a writing sample, and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (found at this link: to:

U.S. Department of Justice, ENRD
Appellate Section
Attn: Aaron Avila, Assistant Chief
Please reference vacancy announcement number ENRD-14-067-EXC.

Email applications only, please to: ATTYAPPLY-APP.ENRD@USDOJ.GOV

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No telephone calls, please.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Number of Positions: 1

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to

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and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at [external link].  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.


Job Posting – Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa
County created by the appointment of Judge Eileen Willett to serve as a United States
Magistrate Judge for the District of Arizona.

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Jan Brewer, who will appoint the new judge.

Applicants must be at least 30 years old, admitted to practice law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa County for the
past year.

Applications can be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human
Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ. 85007; by calling (602) 452-3311; by sending an electronic mail request to:; or at the Judicial Department website:
The original completed application, 5 double-sided copies, and a single-sided
copy must be returned to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources
Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on
Friday, September 19, 2014.


Application for Maricopa Superior Court Vacancy

Movie Screening & Reception: The Cherokee Word for Water – Tuesday, September 16 at 5:15 pm

Movie Screening & Reception:  The Cherokee Word for Water

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / Armstrong Hall / Great Hall
5:15 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public.  Cherokee Word for Water Movie Screening
Producers Kristina Kiehl and Charlie Soap will be on-hand for Q&A following the screening.  Reception following the screen sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch Native American Professional Network.

Hosted by the Indian Legal Program.  Please join us.   Please forward this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues.
See movie trailer at:
Sign-up for free event tickets at:





The Cherokee Word for Water is a very rare story because it is about the empowerment                       of people who have been made to feel they have no power.”

Gloria Steinem, Friend of Wilma Mankiller

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation. 

The movie is based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project. Set in the early 1980s in the homes of a rural Oklahoma Cherokee community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

Led by Wilma Mankiller (played by Kimberly Guerrero, A&E’s Longmire) and fullblood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap (played by Mo Brings Plenty, Netflix’s House of Cards), using the traditional concept of gadugi – working together to solve a problem, they inspired the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values. Together with a community of volunteers they build nearly twenty miles of waterline to save their community. The successful completion of the waterline led to Wilma’s election as Chief, Wilma and Charlie’s marriage and sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

A long journey to bring this personal story to the screen, first-time filmmakers Charlie Soap directed and produced the film with Kristina Kiehl, women’s rights leader and friend of Wilma and Charlie, serving as Producer.  The Cherokee Word for Water was executive produced by Paul Heller (My Left Foot) and Laurene Powell, co-directed by Tim Kelly with cinematography by Lisa Leone, and a screenplay from Tim Kelly and Louise Rubacky.

The Cherokee Word for Water was funded through the Wilma Mankiller Foundation to continue her legacy of social justice and community development in Indian Country. Support is tax deductible and profits fund positive portrayals of American Indians and programs for Indian communities across the country.

See Indian Country Today Article

The Cherokee Word for Water Flyer