Job Opportunities: Attorney-Advisor and Project Attorney

Department of Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Phoenix. A.Z. The Office of the Solicitor is seeking an Attorney-Adviser to provide legal counsel and representation for the Western Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, analyze complex legal issues and provide advice on a broad range of legal issues affecting bureaus within the department, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, handle all phases of administrative litigation, draft litigation reports and provide other legal support, and handle general law matters. This position pays $74,872 to $136,771 per year, and applications close on May 4, 2018.

National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney, Washington, D.C. The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Project Attorney in the Washington, DC office. The Project Attorney will have responsibility for day to day management of NCAI’s VAWA implementation technical assistance project. This project is focused on supporting tribes as they implement Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. The Project Attorney will work closely with senior NCAI staff assigned to the project, with an inter-tribal working group of tribal stakeholders, and with other project partners. Applications close on May 31, 2018. Please see the website for more information and how to apply.

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid Director

Colorado River Indian Tribles
26600 Mohave Road
Parker, AZ

Position: Director of Legal Aid (Exempt)
Reports To: Tribal Chairman
Salary: D.O.E.
Closing Date: May 2, 2018 @ 5:00PM

Duties & Functions:

1. The Legal Aid Department only serves C.R.I.T. enrolled community members in civil matters. Persons who are eligible for enrollment with C.R.I.T. are also eligible for services.

2. Client Contact Duties:

  • Ongoing contact with clients in all of the open files.
  • Client visitation with in-custody clients may be required; while the Legal Aid Department handles only civil cases, there may be civil matters to be completed on behalf of clients who may be in-custody in separate criminal cases.

3. Attorney Duties:

  • Client representation consistent with the ethical rules governing attorneys,
  • Type out routine pleadings, letters, contracts, agreements, and other legal documents,
  • Legal Research & Writing; familiarity with Westlaw.
  • Photocopying, faxing, and scanning documents.
  • Filing of pleadings and appearance in Tribal Court, Superior Court, Justice Courts, City Courts, as required; some State-court appearances may be necessary, which is why admission to the State Bar of Arizona is preferable,
  • Appearing in Court on behalf of a client; conducting evidentiary hearings; conducting trials; conducting appeals,
  • Advising clients on the best course of action to take in order to accomplish client goals.
  • Being mindful that sometimes litigation is not the best first course to take and that negotiating a mutually-agreeable outcome between our clients and the opposition may yield better results.
  • Making final determinations on whether a conflict of interest exists in the representation of a prospective client,
  • Case assignment to other attorneys or advocates employed by the Legal Aid Department.

Required Skills and Abilities:

1. Litigation experience is desired, particularly jury trial experience.

2. The ideal candidate should have desires for helping all C.R.I.T. Enrolled community

members resolve civil legal issues; and desire to assist indigent persons.

3. The ideal candidate should have the following skills:

  • Familiarity with Word Perfect and Microsoft Office software,
  • Excellent typing skills, including spelling and grammar,
  • Excellent computer skills,
  • Excellent online research skills,
  • Westlaw legal research skills.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with clients,
  • The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with staff,
  • Familiarity with legal pleadings and documents,
  • Basic accounting skills,
  • Knowledge of office procedures,
  • The ability to work as a team or on an individual basis,
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to motivate others.

For Employment Application visit:
Submit completed application to: CRIT Human Resource Department
26600 Mohave Road
Parker, Arizona 85344

For full job announcement, click here: #85-18 Director of Legal Aid – Legal Aid (1)

ASU Navajo Nation Law CLE: Call for Presentations

The Indian Legal Program at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is proud to host the 2018 Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference on Friday, October 19, 2018.

The Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference will offer a one day survey of Navajo law and ethics. This conference is ideal training for attorneys practicing on and near the Navajo Nation, tribal court advocates, tribal court practitioners, tribal court prosecutors, tribal court defenders, tribal council members, Indian law attorneys, tribal liaisons, government legislators, Navajo Nation Bar members, law students, as well as teachers/professors and students of American Indian studies.

