Job Opportunity – Chief Presiding Judge

Chief Presiding Judge Recruitment – closes 5:00 p.m., January 30, 2015

Salary Based on Experience

The City of Phoenix is accepting applications for the position of Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court.

DUTIES:  The Chief Presiding Judge is responsible for the leadership and management of all professional, legal and judicial functions of the Phoenix Municipal Court.  This includes compliance with administrative authority of the Arizona court system.  The court is staffed with approximately 279 employees including 22 full time judges and 4 full time hearing officers.  The Court adjudicates annually over 250,000 criminal misdemeanor cases, probation violations, criminal traffic, civil traffic, civil code violations, orders of protection, civil and work place injunctions, animal seizure and viciousness petitions and parking violations.  The court maintains a jury center, customer call center, accounting staff, collections and administrative staff.  The court has an annual operating budget of $35 million.  Performance of the Chief Presiding Judge is evaluated annually on the basis of results by the Mayor and City Council.

Requires administrative, managerial and supervisory experience; five (5) years of legal practice including considerable public contact; and, responsible experience with community or civic organizations.  Other combinations of relevant experience and education including judicial bench experience may be substituted for meeting minimum requirements.  The ideal candidate will also possess excellent leadership, management and communication skills.

REQUIREMENT: Admission to the Arizona State Bar and a minimum of five years practice of law or equivalent legal experience is required.  Only the highest rated candidates will be considered for an interview.  City of Phoenix residency is required within 24 months after the date of hire and must be maintained.

Applications are available through the Judicial Selection Advisory Board, c/o Phoenix Municipal Court, 300 West Washington Street, 9th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, (602) 262-1608 or may be downloaded below.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., January 30, 2015.

Successful applicants will be required to take and pass a drug test and employment will be contingent upon successful completion of any required drug test and consideration of background, references, and other job-related selection information.

AA/EEO/D Employer


Job Opportunity – Assistant Prosecutor

Job Title: Assistant Prosecutor 
Department/Group: Legal 
Location: Crow Agency, MT
ay Range: DOE
Contact: Melissa Holds the Enemy
Managing Attorney
Job Category: Crow Tribal Courts
Position Type: Full-time Employee
Date posted: December 17, 2014
Posting Expires: January 7, 2015


Applications Accepted By:
Fax or E-mail:
(406) 638-2614 (fax)
Attention: Melissa Holds the Enemy

Attn: Executive Legal department
P.O. Box 340
Crow Agency, MT 59022


Job Description
Qualifications and Education Requirements
The position of Assistant Prosecutor primarily involves working on juvenile delinquency and juvenile prosecution matters, including representing the Crow Tribe in Crow Tribal Court in juvenile delinquency, misdemeanor and felony proceedings; negotiating plea bargains with delinquency respondents and criminal defendants; and reviewing, drafting and making decisions regarding the filing of charging documents in Crow Tribal Court.  The Assistant Prosecutor will also assist the Crow Tribal Prosecutor with general prosecution matters and prosecution-related grant funding and administration, including DOJ grants for juvenile justice and sexual offender registration.  Interested applicants must be admitted to practice or become admitted to practice in Crow Tribal Court and possess a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Tribal Member and Indian Preference
Preference will be given to qualified Crow Tribal members and members of federally-recognized Indian tribes.

Job Opportunity – Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel

DEPARTMENT: Legal Department

REPORTS TO: General Counsel


Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.


Serves as legal advisor to the Tribal Council, tribal government departments and economic enterprises; Provides legal advice and analysis of tribal, state and Federal laws and regulations; Drafts and revises the Tribal Constitution, Law and Order Code, other tribal laws, ordinances, and policies; Works at hours and times outside of normal business hours and days; Drafts, reviews and recommends changes to contracts; Reviews other agreements, proposals; Represents the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Tribal, State and Federal court actions; Performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • Knowledge of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Constitution, Law and Order Code, Arizona Revised Statutes, Federal Indian Law, Indian Civil Rights Act, Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal Case Law, Federal Rules of Evidence;
  • Knowledge of contract and employment law;
  • Knowledge of state and Federal court protocol, proceedings, and practices;
  • Knowledge of legal research utilizing books and electronic research systems;
  • Skill in interpreting and applying complex laws, statutes, ordinances, and rules to the facts and evidence in individual cases;
  • Skill in drafting complex court orders;
  • Skill in utilizing a computer and in software capable of word processing;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative working relationships with other departments of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, state and Federal officials, departments, and agencies.


