11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture – Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation – 1/26

Thursday, January 26 • 4-6 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
W. P. Carey Armstrong Foundation Great Hall
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The 11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture will feature guest lecturer Professor Robert T. Anderson will review the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and focus on the Katie John litigation over the right to fish at a traditional village and fish camp site by upper Ahtna people.

Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School Of Law, and is the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually.

This may qualify for 1.0 general CLE credit.

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP at law.asu.edu/canby. We hope to see you there.

Download and print pdf: 2018 Canby Anderson Flyer_CLE

Job Opportunity – Public Defender

San Carlos Apache Tribe
San Carlos, Arizona

As a Public Defender under the general direction of the Tribal Chairman and the general oversight of the Law & Order Committee, the Public Defender shall represent without charge, criminal defendants and parents or custodians in child protection cases as appointed by Judges of the Court with the consent of the defendant. In addition, represent juveniles charged with delinquency. The Public Defender shall take all necessary steps to investigate the facts to make sure each case is fairly represented. Shall prepare or assist in motions, memorandum of law, petitions and other legal documents. Deal with prosecution in the negotiation of pleas, which are fair on behalf of the clients. Recommend appropriate sentences for convicted offenders to the Court, repair and file appeals where warranted. Carry out department needs in order to protect the sovereignty and customs of the Tribe and rights of the people. Coordinate case investigation, preparation and courtroom presentation. Advise defendants of their rights and ensure they have a fair trial. Criminal and Juvenile Procedures, established by the San Carlos Apache Tribe Code of Indian Offenses and San Carlos Apache Tribal Court rules that pertain to defense and courtroom presentation of criminal and juvenile cases. Perform other duties relating to Court matter and other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:
Successful completion of a course of study in an accredited two (2) year college leading to an AA/AAS degree in Criminal Justice or closely related field. NOTE: Applicant must submit a copy of all college transcripts and/or degree to meet positive education requirements.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must have had three (3) years of specialized experience.

Specialized experience is experience in defending cases involving criminal law in a courtroom or in a job related field. Examples of the type of experience that will be credited are shown above under “Duties and Responsibilities”.

To download full job description and application information, click here:
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Job Opportunity – Attorney

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Job Summary: Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. This will include service agreements, franchise agreements, organizational documents, marketing agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, construction contracts and other general business contracts. Manage an array of general contractual and legal matters. Offer sound legal advice and counsel to Sr. Legal Director and internal clients on strategies, actions and decisions related to all such transactions and legal matters.

Primary Tasks:

1. Draft and negotiate agreements and contracts.

2. Research and offer counsel on a variety of unique legal issues impacting the Choctaw Nation and its business and service units.

3. Manage multiple projects and deadlines across a wide spectrum of legal areas/issues.

4. Advise executives within the Choctaw Nation’s business and service units on contract status, legal risks and business terms of various transactions.

5. Provide assistance with potential joint ventures, strategic partnerships, transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

6. Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect the Choctaw Nation and its business and service units.

7. Other duties as may be assigned.

Download job description: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma – Attorney Job Opening

Prof. Ferguson-Bohnee talks about Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage CLE Conference

ASU Law Indian Legal Program Cultures Under Water December 6-8, 2017 from SandraDayOConnorCollegeofLaw on Vimeo.

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage CLE Conference 

Dec. 6: Before the Flood film / Pima Theater / 6 – 7:45 pm / Free & open to public.
Dec 7: Conference / Ventana Ballroom / 8 am – 5 pm / Walk-in Registration opens at 7:30 am.
Fairly Traceable play / Pima Theater / 6:15 – 7:45 pm / Free & open to public. This play qualifies for free 1.5 CLE credit hours.
Dec. 8: Conference / Ventana Ballroom / 7:30 am – 5 pm

#climateimpacts #climatechangeisnotamyth #weareallclimatekeepers#culturalheritageisahumanright

Job Opportunity – Legal Department Director

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is seeking a Director of its in-house Legal Department.  The Tribe’s headquarters is located in beautiful southwest Colorado.  The Director will lead a well-established staff of three Tribal Attorneys, a Deputy Director, and a Legal Assistant.  Please follow the link below to apply.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe
JOB TITLE : Legal Department Director – Closes 12/18/2017
JOB CITY : Ignacio, CO

The Legal Department of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe represents, advises, and supports the Tribe, at the direction of the Tribal Council. The Department is responsible for advising both the Permanent Fund and Casino and may on occasion and subject to direction from the Tribal Council, work with the Tribe’s Growth Fund and its legal representation as well.  The Director is responsible for providing such representation, advice, and support while also supervising and leading the Legal Department to support the needs of the Tribe.

Required Skills:
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 in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court or will become licensed within a year of hiring.
Must be admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado or will become admitted within a year of hiring.
Must have a minimum of 12 years of experience as an attorney.
Must have a minimum of 5 years of practicing in the field of federal Indian law.
Must have computer experience in software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Must have a valid Driver’s License for the state of residency and be insurable under the Tribal vehicle insurance policy.
Must pass a thorough criminal history background check and pre-employment drug test.

More than fifteen years of experience as an attorney.
Significant experience representing Indian tribes, preferably in-house or as general counsel.
Significant litigation experience.
Significant experience in employment law.
Supervisory experience.
Experience drafting codes and policies.

Position closes at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on 12/18/2017.

