UPDATED JOB: Navajo Attorney Position


The Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Human Services and Government Unit (HSGU), is seeking an energetic and motivated staff attorney with 0 to 8 years of legal experience. HSGU primarily provides legal advice and representation to the Navajo Nation Executive Branch’s Divisions of Education, Health, Human Resources, General Services, Public Safety, and Social Services regarding a wide range of legal issues. From time to time, HSGU also provides legal advice to the legislative and judicial branches of the Navajo Nation. Some litigation and travel is expected. Salary is negotiable within the range of $54,000 to $87,000, depending on experience.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school. Legal experience concerning federal Indian law and Navajo law preferred. Ability to speak Navajo is a plus, but not required. Current Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah and Navajo bar licensure is preferred, though not required. A successful applicant who is not currently licensed must take the Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah bar examination and the Navajo Nation bar examination at the next available opportunities. Applicants must have strong research, analytical and legal writing skills and work well with clients, who are employees of the Navajo Nation government.

Please direct applicant packets consisting of (1) Letter of Interest with current address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address; (2) Navajo Nation employment application; (2) resume; (3) recent legal writing sample; (4) copy of bar membership certificates, if any; and (5) law school graduation documents to Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Attention: Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General, Human Services and Government Unit, P.O. Box 2010, Window Rock, AZ 86515, and to the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management, P.O. Box 7080, Window Rock, Arizona, 86515. Please visit www.nndpm.navajo.org/services.htm to obtain a copy of the Navajo Nation employment application. Applications will be accepted beginning June 21, 2010. For any questions, please contact Paul Spruhan at 928/871-6275.

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice complies with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act. This position is open until filled.

ILP/NALSA Graduation

You Are Invited!

2010 ILP/NALSA Graduation Reception

Thursday, May 13, 2010
4:00 p.m.
College of Law Rotunda

The Indian Legal Program and the Native American Law Students Association
invite you to celebrate the graduation of our talented law students.
Join us for a special ceremony and reception.

RSVP to Sunny Larson by May 10th at Sunny.Larson@asu.edu.

Job: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Tribal Attorney, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port Angeles, Washington

Description: Position as Associate General Counsel for on-reservation Office of General Counsel on beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Many fascinating and challenging issues. Great opportunity to help shape the development of the office and the Tribe’s strategic legal planning.

Qualifications: At least five years as a practicing attorney; Washington bar membership preferred; experience in civil litigation, Indian law, and tribal government.

Deadline: Open until filled; apply ASAP.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume with at least three references, and writing sample by e-mail to Stephen Suagee, General Counsel, at steve.suagee@elwha.nsn.us or by mail to: Stephen Suagee General Counsel Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe 2851 Lower Elwha Road Port Angeles, WA 98363

Website: http://www.wsba.org/jobs/new-jobs.htm

ILP Advisory Council Member Appointed to the Bench

Governor Jan Brewer Announces Appointment of Superior Court Judges in Maricopa County

PHOENIX — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today announced the appointment of Daniel J. Kiley and Thomas L. LeClaire to the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Dan Kiley is an attorney with the law firm Sherman & Howard, LLC, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate, municipal and criminal defense law. He worked for the firm Mohr, Hackett, Pederson, Blakley and Randolph from 1997 to 2009 and served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1988 to 1997. He has been admitted to practice law in Arizona since 1988. He graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1988 and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1985.

“Dan has had an impressive career in public and private practice,” said Governor Brewer. “His wide breadth of legal practice experience makes him well qualified to be a superior court judge.” This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Cathy Holt.

Tom LeClaire is an attorney with the LeClaire Law Firm. He began practicing law in Colorado in 1981 and spent several years with the United States Navy and the Department of Justice. He has been admitted to practice law in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, the District of Columbia, as well as numerous tribal courts. He is a recognized expert in Indian law and taught criminal law and procedure at American University. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1981 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1978.

“Tom’s accomplishments during his nearly three decades of practicing law are impressive and noteworthy,” said Governor Brewer. “He has given many years of service to his country and helped numerous Native American tribes with legal matters over the course of his career. Tom is truly a model of legal excellence and will be an outstanding judge.” This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Richard Trujillo.

“It is an honor to appoint Dan Kiley and Tom LeClaire to the Maricopa County Superior Court,” said Governor Brewer. “These are two outstanding attorneys who will serve the citizens of Maricopa County well.”

JOB: Rosette & Associates


Indian Law firm seeks attorney for associate position for its Phoenix metropolitan area office. Rosette & Associates is a boutique law firm specializing in the representation of Indian tribal governments, particularly in the areas of economic diversification and casino development. We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Our offices are located in Chandler, Arizona, San Francisco and Sacramento, California and Lansing, Michigan. More information about our firm is available at www.rosettelaw.com.


– Bar admission.
– Strong academic and professional background.
– Transactional experience required.
– Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
– Skilled in the use of the MS Office Suite of software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel).
– Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
– Excellent proofreading skills.
– Employee must be able to respect and adhere to the most rigid and strict rules of confidentiality.


To apply, please submit your resume, a writing sample, references and a cover letter to rosetteSF@yahoo.com. If you graduated within the last seven years please include your transcript. Attachments should be in WORD or PDF format only. Principals only, please.


Mary Hastings, Legal Secretary

Rosette & Associates, PC
565 W. Chandler Blvd, Suite 212
Chandler, Arizona 85225
480.889.8990 — Office
480.889.8997 — Fax