Job Opportunity – Attorney

Yakama Nation Human Resources Department
Office of Public Defenders
Department of Justice Services

Hourly Wage: $33.37/Regular/Full-Time
Closing: 6/8/16

Employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of standard court procedures, evidence rules, and application of legal principles relative to practicing law.
  • Knowledge of Tribal laws, Tribal regulations, and Tribal government organization.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal/State laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Yakama Tribal traditions and customs as they may pertain to Tribal Court practices.
  • Knowledge of law library research methods and techniques to interpret and explain applicable constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, case law and precedents.
  • Ability to maintain close working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to gain and maintain confidence of clients and professional staff of the Court(s) and other legal systems.
  • Ability to be culturally sensitive to traditions and customs of the Yakama Nation.
  • Ability to work under stress, independently handle hostile situations and sensitive information in a professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

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Job Opportunity – Law Clerk

Department: Tribal Court
Reports To: Chief Judge
Hours: Full Time – 40 Hrs/Wk
Salary: Based on Compensation Matrix + Benefits

Position Summary:
Under the general direction of the Chief Judge, this position is responsible for researching and analyzing intricate, complex and sensitive legal issues and questions for the Tribal Court Judges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Performs legal research, analysis and writing in such matters as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions and legal codes.
2. Assists in drafting opinions, concurrences and dissents, orders, calendar notices and decisions.
3. Examines or prepares legal documents such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, and case records and other legal documents.
4. Confers with the judge on pending matters.
5. Observes judicial proceedings, attends conferences with attorneys and judges.
6. Acts as arbitrator and liaison between disputing parties and mediates small claims cases and summarizes information for the Judge.
7. Prepares the courtroom for the day’s cases.
8. Assures that all parties involved in the day’s proceedings are present.
9. Maintains order in the courtroom at all times during the sessions of the court.
10. Maintains integrity of the jury and insures that no outside person makes any communication while they are deliberating.
11. Escorts jurors and witnesses to and from the courtroom. Tends to the needs of the jury, answers all non-legal questions and provides all possible assistance.
12. Contacts, by telephone, all those required in the court session, such as attorneys and witnesses. Calls jurors, by telephone, to appear for jury duty at the next day’s session.
13. Acts as law librarian, keeping and monitoring legal volumes and ensuring legal volumes are up-to-date.
14. Performs other duties as assigned.

How To Apply:
Submit application and resume postmarked by the closing date to:
Human Resource Department
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
3009 East Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404
Ph.#: (253)573-7863
Fax#: (253)573-7963
Note: Applications & copies of job announcements available at Rm. # 157 or online at

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Job Opportunity – Per Capita Attorney

Department: Per Capita & Representative Payee Program
Reports To: Per Capita Director
Hours: Part Time – 30 Hrs/Wk
Salary: Attorney Salary Scale + Benefits

Position Summary:
Provide Legal advice and representation to the Per Capita and Representative Payment Program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides legal advice to Director of the Programs, with regard to issues arising under applicable Per Capita and Representative Payment Program Codes/Ordinances.

2. Represents the program(s) in matters pertaining to per capita and the representative payment program in the Puyallup Tribal Court and other courts as needed.

3. Prepares legal documents and filings on behalf of the program.

4. Provide accurate and timely legal research in all relevant matters pertaining to Per Capita and the Representative Payment Program.

5. Work in collaboration with other tribal programs that provide services to the beneficiaries of the Representative Payment Program.

6. Assist departmental staff with legal advice pertaining to Per Capita and Representative Payee Program matters as needed.

