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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Job Opportunity – Law Fellow

Coyote Valley
Band of Pomo Indians

Job Summary:
The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is seeking a legal fellow that will assist the General Counsel with the provision of legal services to the Tribe, including the Tribal Council and various Tribal departments. The Tribe is willing to assist the successful applicant in obtaining student loan forgiveness through any available public service debt elimination programs.

Qualifications/Requirements:
The applicant must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school, and must have graduated within the last five years. The applicant must also be willing to take the California Bar exam and pass such exam within six (6) months of hire. The applicant must also have the ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays. The ideal candidate would have taken Indian Law classes, or have practiced in the Indian Law field. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well legal analysis and research
skills.

Essential Functions:
1. Perform related duties as determined by the Tribal Council, General Counsel, and Tribal Administrator.
2. Interpret and apply broad organizational policies and objectives into defined programs or services.
3. Appear in matters as assigned involving the Tribe in state, Tribal or federal court.
4. Work with outside specialists and consultants.
5. Attend required meetings and trainings.
6. Cultivate and maintain relations with Coyote Valley Tribal Court staff, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Attorney, Mendocino County District Attorney, Mendocino County Sheriff, Ukiah police department and contracted attorneys.

How to Apply:
Please email your resume, a cover letter, and two writing samples to Paul Fernandez at housingdirector@coyotevalley-nsn.gov. Please include “Coyote Valley Legal Fellowship” in the subject line of the email. At least one of the writing samples should be in the nature of a legal memorandum or scholarly legal article. They also must be written solely by the applicant. Applicants will not be considered without a cover letter and writing samples.

Other:
1. The Tribe is willing to assist the successful applicant in obtaining student loan forgiveness through any available public service debt elimination programs.
2. Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified members of the Coyote Valley of Pomo Indian Tribe or qualified Native American candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 2, U. S Code). Coyote Valley of Pomo Indian Tribe and its enterprises are committed to achieving full equal opportunity without discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, physical disability, age or sexual orientation.
3. Must be sensitive to the needs of the Indian community, their culture and traditions.
4. Salary is negotiable based on experience.

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Job Opportunity – Director

Indigenous Initiatives
University of Toronto, Canada
Director

Deadline: July 3, 2019
Salary: 109,555-127,814

Faculty / Division: Human Resources and Equity  Department: Human Resources and Equity  Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)    Description:     Reporting jointly to the Vice-President & Provost, and the Vice-President, HR & Equity, the Director of Indigenous Initiatives works in partnership with members of the University’s senior leadership team to effectively engage academic and shared service divisions, as well as faculty, staff, and students in supporting the University’s strategic vision coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report, and oversees successful implementation of the recommendations. The Director, Indigenous Initiatives will work with existing portfolios to review related structures and initiatives, and will make recommendations regarding changes to, and the creation of, new structures and processes to implement Indigenous initiatives in order to work towards reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities. 
The Director, Indigenous Initiatives manages the operations of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, providing daily supervision of the staff as well as long-term operational resource planning for the unit. The Director, Indigenous Initiatives will also work closely with Indigenous faculty members who may be appointed as academic advisors in areas such as: mentorship of Indigenous faculty members; curriculum development related to Indigenous knowledge; and protocols for community-based research involving Indigenous peoples.

The Director, Indigenous Initiatives engages Indigenous people in and outside of the University in the mission of the University, broadly intersecting with such areas as teaching and learning, student experience, faculty and staff recruitment and engagement, and community-based research. In addition, the Director, Indigenous Initiatives will Co-Chair the Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and other related advisory bodies and committees.
  Qualifications:     (MINIMUM)
Education:
Graduate degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience:
Minimum 10 years’ experience working with complex issues related to Indigenous issues as well as equity and diversity as they relate to faculty issues, human resources, the student experience and the workplace. Demonstrated experience leading and implementing complex projects. Experience designing and delivering educational programs is required. Experience working with students, faculty, and staff, and an appreciation for the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the University’s community. Thorough understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and relevant legislation/case law. Experience working within a post-secondary context is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and experience acting at the senior level as an ambassador for the needs of Indigenous communities. 
Skills:
Computer experience required, including use of Microsoft Word and Excel. 

