Job Opportunity – Litigation Attorney

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is a prominent tribal law firm providing legal representation and advocacy in a broad range of services, with an emphasis in tribal law and federal Indian law serving tribal nations, tribal business enterprises and tribal organizations throughout the United States.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 7-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office.  The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. 

Requirements  

  • Active admission to any state bar, with the ability to become licensed in Nebraska
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited Law School
  • Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow standard procedures
  • Comprehensive experience in litigation
  • Ability to effectively interact, orally and in writing
  • Licensed attorney with 7-10 years of experience in litigation
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities with a “roll up your sleeves” and team-oriented attitude
  • Exceptional organizational skills, juggling priorities and adhering to strict deadlines
  • First-rate academic credentials and references
  • Superior research, writing and analytical skills and technology oriented
  • Commitment to participating in the firm’s marketing and public relations initiatives, including joining associations, securing leadership roles, and conducting webinars, seminars, and speaking engagements

Preferred

  • Knowledge of or experience working with Indian law or tribal courts
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and cloud-based computer environment

Job Type:  Full-time

Benefits:
Big Fire Law & Policy Group’s mission is to provide excellent legal services and an outstanding client experience, balanced with a work atmosphere that promotes individual betterment and professional exceptionalism. We build incredible trust with our clients by encouraging our attorneys to be the best at what they do, and to do so in the best possible way.

  • Annual salary that is competitive, compensating for talent, expertise, and performance
  • Opportunity to participate in the firm’s 401K plan
  • Enrollment in the firm’s medical insurance plan
  • Opportunity to earn annual bonuses

Unlimited paid time off for attorneys (billable time requirement applies)

Work -life balance and employee wellness promoted environment

Please send your cover letter, resume and writing sample to:   careers@bigfirelaw.com

www.bigfirelaw.com

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Job Opportunity – Executive Director

Center for Native American Youth  (CNAY)
Washington, D.C.

About the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) believes all Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and inspire one another. As a policy program of the Aspen Institute founded by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), we work to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth ages 18-24, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention. We do this through youth recognition and leadership development, research, advocacy, and policy change; Native youth program capacity building; and by connecting Native youth with strengths-based media. We strive to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth while fostering community-driven solutions. The program, and this position, is based in Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
CNAY is seeking an Executive Director to lead a dynamic and impactful Native American youth leadership development and advocacy organization who can build on its successful growth since its founding in 2011. The candidate must have a very strong understanding of Native American policy issues and deep relationships with tribal communities, tribal leaders, and tribal nonprofit leaders. This position requires a strategic thinker who can work closely with youth and community stakeholders to design programs driven by their vision and rooted in their cultural values, while leveraging the wide resources and expertise of a large organization that is a global leader in the fields of leadership development, policy, and action. In addition to leading the strategic positioning and growth of CNAY’s programs, the Executive Director will manage a staff of 5 people and oversee all finance and operational responsibilities for the program. The Executive Director is also responsible for raising funds and other resources for the program, which is an essential part of the job. Finally, the ideal candidate will be the key external representative for the organization and possess strong writing and speaking ability that will raise the profile of CNAY to funders, elected officials, thought leaders, and other key stakeholders.

For full job description, click here.

Job Opportunity – Practicing Attorney & 3Ls

Job Description: The Gallup Office of the New Mexico Law Office of the Public Defender is hiring both practicing attorneys and 3Ls interested in a career in indigent defense. Depending on experience, the attorney would be expected to handle a wide variety of misdemeanor and/or felony cases, meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, developing strategy, researching, briefing, and arguing motions, and conducting jury trials. Additionally, consistent with our offices belief in holistic representation, attorneys would be expected to assist our on-site case manager with the social needs of our clients, including addiction recovery, mental health, and familial relations, as they relate to our clients’ cases. Expect significant responsibility and trial experience early and often. Few public defender offices in the country can offer the sort of experience that our newer attorneys get on a regular basis.

Gallup is a small city in western New Mexico on the border of the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo. Approximately 75% of the people in the county (and therefore, our clients) are Native American. Thus, in addition to the typical slate of criminal law issues that most public defenders face, our cases often involve complex and sensitive issues of Federal Indian Law.

Located in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, Gallup enjoys easy access to world class (and uncrowded) hiking, fishing, biking, camping, climbing, skiing, and other outdoor recreation. It is a world-renowned capital of Native American arts and culture, home of the Gallup Indian Ceremonial every year in August.