7. Prepares and maintains legal and administrative records and reports.

8. Assist the Director of the Per Capita and Representative Payment Program with all other duties as assigned.

How To Apply:
Submit application and resume postmarked by the closing date to:
Human Resource Department
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
3009 East Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404
Ph.#: (253)573-7863
Fax#: (253)573-7963
Note: Applications & copies of job announcements available at Rm. # 157 or online at

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Job Opportunity – Attorney-Adviser


Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $92,145.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0905-13/14
Closes: Tuesday, 5/31/16
Job Announcement Number: EX-16-SOL-17

Job Summary:
This position is located in the Division of Employment and Training Legal Services in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL). The Division provides the legal advice and rulemaking and litigation services required by: (1) the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration under a wide variety of statutes/programs, including: (a) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (including Job Corps); (b) the Wagner-Peyser Act; (c) the federal and federal/state unemployment compensation programs; (d) the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program; (e) the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); (f) the Senior Community Service Employment Program under title V of the Older Americans Act; (g) the National Apprenticeship Act; and (h) grant administration advice under these and other statutes; (2) the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training in connection with (a) employment and training programs for veterans and separating service members such as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and Local Veterans Employment Representative program, (b) the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), which assures reemployment rights and protection against discrimination to members of the uniformed services; and (c) the provisions of the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) relating to enforcement of Federal executive branch veterans’ preference laws; and (3) the Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs concerning all international activities of the Department, including responsibilities concerning the International Labor Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trade Act of 2002 and earlier Trade Acts, and international child labor and core labor standards technical assistance projects.

Incumbent provides legal assistance in regard to DOL responsibilities under the INA, including providing legal advice concerning issuance of temporary and permanent labor certifications, providing representation of the Office of Foreign

Labor Certification before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice in defending DOL in suits challenging either DOL regulations and policies or individual determinations in connection with its responsibilities under the INA. Incumbent provides legal assistance to the many DOL-sponsored and/or directed employment and training-related programs specified above, including to the Job Corps and the Office of Apprenticeship. Incumbent provides legal assistance with respect to the Federal-State unemployment compensation program and related Federal unemployment benefit and allowance programs. . Incumbent assists with issues related to DOL’s functions for the protection of employment rights under USERRA, legal issues arising from the Department’s international activities and DOL’s employment and training grant and other programs on an as-needed basis. These programs are administered in a variety of ways, often in conjunction with other Federal, State or local agencies.

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Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Berkey Williams LLP (Berkeley, CA)
Position Type: Attorney
Practice Area(s): Indian/Native American
Geographic Preference: West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)

Berkey Williams LLP Seeks Associate Attorney
Berkey Williams LLP is an Indian law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations on matters such as natural and cultural resource protection, land, water, governance development, health care, ICWA, tribal TANF, and employment. The firm has a distinguished record of championing tribal interests to protect and advance the legal, political, cultural, and economic rights of tribes and nations. Additional information about Berkey Williams LLP can be found at

The firm seeks an Associate Attorney with two or more years of experience and the following qualifications:
• Relevant experience in the firm’s practice areas;
• Excellent legal writing and research skills;
• Demonstrated understanding of tribal and federal Indian law and of native communities;
• Demonstrated commitment to working for tribes and tribal organizations;
• Willingness and ability to work on Indian Child Welfare matters for the firm’s clients in California, including occasional overnight travel;
• Superior communication skills; and,
• Licensed and in good standing with the California State Bar (or if licensed in another state, with the expectation that the candidate will promptly become admitted in California).

Native lawyers are encouraged to apply. Compensation package includes competitive salary, flexible work options, and excellent benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and concise writing sample (10 or fewer pages) to Gloria Coronado at No phone calls, please.
Desired Class Level: Alum 0-3 yrs exp
Posting Date: May 16, 2016
Expiration Date: July 31, 2016
Gloria Coronado
Administrative Assistant
2030 Addison Street Suite 410 Berkeley, California 94704 United States
Default email for resumes:
How To Apply: Native lawyers are encouraged to apply. Compensation package includes competitive salary, flexible work options, and excellent benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and concise writing sample (10 or fewer pages) to Gloria Coronado at No phone calls, please.
Additional Documents: Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Other Documents
Requested Document Notes: Native lawyers are encouraged to apply. Compensation package includes competitive salary, flexible work options, and excellent benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and concise writing sample (10 or fewer pages) to Gloria Coronado at No phone calls, please.
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Pipeline to Law Initiative: Native American Law School Admissions Workshops

Pipeline To Law WorkshopsThis fall the Native American Pipeline to Law team will host sessions in three different states to help students better understand the law school admissions process. Attend a session at Michigan State University Law, University of South Dakota Law or Arizona State University Law. Housing provided and a limited number of LSAT Prep courses will be available for participating students. Space is limited, register soon!

