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

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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


  • 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:

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Job Opportunity – General Counsel

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
Tuba City, AZ

The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, located in Tuba City, Arizona, is seeking to hire a General Counsel as the principal legal officer of the Tribe. For two years, the Tribe’s current General Counsel has assisted the Tribe in building foundational government infrastructure, but is now transitioning to provide special counsel legal services to the Tribe in the areas of land, water and other special projects. As a result, the Tribe now seeks to hire a new General Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the principal legal officer of the Tribe and report directly to the Tribal Council.
  • Provide professional legal counsel and representation to the Tribal government.
  • Assist the Tribal Council with governance matters and identify legal issues.
  • Implement legal strategies necessary to meet Tribal priorities as directed by the Tribal Council.
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to Tribal Administration in carrying out the daily functions of the Tribal government.
  • Draft and review laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, manuals, handbooks and resolutions.
  • Draft legal and policy memoranda, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Coordinate work with other attorneys retained by the Tribe for various matters, including, but not limited to, land, water and gaming.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Education: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing with no past or present disciplinary actions or member of another state bar with the ability to obtain Arizona bar license within one (1) year of hire.
  • At least 5 years of experience practicing law in the field of Federal Indian Law and/or Tribal Law.
  • Ability to work efficiently, cooperatively and professionally in a highly complex field of law.
  • Ability to educate and explain topics in a wide variety of legal matters to enable informed decision-making by the Tribal Council.
  • Preferred, but not required: Prior experience as legal counsel to a tribal government; Navajo Nation bar license or ability to obtain license within one (1) year of hire.

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
P.O. Box 2950
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Fax: 928-233-8948

See full job description here.

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Job Opportunity – Federal Public Defender

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit
District of Hawaii

Deadline: February 27, 2020 (5 p.m.)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from all qualified persons for the position of Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the District of Hawaii. This position will be available on or after July 15, 2020.

The FPD Office is headquartered in Honolulu, HI. The appointee will manage an annual budget of $3.2 million and an office of approximately 15 employees, which includes attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and administrative personnel. The term of appointment is four years, renewable upon demonstration of highly satisfactory performance in office. The current authorized annual salary is $170,800. The Office of the Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must satisfy the following conditions: (1) be admitted to practice before the highest court of at least one state; (2) be a member in good standing of every state Bar of which he/she is a member; (3) have a minimum of 5 years of criminal practice, preferably with significant federal criminal trial experience; (4) possess administrative expertise; (5)

The completed and signed original application must be sent to the Office of the Circuit Executive, and a scanned version of the completed application uploaded to the Ninth Circuit Federal Public Defender Application System ( by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Download full vacancy announcement here.

Telephone: (415) 355-8985

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Policy Specialist

Tribal Policy Specialist

Policy Development & Government Relations Division

Phoenix Location

Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000

Close date: 1/28/2020


  • This position will support ADE on interpreting and navigating the tribal governance structures and education policies, as well as analyze and communicate to tribal nations on the intersection and potential impact of state and federal education policy and legislation, and hold the following responsibilities;
  • Analyze the impact of legislation and regulations on tribal nations and native students;
  • Conduct outreach and gather input from tribal nations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide policy guidance and consultation to tribal nations and ADE staff on the impact of new or amended laws, programs, and appropriations;
  • In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.


  • Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
  • Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.

Apply here*.

*Select Department of Education Category then Click Tribal Policy Specialist

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Job Opportunity – Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments

Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments – 3 Positions

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 10, 2020

The Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is looking to fill three attorney positions on this very important Commission. This Commission’s primarily role is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies. Applicants must have been admitted to practice law for not less than five (5) years. Arizona’s Constitution (Article 6, Section 36.C. and Section 41.D.) provides for ethnic and gender diversity on the commissions.

Please find the application form and additional information here.

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2020 ILP Alumni Awards – Call for Nominations

The ILP alumni awards are now open. Nominate your classmates and friends! The ILP Awards include Professional Achievement, Alumni Service Award, and Emerging Leader Award. Nominations are due February 17, 2020! Nomination materials should be sent by email to: Awards will be presented at the ILP alumni reception at Fed Bar on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Sandia Resort & Casino.

Nomination Guidelines

ILP Professional Achievement Award – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Indian Law or Tribal Law throughout an individual’s career. The award honors ILP alumni whose achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law have brought distinction to themselves and real benefit to the Indian community. Nomination Package Requirements:

  • Describe the unique professional achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law that has brought distinction to the candidate. (maximum two pages)
  • Describe the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways in which the candidate’s achievements are truly extraordinary or exceptional. (maximum one page)
  • Provide at least two letters of support from individuals that can speak to the candidate’s impact on his or her profession.
  • Letters of support should speak to the magnitude of the individual’s impact in the practice of Indian or tribal law or in the Indian community.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Kathy Bowman (’86), Rob Rosette (’96), Diane Enos (’92), Ben Hanley (’71), Herb Yazzie (’75).

ILP Alumni Service Award – This award is given for outstanding service to the Indian Legal Program, and is awarded for extended, extraordinary service to the Indian Legal Program. Nomination Package Requirements

  • Describe the ways in which the candidate has served or supported the ILP and the ILP alumni. Examples can include serving on committees, boards, CLEs, mentoring ILP students, or other volunteer or fundraising efforts or funding commitments. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways this service been truly extraordinary. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has benefited the ILP. (maximum one page)
  • Please provide at least two letters of support from ILP alumni as part of the nomination package.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Verrin Kewenvoyouma (’04), Ann Marie Downes (’94), Mary Shirley (’92) and Jeff Harmon (’05)

ILP Emerging Leader Award – This award acknowledges and encourages service to Indian Country and the ILP by alumni who are less than ten years out of law school. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in their professional career, volunteer work, and promotion or support of the ILP and/or ASU NALSA. Nomination Package Requirements.

  • Describe how the candidate has achieved professional success in their legal career.
  • Describe the candidate’s volunteer work.
  • Describe how the candidate achieved an exceptional level of service while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate was proactive in efforts to become involved in ILP and/or ILP alumni activities. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has been sustained over a long period of time or how the service has been innovative or beneficial. (maximum one page)
  • Provide two letters of support from fellow ILP alumni.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle (’09), Nikki Borchardt Campbell (’09), Steve Bodmer (’06), Elizabeth Medicine Crow (’05), Charles Galbraith (’07), Matthew Campbell (’08) and Michael Corey Hinton (’11)
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Job Opportunity – General Counsel

Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community, Legal Services Office
Scottsdale, Arizona

Deadline: 12/15/2019, 11:30 pm MST

Definition: Under the administrative direction of the Community Council, serves as the chief legal  advisor, representative, and counselor to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or  Community) government, including all departments, divisions, enterprises, and other entities.  Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  Provides assistance to avoid or prevent legal disputes and litigation and protects the Community’s  legal interests. Supervises, administers, and oversees all legal services for the Community. This is treated as an FLSA exempt job class.

Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree and graduate of an accredited law school, with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing law which included some experience in at least three or more of the following areas: federal
Indian law, employment law, commercial transactions, gaming law, leasing, and planning and zoning, A minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience and some experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal
government is also required.

See full job description here.

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