Job: Sonosky Chambers – NM

Associate Attorney – Indian Law

Albuquerque office of Sonosky, Chambers, seeks associate with 2-5 years of experience to join its practice representing tribes and tribal organizations. Indian law, water law, or transactional experience preferred. Must have excellent academic record and strong communication and analytical skills. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume, transcript and writing sample to: Office Manager, 500 Marquette Avenue NW, Suite 1310, Albuquerque, NM 8i7102-5335, or e-mail to All replies will be kept confidential.

Job: Pueblo of Laguna

The Pueblo of Laguna is Seeking Applicants for the Following Positions:

Public Defender: To represent indigent clients in the community in criminal, juvenile & selected civil matters. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school plus experience in legal field: member of NM State Bar; knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act & Indian Civil Rights Act.

Crime Victim/Witness Advocate: To perform a variety of technical, administrative and entry level professional social work duties related to planning, organizing, coordinating, and monitoring the victim/witness program. Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work or related field (Bachelors Degree preferred).

The Pueblo of Laguna is located approximately 45 miles west of Albuquerque. New Mexico and is a federally recognized tribal government. Call (505) 552-1202 for more information.

JOB: Attorney – Indian law Resource Center


Position Description and Criteria
The Indian Law Resource Center is now considering applications for an attorney
position in the Washington, D.C. office. The attorney will provide legal assistance to
indigenous nations and tribes in matters relating to indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty
and international human rights, and will play a role in carrying out all of the legal
programs of the Indian Law Resource Center. The attorney will work under the
supervision of the Executive Director and with the assistance of other Center attorneys
and professional staff.

Substantial interest and experience in federal Indian law and indigenous legal issues is
important, with experience working on international human rights and environmental
law preferred. Third year law students are encouraged to apply. The ability to travel is
preferred. Spanish language ability is also desirable. We are an Equal Opportunity
Employer and Native Americans are encouraged to apply.

Salary for the position will depend on experience. Excellent benefits are provided.

About the Indian Law Resource Center
The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization
established and directed by American Indians. We provide legal help without charge to
indigenous nations and tribes in major cases involving indigenous rights, human rights,
land claims, and environmental protection. The Center seeks to overcome problems
affecting indigenous peoples by establishing national and international legal standards
that uphold indigenous human rights and dignity, strengthen indigenous selfdetermination,
and protect indigenous lands and resources. For further information
about the Center, visit our website,

Interested law students, law graduates, and attorneys may apply by sending a cover
letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (exclusively your work), and list of
three references to Marilyn Richardson at or by mail to 602 N.
Ewing St., Helena, MT 59601.

New Dean for the College of Law

Paul Schiff Berman appointed Dean of College of Law

Paul Schiff Berman Paul Berman’s CV A scholar with a vision for the future of legal education and an administrator who can move with speed and agility, Paul Schiff Berman has been appointed dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Currently the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Berman will assume his new duties prior to the start of the academic year. “In Paul Berman, ASU has found a scholar and leader who reflects the core characteristics of the New American University,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “Paul is a bold thinker and will push the boundaries of what a law school can be. He will move swiftly and adroitly to elevate an already great law school into the top echelon of American legal education not by chasing the handful of law schools that represent the old ‘gold standard’ but rather by defining what 21st century legal education ought to be.” Berman, whose scholarly writing focuses on how globalization affects the intersection of cyberspace law, international law, civil procedure and the cultural analysis of law, is a 1988 graduate of Princeton University and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1995. He served as a law clerk first to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. “Paul Berman is incredibly creative and visionary,” said University Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth D. Capaldi. “From first meeting he impressed us all with his energy and ideas for building excellence in the law school, including greater interdisciplinary connections and new academic programs that will increase access, excellence and impact. He has terrific support from the faculty of the law school, and from the other deans. I am very excited we have attracted him here.” Berman begins his Deanship with an ambitious agenda built on the idea that the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is poised for transformative growth in both the quality and scope of its student body, its faculty, its programs, and its physical plant. “Ultimately,” said Berman, “I envision a truly multidisciplinary legal center, where future lawyers develop essential skills for both transnational and local legal practice, where leading scholars from around the world come to engage in high-level discourse on law’s role in society, where policy-makers can address the pressing social issues of our time, where corporate leaders can find the latest information on the legal regulation of cutting-edge scientific and technological innovation, and where even those who do not intend to be lawyers can spend at least a year exploring law’s crucial role in a multicultural democracy embedded within an increasingly interconnected world.” Berman will succeed the college’s current dean, Patricia D. White, who is stepping down after nearly a decade of leadership of the college to return to teaching. She will be a visiting professor at Georgetown University for one year before returning to the College of Law to teach tax law. At Connecticut, Berman has taught Cyberspace Law, Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure and Copyright Law, as well as an interdisciplinary seminar called Law, Culture, and Community and a course on Federal Courts and the Appellate Process. He was visiting professor and visiting research scholar (2006-07) in the Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs and is the author of a half dozen scholarly books and more than a dozen scholarly journal articles. He has given more than 75 invited lectures and conference presentations and is frequently cited as a legal expert by the news media. Berman was awarded a University of Connecticut Provost’s Research Fellowship (Spring 2004) and was named one of “Connecticut’s New Leaders of the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune (Fall 2004). He is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, the American Society of International Law and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. His activities outside the field of law include being founder and artistic director of the Spin Theater; the chief administrative officer for another theater company, The Wooster Group; and administrative director of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at Saint Mark’s Church. All three theater companies are not-for-profit and located in New York City.

