Please see below for the most recent news and events.

1. NABA-AZ Meeting

April Board Meeting
Date: April 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 — 1:30 PM
Location: ASU Law Library
RSVP: By March 20 to

Please use Visitor Parking at Rural Road and Terrace. There will be reserved spaces for NABA-AZ in this structure if you arrive between 11:45 and 12:15. Advise the attendant that you are there for the NABA-AZ meeting.

2. National Native American Bar Association Meeting

Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
Location: Hilton Santa Fe, at Buffalo Thunder, Pueblo of Pojoaque
*Reception to follow

3. Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference

Date: April 7-8, 2011
Location: Hilton Santa Fe, at Buffalo Thunder, Pueblo of Pojoaque
More Info:

If you are attending the FBA Indian Law Conference, you are welcome to attend the following event hosted by the ILP Program:

What: ILP Alumni and Friends Reception
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Kids Camp – Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, NM

4. U of A NALSA Benefit Auction–April 12, 2011

The University of Arizona’s Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is having an online auction and we invite you to look at our over 100 beautiful items! The items can be viewed and bid on now at this address:
(and then click on the benefit auction box at the bottom of the page).

This will be an eBay style auction, with live bidding starting next Tuesday, April 12 at 4 pm.

For more information about U of A NALSA, please visit

5. Civil Rights Revisited: Minority Bar Convention 2011

Date: April 15, 2011
Location: Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd Suite 100, AZ 85040
Contact: Diandra Benally at

NABA-AZ is a co-sponsor of this event.

NABA-AZ/Indian Law Section Panel:
Friday, April 15 — 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Ethical Responsibilities of Practicing in Indian Country and Before Arizona’s Tribal Courts

Roger Owers, Owers Altshuler, PLLC
Judith Dworkin, Sacks Tierney P.A.
Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Sheri Freemont, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

6. National Lawyers Guild Southwest Regional Conference

Date: April 15-April 16
Location: U of A Law School
1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721
CLE: 2/Friday, 6/Saturday
Register: Please register online here.

Panel of Interest: SATURDAY, April 16, 2011

9-10:30am Panel: Native-American Liberation / De-Colonization in the 21st Century

7. FBA Monthly Luncheon — Tribal Law and Order Act: What Is It and
What Does It Mean for Arizona?

Join us as a panel of experts in this area discusses the Tribal Law and Order Act and how the Act will (and already does) affect practitioners in Arizona.

– Troy Eid, Chairman, Tribal Law and Order Commission; Greenberg
Traurig, Denver, Colorado

– John Tuchi, Tribal Liaison, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Phoenix

– Karen Wilkinson, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Phoenix

– Alfred Urbina, Chief Prosecutor, Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Place:
Time: Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
401 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Lunch Yes
CLE: Yes
Cost: $15.00 (FBA Members)/$25.00 (All others) by April 18
Cost at door: $20.00 (FBA Members)/$30.00 (All others)
R.S.V.P. By Monday, April 18, 2011 to Brenda Wendt at Send checks in advance payable to “Federal Bar Association — Phoenix Chapter” to Mark Hummels, Osborn Maledon, 2929 N. Central Avenue, 21st Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2794. (Please print the name of each attendee on the check.) We look forward to seeing you!

8. Treaty to Trust to Carcieri: The Economic Future for Indian Lands CLE

Sponsor: ILP Economic Development Program
Date: April 28-29, 2011
Location: ASU Memorial Union
Contact: Darlene Lester at
More Info:
9. Black Women Lawyers Association Awards Dinner
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
Location: University Club
39 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, Arizona
Time: 5:30 PM — 9:00 PM
Cost: $50.00
RSVP: by April 24 to Le Bertha Umbreit at
480.329.9292 or mail payment to BWLAA P.O. BOX 93935 Phoenix Arizona 85070.
10. Navajo Nation Bar Association Annual Conference
Date: June 9-10, 2011
Location: Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel,
5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, Arizona 85246
Cost: $200.00 before May 18/$250.00 after May 18/$275.00 on-site
Info: Contact Diandra Benally at DBenally@FTMCDOWELL.ORG

11. Legal Updates

a. United States Attorney Office’s Approach to Medical Marijuana on Tribal Lands

See attached memorandum addressing USAO Approach to Medical Marijuana in Tribal Lands.

b. Consecutive Sentencing — meaning of offense:

See decision in Alvarez v. Tracey, CV-08-2226-PHX-DGC, issued on March 31, 2011. Alvarez was convicted of two counts of assault, two counts of domestic violence, and one count of mischief involving weapons.” Alvarez was convicted of each of the five charges and sentenced to five years’ detention. Alvarez argues that the sentences violate 25 U.S.C. § 1302(7) by imposing a sentence of greater than one year for the entire criminal transaction under ICRA. The court found that the term “offense” meant a crime and not an event. Therefore, the Court found that for purposes of § 1302(7), the two charges are different offenses if each “requires proof of a fact which the other does not,” regardless of whether they arise from the same transaction.