Register for these events online at:

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Job Opportunity – Court Solicitor


The Hopi Tribe is seeking a qualified person to provide Court Solicitor services to the Hopi Tribal Court located in Keams Canyon, Arizona on the Hopi Indian Reservation. The Hopi Tribal Court is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Winslow, Arizona. The Court exercises jurisdiction over a broad range of civil and criminal matters.

A Court Solicitor will be contracted on a short term basis to provide a variety of legal advice, research and related legal services in support of the overall operation and functions of the Hopi Tribal Court and to help ensure that Court proceedings are fair, impartial and efficiently conducted.

– Review statutes, rules, Administrative Orders, policies and procedures, case law, contracts, assessments, strategic plans and other documents;
– Provide opinions, recommendations, alternative solutions and options resulting from review and research.
– Develop forms, policies, procedures, manuals, reports, resolutions, orders, and summaries.

– Proof of graduation from an accredited law school;
– Admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States or the Supreme Court of any state of the United States and currently in good standing;
– Two years of work experience in Indian Law or Tribal Court.

– Knowledge of applicable Hopi Tribal, state and federal statutes, rules, Administrative Orders, policies and procedures;
– Knowledge of intergovernmental relations and the legislative process;
– Knowledge of court processes and legal terminology;
– Knowledge of the principles and methods of conducting legal research;
– Skill in understanding and interpreting complex legal issues and matters;
– Skill in conducting legal research;
– Skill in compiling and developing reports;
– Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications;
– Skill in establishing and maintaining an effective and cooperative working relationship with others.

Must never have been convicted of or plead guilty to any felony, nor been found guilty of any crime involving fraud or dishonesty. All offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of all reference, checks, education verification (including credentials, licenses and degrees) and background investigation.

Term of services is expected to be six months with the possibility of a longer term.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest including compensation requirements and availability, along with a current resume and the names of at least three professional references by June 1, 2016 to:

Kathryn Kooyahoema
Court Administrator
Hopi Judicial Branch
Hopi Tribal Court
P.O. Box 156
Keams Canyon, AZ 86034
Phone No. (928) 738-5171
or via email to:

Job Opportunity – LOH Victim Advocate Attorney

The Tulalip Tribes Legacy of Healing (LOH) Program initiated services in 1998 through the STOP Violence Against Indian Women grant. LOH seeks to ensure the rights of all individuals to a safe and secure environment and to empower those who are being oppressed by reducing trauma and ending re-victimization resulting in the protection of future generations. The LOH Legal Advocacy Project is a new grant project funded by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The LOH Legal Advocacy Project will provide holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The LOH Legal Advocacy Project will be supported by the Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid (TOCLA). TOCLA focuses on civil legal issues that affect tribal members’ safety, family, and access to services and education. In cooperation with TOCLA, the LOH Legal Advocacy

Job Summary: The Victim Advocate Attorney is an experienced attorney who will provide civil legal assistance to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence victims in cases relating to their victimization.

Closing Date: May 23, 2016

Applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and list of references to Wendy Church, Court Director, at or by mail to 6103 31st Ave NE, Tulalip, WA 98271. For more information, please contact Nicole Sieminski at (360) 716-5401.

Materials received after 4:00pm on May 23, 2016 will not be accepted.

See full description here: LOH Victim Advocate Attorney Job Posting.