Thank You from the ILP 2018

The ILP was able to exceed our goal of 118 donors, raising over $30,000 in donations, through the Pitchfunder campaign for our 30th anniversary. In our new era of self-sufficiency, your donations are more important than ever. The ILP hopes to continue to expand program opportunities for our amazing students through your generous donations and provide scholarships and accessibility to many more students to come.

To the friends of the ILP, this video comes from all of ILP’s students, staff and faculty as a huge thank you for always supporting our program! The people shown are only a handful of the students and faculty that your donations will benefit.

We’d also like to wish our ILP family happy holidays and happy new year! If you’re still in the spirit of giving, it’s not too late to donate to the ILP before 2018 ends. Donate here. Thank you for your contribution!


Job Opportunities – Havasupai Tribe

Havasupai Tribe

Chief Judge
Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Summary: The Tribal Chief Judge presides over a broad range of civil and criminal cases for the Havasupai Tribal Court. This position would require an individual to review a broad range of civil and criminal matters, and render decisions under Havasupai laws. The Tribal Chief Judge must have the ability to remain unbiased and ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice in the Havasupai Courts.

To download full job description, click here.

General Counsel
Flagstaff, Arizona
Closing Date: January 11, 2019

Position Summary: The General Counsel is the principal legal counsel of the Havasupai Tribe and reports directly to the Havasupai Tribal Council. The General Counsel provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Havasupai Tribal government as indicated by the Tribal Council. The General Counsel works closely and independently with the Tribal Council and the Tribal Government staff. Finally, the General Counsel assists the Tribal Council in managing the work of the Tribe’s outside legal counsel.

The Havasupai Tribe is establishing a remote office in Flagstaff, Arizona for professional staff.

To download full job description, click here.


Job Opportunity – Attorney General

Tohono O’Odham Nation
Attorney General
Sells, AZ

Closing Date: February 1, 2019

POSITION SUMMARY: The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. (Job description available at

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Juris doctorate from an accredited law school, a licensed attorney admitted to practice before the highest court of a state of the United States, three years of supervisory experience and ten years of experience in the practice of law. If appointed, must be admitted to State Bar of Arizona within 18 months. Subject to background investigation.

Preference in filling vacancies will be given to (1) enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, (2) enrolled members of other tribal nations or tribes, (3) other candidates.

Interested applicants should email a completed application form (available at, resume, letter of interest, and three writing samples. Writing samples must include at least one pleading or substantive memorandum filed in court. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please provide all application materials to:

ATTN: Julianna Saraficio, Legislative Assistant
Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch
(520) 383-5260 (office)

To download full job description, click here.


Job Opportunity – Positions at National Council of Urban Indian Health

National Council of Urban Indian Health
Washington, D.C.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health was founded in 1998 to represent the interests of Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) before Congress and Federal agencies, and to influence policies impacting the health conditions experienced by urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).The National Council of Urban Indian Health is a 501(c)(3), membership-based organization devoted to support the development of quality, accessible, and culturally sensitive health care programs for AI/AN living in urban communities. NCUIH fulfills its mission by serving as a resource center providing advocacy, education, training, and leadership for urban Indian health care providers. NCUIH strives for healthy American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings, which comprise over 70% of the AI/AN population, supported by quality, accessible health care centers and governed by leaders in the Indian community. NCUIH represents urban Indian Health Programs receiving grants under Title V of IHCIA and the American Indian and Alaska Natives they serve.

Director of Congressional Relations

The Director of Congressional Relations will be actively engaged in the planning and preparation of NCUIH National Conferences. The Director of Congressional Relations will also heavily work with the Director of Federal Relations and the senior leadership team to ensure continuity among federal and congressional relations.

• Informs and advocates for the advancement of AI/AN health policy, budget and appropriations.
• Provides excellent political strategy based on expert knowledge of Capitol Hill and Indian Country.
• Builds, maintains and utilizes a vast network of contacts.
• Researches and prepares analyses on various legislative issues and bills, including appropriations and the budget, related to the provision of health care services to Indian country.
• Evaluates and analyzes legislation and budget issues and their impact on the provision of health care services in Indian country.

Download full job description at: Director of Congressional Relations

Congressional Relations Associate

The Congressional Relations Associate works under the supervision of the Policy department to support the development, planning and implementation of the legislative priorities of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH).

The key feature of this position is the ability to be an effective policy analyst and advocate in the legislative arena. Effective advocacy relies on several key elements functioning in harmony.

Essential Functions:
1. Informs and advocates for the advancement of AI/AN health policy, budget and appropriations.
2. Provides excellent political strategy based on expert knowledge of Capitol Hill and Indian Country.
3. Builds, maintains and utilizes a vast network of contacts.
4. Researches and prepares analyses on various legislative issues and bills, including appropriations and the budget, related to the provision of health care services to Indian country.

Download full job description at: Congressional Relations Associate

Job Opportunity – Chief Judge

Yavapai-Apache Nation
Tribal Court
Chief Judge
Closing Date: 12/21/2018

The Chief Judge presides over and ensures the proper operation for the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. The Chief Judge is the primary judicial officer of the Tribal Court and administrator of the Nation’s Courts.

  • AZ State License Attorney or eligible, in good standing required.
  • Three (3) years full-time and/or equivalent judicial experience required.
  • Two (2) years judicial administrative experience required.
  • Experience in Tribal Courts or other courts of limited jurisdiction, knowledge of
  • U.S. laws regarding Indian Nations, Tribes and familiarity with Indian reservation communities desired.
  • Experience in court procedures.
  • Adhere to Judicial Ethics of the American Bar Association.
  • Possess a high level of competence, ability to carry out legal thinking reconciling the principles and the particular circumstances of the person and the issues.
  • Must have good verbal & writing skills. Excellent communication skills required.
  • Prior supervisory management experience required.
  • Must be able to use computers and have PC skills in Microsoft Word,
  • WordPerfect, Microsoft Excel, Windows 95, Quicken and Access.
  • Ability to make effective presentations, explain the legal reasoning used on controversial or complex topics.
  • Have the capacity to remain open-minded, manage case workload efficiently.
  • Respect their peers and their constituencies.

