Call for Presentations: 2017 Navajo Nation Law CLE

The Indian Legal Program will host the 2017 Navajo Nation Law CLE on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Beus Center for Law and Society located in downtown Phoenix ASU campus. I hope you will save the date an join us for this event. Please consider proposing individual session or a panel for this year’s event. The planning committee would love to hear your ideas. Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Thanks in advance for your help.

Job Opportunities – Employee and Labor Specialist

Indian Health Service (IHS)
Phoenix, AZ

Human Resources Specialist (ER/LR)

GS-11/12 postion:

  • Provide employee relations and labor relations advisory services based on knowledge of Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Perform case and situation analysis of problems and apply knowledge and skills to solve diverse disciplinary issues, and provide accurate direction and instruction for procedural requirements on adverse and disciplinary actions.
  • Develop and maintain a sound working relationship with other Federal agencies, especially the Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) to ensure a viable program.
  • Advise management on appropriate procedures and practices to avoid unfair labor practices (ULP) changes on proposed actions, and is a technical advisor and/or representative on controversial and complex ULP and grievance issues, to include mediation and impasse proceeding before Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS) and Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).
  • Provides advisory services on performance management and the function of an employee appraisal program.
  • Perform duties associated with Labor Management Relations, including representing the Area Office in meetings and discussions with formal and informal employee groups determining the appropriateness of recognition required by employee organizations under Executive Order 11491; Serve as an advisor to management’s negotiating committee for general agreements and handle grievance cases in accordance with negotiated agreements as appropriate.

For full job description and application information, see the following link:
GS-7 position:


Serve as an Employee/Labor Relations Specialist (trainee) for the Phoenix Area IHS working closely with a supervisor/senior employee:

  • Assist managers and supervisors in dealing with problem employees and disputes that arise from actions taken in addressing performance and conduct deficiencies.
  • Provide support by conducting investigations of the issues, developing written documents, and providing advisory services in dealing with disciplinary, adverse, performance-based actions, grievances, appeals, leave administration and dispute resolution.
  • Recommend, coordinate, and provide administration in the areas of employee benefits, reasonable accommodations, worker’s compensation, and work/life programs.
  • Research and evaluate laws, regulations, and precedents from regulatory agencies such as Department of Labor, Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), etc.
  • Assist on Labor Relations (LR) issues such as prepare labor agreements on labor-management proposals, review employee representation, unfair labor practices, arbitration, negotiability, impasses, and other related issues.

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

Job Opportunity – Titla & Parsi, PLLC

The law firm of Titla & Parsi, PLLC is looking to hire an associate or of-counsel with 0-5 years’ experience to join their team.  The Firm specializes in Federal Indian Law, and also does corporate/commercial transactions, real estate, personal injury, employment and environmental law.


  • 0-5 years of experience, preferably with Indian Law
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona (or have passed the Arizona bar)
  • Strong communication, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

For consideration please submit cover letter and resume to Kevin Parsi at:  Salary will depend on experience.

TITLA & PARSI, PLLC Attorneys at Law 4800 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 2900 Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 (480) 496-2701 Fax (480) 970-9919

Kerry Patterson (‘01) has joined Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Kerry Patterson (‘01) has joined Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP as a partner, working in the firm’s Native American Law practice group and on its Real Estate and Environmental team. Tom Turner, Procopio’s Managing Partner said, “the combination of Kerry’s expertise in gaming and real estate transactions and her strong relationships with tribal leaders will be instrumental in assisting our clients in Arizona, California, and throughout the Western Region”.

Click here for the full press release and here for the blog post from Ted Griswold, head of the Native American Law practice group.  


Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey.

The judicial application has been revised and includes ALL NEW INSTRUCTIONS AND QUESTIONS. The new judicial application form can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years. To be eligible, an applicant must also have resided in Pima County for the past three years.

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017. 


The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for this vacancy to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for this vacancy is held.  All meetings of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments are open to the public. 

Division Two of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

The new judge will be paid $152,250 annually.

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Native American Rights Fund
Washington, D.C. Office

Description: The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing tribes, Native organizations and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is seeking an experienced attorney for its Washington, D.C. office who will assume primary responsibility for a busy litigation docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: JD degree from an accredited school of law, admission or willingness to become admitted to the DC bar, excellent legal research and writing skills, a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience as a practicing attorney, and an interest in Indian law. Experience with, and knowledge of, Native American communities and culture is preferred. Experience in federal court litigation is a plus. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits: Salary is highly competitive, plus generous health and vacation benefits.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, complete resume (including representative sample of litigation matters), three references and a writing sample to: Karla Bowman, Office/HR Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 or by email to

Download pdf job announcement: NARF Staff Attorney

Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan’s Sacramento Office is seeking an Associate Attorney with 2-5 years of experience in advising businesses or governmental entities on regulatory and litigation matters before federal, state, tribal or local agencies. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials as well as excellent organization, research, writing, and analytical skills. In addition, membership to the California State Bar is required.

To be considered, please provide a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript to:

Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources
3610 North 163rd Plaza
Omaha, NE 68116

Accepting applications until May 15, 2017.

Download pdf: Associate Attorney

Job Opportunity – Assistant Prosecutor

Ak-Chin Indian Community
Maricopa, AZ

Job Title:  Assistant Prosecutor
Pay Range: $67,028 – $80,433.50 per annum
Reports to: Prosecutor
Supervises: Not a Supervisory position.

Summary: Under general direction of the Prosecutor, prosecutes cases on behalf of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. This is as an exempt position.

Minimum Qualifications: Experience equivalent to two years of full time work providing legal counsel in a tribal, local government, or corporate setting, at least one year of trial work is preferred. Federal Indian Law course work or clinical experience in an Indian legal clinic or law school setting will be considered toward the required experience.  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and possess a Juris Doctorate.  Must posses a valid Arizona Driver’s License and be able to meet the Communitys insurance carrier requirements. (see list attached to application or on the website).

Closing Date: Open Until Filled. To be considered for this position, please submit a signed and complete Ak-Chin Indian Community application (additional resume optional), 39-month driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles, a copy of CIB or proof of tribal enrollment if claiming Indian Preference, and a copy of DD214 if claiming Veteran’s preference to:

Ak-Chin Indian Community
Attn:  Human Resources Department 16-85b
42507 W. Peters and Nall Rd.
Maricopa, AZ

Fax:  520-568-1051

Download full job description here:  Assistant Prosecutor

Job Opportunity – Interim Executive Director

DNA-People Legal Services


The Interim Executive Director has overall responsibility for the leadership and operation of DNA, including general administration of the program; working with Senior Management in Litigation, Administration, Finance, Development, IT, and Facility Maintenance; personnel management; implementing programmatic policies; providing necessary litigation support; and working with the Board of Directors.


Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah or the Navajo Nation or must be eligible for admission by reciprocity in one of these jurisdictions; must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited university; a business degree and a J.D. degree are preferred; must have a minimum of seven (7) years progressive management and supervisory experience (including supervision of lawyers and legal professionals), excellent communication skills, excellent skills and supervisory experience in budgeting, financial management and raising funds. Previous experience at a legal aid office is preferable with demonstration of the following: direct work with a board of directors, breadth of organizational experience, honored administrative skill set and time tested wisdom, demonstration of the ability to be unafraid to address hard issues head on and make tough decisions, and strong recommendations.


Persons interested in being considered for this position should upload their letter of introduction, resume, and a list of references to:

or, send to:
Judith M. Dworkin, Esq.
Sacks Tierney P.A.
4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., 4th Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For full pdf job description, click here: 2017 Interim Exec Dir. – Vacancy Announcement and Job Description