Other:
Highly developed oral and written communication, analytical, relationship management and organizational skills. Demonstrated collaborative approach to problem solving. Ability to make sound decisions quickly based on available and sometimes limited information, and to take prompt, decisive action. Demonstrated ability to interact and collaborate with individuals at all levels within the University as well as externally, including students, staff, faculty and community partners. Demonstrated experience developing and leading staff. Ability to deal with senior University Officers in a manner which facilitates cooperation. High degree of political acuity and judgment. Flexible listener. Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Must embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral component of a quality university experience. Ability to produce detailed and comprehensive reports from a large volume of complex information. Ability to plan strategically, initiate action and achieve desired outcomes for multiple complex and multi-faceted institutional projects and initiatives in both political as well as culturally sensitive environments. Comprehensive knowledge of Indigenous culture, with an ability to leverage or develop a strong network of contacts within Indigenous communities.   Travel: None    Employee Group: Professional / Managerial    Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing Schedule: Full-time  Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: PM 6 — Hiring Zone: $109,555 – $127,814 — Broadband Salary Range: $109,555 – $182,591     Job Field: Administration  Job Posting: Jun 11, 2019  Job Closing: Jul 3, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Ramah Judicial District Court
Ramah, New Mexico

Closing Date: June 14, 2019

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under general direction of the Judges of the assigned district, performs work of considerable difficulty in providing complex legal advice and guidance; conducts legal research and drafts legal documents in support of the judges, court solicitor and court administrators; undertakes special projects for the Judicial Branch; performs related duties assigned. Provides legal guidance to judicial judges, involving numerous areas of law; utilizes a variety of research methods to find legal precedents; reviews statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, case law, briefs and other administrative and legal documents; provides both informal and legal opinions, recommendations and legal briefs resulting from research; proposes alternatives and options to consider; drafts memoranda, decisions, judgements, orders, summaries and other legal documents. Provides advice and assistance in administrative issues, including, but not limited to, employment matters, policy issues, and impact of legislation; undertakes special legal and administrative projects, conducts legal education programs; participates in the development of training plans, curricula and educational materials and provides training; provides legal representation for the court in various legal arenas; attends meetings.

Education, Training and Experience:
A Juris Doctorate from ABA accredited law school; and two (2) years of general legal practice as a licensed attorney. Must be a current member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Must have a state license and be a current member of a State Bar. The applicant shall obtain an attorney license in Arizona, New Mexico or Utah within two (2) years of date of hire

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Job Opportunity – Program Attorney

The
National Judicial College (NJC) is a private, not-for-profit organization
providing quality continuing education to trial judges, administrative law
judges, tribal judges, military judges and court personnel.  The College
also provides international judicial education.  NJC is located on the
campus of the University of Nevada in Reno.

The National Tribal Judicial Center at The National
Judicial College is among the first institutions to address the needs of Native
American and Alaska Native tribal law judiciaries.  The curricula
presented are innovative and sophisticated, designed to enhance the
professional skills of tribal judges and tribal court professionals.  The
Center’s main objective is to improve justice through education and technical
assistance, both national in scope as well as customized for the needs of
specific tribes or regions.

NJC seeks a team-oriented individual to fill the
position of program attorney for the National Tribal Judicial Center. 
Under the supervision of the academic director, program attorney responsibilities
include developing academic courses on a variety of topics and issues
especially in the area of tribal judicial education, preparing course
materials, planning and conducting courses, delivering customized technical
assistance to tribal courts, and seeking further funding to support the work of
the National Tribal Judicial Center. 

Graduation from an ABA-accredited school of law and bar
admission to any state’s bar are required.  Experience working with tribes
or in tribal law is highly desired.  The successful candidate must have
demonstrated excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills. 
Further, the candidate must have two to five years of legal experience. 
Experience in continuing adult education and/or grant administration is
preferred. 

