Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Lewis & Clark
Small Business Legal Clinic

Job Purpose:
This is a grant funded position with the Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC). Located in downtown Portland, the SBLC’s mission is to provide transactional legal assistance to low-income small business owners, primarily people of color, women and immigrants. The Staff Attorney will be part of the legal team at the SBLC and work with small business clients one-on-one. Half of their time will be spent in the SBLC Rural Outreach program serving 65 clients over the course of the year. The other half of the time will be serving business owners throughout Oregon in a fee-for-service structure. The Staff Attorney will be expected to track hours, draft contracts, register trademarks and copyrights, review leases, register businesses and complete other transactional legal needs to low-income small businesses.

What You’ll Do

  • Work on the transactional needs of clients, such as drafting contracts and researching and registering trademarks.
  • Represent small and emerging businesses with transactional legal services,

  • Represent nonprofit corporations and cooperatives information, operation and obtaining tax-exempt status.

  • Meet one-on-one with clients.

  • Complete outreach presentations.

  • Contribute to the organization’s administrative tasks, such as tracking billable hours and creating monthly statements for clients.

  • Fundraise and support the SBLC in other duties as assigned.

  • Work closely with all staff and faculty to advance the SBLC’s mission.

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong connection to the Native American population, as well as a significant understanding of Native American history, and the tribes of Oregon. 

For full job description and application information, click here.

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Attorney/ Prosecutor

Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Ignacio, CO

Closing Date: 9/03/2019 (5pm MST)

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for the effective, efficient, and fair prosecution of violations of the Tribal Code to include criminal, gaming, and wildlife cases.  In addition, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, civil litigation, contract review, employment matters, and the consideration of social services cases.

Education and Experience

  • Must have a law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and be in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court or eligible to waive in to admission in that State within a year of hiring.
  • Must have 2 years of criminal law experience with actual trial experience.
  • Must have general knowledge of Tribal jurisdiction and Indian Law.
  • Must have an understanding of legal reference resources, research techniques, practices and procedures used to prepare and present an effective prosecutory case in court or administrative proceedings.
  • Must be able to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour on-call basis.
  • Must have a demonstrated record of reliability and professionalism.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License for state of residency and be insurable through the Tribal Vehicle Insurance policy.
  • Must pass a thorough background check including professional references, criminal history, fingerprint check, and pre-employment drug test.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Understanding of programs to which respondents may be assigned because of involuntary commitment proceedings.
  • Experience in Tribal court.Experience with Juvenile Court and Children’s Court Proceedings.

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Job Opportunity – Attorney Prosecutor

Tohono O’odham Nation
Sells, AZ
Office of the Prosecutor

Salary: $73,875.00 /year

Job Summary: Under general supervision, presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating the laws or ordinances of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The work is normally reviewed upon completion, with occasional spot checks while in process, to ensure accuracy, timeliness and conformance to established standards; major work tasks are covered by instructions or procedures and unusual situations are referred to a supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represents the Tohono O’odham Nation as plaintiff in actions based on violations of the Tohono O’odham Law and Order Code, and other applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Utilizes a plea bargaining process that will protect the interests of both the nation and the victims of crime.
  • Receives, reviews and screens complaints to determine whether formal criminal proceedings should be initiated.
  • Interviews clients, gathers evidence, and analyzes pertinent information in civil, criminal, and other cases to formulate and prepare for legal action.
  • Conducts research, interviews clients and witnesses and coordinates details and processes in preparation for trial.
  • Prepares legal briefs; develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of the case.
  • Files briefs with court clerk; handles specific cases or acts as co-counsel as assigned by supervising attorney.
  • Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals.
  • Confers with colleagues to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings.
  • Maintains all appropriate documentation as required.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; reviewing case histories and rulings; attending workshops, conferences and seminars; establishing networks; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned and contributes to a team effort.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of legal strategies, their development and presentation.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
  • Skill in gathering, analyzing, and organizing information.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting complex legal documents and publications.
  • Skill in working effectively under pressure.
  • Skill in presenting complex information.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and negotiate legal actions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements to complex criminal and civil cases.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain privileged confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and one year work experience in the legal field. (Work experience based on law school internships, externships, clerkships, etc. count towards the one year of work experience.)

