SRPMIC Job Posting

invites applications for the position of:
Senior Court Solicitor

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $83,490.00 – $118,975.00 Annually


OPENING DATE: 05/15/12
CLOSING DATE: 06/16/12 11:59 PM
 Under the administrative supervision from the Chief Judge, provides legal review and advice to Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Court. Through legal expertise with the Indian law and general principles of the law, provides research for the Court Judges, working to assist the Judges in resolving legal issues as they arise. Ensures that Community’s Constitution and applicable laws are followed, and that due process principles are applied to ensure the fair and reasonable administration of justice of the matters pending before the Court. Promotes the professional development of Court Staff and Judges by organizing training activities and collecting and distributing information on federal Indian Law and tribal law developments and best practices in tribal justice systems. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt and may be required to work evenings, weekends, and non standard work schedule.
Essential FunctionsEssential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.


 1.     Researches issues involved in criminal, civil and juvenile court litigation, court orders, protocol(s) and processes, and provide legal advice and recommendations to Judges in all related matters. Conducts legal research and analysis, as directed by supervisor. Researches legal documents as directed by supervisor, to ensure the fair and reasonable administration of justice as provided for by the Community’s Constitution, the Indian Civil Rights Act and other applicable law. Reviews laws, rules, regulations and related legal documents as directed. 

2.     Review files and advises Judges of legal issues that may come before the court. Provides legal guidance on related matters that come before the Community court, using tribal and other applicable laws and principles of law and due process. May draft legal documents and administrative polices. 

3.     Ensures continued communication with Judges, Court officers, and other staff as appropriate. Works with the Chief Judge and Court Administration in reviewing and improving court policies procedures, forms and operations as assigned. 

4.     Assists in preparation of legal and technical correspondence for officers of the Court and other individuals as directed by supervisor. 

5.     Develops forms and other systems to ensure consistency, efficiency, and transparency in the work of the Court. 

6.     Administers the system for admitting practitioners to the Court and promotes professional interaction among the Court’s staff and practitioners including the development of a Code of conduct for judges, attorneys, and advocates. 

7.     Serves as a liaison for the Court (on legal issues) with the Community’s Office of the General Counsel and other legal offices. 

8.     Serves as a facilitator and assists the Chief Judge in management of the Community Court Rules Committee and completes all assigned tasks related thereto as directed by supervisor 

9.     Oversees and supervise the subordinate court solicitor.  

10. Identifies and conducts relevant training (both internal and external) for tribal court judges and court staff at the request of the Chief Judge and Council. 

Performs other job related duties, as assigned, that enhance and facilitate departmental operations. 

·         Education & Experience: A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, with a minimum of seven years attorney experience, with three of the seven years practicing before or working in a state or federal court setting.  

o    Demonstrated experience in federal Indian law is required. 

o    Preference given to candidates with prior judicial experience, either as Judge or Judicial Clerk, in a legal capacity.

o    Must be admitted and in good standing with a State Bar, preferably the Arizona State Bar, and Federal District Court. 

o    Must not have any prior felony convictions, prior misdemeanor convictions in any jurisdiction within the last seven (7) years, and any disbarment or current suspension from any other tribal, state or federal courts.

o    Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor. 
Equivalency – Any equivalent combination of training and experience that would enable the candidate to satisfactorily perform and meet the duties and responsibilities required may be considered in meeting the stated minimum qualifications.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
“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.

In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of   Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:

1) attach to application

2)  fax (480-362-5860) 

3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.



10005 E Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

Job #100715-120507