Job Opportunity – Senior Advisor

Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Washington, D.C.

Closing Date: 8/23/2019

Summary: This position is located in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG). The incumbent serves as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for Tribal Affairs.

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Serves as the senior, key programmatic advisor and expert for OJP on American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) affairs matters for federally recognized Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders including the indigenous people of Palau, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Acts as the policy, advisory, and coordination focal point for issues within OJP for and on behalf of the Assistant Attorney General (AAG), OJP.

Advises the AAG and OJP senior leadership concerning policies, legislation, implementation of programs, and other issues related to reducing violent crime, supporting victims, and addressing public safety needs in tribal communities.

Provides leadership in the development of comprehensive policy and programs to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. As a primary responsibility, works with the AAG and OJP leadership to solicit tribal input in establishing OJP’s policy and budget priorities and recommendations for implementation. Determines and suggests matters which should be brought to the attention of OJP leadership and prepares or directs the preparation of briefing materials or position papers. Keeps abreast of significant developments in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) affairs and keeps leadership informed.

Serves as the focal point of OJP for tribal programs, assessing the unmet needs of the tribal communities and developing implementation strategies addressing these needs in consultation with tribal governments. These strategies promote OJP responsiveness to tribal needs through coordinating OJP resources and funding consistent with the long standing policy of a government-to-government relationship between the federal government and tribal governments.

Evaluates and monitors complex national policies and programs to assess the overall impact of broad policy issues in terms of immediate, foreseeable, and long-range program directions. Initiates, explores, and establishes innovative approaches for increased program policy effectiveness and program coordination within the agency and outside organizations including national tribal organizations. Elicits cooperation and assistance through diplomatic relationships with Tribal governments.

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NITA Training

NITA Motion Skills for Navajo Tribal Courts
October 1-3, 2019
Navajo Nation Museum
Window Rock, Navajo Nation

Free to All Members of the Navajo Nation Bar Association

This three-day program is designed to help you improve your courtroom motion practice skills, and is open to all practitioners barred on the Navajo Nation. With an emphasis on “learning by doing,” the first two days will focus on writing a motion based on provided case materials. The third day will focus on arguing that motion. Faculty members will discuss best practices for motion drafting, work with participants to refine their motions, and demonstrate oral argument skills. Through small group exercises, you will practice implementing these skills and receive suggestions for improvement on both your written product and oral presentation. Space is limited so please register early. Participants are expected to attend all three days. Participants who successfully complete the program may be eligible for Navajo CLE credits. The program is free to all Navajo barred practitioners.

To register please email your name and Navajo bar number to:

For more information on NITA please visit:

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Job Opportunity – Legal Director

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

Closing Date: Open until filled

Position Overview: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the organization’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, education, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with our policy, organizing, and communications teams, with the national ACLU staff, and other local and national partners to advance our advocacy goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU;
  • 8-10 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts, including class actions, with a strong background in constitutional law and civil rights;
  • Admitted to the Arizona Bar or eligible for admission under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 34(f) (admission on motion);
  • Management experience in recruiting, training, managing, and motivating a diverse, high-performing litigation team;
  • Demonstrated record of moving legal cases forward from investigation and development and through all levels of the courts, with experience working with clients from diverse constituencies;
  • Excellent communication, media, presentation, written, and analytical skills;
  • Experience working closely with a volunteer board of directors and non-profit organizations, including allies from across the political spectrum;
  • Experience representing and working with activists and grassroots and other non-governmental organizations;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a creative and strategic approach to problem-solving and litigation;
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented, with an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization;
  • A team-building and collegial management style, including effective communications skills, a warm personal style that commands respect, and a good sense of humor;
  • Courage and integrity.

Application Procedure:
Please submit a cover letter to that illustrates your commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, a current resume, a legal writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. Include “Legal Director Search” in the subject line and specify how you heard about the posting. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Hard copy materials may also be sent to the attention of “Legal Director Search,” ACLU of Arizona, P.O. Box 17148, Phoenix, AZ 85011.

For full job description, click here.

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Fresh Starts – Hearing from our incoming 1Ls and transfer students

As we head into the fall 2019 semester, we welcome 12 new students into our Indian Legal Program! Law school can offer the keys to a successful future in law and the beginnings of life-long friendships, according to alumni. But what view do our new students have on starting at the ILP, ASU Law and law school in general? Five of our students shared their thoughts.

ASU Law 2019 Orientation

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Lewis & Clark
Small Business Legal Clinic

Job Purpose:
This is a grant funded position with the Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC). Located in downtown Portland, the SBLC’s mission is to provide transactional legal assistance to low-income small business owners, primarily people of color, women and immigrants. The Staff Attorney will be part of the legal team at the SBLC and work with small business clients one-on-one. Half of their time will be spent in the SBLC Rural Outreach program serving 65 clients over the course of the year. The other half of the time will be serving business owners throughout Oregon in a fee-for-service structure. The Staff Attorney will be expected to track hours, draft contracts, register trademarks and copyrights, review leases, register businesses and complete other transactional legal needs to low-income small businesses.