Please apply online at: https://careers.southernute.com/pfund

Job Opportunity – Deputy Prosecutor

Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Tucson, AZ

Open Until: January 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM MST
Rate of Pay: Grade I – Grade I
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Position will be opened until filled. Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA Accredited Law School and six (6) months of experience as a practicing Attorney. Admittance to the Arizona State Bar/Federal Bar or be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or the District of Columbia and in good standing required.

For application information, click the following link:

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage – Standard Registration ends TODAY!

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage CLE Conference will be held Wednesday, December 6 – Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Memorial Union on Tempe campus.

Extreme weather and climate events have increased over the past 50 years and Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects because they are often inextricably tied to their land. As a result, climate change not only threatens the landscape, but also cultural identity.  Indigenous peoples have used traditional knowledge to mitigate climate disruptions and to adapt to the changing environment. However, policy discussions have failed to adequately address climate impacts on cultural heritage, and the rapid rate of climate disruptions continues to threaten indigenous cultures and communities with alarming speed. This conference will build on the discussions of climate change, adaptation, and traditional knowledge by focusing specifically on climate impacts on tribal cultural heritage.

We will bring together tribal leadership and members, scientists, scholars, attorneys and activists to discuss climate change threats and challenges faced by indigenous communities.  The goal is to share knowledge and resources with tribal representatives to respond to threats to cultural heritage by addressing:  Is cultural heritage a human right, and why is tribal cultural heritage important?  How does climate change impact tribal cultural heritage? How can tribal communities maintain cultural heritage in the face of changing climate risks?  Attendees will participate in sessions that focus on identifying obstacles and proposing solutions to these challenges.

Dec. 6: Before the Flood film
Dec 7: Conference / Ventana Ballroom / 6-7:30 pm
       Fairly Traceable play / Pima Theater / 6:15-7:45 pm
Dec. 8: Conference / Ventana Ballroom / 7:30 am-5 pm

Learn more at: law.asu.edu/climateimpacts

Download updated PDF flyer – Climate Impacts 110117

Questions? Contact Jennifer Williams at jennifer.h.williams@asu.edu or 480-727-0420.

Job Opportunity – Law Clerk

Titla & Parsi, PLLC, has office locations in Scottsdale and Globe.  While the Firm has specialized expertise in Federal Indian Law, over the years we have expanded our client base and areas of practice.   The Firm now practices in other matters such as personal injury, corporate/commercial transactions, employment law, benefits related matters, environmental law and real estate. Attorneys in the firm are licensed in multiple jurisdictions and the Firm has practiced in numerous states, federal and tribal courts.

The Law Clerk position supports the Firm’s clients by applying knowledge of legal concepts and processes.  Under the direction of the Firm’s attorneys and staff, the Law Clerk conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and memorandum, assists with project intake and execution, and assists with preparing PowerPoint and Excel documents.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend client meetings, summarize key action items, and gather documents and information for attorney analysis
  • Conduct basic legal research and communicate results
  • Draft documents and communications with oversight
  • Summarize relevant basic legal and business issues and update attorney/paralegal
  • Distribute documents for review as required
  • Obtain necessary approvals and signatures
  • Validate current processes and identify need for process change

Job Qualifications:

  • Education: current law student
  • Years of experience: 0-3 years
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Professional, and other web-based applications (including but not limited to Westlaw and other legal research tools)
  • Excellent writing, researching, proofreading, and formatting skills
  • Willingness to learn Firm’s case management software
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • High degree of ethics and integrity
  • Able to identify inconsistencies in routine work and initiate corrective action within own workflow
  • Able to deliver results with a sense of urgency
  • Adapts well to change; flexible and able to multi-task and make effective decisions given tight deadlines

For more information, contact:
Margaret Hirchak (JD ’12)
Associate Attorney

Job Opportunities – DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA)

DNA -People’s Legal Services (DNA) is seeking Litigators for the following office’s indicated below. Our Attorneys represent clients in federal, state, and tribal courts, and before administrative agencies. Representation encompasses a wide range of civil matters, including domestic relations, public benefits, consumer problems, civil rights, land disputes, and for Hopi Public Defenders office they represent criminal cases.

LITIGATORS QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice in respective state; three (3) years’ experience preferred in the practice of law. The applicant must be licensed in their respective state and produce a Certificate of Good Standing; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.

SALARY: Full-time salary starts at $37,500, with increases based on experience. DNA has an excellent benefit packet: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401K, and much more.  Applicant will be submitted to a criminal background check. Please send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and a short writing sample to Human Resources Director, P. O. Box 765, Tuba City, AZ 86045 or email

HResources@dnalegalservices.org. The position will remain open until filled. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Human Resources Department at (928) 283-3206.

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. DNA is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Preference is given to qualified Navajo and Native American applicants.



Other Vacancies:

Download pdf announcement: Vacancy Ad Nov2017

DNA is seeking a Medical Legal Partnership Staff Attorney in its Flagstaff, AZ office. The preferred candidate will have project design and implementation skills, as a portion of time will be devoted to developing relationships, educating medical staff and community members about the project, and refining organizational processes to ensure patients/clients receive coordinated medical and legal services.

The MLP attorney will provide direct legal services to low-income patients at North Country HealthCare. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The Staff Attorney will practice in state court and before administrative agencies.

For full job announcement, download pdf: MLP Attorney Ad 11.14.17