1) An attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona; 2) Two years experience as an attorney; 3) Current AZ drivers license and meet FMYN insurance standards.

POSITION STATUS: Regular-Full-Time

PAYRATE: $69,965.48 to $83,958.57

OPEN DATE: December 10, 2014

CLOSE DATE: Open Until Filled

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Human Resources Department
Attn: Recruiter
P O Box 17779
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
Phone: 480-789-7118
Fax: 480-816-0419
Email: or


Preference will be given to qualified applicants who are members of federally recognized Indian tribes. To be considered for Indian Preference, you must submit your Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) with your application.



Job Opportunity – Attorney


LOCATION: Wild Horse Pass Development Authority (WHPDA)

Administration Office

COMPENSATON: $113,229 – $154,249, annually depending upon experience.

HOURS OF WORK: Minimum 40 hours per week; may include attending evening and weekend meetings.

REPORTS TO: General Manager

OVERVIEW: As directed by the General Manager and the Board of Directors, perform legal work and represent the interests of WHPDA and WHPDA business enterprises in Community, Federal and State Courts / Administrative Adjudicatory Proceedings. Negotiate and prepare real estate leases, design and construction contracts and management agreements. Draft organization documents and policies and procedures. Review and prepare business and employment contracts. Provide analysis and counsel on legal and policy issues. Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the organization and WHPDA business enterprises. Develop and make recommendations to the General Manager and the Board of Directors on policy and legal issues. May direct the work of subordinate staff.

The Attorney’s duties and responsibilities include legal work for and the representation of business enterprises under WHPDA’s management and oversight. The WHPDA business enterprises include: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Whirlwind Golf Course, Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Hotel; Toka Sticks Service Station, Komatke Service Station, Wild Horse Pass Service Station, Sacaton Service Station, Casa Blanca Service Station, Gila River Displays, and other future business enterprises placed under WHPDA’s management and oversight


  •  Advises WHPDA on real estate leasing activities and represents WHPDA in all real estate negotiations; preparation of real estate leases and related documents; and processing leases for federal and Gila River Indian Community (“Community”) approval.
  •  Assists in negotiations and prepares design and construction contracts for projects up to $20,000,000 in size.
  •  Assists in negotiations and prepares management agreements for the operation of all assigned WHPDA businesses.
  •  Provides analysis and counsel on legal and policy compliance matters.
  •  Advises WHPDA on general business law and employment law issues.
  •     Represents WHPDA or its officials and employees in issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits.
  •  Anticipate and guard against legal risks facing the organization.
  •  Develop and make recommendations on policy and legal issues.
  •  Conduct and coordinate research into a variety of legal issues and proceedings.
  •  Prepare legal pleadings, motions, discovery, stipulations, etc.
  •  Write, review, and edit resolutions, forms, reports, opinions, correspondence, articles, and other documents.
  •  Write and administer complex vendor, client and employment contracts; negotiate terms and conditions.
  •  Represents WHPDA before the Community Council and Community Council Standing Committees with jurisdiction over WHPDA.
  •  Works in cooperation with the Community’s Office of General Counsel.
  •  Performs all other duties as assigned by the General Manager or Board of Directors, at regular or special meetings.


  •  Extensive knowledge and experience in the practice of Federal Indian law
  •  Knowledge and experience in applicable Federal and Arizona law.
  •  Experience in the application of general business law and real estate transaction law.
  •  Expert ability to analyze policy, regulation and case law and provide recommendations.
  •  Experience representing Federal Indian tribes or tribal entities.
  •  Familiarity with, and knowledge of, the Gila River Indian Community, its governmental agencies and departments.
  •  Knowledge and experience in all legal aspects of design and construction work.
  •  Exhibit a high level of professionalism; lead with diplomacy and tact.
  •  General knowledge of civil trial practice.
  •  Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail.
  •  Knowledge of data gathering and summarization methods and techniques.
  •  Intermediate math skills: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret graphs. Ability to compute and calculate figures such as discounts and commissions.
  •  Required Language Skills: ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.


