Job Opportunity: Attorney-Advisor

Office of Solicitor
U.S. Department of Interior
Phoenix, AZ
Announcement number: SOL-2018-0020
Closing date: 04/23/2018

With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department’s Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.

As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Region, Phoenix Field Office located in Phoenix, Arizona, your specific duties will include:

  • Providing advice related to water and power agreements for the Lower Colorado Region, including the Phoenix Area Office, and the Lower Colorado Regional Office located in Boulder City, Nevada..
  • Providing advice on and legal services for matters pertaining to project operations, management, and administration of the Bureau of Reclamation for the Lower Colorado Region.
  • Providing advice on and legal services on matters relating to laws and regulations of general applicability to Federal agencies, such as the Freedom of Information Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, federal appropriation laws, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
  • Providing litigation support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior agencies, primarily the Bureau of Reclamation, to the Department of Justice, and reviewing and analyzing draft legislation and agency policy guidance.
  • Involves knowledge of water law; reclamation law; contracts, financial assistance, and cooperative agreements; federal and state litigation procedure; the federal Indian trust responsibility and statutes relating to interactions between the federal government and Tribes; federal environmental laws; the ability to analyze legal requirements and succinctly provide advice and counsel to technical/non-legal professionals; and the ability to interact and negotiate with outside entities, including Tribes, States, and local governmental entities, regarding contracts, agreements, and other matters.

For full job description and to apply, click the following link:

Job Opportunity – Program Director

Native American Program (NAPOLS)
Legal Services of Oregon (LASO)
Portland, Oregon

Application Deadline
5/4/2018, 5:00 PM MST

Anticipated Job Start Date

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Program Director for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. NAPOLS is currently staffed by a Program Director, two staff attorneys, and a paralegal.

The Program Director is responsible for the overall success of NAPOLS. The Director’s management responsibilities include but are not limited to guiding the professional development of attorneys and support staff; managing law office systems; contract administration; and representing NAPOLS in the greater community. The Director also maintains a client caseload providing the highest quality legal services to eligible Indian tribes and individuals.

Proven interest in and commitment to working in Indian Country; expertise in federal, tribal, and state laws impacting tribes and tribal members; excellent legal and communication skills; ability to communicate and work with Indian people and Tribal governments.

Position requires current Oregon State Bar membership or eligibility for admission by reciprocity. Regular travel throughout Oregon, including some overnight travel, is required.

Salary is based on experience, within a statewide salary scale. Full Benefits including health and dental insurance and retirement plan.

Primary Job Contact
Janice Morgan
Executive Director
520 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1130, Portland, OR 97204

Application Method(s)
Application Email:

Apply via Mail to: 520 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1130, Portland, OR 97204

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney 
Yavapai-Apache Nation

Job Title: Staff Attorney
Reports To: Public Defender
Department: Office of the Public Defender
Job Vacancy: YAN-18-035
Status: Regular; Full-Time
Starting Wage: $65,000
Opening Date: 4/09/2018
Closing Date: 4/27/2018


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, download PDF Yavapai-Apache Nation Staff Attorney (1)

Indian Child Welfare Act: Challenges & Rationales – 4/3

Come join the Federalist Society and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) tomorrow, April 3, at 12:15 pm in Room 644 for a lively panel discussion on a hot topic in Indian and Constitutional law: The Indian Child Welfare Act. The panel will focus on the Indian Child Welfare Act, its challenges, and its rationales.

Panelists will include:

  • April Olson—Rothstein Donatelli in Tempe.
  • Professor Robert Clinton
  • Tim Sandefur—the Goldwater Institute & the Cato Institute
  • Mark Flatten—the Goldwater Institute

LUNCH will be provided! We hope to see you there.