Job Opportunity – Litigation Attorney

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is a prominent tribal law firm providing 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.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 7-10 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. 


  • Active admission to any state bar, with the ability to become licensed in Nebraska
  • J.D. from an ABA accredited Law School
  • Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow standard procedures
  • Comprehensive experience in litigation
  • Ability to effectively interact, orally and in writing
  • Licensed attorney with 7-10 years of experience in litigation
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities with a “roll up your sleeves” 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
  • Commitment to participating in the firm’s marketing and public relations initiatives, including joining associations, securing leadership roles, and conducting webinars, seminars, and speaking engagements


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

Job Type:  Full-time

Big Fire Law & Policy Group’s mission is to provide excellent legal services and an outstanding client experience, balanced with a work atmosphere that promotes individual betterment and professional exceptionalism. We build incredible trust with our clients by encouraging our attorneys to be the best at what they do, and to do so in the best possible way.

  • Annual salary that is competitive, compensating for talent, expertise, and performance
  • Opportunity to participate in the firm’s 401K plan
  • Enrollment in the firm’s medical insurance plan
  • Opportunity to earn annual bonuses

Unlimited paid time off for attorneys (billable time requirement applies)

Work -life balance and employee wellness promoted environment

Please send your cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

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Job Opportunity – Practicing Attorney & 3Ls

Job Description: The Gallup Office of the New Mexico Law Office of the Public Defender is hiring both practicing attorneys and 3Ls interested in a career in indigent defense. Depending on experience, the attorney would be expected to handle a wide variety of misdemeanor and/or felony cases, meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, developing strategy, researching, briefing, and arguing motions, and conducting jury trials. Additionally, consistent with our offices belief in holistic representation, attorneys would be expected to assist our on-site case manager with the social needs of our clients, including addiction recovery, mental health, and familial relations, as they relate to our clients’ cases. Expect significant responsibility and trial experience early and often. Few public defender offices in the country can offer the sort of experience that our newer attorneys get on a regular basis.

Gallup is a small city in western New Mexico on the border of the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo. Approximately 75% of the people in the county (and therefore, our clients) are Native American. Thus, in addition to the typical slate of criminal law issues that most public defenders face, our cases often involve complex and sensitive issues of Federal Indian Law.

Located in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, Gallup enjoys easy access to world class (and uncrowded) hiking, fishing, biking, camping, climbing, skiing, and other outdoor recreation. It is a world-renowned capital of Native American arts and culture, home of the Gallup Indian Ceremonial every year in August.

Minimum Qualifications: For practicing attorneys, being a member in good standing of any state’s bar and willing to obtain a Limited License to practice from the New Mexico Supreme Court.  For current 3Ls, a willingness to take the New Mexico Bar Exam.

To Apply: A full description of the position for practicing attorneys is available here.

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Job Opportunity – D.C. Associate

Rosette, LLP, is seeking a motivated candidate to serve as an attorney in its Washington, D.C. office to handle a wide variety legal issues affecting Indian tribes. The firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental agencies throughout the country. Knowledge and interest in issues affecting Indian Country – including federal legislative and policy issues – is strongly preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits, including health care, 401k, and paid time off.

Qualified interested candidates should respond to this posting via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh at: and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements.

See more information here.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Job Summary: Acts as counsel for the Tribe and arms of Tribal government.  Works with a high degree of independence coordinates with the Tribal Attorney and senior attorneys in the Tribal Attorney’s Office as necessary. 

Location: Grand Ronde, OR

Closing date: 02/27/2020

Qualifications, Registrations, and Certification:

  • Requires knowledge of Indian and Tribal law and applicable federal and state laws.

  • Requires knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture.

More information here.

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Job Opportunity – Law Clerk PT

The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court is looking to hire a part-time judicial law clerk. We are set up so that the individual can work remotely through secure connections, if need be. This is one of the busiest tribal courts I’ve experienced. Extremely competent and friendly judges and staff.

OPEN DATE: Jan 21, 2020

CLOSE DATE: Until filled

SUMMARY: The parttime Law Clerk is responsible for assisting the Tribal Court judiciary with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects. Work will be performed remotely from 16 to 20 hours a week with initial and periodic meetings at the work site (Tribal Court) with District Court Judge and/or Staff Attorney.

See full job description here.