What You’ll Do

  • Work on the transactional needs of clients, such as drafting contracts and researching and registering trademarks.
  • Represent small and emerging businesses with transactional legal services,

  • Represent nonprofit corporations and cooperatives information, operation and obtaining tax-exempt status.

  • Meet one-on-one with clients.

  • Complete outreach presentations.

  • Contribute to the organization’s administrative tasks, such as tracking billable hours and creating monthly statements for clients.

  • Fundraise and support the SBLC in other duties as assigned.

  • Work closely with all staff and faculty to advance the SBLC’s mission.

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong connection to the Native American population, as well as a significant understanding of Native American history, and the tribes of Oregon. 

For full job description and application information, click here.

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Attorney/ Prosecutor

Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Ignacio, CO

Closing Date: 9/03/2019 (5pm MST)

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for the effective, efficient, and fair prosecution of violations of the Tribal Code to include criminal, gaming, and wildlife cases.  In addition, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, civil litigation, contract review, employment matters, and the consideration of social services cases.

Education and Experience

  • Must have a law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and be in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court or eligible to waive in to admission in that State within a year of hiring.
  • Must have 2 years of criminal law experience with actual trial experience.
  • Must have general knowledge of Tribal jurisdiction and Indian Law.
  • Must have an understanding of legal reference resources, research techniques, practices and procedures used to prepare and present an effective prosecutory case in court or administrative proceedings.
  • Must be able to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour on-call basis.
  • Must have a demonstrated record of reliability and professionalism.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License for state of residency and be insurable through the Tribal Vehicle Insurance policy.
  • Must pass a thorough background check including professional references, criminal history, fingerprint check, and pre-employment drug test.


  • Understanding of programs to which respondents may be assigned because of involuntary commitment proceedings.
  • Experience in Tribal court.Experience with Juvenile Court and Children’s Court Proceedings.

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Job Opportunity – Attorney Prosecutor

Tohono O’odham Nation
Sells, AZ
Office of the Prosecutor

Salary: $73,875.00 /year

Job Summary: Under general supervision, presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating the laws or ordinances of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The work is normally reviewed upon completion, with occasional spot checks while in process, to ensure accuracy, timeliness and conformance to established standards; major work tasks are covered by instructions or procedures and unusual situations are referred to a supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represents the Tohono O’odham Nation as plaintiff in actions based on violations of the Tohono O’odham Law and Order Code, and other applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Utilizes a plea bargaining process that will protect the interests of both the nation and the victims of crime.
  • Receives, reviews and screens complaints to determine whether formal criminal proceedings should be initiated.
  • Interviews clients, gathers evidence, and analyzes pertinent information in civil, criminal, and other cases to formulate and prepare for legal action.
  • Conducts research, interviews clients and witnesses and coordinates details and processes in preparation for trial.
  • Prepares legal briefs; develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of the case.
  • Files briefs with court clerk; handles specific cases or acts as co-counsel as assigned by supervising attorney.
  • Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals.
  • Confers with colleagues to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings.
  • Maintains all appropriate documentation as required.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; reviewing case histories and rulings; attending workshops, conferences and seminars; establishing networks; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned and contributes to a team effort.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of legal strategies, their development and presentation.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
  • Skill in gathering, analyzing, and organizing information.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting complex legal documents and publications.
  • Skill in working effectively under pressure.
  • Skill in presenting complex information.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and negotiate legal actions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements to complex criminal and civil cases.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain privileged confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and one year work experience in the legal field. (Work experience based on law school internships, externships, clerkships, etc. count towards the one year of work experience.)

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of any state or in any federal or U.S. territorial court, or admitted within three months of hire.

Please Apply Through Human Resource Department and submit application.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Location: Native American Rights Fund (NARF) at the Boulder, Colorado Office

Description: The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Qualifications: JD degree from an accredited school of law and bar admission. Preferred Qualifications: Five (5) years of relevant experience as a practicing attorney with an interest in federal Indian law; experience with, and knowledge of, Native American communities and culture; and experience with federal and state court litigation. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply. If not already licensed to practice in Colorado, the successful applicant will be required to become so as soon as reasonably possible.

Salary & Benefits: Salary is highly competitive, plus generous health and vacation benefits.

Closing Date: Open until filled with interviews beginning in August.

Application Procedure: Submit by email: a cover letter, complete resume (including representative sample of litigation matters), three professional references, and a writing sample to: Ron Mack, Office/HR Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302,

See more information here.

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