Job Opportunity – Attorney General

Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch
Sells, Arizona

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)

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Job Opportunity – Licensed Associate Judge

Scottsdale, AZ

Full-Time -$113,636.00 – $164,772.00 Annually
Category: Court Administration / Legal / Community and Social Services
Department: Judicial

Position Summary:  Under the administrative direction of the Chief Judge, presides over criminal, civil and juvenile cases as assigned. Responsible for 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 Licensed Associate Judge is appointed by the Council.  This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Position Summary: Under the administrative direction of the Chief Judge, presides over criminal, civil and juvenile cases as assigned. Responsible for 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 Licensed Associate Judge is appointed by the Council. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Examples of Tasks
Distinguishing Features: The Licensed Associate Judge is an integral member of the judicial system and as such serves to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice. The Licensed Associate Judge must thoroughly understand the legal system, administration of justice, interpersonal relationships, and dispute resolution as well as appropriate decision making techniques, public safety, and governmental methods of reporting. Responsible for complex and sensitive legal decisions and judicial rulings on criminal and civil cases as assigned. The Licensed Associate Judge’s work is reviewed by the Chief Judge through an annual performance review, reports, conferences and meetings. Judicial conduct is governed by Section 4-25 of the SRPMIC Code of ordinances and the SRPMIC Court Rules of Professional Conduct, Sec 2, Judicial Rules of Professional Conduct.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Experience:
The applicant shall meet all the qualifications as set for in Chapter 4, Article 2, 4-22 (D) of the SRPMIC Code of Ordinances as amended. Such qualifications include:

  1. Being thirty (30) years of age or older;
  2. Must have graduated from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate;
  3. Must be a member for at least three (3) years and in good standing with a state bar association;
  4. Of good moral character and any assessment of moral character shall be consistent with the customs and traditions of the Akimel O’odham and Xalychidom Piiipaash peoples;
  5. Has never been removed for good cause as a judge in jurisdiction;
  6. Has never been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction and has not been convicted of a misdemeanor (not including violations that are generally considered civil  traffic violations) within the past 5 years; and
  7. Preference will be given to enrolled members of the Community, the Gila River Indian Community, the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  8. Serving a one (1) year probationary period;
  9. Having never been removed for good cause from a judge position in any jurisdiction;
  10. Being subject to SRPMIC administrative policies regarding employees except when such policies are inconsistent with the status and duties of a judge including, but not limited to, employee grievance, recruitment and selection, and underfill policies. Notwithstanding the administrative policies, Section 4-25 of the SRPMIC Code of ordinance shall apply to all removal or suspension of judges;
  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.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Navajo Nation Judicial Branch
Chinle, AZ

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.

See full job description here.

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Job Opportunity – ILP Program Coordinator

Indian Legal Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Phoenix, AZ

Closing Date: September 23, 2019

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law seeks a dynamic, self-starter for the position of Program Coordinator.  The successful candidate will provide administrative support and assist with program development to the Indian Legal Program (ILP) which includes the Indian Legal Clinic (ILC) and faculty support.

Essential Duties
The successful candidate will be responsible for and have duties in the following areas:

  • Coordinate events and conferences for the ILP and ILC including registration, venue, food and guest speaker travel arrangements.
  • Train and supervise student workers for the ILP and ILC.
  • Coordinate information for the ILP monthly newsletter in SalesForce and event advertising campaign, including creative planning, compiling and editing content.
  • Monitor and update promotional and digital communication material via program’s website, blog and social media platforms to enhance marketing efforts.Assist ILP Executive Director and Faculty Director with various projects.
  • Prepare classroom materials, notes, course descriptions, examinations, best/model answers, grade sheets, and posting of Canvas notices and assignments for both ILP and program.
  • Assist with research and maintenance of databases for both ILP and ILC programs.
  • Support calendar and scheduling for ILP Executive Director, faculty/committee members of ILP.
  • Prepare/generate correspondence, manuscripts, routine letters and memos.
  • Arrange necessary and extensive travel reservations and itineraries; anticipate and prepare background material as needed; complete travel documentation process including entering trips into the Concur Travel System and the College of Law travel approval site to seek reimbursement for traveler.
  • Assist in monitoring the ILP budget and paying bills.
  • Interact and serve as liaison with students, faculty, staff and outside community agencies.
  • Open and review incoming mail and respond to routine inquiries.
  • Prepare special/recurring reports containing sensitive information.
  • Physical presence at the workplace is an essential function/requirement of this position.
  • Other duties as assigned that support the goals of the department, College of Law and ASU.

