Fair Courts Conference

A free conference regarding Pinal County’s judicial system, AZ’s Merit Selection System and national cases impacting Fair and Impartial Courts. CLE is offered for $25.00 if desired. Breakfast and lunch are served at no cost to guests. RSVP is required. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.  This event may qualify for up to 3.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.5 hours of professional responsibility.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Lunch Lecture with Elizabeth Medicine Crow

We are happy to announce Elizabeth Medicine Crow will be visiting the law school  next week. Elizabeth graduated in Class of 2005. She is a recent recipient of the ILP Emerging Leader Award, which she will be accepting this Thursday at the ILP Alumni & Friends Reception and Awards Ceremony. Elizabeth will be here Monday at 12:15 PM to meet with you in room 114.

Please join us! The ILP will provide lunch. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Danielle.Williams.1@asu.edu.


Job Opportunity – Assistant United States Attorney

Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) – United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) 

USAO District of Arizona
40 N. Central St. 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), District of Arizona, is seeking applications from attorneys for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in one of the largest USAOs in the nation. The USAO handles cases on behalf of the federal government in the Criminal Divisions. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, immigration offenses, alien smuggling, narcotics, health care fraud, public corruption and violent crimes originating on public lands in in Arizona’s federally recognized Indian tribes. The work of the AUSAs in this district mirrors the varied activities of the federal government and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse case load of any law office, public or private, in the country.

Job Description: AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement

Salary: The range of basic pay is $45,477 to $120,365 plus Phoenix locality pay of 16.76%

Travel: Travel throughout Arizona and nation-wide may be necessary.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/399579700.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)

3. You will have to upload a Legal Writing Sample and an Arizona Application Form found at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-az/legacy/2014/07/11/AUSA_Application_NF.pdf you will need to attach these documents under “Other.” They are required documents. Limit the writing sample to 15 pages or less.

4. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

If you are unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing the documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Number of Positions: Few

For more information, click here 

Job Opportunity – City Magistrate

CITY MAGISTRATE – Municipal Court

Department  Municipal Court
Job Type  Full Time
Salary  $85,572-$111,936 annually DOQ
Closes  04/24/2015 5:00 PM

The Department & Position

The City Magistrate is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. Presiding over the City court system, the City Magistrate provides direction and oversees work performed by court staff and is responsible for adjudicating traffic and misdemeanor cases.

The successful candidate will enjoy an incredibly talented, hard working team  consisting of:  an Associate Magistrate, Court Administrator, Collections Officer and 5 Court Clerks.

Essential Responsibilities

This list of responsibilities is illustrative only and not a comprehensive list of functions and tasks: presides over misdemeanor and civil traffic cases filed with the City of Kingman Municipal Court, and presides over Orders of Protection; responsible for applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, state statutes, City ordinances, and case law when presiding over trials to the court, trials to a jury, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, and other hearings; responsible for imposing sentences commensurate to the offense and within the parameters allowed by law; determines the conditions, which, if met, will allow defendant’s release from police custody; responsible for the administration of staff, and oversight of departmental budget.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Be of Good Morale Character
  • Is Committed to Equal Justice Under the Law
  • A Proven Record of Being Fair, Efficient & Professional
  • Excellent Communicator, Keeps Council Informed
  • Be Politically Astute and Demonstrates an Unquestionable sense of Integrity & Honesty

Desired Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate from an accredited Law School and Arizona State Bar membership in good standing;

Five (5) years judicial or related experience;

OR, any equivalent combination of education & experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Compensation & Benefits

Hiring salary range is $85,572—$111,936 annually DOQ

The City offers an attractive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to: Arizona State Retirement System, group medical/dental/vision/life insurance, H.S.A. contributions, F.S.A., supplemental insurance options, generous leave benefits, and many other competitive benefits.

To be considered for this opportunity, please complete application materials and send compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, professional references to:

City of Kingman
Attn: Jackie Walker, Human Resources Director
310 North Fourth Street, Kingman, AZ 86401


Email: jwalker@cityofkingman.gov

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 24, 2015  @ 5:00PM

No contact will be made with references or current employer until Finalists are selected and with candidates’ permission.