Minimum Qualifications: For practicing attorneys, being a member in good standing of any state’s bar and willing to obtain a Limited License to practice from the New Mexico Supreme Court.  For current 3Ls, a willingness to take the New Mexico Bar Exam.

To Apply: A full description of the position for practicing attorneys is available here.

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Job Opportunity – D.C. Associate

Rosette, LLP, is seeking a motivated candidate to serve as an attorney in its Washington, D.C. office to handle a wide variety legal issues affecting Indian tribes. The firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental agencies throughout the country. Knowledge and interest in issues affecting Indian Country – including federal legislative and policy issues – is strongly preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits, including health care, 401k, and paid time off.

Qualified interested candidates should respond to this posting via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh at: sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements.

See more information here.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Job Summary: Acts as counsel for the Tribe and arms of Tribal government.  Works with a high degree of independence coordinates with the Tribal Attorney and senior attorneys in the Tribal Attorney’s Office as necessary. 

Location: Grand Ronde, OR

Closing date: 02/27/2020

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certification:

  • Requires knowledge of Indian and Tribal law and applicable federal and state laws.

  • Requires knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture.

More information here.

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Job Opportunity – Law Clerk PT

The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court is looking to hire a part-time judicial law clerk. We are set up so that the individual can work remotely through secure connections, if need be. This is one of the busiest tribal courts I’ve experienced. Extremely competent and friendly judges and staff.

OPEN DATE: Jan 21, 2020

CLOSE DATE: Until filled

SUMMARY: The parttime Law Clerk is responsible for assisting the Tribal Court judiciary with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects. Work will be performed remotely from 16 to 20 hours a week with initial and periodic meetings at the work site (Tribal Court) with District Court Judge and/or Staff Attorney.

See full job description here.

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ILP Alumni & Friends Reception & Awards Ceremony

On April 6, we invite you to join the Indian Legal Program faculty, staff, and students for a reception and award ceremony at the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference. Meet the new students, learn what activities we have coming up and visit with friends and colleagues.

RSVP to ilp@asu.edu by March 30.

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Job Opportunity – Senior Counsel

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, AZ

Closing date: 3/6/20 11:59 pm

Definition: Under general supervision from the General Counsel, serves as lead attorney in handling and/or monitoring outside counsel assigned to handle complex commercial transactions for SRPMIC enterprises.  Assists the SRPMIC enterprises with day-to-day legal needs, including serving as a liaison between SRPMIC enterprises and SRPMIC government administration and departments.  Prepares and negotiates contracts, commercial leases, legal memoranda and other documents on behalf of the SRPMIC enterprises, and attends enterprise board meetings.  Regularly consults with other Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorneys to resolve complex legal issues and disputes.  Manages assigned caseload, ensures that applicable laws are followed, and that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education:  Graduation from accredited college or university with a Law Degree (Juris Doctor).

Experience: Seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney involving commercial transactions or economic development in Indian country.  Experience that has provided knowledge of social and economic conditions of tribal governments is essential.  Knowledge and experience providing legal advice and mentorship in the areas of commercial transactions, leasing, federal Indian law and tribal government legal matters are required.   

For full job description, click here.

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Job Opportunity – Associate Position

Hobb, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington DC, Portland, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, Sacramento, CA and Anchorage, AK, seeks an Associate Attorney for its Washington, DC office.  Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Qualifications for candidates include: (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) strong academic performance; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation. 

We are looking for candidates with 0-3 years of legal experience.  Prior experience in the field of Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.

To apply:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Ms. Robin Branthover at rbranthover@hobbsstraus.com.

www.hobbsstraus.com

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Indian Law 101 – Jan. 29

Wednesday, January 29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ak-Chin Indian Community Conference Center, Room 544
Beus Center for Law and Society, Phoenix, AZ

The new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs will host a conference on the fundamentals of Indian Law.

Topics covered:

  • History of Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Overview of Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction
  • Fundamentals of Tribal Self-Governance
  • Fundamentals of Indian Gaming

Presenters:

  • Professor Robert J. Miller
  • Professor Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes
  • Professor Lawrence S. Roberts
  • Executive Director Jay Spaan, Self-Governance Communication & Education (SGCE) Tribal Consortium

Register now and receive complimentary conference materials.

Standard Registration rate of $250 ends 1/23

Register at: law.asu.edu/indianlaw101

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