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Please apply at: and follow the instructions under Non-ASU Employees Job Opportunities. > Click on Advanced Search and enter Requisition ID: 55558BR and then click the Search button to the right. Then, click on results for 55558BR  to open position posting and click Apply to job button at the bottom of page. You will be asked to submit your resume, cover letter and three references.

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Job Opportunity: Associate Litigation Attorney

Associate Litigation Attorney

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Associate Litigation Attorney
Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 3+ years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP provides legal representation and advocacy in a broad range of services, with an emphasis in tribal law and federal Indian law serving tribal nations, tribal business enterprises and tribal organizations throughout the United States.

•Active admission to any state bar
•Degree from an accredited U.S. Law School
•Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow standard procedures
•Comprehensive knowledge of litigation
•Ability to effectively interact, orally and in writing
•Licensed attorney with 3 years of experience in general civil litigation
•Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities with a “roll up yoursleeves” and team-oriented attitude
•Exceptional organizational skills, juggling priorities and adhering to strict deadlines
•First-rate academic credentials and references
•Superior research, writing and analytical skills and technology oriented

•Knowledge of or experience working with Indian law or tribal courts
•Experience with Microsoft Office and cloud-based computer environment
Job Type: Full-time

Competitive salary
Health insurance
Dental insurance
LTD & Life insurance
Unlimited paid time off for attorneys (billable time requirement apply)
401K with match
Work -life balance and employee wellness promoted environment

Please send your cover letter and resume to:


Job Opportunity – Senior Advisor

Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Washington, D.C.

Closing Date: 8/23/2019

Summary: This position is located in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG). The incumbent serves as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for Tribal Affairs.

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Serves as the senior, key programmatic advisor and expert for OJP on American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) affairs matters for federally recognized Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders including the indigenous people of Palau, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Acts as the policy, advisory, and coordination focal point for issues within OJP for and on behalf of the Assistant Attorney General (AAG), OJP.

Advises the AAG and OJP senior leadership concerning policies, legislation, implementation of programs, and other issues related to reducing violent crime, supporting victims, and addressing public safety needs in tribal communities.

Provides leadership in the development of comprehensive policy and programs to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. As a primary responsibility, works with the AAG and OJP leadership to solicit tribal input in establishing OJP’s policy and budget priorities and recommendations for implementation. Determines and suggests matters which should be brought to the attention of OJP leadership and prepares or directs the preparation of briefing materials or position papers. Keeps abreast of significant developments in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) affairs and keeps leadership informed.

Serves as the focal point of OJP for tribal programs, assessing the unmet needs of the tribal communities and developing implementation strategies addressing these needs in consultation with tribal governments. These strategies promote OJP responsiveness to tribal needs through coordinating OJP resources and funding consistent with the long standing policy of a government-to-government relationship between the federal government and tribal governments.

Evaluates and monitors complex national policies and programs to assess the overall impact of broad policy issues in terms of immediate, foreseeable, and long-range program directions. Initiates, explores, and establishes innovative approaches for increased program policy effectiveness and program coordination within the agency and outside organizations including national tribal organizations. Elicits cooperation and assistance through diplomatic relationships with Tribal governments.

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Job Opportunity – Legal Director

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Overview: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the organization’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, education, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with our policy, organizing, and communications teams, with the national ACLU staff, and other local and national partners to advance our advocacy goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU;
  • 8-10 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts, including class actions, with a strong background in constitutional law and civil rights;
  • Admitted to the Arizona Bar or eligible for admission under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 34(f) (admission on motion);
  • Management experience in recruiting, training, managing, and motivating a diverse, high-performing litigation team;
  • Demonstrated record of moving legal cases forward from investigation and development and through all levels of the courts, with experience working with clients from diverse constituencies;
  • Excellent communication, media, presentation, written, and analytical skills;
  • Experience working closely with a volunteer board of directors and non-profit organizations, including allies from across the political spectrum;
  • Experience representing and working with activists and grassroots and other non-governmental organizations;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a creative and strategic approach to problem-solving and litigation;
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented, with an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization;
  • A team-building and collegial management style, including effective communications skills, a warm personal style that commands respect, and a good sense of humor;
  • Courage and integrity.

Application Procedure:
Please submit a cover letter to that illustrates your commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, a current resume, a legal writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. Include “Legal Director Search” in the subject line and specify how you heard about the posting. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Hard copy materials may also be sent to the attention of “Legal Director Search,” ACLU of Arizona, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011.

For full job description, click here.

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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.


  • 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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