Application Method(s)

  • Application Email: jobs@judges.org
  • Apply via Mail to: The National Judicial College Attn: Human Resources Judicial College Building, M.S. 358 Reno, NV 89557

Job Opportunity – Law Clerk PT

Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court
Court of Central Jurisdiction
Onamia, MN

Closing Date: June 18, 2019

Summary:
The Law Clerk is responsible for assisting the Tribal Court judiciary with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completion of one year or more at an ABA-accredited law school, including satisfactory completion of a legal research and writing course.
  • Demonstrated interest in Tribal and Federal Indian Law.
  • Strong legal writing and research skills, including utilization of online legal research database services.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, analyze legal documents, derive pertinent points, and record conclusions.
  • Ability to draft legal documents so as to be understood by non-law trained individuals.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to read with speed and comprehension.
  • Ability to comprehend and record rapid speech.
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite and proficiency in Microsoft Word.
  • Moderate touch typing ability.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of documents, computer files and oral communications.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
  • Valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and proper insurance is required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Employment Coordinator 43408 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359 Fax # (320) 532-7492 e-mail to hr@millelacsband.com

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Job Opportunity – Prosecuting Attorney

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

Location: Tribal Prosecutor’s Office
Pablo, MT

Closing Date: June 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

This is a professional position requiring specialized knowledge and skill to represent and act as legal counsel for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and its governmental departments in the Tribal Court and such other forums, including other courts, tribunals, alternative dispute mechanisms, and agencies as necessary. The incumbent shall be a fully licensed member in good standing of the State Bar of Montana and admitted, or eligible for admission, to practice in the Tribal Court of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The general work is a litigation position and the incumbent shall have necessary education, training, and skills to represent the Tribes in court independently. To the end, the incumbent shall act on behalf of the Tribes with respect to the following matters which are not all-inclusive.

Minimum Qualifications (as reflected on the tribal employment application):

  • Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Montana. If not admitted, must become admitted within six (6) months of hire to maintain employment.
  • Applicant must have no criminal convictions other than minor traffic infractions for which the punishment does not include the possibility of a jail sentence.
  • Weekend and off-hour work and occasional Court appearances required.

Submit:

  1. Completed Tribal employment application. (Resumes may be submitted but may not replace or supplement the official tribal application.)
  2. Copies of relevant licenses, academic transcripts and relevant training certificates.
  3. Provide a writing sample.
  4. Proof of enrollment from a federally recognized Tribe if other than CSKT.
  5. If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, a copy of the DD214 must be submitted with the application.

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csktribes.org
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cory Clairmont @ (406) 675-2700, ext. 1041. FAX (406) 675-2711 or E-Mail: cory.clairmont@cskt.org

Job Opportunity – Chief Legislative Counsel

The Navajo Nation
Office of Legislative Counsel/ Window Rock, AZ

Closing Date:6/10/2019 5:00 p.m.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under administrative direction of the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, performs work of unusual difficulty in serving as chief legal counsel to the Navajo Nation Council and the Navajo Nation Legislative Branch; directs all legal and administrative affairs of the Office of Legislative Counsel; provides comprehensive legal guidance and advice to the Navajo Nation Council, standing committees, boards, commissions, and the Legislative Branch; coordinates legal advice and opinions with the Department of Justice and other attorneys providing legal services to the Nation; provides advice and counsel, including interpretation of tribal, state and federal laws and regulations; performs complex legal research and analysis of laws, legal precedents and policies; provides legislative branch representation in mediation and administrative hearings; provides training and orientation in specific laws and their application. Drafts, reviews and prepares proposed legislation, reports, legal documents and correspondence for the Navajo Nation Council and entities of the Legislative Branch; codifies Navajo Nation laws, rules and regulations; develops an annual work plan and budget for the Office of Legislative Counsel; attends meetings, training and seminars in support of continuing legal education requirements; prepares and submits activity reports to the Office of the Speaker.

Qualification Requirements: (Education, Experience, and Training)

  • A Juris Doctorate; and twelve (12) years professional experience in practice of law which must include two (2) years working directly with or for a legislative body, four (4) years working with a tribal government, two (2) years working for the Navajo Nation government as an attorney or four (4) years providing legal representation to entities or individuals subject to the laws of the Navajo Nation; and four (4) years working in a supervisory capacity of which two (2) years must include supervising senior-level attorneys.
  • State licensed and current admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of: federal, state and Navajo Nation laws and regulations relating to administrative and regulatory functions; Navajo Nation, state and federal statutory laws and regulations affecting tribal governments and Navajo members; Fundamental Law; the procedures and rules required for administrative, legislative and judicial hearings; the methods and techniques of legal research and analysis, lobbying and presenting cases in court. Skill in: analyzing and organizing facts, evidence and precedents; developing an appropriate argument or defense and presenting supportive materials; verbal and written communication. Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relations with Navajo Nation Council delegates, executive staff, court officials, governmental officials, political figures and the general public; exercise initiative and good judgment in creating, interpreting and applying law, policies, regulations, procedures and administrative methods; objectively and analytically devise practical solutions quickly and effectively.

