Job Opportunity – Assistant Attorney General I

The Office of Attorney General is now hiring an Assistant Attorney General I. Applicants must have at least one year of progressively responsible legal experience. The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues. Attorneys in the office enjoy a diverse practice overlaid with challenging jurisdictional issues.

The Nation offers generous benefits including paid holidays, sick and annual leave, medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, and life insurance. Applicants must pass a background check. Send resume, legal writing sample, and three references to Acting Attorney General Laura Berglan via email at


Honors Attorney Fellowship

Position Title: Law Clerk / Attorney / Excepted Service
Open Period:
October 23, 2015 – November 16, 2015
Promotion Potential:
Hiring Agency:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Duty Locations:
2 Vacancies in Seattle, WA
For more information:
Lisa Castanon
Deputy Regional Counsel
(206) 553-0464

Who May Apply
All students scheduled to graduate from an ABA-accredited law school in December 2015 or Spring/Summer 2016, and recent graduates who are completing judicial clerkships, are eligible to apply for the Honors Attorney Fellowship. Fellows must be bar members, or have membership pending or awaiting bar exam results (of any State, U.S. territory, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia) at the time of appointment.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit their application packet as a single PDF document. Please submit the following no later than November 16, 2015:

• Cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship. Address it to “Hiring Coordinator.”
• Resume, including significant accomplishments, academic and work experience (including salary, work schedule, duties performed, and approximate dates of employment), class rank (if available), contact telephone number, and e-mail address.
• Writing sample (not to exceed 15 pages).
• Official or unofficial transcript of law school grades.
• Name, address, and telephone numbers of three references, including a current or former employer and a law school professor or advisor.
• If you are a veteran, Veterans’ Preference Documents – DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable. If you are active duty military, a statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges. Include a character of service letter.
• If you are a federal employee, a SF-50.

For full description, click here Fellowship_USEnvironmentalProtectionAgency

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Employer: Montana Legal Services Association
Title: Staff Attorney, Indian Law Practice Group

Description: This full-time Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to Native American clients, primarily on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended legal representation. Position will require regular travel to the reservations being served, and occasional travel throughout Montana. This position will handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. The staff attorney will also participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives, implement grant and contract requirements through casework and other activities, and foster pro bono involvement with the private bar.

Specific Duties
• Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
• Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of Native American clients, and of general poverty law issues.
• Providing legal services to clients ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients.
• As needed, providing legal representation to clients in criminal matters in Tribal Court.
• Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
• Researching the law and preparing memoranda.
• Working with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
• Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney or MLSA Management.

• Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana, or willingness to become licensed.
• License to practice in the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribal Courts, or willingness to become licensed.
• Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with Native American clients.
• A willingness to assume a varied case load.
• An understanding of the civil legal needs of low-income people, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
• Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting low income people.
• Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise.
• Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.
• A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar.
• Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.
• A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed.
• Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice.
• Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
• Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Geographic Preference: West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)
Position Type: Attorney
Practice Area(s): All Practice Areas, Indian/Native American
Desired Class Level(s): RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp
Compensation Type: Annually
Compensation Details: $45,000 and up DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment

For full description, click here:

Summer Intern Position within the Office of General Counsel

The National Indian Gaming Commission’s Office of General Counsel is seeking applicants for a paid intern position for the summer of 2016 in Washington, DC. The Office of General Counsel’s summer internship program is for students who have completed at least their first year of law school. The intern is expected to work at least 40 hours per week.

The deadline for the summer 2016 internship is December 1, 2015, and applications are accepted on rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For an application to be considered complete, the cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample must be received via email, facsimile or mail by the deadline. Please email Shakira Ferguson at if you have any questions.

Full description click here: Summer Intern Position with NIGC 2016 (AJA)


Free ICWA Live stream tomorrow – Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference

Navajo Nation Law CLE 2015_1016The Indian Legal Program at ASU Law and Casey Family Programs-Indian Child Welfare with support from the Native American Bar Association of Arizona (NABA-AZ) and Sacks Tierney are proud to share important information about the Indian Child Welfare Act on Friday, October 23rd at 8:30 a.m. The two hour presentation is designed to provide an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the BIA Guidelines and proposed regulations of 2015. Summary of current lawsuits challenging the Act will also be discussed.

Job Opportunity – Research Administrator

Research Advancement Administr
Research Advancement Administrator
Campus: Tempe
Research & Laboratory
Am Indian Policy Institute
This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.
$42,480 – $60,000 per year; DOE
The primary role of the Research Advancement Administrator is to support the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) by providing direct support to research investigators in the area of proposal preparation. Research Advancement staff also serve as liaisons across campus between colleges, schools, departments and research investigators in their interactions with the centralized Office of Research and Sponsored Project administration (ORSPA). Under the supervision of the Director, the AIPI Research Advancement Administrator will develop proposals; conduct research; serve on committees and attend meetings with funding agencies, tribes and other organizations; monitor expenditures, ensuring adherence to program objectives and project budgets; serve as primary liaison on grant funded projects; manage data collection and compilations, analyze data, prepare and present findings as needed; communicate with internal and external experts and stakeholders, and recommend appropriate projects and grantors.

For full description, click here: Research Advancement Administrator

To submit your application, please proceed to the following link:

Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference – Regular Registration ends Oct. 20th

Navajo Nation Law CLE 2015_1016

Regular Registration ends Oct. 20th (5pm)

Agenda and registration available at:

  • Navajo Nation Bar Association has approved this conference for 8 NNBA credits, including 2 Navajo Ethics credits.
  • New Mexico MCLE has approved this conference for 5 general credits and 1 Ethics credit.
  • State Bar of Arizona does not approve CLE activities however this activity may qualify for up to 8 credit hours, including 2 credit hours for Professional Responsibility.
  • This event will qualify for 8 MCLE for California, including 1 Legal Ethics credit