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.

Requirements
•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
 

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

Benefits:
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: bbaker@bigfirelaw.com

www.bigfirelaw.com

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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.

Responsibilities:
(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.

To apply, click here.

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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 info@acluaz.org 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.

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.

Click here to submit application.

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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.

Download full job description here.

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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

See full job description here.

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