For more information, click here:

2015 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

The Indian Legal Program is pleased to announce the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients.

  • Emerging Leader Award – Elizabeth Cheney Medicine Crow  (Class of 2005)
  • Alumni Service Award – Mary Shirley (Class of 1992)
  • Professional Achievement Award – Diane Enos (Class of 1992)

The awards will be presented at the upcoming 16th Annual ILP Alumni & Friends Reception and Awards Ceremony, which will be held April 9, 2015, 5-7 p.m. in the Shadow Lounge of Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.   Please join us to honor our award recipients and meet with friends and colleagues. RSVP to Danielle.Williams.1@asu.edu.

Job Opportunity – Special Master

Special Master – Arizona General Stream Adjudications

 $41.83 – $62.74 Hourly
(Part time, 20 hours per week or more)

First review of applications will be conducted 4/30/2015

The Position:
Under orders of reference from the Superior Court, the Special Master oversees the litigation of objections to reports of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), issues of broad legal importance, and procedural matters arising in the course of litigation.

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Reviews hydrological survey and technical reports prepared by ADWR.

  • Oversees the litigation of objections to reports of ADWR.

  • Organizes objections to hydrological survey reports into contested cases and holds hearings.

  • Files reports that contain findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations that determine the relative water rights of each claimant or resolve issues of broad legal importance.

  • Determines legal and factual issues related to the adjudication of federal non-Indian and Indian reserved water rights.

  • Litigates contested cases currently in process and initiates new cases.

  • Resolves procedural matters arising in the course of litigation that are referred to the Special Master.

  • Supervises the preparation, maintenance, distribution, and online publication of the Court approved mailing lists.

  • Maintains a website that contains rulings, orders, appellate decisions, rules, and information.

  • Drafts, edits, and publishes an online newsletter three times a year.

  • Reviews all proposed amendments to rules of the Court as they might apply to the adjudications.

  • Prepares the annual office budget.

  • Consults with the Finance Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) concerning the accurate and timely reporting of revenue and expenses.

  • Monitors the administration and management of the two funds of filing fees and consults with the Clerks of the Superior Court of Apache and Maricopa Counties and the Treasurers of both counties.

  • Prepares proposed orders for the transfer of funds from the Apache County and Maricopa County Treasurers to AOC.

  • Maintains records based upon applicable storage and retention policies.

Position Qualifications:

A candidate for this position must be a resident of the state of Arizona, a duly licensed member of the State Bar of Arizona, and shall have engaged in the active general practice of law for a period of time not less than five years immediately preceding his or her appointment.  Candidates must not have any disciplinary matters pending before the State Bar Disciplinary Board.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Education or experience in natural resource law or policy, particularly water rights including general stream adjudications, a substantive knowledge of Arizona and federal water law, and litigation experience.

Location Address: 
125 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85003

The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) provides benefits for this position.  This position is Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) eligible.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants may go to http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/CourtInformation/employmentOps.asp. All applications may be submitted via email, fax, mail or in-person:

Chad Morton
Recruiting Analyst
Judicial Branch Human Resources
101 W Jefferson
ECB-LL, 3rd Floor, Suite A
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(P) 602-372-0588
(F) 602-506-2280
Email: mortonc002@superiorcourt.maricopa.gov

School to Prison Pipeline in Indian Country – Archived Webcast

In case you missed the School To Prison Pipeline in Indian Country event, you can watch the archived webcast at:  http://law.asu.edu/stpp

For more information on this event, including materials, please click on the following link: http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/schooltoprison/

This photograph features all the speakers in attendance (from Left to Right): 1st row: Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Guenevere Nelson-Melby, Claire Raj, Dr. Laura McNeal, Sheri Freemont, Sarah Redfield, Nicholas Bustamante, Dr. Denise Bates, Dr. Malia Villegas, and Dottie Wodraska. 2nd row: John Lewis, Dr. Sabina Vaught, Dr. Bryan Brayboy, Leonard Gorman, Vanessa Walsh, Jenifer Kasten, Sam Deloria, and Stephen Pevar. 3rd row: Jason Nance, Tiffani Darden, the Honorable Ron Whitener, Jeremiah Chin, Dr. Charles Roessel, and Kenneth Standard.