The Conference Planning Committee welcomes proposals for 30-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute conference presentations or panel discussions. To submit a presentation proposal, please send the following information by June 22, 2018:

  • Presenter(s) name, title, contact information, bio
  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • A brief (one paragraph) description of the presentation, how the presentation relates to Navajo Law, and a description of the presentation format (example: lecture with Q&A, panel discussion, etc.)
  • A brief description of what will be or could be distributed to attendees as materials
  • A two-sentence summary of the presentation for the conference program, if accepted
  • Length of presentation
  • Would this session qualify for Navajo Ethics?

Participants will be notified of their selection by July 23, 2018.

Please submit your abstract here: Subject: Navajo Law CLE Proposal

For more information, contact or (480) 965-6204.

Job Opportunity: Associate General Counsel

Pechanga Indian Reservation
Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

SUMMARY: The Associate General Counsel will work in the Pechanga Office of the General Counsel under the direct supervision of the General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The Associate General Counsel will work with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status.


  • Provide legal advice and assistance to the Tribal Council on legal issues as needed.
  • Enhance and protect the Tribes sovereignty, jurisdiction, and authority.
  • Provide a broad range of legal services such as, but not limited to contract law, employment law, administrative law, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, and child welfare.
  • Representation in administrative proceedings.
  • Work with the General Counsel and Tribal Council, to draft Tribal legislation, ordinances, resolutions, administrative rules and regulations and other documents and instruments.
  • Advise tribal government environmental, finance, fire, law enforcement, water departments and other governmental departments as needed.


  • Must possess Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Must be a Member of the California state Bar and licensed to practice law in the state of California.
  • Must have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in all aspects of American Indian law, with knowledge and experience in employment law, Intellectual Property, Indian Child Welfare Act, gaming law, contracts and litigation. Knowledge and experience in environmental and natural resources law.
  • Tribal, State and Federal experience dealing with Tribal Cultural/Sacred Site protection issues.
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills required.
  • This position must comply with the Pechanga Tribal Government’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy. This includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident or injury, and random testing.
  • Must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation.

BENEFITS: The Pechanga Band offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package for all full-time employees. Benefits include the following:

  • Retirement – 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match
  • Health & Wellness Coverage – Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life and Long Term Disability – $25,000 employer paid life and Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Healthcare and Dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Supplemental Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Supplemental Coverage – Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life, and Hospital Confinement
  • Legal Shield and Identity Shield
  • Pet Insurance
  • Education Reimbursement Opportunities – For pre-approved specific, job related education
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Face-to-face counseling, Legal assistance, Financial assistance, ID recovery, Tobacco cessation, Dependent care and Daily living resources, and Crisis consultation

Download PDF job announcement: Associate General Counsel JA 2-16-2018


Job Opportunity: Chief Judge Exempt

Colorado River Indian Tribes
Human Resources
26600 Mohave Road
Parker, Arizona   85344
Telephone (928) 669-1320 * Fax (928) 669-5263

Closing date: May 11, 2018

Duties & Functions:

  1. Must be capable of overseeing both criminal litigations for serious offenses and complex civil litigations.
  2. Must have administrative skills to oversee the Court’s budget and daily operation.
  3. Must present monthly report to the Tribal Council.
  4. Must adhere to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.
  5. Follow established Tribal policies and those outlined in the Colorado River Indian Tribes Employee Handbook.

Required Skills and Abilities:
(Applicant must meet all of the following requirements).

Must be a current member in good standing of a state bar; and

  1. Must have a minimum of five (5) years of judicial experience; and
  2. Must have knowledge of federal Indian law (criminal and civil); and
  3. Must pass federal, state and tribal background check (credit, criminal history, civil litigations, psychological evaluation, and sex offender registration, driving records).