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Job Opportunity – Senior Counsel

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, AZ

Closing date: 3/6/20 11:59 pm

Definition: Under general supervision from the General Counsel, serves as lead attorney in handling and/or monitoring outside counsel assigned to handle complex commercial transactions for SRPMIC enterprises.  Assists the SRPMIC enterprises with day-to-day legal needs, including serving as a liaison between SRPMIC enterprises and SRPMIC government administration and departments.  Prepares and negotiates contracts, commercial leases, legal memoranda and other documents on behalf of the SRPMIC enterprises, and attends enterprise board meetings.  Regularly consults with other Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorneys to resolve complex legal issues and disputes.  Manages assigned caseload, ensures that applicable laws are followed, and that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education:  Graduation from accredited college or university with a Law Degree (Juris Doctor).

Experience: Seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney involving commercial transactions or economic development in Indian country.  Experience that has provided knowledge of social and economic conditions of tribal governments is essential.  Knowledge and experience providing legal advice and mentorship in the areas of commercial transactions, leasing, federal Indian law and tribal government legal matters are required.   

For full job description, click here.

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Job Opportunity – Associate Position

Hobb, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington DC, Portland, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, Sacramento, CA and Anchorage, AK, seeks an Associate Attorney for its Washington, DC office.  Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Qualifications for candidates include: (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) strong academic performance; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation. 

We are looking for candidates with 0-3 years of legal experience.  Prior experience in the field of Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.

To apply:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Ms. Robin Branthover at

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Job Opportunity – General Counsel

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
Tuba City, AZ

The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, located in Tuba City, Arizona, is seeking to hire a General Counsel as the principal legal officer of the Tribe. For two years, the Tribe’s current General Counsel has assisted the Tribe in building foundational government infrastructure, but is now transitioning to provide special counsel legal services to the Tribe in the areas of land, water and other special projects. As a result, the Tribe now seeks to hire a new General Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the principal legal officer of the Tribe and report directly to the Tribal Council.
  • Provide professional legal counsel and representation to the Tribal government.
  • Assist the Tribal Council with governance matters and identify legal issues.
  • Implement legal strategies necessary to meet Tribal priorities as directed by the Tribal Council.
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to Tribal Administration in carrying out the daily functions of the Tribal government.
  • Draft and review laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, manuals, handbooks and resolutions.
  • Draft legal and policy memoranda, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Coordinate work with other attorneys retained by the Tribe for various matters, including, but not limited to, land, water and gaming.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Education: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing with no past or present disciplinary actions or member of another state bar with the ability to obtain Arizona bar license within one (1) year of hire.
  • At least 5 years of experience practicing law in the field of Federal Indian Law and/or Tribal Law.
  • Ability to work efficiently, cooperatively and professionally in a highly complex field of law.
  • Ability to educate and explain topics in a wide variety of legal matters to enable informed decision-making by the Tribal Council.
  • Preferred, but not required: Prior experience as legal counsel to a tribal government; Navajo Nation bar license or ability to obtain license within one (1) year of hire.

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
P.O. Box 2950
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Fax: 928-233-8948

See full job description here.

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Job Opportunity – Federal Public Defender

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit
District of Hawaii

Deadline: February 27, 2020 (5 p.m.)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from all qualified persons for the position of Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the District of Hawaii. This position will be available on or after July 15, 2020.

The FPD Office is headquartered in Honolulu, HI. The appointee will manage an annual budget of $3.2 million and an office of approximately 15 employees, which includes attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and administrative personnel. The term of appointment is four years, renewable upon demonstration of highly satisfactory performance in office. The current authorized annual salary is $170,800. The Office of the Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must satisfy the following conditions: (1) be admitted to practice before the highest court of at least one state; (2) be a member in good standing of every state Bar of which he/she is a member; (3) have a minimum of 5 years of criminal practice, preferably with significant federal criminal trial experience; (4) possess administrative expertise; (5)

The completed and signed original application must be sent to the Office of the Circuit Executive, and a scanned version of the completed application uploaded to the Ninth Circuit Federal Public Defender Application System ( by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Download full vacancy announcement here.

Telephone: (415) 355-8985

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Policy Specialist

Tribal Policy Specialist

Policy Development & Government Relations Division

Phoenix Location

Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000

Close date: 1/28/2020


  • This position will support ADE on interpreting and navigating the tribal governance structures and education policies, as well as analyze and communicate to tribal nations on the intersection and potential impact of state and federal education policy and legislation, and hold the following responsibilities;
  • Analyze the impact of legislation and regulations on tribal nations and native students;
  • Conduct outreach and gather input from tribal nations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide policy guidance and consultation to tribal nations and ADE staff on the impact of new or amended laws, programs, and appropriations;
  • In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.


  • Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
  • Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.

Apply here*.

*Select Department of Education Category then Click Tribal Policy Specialist

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