Minimum Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor from an accredited university/law school and five (5) years of experience in the practice of law.
  •  Current membership in the Arizona State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in the state.
  •  Prefer candidate who has experience providing legal services to a wide variety of businesses and has experience working with Native American businesses.


Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Outlook; Internet Explorer.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Employee must be in a physical condition adequate to meet the physical and emotional demands of the assigned duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must acknowledge and agree to maintain a Drug-free Work Place as a condition of employment.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, US Code, Section 472 and 473). Preference is given to qualified members of the Gila River Indian Community.

The Gila River Indian Community is also committed to achieving the full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of Race, Religion, Color, Sex, National Origin, Politics, Marital Status, Physical Handicap, Age or Sexual Orientation. In other than the above, the Gila River Indian Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Questions with Contact
Niki Ramirez (520) 796-5389

Submit Resume and Cover Letter to:
Human Resources
5700 West North Loop Road Chandler, Arizona 85226

Job Opportunity – Assistant Counsel

Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California (Gardnerville, NV)

Position Type:


Practice Area(s):

Indian/Native American

Geographic Preference:

West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)


The Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California is hiring a full-time Assistant Counsel. Position Summary: Under direct supervision the Assistant General Counsel assures compliance with civil regulatory ordinances of the Washoe Tribe, and provides legal advice and legal representation of the Washoe Tribal Council
and Departments of the Tribal government. Maintains
confidentiality of all privileged information

Desired Class Level:

RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp,
Alum 7+ yrs exp, LLM

Posting Date:

December 9, 2014

Expiration Date:

February 28, 2015


Ms. Dena SargentHR Assistant
919 US HWY 395 South Gardnerville,
Nevada 89410 United States

Resume Receipt:

Other (see below)

How To Apply:

919 US HWY 395 SOUTH
(775) 265-8600



Tribal Government E-Commerce: Innovating a New Geography of Indian Country CLE Conference – Feb 12-13, 2015

Many tribes have recently become involved in pursuing business operated over the Internet.  These E-Commerce opportunities have not only created thriving economies, but they have also led to a tangled web of legal issues where state, tribal and federal laws and policies are colliding. The quick growth of E-Commerce in Indian Country has outpaced a general understanding of how E-Commerce law is intertwined with federal Indian law especially as it may relate to States’ rights.

The goal of this conference is to explore the legal issues surrounding the development of E-Commerce in Indian Country including: jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines.

This conference will bring together tribal leaders and officials, lawyers practicing in Indian country, on and off reservation economic planning and development experts, business and finance specialists, virtual casino managers and executives, online vendors and entrepreneurs, regulatory experts and cutting‐edge scholars to explore the legal issues of tribal E-Commerce.

Click here to view the conference agenda – please join us!    

Job Opportunities – Civil Rights Trial Attorney Positions

Civil Rights Trial Attorney
Positions Available

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has several external vacancies open for Civil Rights Trial Attorney positions in the states of AZ, MO, NV, NY and DC.  The open period is from December 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

Supervisory Trial Attorney (Civil Rights)
Location: Washington, DC
For more information on this position, please click here.

Trial Attorney (Civil Rights)
Locations: 2 Vacancies – Las Vegas, NV
For more information on this position, please click here.

Trial Attorney (Civil Rights)
Locations: 5 vacancies – Phoenix, AZ; Saint Louis, MO; Buffalo, NY; New York, NY
For more information on this position, please click here.

Job Opportunity – Two Vacancies

Maricopa County
Commission on Trial Court

Applications Being Accepted for Two Vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Effective December 31, 2014, there will be two Superior Court vacancies in Maricopa County. Applications are being accepted for the seats being vacated by Judges Benjamin Norris and Emmet Ronan.

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor-elect Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.

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, January 2, 2015.

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County
DO need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for these vacancies to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for these vacancies is held.

All meetings of the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public. Meeting will be announced. The new judges will be paid $145,000 annually.

1501 West Washington Street, Suite 221
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 452-3311
Fax: (602) 452-3652

Contact: Blanca Moreno
(602) 452-3308