To download full job announcement, click here: #88-18 Chief Judge-Judicial

For Employment Application visit:

Submit completed application to:
CRIT Human Resource Department
26600 Mohave Road
Parker, Arizona 85344

Job Opportunity: Staff Attorney

Yavapai-Apache Nation
Camp Verde, AZ


The Staff Attorney investigates, evaluates and defends juveniles and adults accused of violating the criminal laws of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The Staff Attorney also represents parents in dependency and neglect proceedings, including Indian Child Welfare proceedings, before tribal and state courts. The Staff Attorney will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in an ethical manner and assure that justice is upheld according to the laws and custom of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.


  • Must possess a Law Degree from an ABA accredited law school within 30 days.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona and in good standing within 3 months.
  • Relevant experience in Criminal Law preferred.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills and superior ability to advocate and persuade.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to handle significant number of active matters simultaneously
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work in a supportive and professional matter with other attorneys, support staff and other agencies
  • Enthusiasm for the law and for public service
  • Comfortable interviewing and working with individuals who have experienced trauma, are in crisis, or who struggle with mental illness and/or substance abuse or addiction
  • Ability to interact constructively with individuals in highly emotional and adversarial situations
  • Comfortable speaking in public to judges or juries and with various segments of the public
  • Thorough knowledge of the rules of evidence, Constitutional law and Criminal law and Procedure and ability to competently apply those rules.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and to handle unexpected problems efficiently.
  • Strong work ethic
  • Outgoing, compassionate and helpful personality
  • Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license and be insurable with the Nation’s insurance carrier, and maintain insurability of the same.

How to apply: Please submit your resume and application to:
Yavapai-Apache Nation / Human Resources
2400 W. Datsi / Camp Verde, AZ 86322
P: 928-567-1062 / Fax: 928-567-1064

For full job description and application information, click the following link:

Job Opportunity: Executive Director

Indian Law Resource Center

Position Summary

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Center and is responsible for its leadership. The Executive Director represents and speaks for the Center in many settings, including in Indian and other Native communities, in international fora, including the United Nations, and in professional and educational settings.

Executive Director is also an advocate for Indian and Alaska Native rights and works along with Center attorneys and other staff to provide direct legal assistance and training to tribes and to Native women’s organizations, to handle cases in human rights bodies and sometimes in domestic courts, to educate policy makers, lawyers, and the public about Indian legal issues, and to carry out many kinds of work to advance and protect the rights of Indian and Alaska Native peoples. The Executive Director is the principal contact for the Center with Indian and Alaska Native nations and peoples that we serve.

The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for overseeing the organization’s activities and operations, fund raising efforts, and communication with partners, clients and other stakeholders. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that programs are consistent with the Center’s mission and the current and emerging priorities of the Native communities it serves.

With the Indian Law Resource Center’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director is also responsible for strategic planning and programmatic evaluation to ensure the organization is carrying out its mission to protect the resources, lands, environments, and human rights of Indian and Alaska Native nations and other indigenous peoples in North, Central, and South America.

The Executive Director supervises staff in both the Helena, Montana, and Washington, D.C., offices. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with and provides leadership and support to the Board of Directors and especially the Board Chair. The Executive Director is actively involved in fund raising with the support of the Development Director and the Board’s Fund Raising Committee. A detailed list of the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director is available on request.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae via email to Melanie Dayton The position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The Indian Law Resource Center is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse and inclusive staff and organization. The Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability,  religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation or belief, family responsibilities, and marital status.

for full job announcement and application information, click the following link:

Pipeline to Law Workshop at Arizona State University – August 1-5

This summer the Native American Pipeline to Law team will host a 5-day session to help students better understand the law school admissions process at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington. Housing provided and a limited number of LSAT Prep courses will be available for participating students. Space is limited, register soon!

To submit your application, click here.

August 1-5, 2018
Application deadline: July 18, 2018

Download PDF Pipeline To Law Workshops – ASU 2018