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of any state or in any federal or U.S. territorial court, or admitted within three months of hire.

Please Apply Through Human Resource Department and submit application.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Location: Native American Rights Fund (NARF) at the Boulder, Colorado Office

Description: The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, 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 looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Qualifications: JD degree from an accredited school of law and bar admission. Preferred Qualifications: Five (5) years of relevant experience as a practicing attorney with an interest in federal Indian law; experience with, and knowledge of, Native American communities and culture; and experience with federal and state court litigation. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply. If not already licensed to practice in Colorado, the successful applicant will be required to become so as soon as reasonably possible.

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

Closing Date: Open until filled with interviews beginning in August.

Application Procedure: Submit by email: a cover letter, complete resume (including representative sample of litigation matters), three professional references, and a writing sample to: Ron Mack, Office/HR Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302, rmack@narf.org.

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Prosecutor

Havasupai Tribe

Closing Date: August 11, 2019

Job Description: The Tribal Prosecutor will represent the Tribe in adult criminal matters and juvenile proceedings involving allegations of child dependency, incorrigibility, and juvenile offenses.

The following examples of duties are intended to be illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive or restrictive.

  • Review police reports to determine charges to be filed or declined.

  • Interview complainant/victims, law enforcement officers, and witnesses.

  • Perform legal research to obtain information necessary to prepare and effectively prosecute a variety of cases before the Tribal Court.

  • Drafts legal memorandum for the Tribal Court or legal counsel.

  • Represents the Tribe in juvenile and adult criminal matters such as bench and jury trials, adjudication, and dependency.

  • Works cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, State, County, and other Indian and Federal Law Enforcement Agency Personnel.

  • Provides technical assistance for changes to Tribal Ordinances for approval by the Tribal Council.

  • Performs related duties as assigned and authorized.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Required education, training or experience.

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited institution, licensed to practice law within any state, and bar admission in good standing

  • Must have practice experience in Tribal Advocacy in Tribal Courts, a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in adult criminal and/or juvenile court including trial experience

  • Must possess knowledge of Federal Indian Law, ICRA, ICWA, and Federal rules of evidence

  • Must have never been convicted of any felonies, and no misdemeanor in the past twelve (12) months

  • Must pass a criminal background check

For full job description and application detail, click here.
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Job Opportunity – Tribal Public Defender

Havasupai Tribe

Closing Date: August 11, 2019

Job Description:
The Tribal Public Defender will perform professional legal work involved in representing defendants in the Havasupai Tribal Court.

The following examples of duties are intended to be illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive or restrictive.

  • Defend persons charged with offenses in the Tribal Court.

  • Practice extensively in the courtroom arguing motions, trying cases to judges and juries, as well as occasionally arguing special actions and appeals.

  • Review and evaluate evidence and prepare cases for trial. Consult with clients and advise them in legal matters.

  • Interview witnesses and potential witnesses, including police officers and expert witnesses.

  • Draft legal memorandum for the Tribal Court or legal counsel.

  • Participate in plea negotiations and pre-trial discovery with prosecutors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Required education, training or experience to effectively represent the defendants in court (position open to both licensed attorneys and tribal advocates).

  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug and health screening. EDUCATION

  • Must have practice experience in Tribal Advocacy in Tribal Courts, a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in adult criminal and/or juvenile court including trial experience

  • Must possess knowledge of Federal Indian Law, ICRA, ICWA, and Federal rules of evidence

  • Must have never been convicted of any felonies, and no misdemeanor in the past twelve (12) months

  • Must pass a criminal back ground check

For full job description and application detail, click here.

