JOB: Colville Staff Attorney


The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation seeks to fill two positions in its Office of Reservation Attorney (ORA). Candidates for either position must possess particular experience and expertise in Indian Law; experience working for a tribal government is preferred. One position requires at least two years experience as a licensed attorney; the other requires at least eight years experience as a licensed attorney.

The Colville Reservation, with headquarters in Nespelem, Wash., contains 1.4 million acres and provides its attorneys the opportunity to work on significant jurisdictional, natural resources and sovereignty issues, among other areas, and to become engaged in a variety of interesting and important legal matters. ORA is one of the oldest on-reservation tribal government law offices (established in 1981), with a strong tradition of excellence.

Applicants must be admitted to practice before the Washington State Courts upon hire or within one year of hire. Applicants should have extensive civil litigation experience in federal courts and be able to perform all litigation tasks. Exceptionally strong research and writing skills are required. Otherwise strongly qualified applicants with less litigation experience will be considered.

Salary is DOE, beginning at $68,000 annually for an attorney with two years of experience, and increasing thereafter based upon additional years of experience. Generous health and retirement benefits are provided.

The position is open until filled, but applications must be submitted by March 1, 2009, to be considered for the first round of interviews. Please submit cover letter, resume listing at least three references, and writing sample to Alice Koskela, Managing Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney, P.O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155.

ORA is an Indian Preference employer, and Native American attorneys are encouraged to apply.