12. BOG Meeting Highlights

See attached BOG Meeting Highlights provided by NABA-AZ’s liaison Ted Campagnolo.

13. Bar Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the Bar Leadership Institute. The Bar Leadership Institute is a nine-month program designed to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of Arizona attorneys. The BLI seeks to increase participation and visibility in the State Bar and community-at-large among historically under-represented groups, with a focus on racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability and geographic diversity.
The deadline to apply is June 24. The application is available online at Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with a NABA-AZ member who has completed the program.

14. On the Move, Appointments

– Allison Binney joined Akin Gump as a partner. See her info at:

– ASU appoints Diane Humetewa as Special Advisor to the University President for American Indian Affairs:

15. Jobs

A. US Magistrate Judge

Applications due on April 30, 2011 for:

Phoenix: On April 1, the following individuals were appointed to the Merit Selection Committee for the purpose of accepting and processing applications and holding oral interviews for the full-time United States Magistrate Judge position for the District of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a new position created by the United States Judicial Conference.
Ms. Diane Humetewa, Chair – Lawyer
Mr. David Eisenberg – Lawyer
Mr. Baltazar Iniguez – Lawyer
Ms. Elizabeth Kempshall – Non Lawyer
Mr. Tod F. Schleier – Lawyer
Ms. Marilyn Seymann – Non Lawyer
Mr. Jeffrey R. Simmons – Lawyer

Yuma: On April 1, the following individuals were appointed to the Merit Selection Committee for the purpose of accepting and processing applications and holding oral interviews for the full-time United States Magistrate Judge position for the District of Arizona in Yuma, Arizona. This position is created by the retirement of current United States Magistrate Judge Jay R. Irwin.
Ms. Pamela Walsma, Chair – Lawyer
Mr. Santiago Aguirre – Non Lawyer
Mr. John Land – Non-Lawyer
Mr. Jimmie Dee Smith – Lawyer
Honorable Douglas Stanley – Municipal Court Judge Ms. Lenore Lorona Stuart – Non Lawyer Mr. Tom Tyree – Non Lawyer

B. Assistant City Prosecutor, City of Phoenix

An Assistant City Prosecutor reviews, prepares, and tries both jury and non-jury misdemeanor cases in City Court. This includes the prosecution of crimes such as assault, shoplifting, theft, prostitution, and driving while impaired charges. A prosecutor will be expected to make daily court appearances, negotiate plea bargains designed to improve the lives of the parties involved as well as our community, and interact professionally with victims, defendants, and court personnel. We are currently recruiting for one vacancy, but this process may also be used to fill future vacancies.

Recruitment closes April 18, 2011. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

$65,853 – $98,197 annually.

See attached announcement for more information.

C. Associate Attorney – Tempe

National creditor’s rights law firm has an exciting employment opportunity for an associate attorney to work in our Tempe, AZ office. Candidate must be in good standing and have an AZ license. Ideal candidate must have a minimum of 2 years as a licensed attorney. Prior experience in a Creditor Rights and/or Bankruptcy setting is a plus.

Successful candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic, be highly motivated and be a self-starter who is not afraid to take on new tasks. Job responsibilities include managing high volume court calls, all aspects of litigation of collection and/or bankruptcy files and organization of multiple jurisdictions. Some knowledge of small claims and arbitration helpful, but not required.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and salary history to:
Human Resources Manager
Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker & Moore, LLC
125 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
Fax #: (312) 462-5467

D. Executive Director, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Seattle, WA

The United Indians Board of Directors is conducting a Search to hire an Executive Director to provide the overall administrative services for the social, health, technical assistance and related services of the Foundation in Seattle, Washington. The Salary: $88,000+ and/or DOQ.

This position must have direct working experience in the development and implementation of federal, state and foundation grants and contracts for a tribal or non-profit organization. This position must have experience in providing program activity/budget reports and meeting all financial audit requirements. This position must have networking experience in preparing for meetings with funding agencies and the promotion of services in the urban and tribal communities. Indian Preference will apply.

Please mail a detailed list of your work experience, supervisors and letters of support with your resume to Chrissy Harris, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, PO Box 99100, Seattle, WA 98139. Phone: (206) 285-4425 Fax: (206) 282-3640 by April 29, 2011. If you have any questions or make a site visit to United Indians please call Julie Johnson, Search Consultant at 360-640-0222.

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