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Job Attorney – Legal Access Attorney

Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Assistant Director/Chief Judge, the Legal Access Attorney will assist the Yurok Department of Health & Human Services, the Chief Judge and the Yurok Tribal Court in its client services and legal matters. The Legal Access Attorney will complete a variety of professional assignments. The Legal Access Attorney will work closely with the Social Workers, Staff Attorney, Chief Judge and other department staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have computer knowledge sufficient to do legal research; ability to use the Internet and e-mail correspondence.
  • No convictions for misdemeanor offenses within the last twelve (12) months, no previous felony convictions, or bar ethics violations or on-going ethical violation investigations.
  • No findings of a breach of bar ethics. Candidate must disclose if one has occurred or is pending review.
  • Highly skilled, both orally and in writing.
  • Must have transactional experience i.e., drafting of legal opinions and legislative drafting, etc.
  • Experience in Administrative hearings, two (2) years preferred.
  • Indian law experience, Yurok Tribe preferred
  • Indian Child Welfare Act knowledge, preferred
  • Federal, State and local governmental experience

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Job Opportunity – Native American Outreach Director

The Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) is seeking a passionate, outgoing Native
American Outreach Director. The Director will, in tandem with the Political
Director and Field Director, craft ADP outreach plans and oversee the implementation of the plans and management of deputy directors.

The Native American Outreach Director will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining excellent relationships with all recognized tribes to expand our
ability to compete in local, state, and national campaigns. Responsibilities will
include creating a strategy for increased voter registration, voter awareness campaigns, social media, press and media awareness for Democratic candidates.

As a new battleground state, the Arizona Democratic Party needs a robust
program to achieve its ambitious goals.

Minimum requirements and skills include:

  • Minimum of two to three years of related political experience with a state or
    national committee, political campaign, or non-profit organization;
  • Have a clear understanding of Arizona political landscape.
  • Ability and willingness to work long irregular hours including travel in state.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership development, electoral campaign
    management, staff management, racial justice and/or social equity work.
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment where priorities change rapidly
  • Fearlessness in building relationships and unconventional alliances.

HOW TO APPLY: This is a full-time position. Please send brief cover letter and
resume to operations@azdem.org with subject line “Application: Native
American Outreach Director” by August 15, 2019.

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Job Opportunity – Assistant Attorney General

The Office of Attorney General represents the Tohono O’odham Nation in litigation and other legal matters.  The Office seeks two Attorneys with at least 1 year of experience to fill two (2) Assistant Attorney General positions. Specific areas of need for the Office of Attorney General are healthcare law and contracts.

Qualifications:
Graduate of accredited law school and admitted to practice in at least one state; licensed in Arizona or admitted within 18 months of employment; at least one year of experience in general Indian tribal law; experience in healthcare and contracts a plus.

Salary/Fringe Benefits:
Salary approximately $86,000 to $145,000 depending on experience; group health/life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and other benefits provided.

Application/Information:
Submit resume, legal writing sample and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to Joshua Rees, Acting Attorney General at joshua.rees@tonation-nsn.gov.

Deadline:
Applications accepted until position filled.

Primary Contact:
Joshua Rees
Acting Attorney General
joshua.rees@tonation-nsn.gov
520-383-3410
PO Box 830 Sells, AZ 85634

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Job Opportunity – Indian Law Attorney

Rosette LLP is a majority-Indian owned and operated law firm providing legal services to federally-recognized Indian tribes and their governmental entities and agencies nationwide.
We are currently seeking an attorney for the Firm’s Chandler office, in Chandler, Arizona, who has three to five years of relevant experience. Candidates must be a member in good standing of at least the Arizona Bar. Preference will be given to attorneys who are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, as well as those who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law.

*We recognize we recently ran an ad but have since filled that position, and are hiring an additional Attorney.

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and willing to work in a dynamic atmosphere with minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships. Must be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States.
We offer competitive salary and benefits, including health care, 401k, and vacation.

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