How to apply:
Please submit your resume and application to:

To download full job description, click here.

For application and information, go to:

Job Opportunity- General Counsel

Navajo Housing Authority
General Counsel

Job Location: Window Rock, Arizona – Executive Office
Salary: $130,000-170,000 DOE
Closing Date: Monday, December 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Class Summary:
This is an advanced, /stand-alone classification encompassing incumbents responsible for providing in-house counsel and legal services to NHA leadership and the Board of Commissioners. Incumbents possess and apply a comprehensive knowledge of the legal field to actively guide and support NHA’s ongoing operations. Responsibilities may include conducting legal research and developing legal opinions; overseeing compliance activities; contracting issues, and conducting litigation including all related research and document preparation. Incumbents will actively participate in monthly Board of Commissioners Meetings. Incumbents operate with considerable latitude for unreviewed actions or decisions by virtue of their expert level knowledge and experience. Assignments generally require the interpretation and application of broad organizational policies and objectives into defined programs or services. Safety is a critical factor with NHA and all employees will adhere to Safety Policies and ensure Safety is how we perform our duties.

Required Experience:
• Valid Driver’s License
• Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited ABA law school
• Five years of legal work experience.
• Active member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and state license in Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah required.

• Knowledge of HUD and NAHASDA laws, regulations, rules, procedures, and requirements
• Substantive knowledge in the following areas, preferable: Indian Housing Programs, Indian Law, Construction Law, Business or Corporate Law, Economic Development, Personal Injury, Insurance Law, Workers Compensation, Federal Environmental Law, Federal, State, and Navajo Litigation Practice, Employment or Navajo Preference in Employment, Real Estate Transactions, Landlord or Tenant Law, and/or Mortgages or Financial Transactions.

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit or upload their resumes and transcriptions on our NHA website at by the closing date to be considered for the position. All applicants are subject to background investigation and must have a valid driver’s license. Failure to submit required documents on-line shall be considered incomplete. If you have any questions please contact NHA Human Resources at (928) 729-6623.

To download full job description and application information, click here.

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney – Michigan Indian Legal Services
Traverse City – MI (United States)

Practice Area:Tribal / Indian Law
Preferred Years of Experience: 3
Application Begins On: 11/7/2018, 8:00 AM MST
Application Deadline: 12/7/2018, 11:30 PM MST
Anticipated Job Start Date: Jan 2, 2019

Interview Format: In Person Interview

Job Description
POSITION: Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) has an opening for a staff attorney to work out of its Traverse City, Michigan office.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MILS, is a statewide provider of free legal services to low income Native Americans and tribes. MILS represents individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span a range of tribal and federal Indian law cases. This position will focus on tribal and state law legal issues; with an emphasis on tribal court child welfare and criminal defense matters. This position will require overnight travel in the Upper Peninsula.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal applicants will be licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to be admitted by waiver and have three plus years relevant litigation experience. Applicants must possess both written and oral advocacy skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of American Indians.

BENEFITS: This is a full time position with a salary from $43,000 to $58,000 depending on experience. MILS offers a generous health benefit and vacation/sick leave package.

MILS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply. The ideal applicant will have experience working in Native American communities.

Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample to:
James A. Keedy
Executive Director
Michigan Indian Legal Services
814 S. Garfield Ave., Suite A
Traverse City, MI 49686
Application Email:

Job Opportunity – Prosecutor III

Gila River Indian Community
Sacaton, AZ
Closing Date: 11/07/2018

The Prosecutor III represents the Community in the litigation of the more complex criminal complaints and works with the US Attorney’s Office to ensure serious crimes are federally prosecuted. The Prosecutor III will assist in training of the junior prosecuting attorneys, and must be intimately familiar with professional responsibilities as an attorney.


  • Represent the Community in special prosecutions, high profile cases, complex criminal complaints and other matters as assigned.
  • Represent the Community in the Community courts at all stages of criminal and civil cases in which the Community is the plaintiff or petitioner.
  • Represents the community in Court at arraignments/initial hearings, pretrial/status conferences, review and evidentiary hearings and trials/adjudications in which the Community is the plaintiff or petitioner as assigned, must be largely independent in such abilities.
  • Represent the Community in multidisciplinary meetings with the US Attorney’s Office to ensure serious crimes are federally prosecuted.
  • Conduct legal research, analysis and document production related to the litigation of criminal cases in the Community courts.
  • Draft legal pleadings for the Community in criminal and civil cases.
  • Gather and analyze evidence in criminal cases.
  • Maintain case files, calendars and databases for criminal cases.
  • Assist in the development, revision and modification of the Community’s laws, resolutions and ordinances.
  • Represent the Community at meetings, court proceedings and other functions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA accredited law school and current membership in good standing with the Arizona State Bar; minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a licensed attorney with specialized and significant experience as an attorney in criminal litigation, including trial experience preferably.

Download full job description here.
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Job Opportunity – Applications Being Accepted for Maricopa County Superior Court Vacancy

Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge Susan M. Brnovich to the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.

The most current judicial application form (revised January 2017) 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, admitted to the practice of law in, and a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa County for the past year.

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 November 19, 2018.

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancy.

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 Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

The new judge will be paid $149,382.60 annually.