Knowledge of: federal, state and Navajo Nation laws and regulations relating to administrative and regulatory functions; Navajo Nation, state and federal statutory laws and regulations affecting tribal governments and Navajo members; Fundamental Law; the procedures and rules required for administrative, legislative and judicial hearings; the methods and techniques of legal research and analysis, lobbying and presenting cases in court. Skill in: analyzing and organizing facts, evidence and precedents; developing an appropriate argument or defense and presenting supportive materials; verbal and written communication. Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relations with Navajo Nation Council delegates, executive staff, court officials, governmental officials, political figures and the general public; exercise initiative and good judgment in creating, interpreting and applying law, policies, regulations, procedures and administrative methods; objectively and analytically devise practical solutions quickly and effectively.

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Job Opportunity – Associate Justice

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, AZ

Closing: 5/17/19 11:59 PM

Definition:
Participates and as required, may preside over criminal, civil and juvenile appeal hearings as part of the SRPMIC Appellate Court. Responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice pursuant to the judicial powers granted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and in ensuring SRPMIC adherence to applicable Federal, Tribal and other relevant laws and ordinances. The Associate Justice is appointed by the Council. 

Examples for Tasks:

1. The Associate Justice will sit on an appeals panel to hear cases brought before the Appellate Court. Facilitates and ensures all applicable rules of evidence and other judicial requirements are followed by all parties involved in the tribal court’s decision.

2. As required, monitors timelines for filings of briefs, motions and/or other steps and processes within the Appellate process. Schedules briefings and determines compliance to timelines and time frames of all court procedures.3. Grants or denies requests for extensions, issues an Opinion, Memorandum or Order within established timeframes.

4. Reviews processes, procedures, rulings and other activities including verdicts/final judgments from the trial court along with requests for non-final orders or judgments. Reviews record on appeal as prepared by trial court clerk.5. Reviews briefs, memoranda and other submitted documents to evaluate and determine if applicable rules of evidence and other judicial requirements were followed by all parties involved in the tribal court’s decision.

6. May issue ancillary orders and approve/disapprove Amicus Curiae briefs requested to be filed.7. Performs other job related duties as assigned to maintain and enhance Community Appellate Court operations.

Qualifications:

Education & Experience: The applicant shall meet all the qualifications as set for in Chapter 4, Article 2, 4-32 (2) (a), (b), (d), (e), (h), (i) and (k), as well as Section 4-88(2) of the SRPMIC Code of Ordinances as amended.  Such qualifications include:

1. Must be thirty (30) years of age or older;

2. Possessing a two (2) year degree (Associate of Arts, certificate, etc.) or higher preferably in a law related field (e.g., law degree, criminal justice, administration of justice, police science, paralegal) OR having at least three (3) years consecutive bench experience within the past five (5) years of appointment to the bench;3. Must have at least five (5) years of judicial or law-related experience;

4. Preference will be given to candidates who are members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Gila River Indian Community, the Ak-Chin Indian Community or the Tohono O’odham Nation, or other federal recognized tribe.

5. Preference will also be given to candidate with prior tribal court judicial experience.6. Having never been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction, and having not been convicted of a misdemeanor within five (5) years of the date of the judicial application filed with the SRPMIC Council.  A misdemeanor shall be conviction of the type of behavior proscribed in Chapters 6 and 10 and 16-231 through 16-236 of Chapter 16 (Dealing with DWI and Reckless Driving) of the SRPMIC’s Code of Ordinances, whether committed on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community or in another jurisdiction;

7. Be of good moral character, and in determining character, the SRPMIC Council shall consider, among other things, the laws, customs and traditions of the SRPMIC;8. Familiar with the customs and traditions of the Akimel O’odham and Xalychidom Piipaash people and how those customs and traditions can be applied to the matters pending before the Community Court;

9. Serving a one (1) year probationary period;10. Having never been removed for good cause from a judge position in any jurisdiction;

11. Being subject to the SRPMIC Court Rules of Professional Conduct, Section 2 Judicial Rules of Professional conduct and as these rules may be amended. 

“SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:1) attach to application2)  fax (480) 362-58603) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Applications may be filed online at: http://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/employment

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