Class of 2008

Congrats to The ILP’s Graduating Class of 2008!
Alejandro Acosta
Deborah Ann Begay
Matt Campbell
Jerome Clarke
Tana Fitzpatrick
Chia Halpern
Bartley Harris (JD/MBA)
Lena Jackson (MLS)
Samuel Lofland
Steve Maynard
Mary Modrich -Alverado
Autumn Monteau
Suzanne Nunn
Ryan Sheehan
Sabastian Zavala


Assistant General Counsel

Job Description

Under general supervision of the Deputy General Counsel, provides legal review and adviceto the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) government. Ensures that applicable lawsare followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. Provides assistance to avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation and protects the Community’s legal interests. Positions in this classification may perform assignments in any of the areas listed below, for the governmental entity and/or for any of its enterprises. This job class is treated as FLSA exempt.Essential Functions: (Essential functions, may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks,knowledge, abilities, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is notintended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification).General Tasks: Common to all Assistant General Counsels1. Reviews legal documents as directed by supervisor, to protect SRPMIC interests; issues cases maycover all areas of law except criminal matters. Advises supervisor and/or Community Manager onlegal matters affecting SRPMIC. Reviews law, rules, regulations and related legal documents asdirected.2. Provides legal guidance on personnel, program and other related issues to various administrativedepartments of the SRPMIC. Drafts legal documents and assists in drafting ordinances,regulations, and policies. May provide functional, project specific supervision to support staff.3. Works with a broad range of clients such as Community members, Council members, governmentemployees, boards, and committees.4. Represents SRPMIC on committees, at conferences or other external meetings related to thevarious interests of the Community, as directed.5. Conducts legal research and provides written legal advice related to Community interests in areasrelated to tribal sovereignty, tribal jurisdiction, taxation, membership, heirship, business law andother areas as directed by supervisor.6. Assists in the preparation of legal and technical correspondence for the President, Vice President,Community Manager, and General Counsel as directed by supervisor.7. Performs other job related duties that enhance and/or facilitate departmental operations.


Graduation from accredited college or university with a Law Degree (Juris Doctor) and three (3) years of experience as an attorney involving the legal affairs of Native American tribes. Experience that has provided knowledge of social and economic conditions of tribal governments is essential. Assignments (positions) requiring specialization in realty, enterprise (or other specializations) legal matters require previous experience in same.Special Requirements: Membership in a State Bar and the ability to practice in Federal District Court is required. If not a member of the Arizona State Bar, must be willing to take and pass the Arizona State Bar Exam within one year of employment with the Community. Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

Job Reference #: 100067
Job Status: Full Time
Date Posted: 5/2/2008
Pay Rate: $102,639 to $151,395/year

Pay Comments

Advertised salary is the full range. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. SRPMIC offers a rich benefits package with too much to mention: Health Insurance, Prescription Drug Coverage, Vision Care, Dental, Paid Life, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k)Plan, Accrue 15 Paid Annual and 15 Sick Days Your First Year, 13 Recognized Holidays and more!

Important Notes

CLOSING DATE: May 30, 2008- Equivalent combinations of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered- Will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, may be required to pass fingerprint/background check.- “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.- Insurability: Must possess a valid Arizona operator’s license and be insurable under tribal insurer requirements (e.g., be age 21 or over, no alcohol-related motor vehicle violations such as DUI, within the past 5 years; no reckless driving violations within the past 3 years; no more than one speeding ticket in excess of 15 mph over the speed limit within the past 3 years; and no more than one “at fault” accident within the past 3 years).- NOTE: Applications or Resumes which are not in the Human Resources Office by 5 p.m. on the closing date will not be considered.SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: SRPMIC- Human Resources, 10,005 E. Osborn Scottsdale, Arizona 85256Fax#: (480) 850-8126 or Apply on line at SRPMICJOBS.comTo request a full job description please e-mail (indicate in the subject line the Position Title and Jobing Req #) or phone (480) 850-8096