Job Opportunity one -14 CORE Trial Attorney

Personnel Law Branch (PLB)

Closing dates:
COB May 3, 2020

Work schedule:

Washington, D.C.

PLB is responsible for providing advice on personnel issues and policies and defending FEMA’s personnel actions and decisions in administrative hearings.

Duties may include:
• Supporting the Department of Justice in developing and presenting litigation in the federal courts, or state and municipal courts.
• Litigating cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, other administrative forums and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Represent the Agency before the FLRA and in Union arbitrations.
• Reviewing proposals, participating in negotiations and determinations of settlement of litigation, and recommending settlement of matters in accordance with agency, DHS, or OCC directives or policies.
• Preparing documentary evidence and witness testimony in support of dispositive motions or trial; preparing declarations and affidavits and directing investigations for the purpose of developing additional evidence in pending litigation.
• Preparing and providing trainings on various employment matters.
• Reviewing and making recommendations on proposed employment actions.
• Reviewing and making recommendations on legislation, regulations, or changes in existing policies, practices, and agency issuances to cure or eliminate problems

To qualify for this position at the IC-14 level, you must demonstrate:
At least three years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar. The minimum three-year work experience requirement includes at least two years of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled. At least one of the two years of specialized experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the IC-13 level. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  1. Independently managing and litigating a heavy caseload of administrative cases;
  2. Independently producing well-articulated legal opinions, memoranda, and briefs regarding complex legal issues; and
  3. Evaluating proposed legislation and regulations and its effects on existing policies, programs and operations.

Interested applicants must send resumes to Ashley Darbo, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, at by COB May 3, 2020. Please ensure your resume or cover letter identify the relevant professional experience you believe qualifies you for the 14 grade.

Job Opportunity General Attorney

Customs and Border Protection
Office of the General Counsel

Open & closing dates
04/19/2021 to 05/10/2021

Work schedule

Edinburg, TX 2 vacancies

As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America’s borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

In this position, you will become a key member of the legal team for The Office of The Chief Counsel. Typical work assignments include:
o Providing legal advice to, and legal representation of, CBP officers in matters relating to the activities and functions of Customs and Border Protection (CBP);
o Performing legal research into laws, regulations, decisions, and other precedents bearing on legal issues involving CBP to included Customs and Immigration laws;
Etc. …

Basic Requirements:
Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

To See full job description:
USAJOBS – Job Announcement

How to Apply:
Submit your application electronically to:

Agency Contact info:
CBP Hiring Center
Phone: 952-857-2932

Job Opportunity Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous)

DHS Headquarters
Office of the General Counsel

Open & closing dates
04/20/2021 to 04/19/2022

Work schedule

Washington, DC

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel, Operations and Enforcement Law Division (OELD).
The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as a legal advisor. The individual will provide legal advice and litigation support in the areas of data privacy, biometrics, screening and vetting issues.

As an Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous) GS 0905 13/14, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
o DHS operations pertaining to data privacy, biometrics, screening and vetting issues.
o Litigation support to federal, state, and international governments attorneys regarding data privacy, biometrics and screening and vetting issues.
o Provide legal advice, as required, regarding other DHS operational and/or enforcement matters.

Basic Requirements:
You as an applicant must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND…

How to Apply:
USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Agency Contact info:
Lori Pollacci
Phone: 2023578668
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, DC 20528

Job Opportunity- Tribal Water Attorney

Closing Date:
Open until filled

Ignacio, CO

Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review,
and employment matters.


  1. Evaluates potential opportunities and threats associated with the Tribe’s water rights
  2. Stays abreast of State and Federal water law changes, informing necessary legal and
    Tribal staff and recommending action when needed.
  3. Advocates and lobbies, individually and with the Tribe’s lobbyists, on State and Federal
    water policy and legislation that impacts tribal water.

• Must have graduated from an accredited law school.
• Must be licensed to practice law in one or more state jurisdictions.
• Must have at least 5 years of experience practicing water law as an attorney.
• Must have working knowledge of federal Indian water rights and how they interact with
State rights.
• Must have working knowledge of Colorado water law and Law of the Colorado River.

How to Apply:

Pathway to Law

Online Sessions

6-weeks | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 90-minutes

In its seventh year, the Native American Pathway to Law, formerly known as the Pipeline to Law, is proud to host online sessions June 8-16 in lieu of the prior workshop. These sessions offer advice and guidance for those interested in pursuing a legal education to help applicants navigate all the tests, applications and funding, and ease some of the pressure.

In her recent interview with Native News Online, Kate Rosier, ILP director and assistant dean of institutional progress, said: “We basically act like aunties and uncles, helping people figure out what they need, and what they want from a law school.” The article, “Pathway to Law Initiative Offers ‘Auntie’ Mentorship to Native Kids,” is a great capture of the intent of the initiative. In an effort to lessen confusion and redirect the focus of this initiative, the name was changed to Pathway to Law.

We invite future law students to join our qualified presenters and student speakers to learn from experts on how to get into law school.

Applications are due by Monday, May 3.

If you know any of any students interested, have them apply at:


Download the PDF flyer.

Nominated for The National Jurist magazine’s Law Student of the Year

David Streamer, JD Candidate 2022
Indian Legal Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

David Streamer is a second-year law student from the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians in Southern California. David was elected to serve his tribe as a tribal council member in 2018 and re-elected in 2019.

Deeply rooted
Born in his home on the reservation, David continues to serve his tribe while attending ASU Law, with his sole focus on making a positive impact in his community. He ran for council because he thinks young people need to step up and help be a bridge for reservation families. Wanting to create something special in the community for everyone, David is diving into his ASU Law classes as part of the college’s nationally recognized Indian Legal Program. He says ASU Law’s faculty and courses are teaching him how to better serve his tribal government so that he can apply these skills immediately.

Forging ahead
With the past year particularly challenging for David’s community due to the pandemic and power outages, he worked together with the tribe to apply for grants and find resources to help families cover basic needs. Hoping to serve his tribe for many years, David wants to help create more tribally owned and operated businesses and help the youth with educational assistance. It is important to David that young people finish high school and go to college.

Community building
Recently in David’s personal capacity, he decided to go out and grade every family’s driveway in the community. When asked why he did that, he said because people needed it done, and he had time and wanted to help. His heart is on the reservation and in giving back to his tribal members so that they thrive as a community.

David was selected as ASU Law’s nominee for The National Jurist magazine’s 2021 Law Student of the Year recognition. David is a thoughtful tribal leader who has harnessed the power of good for his community. Attending law school is a significant commitment and David’s dedication to his law career and tribal community deserves to be celebrated.

Indian Wills Clinic: Quechan Tribe

Student attorneys enrolled in the Indian Legal Clinic took part in a two-day Wills Clinic with the Quechan Tribe in March. The clinic was designed to provide Quechan allotment owners with wills that conform to the provisions of American Indian Probate Reform Act. Sixteen Quechan allottees were served in the clinic.

During the first day, each student met with four tribal members in one-on-one counseling sessions. That evening, the students drafted the wills with feedback from ILP Professor Helen Burtis (’07), and Rosette, LLP attorneys Simon Gertler (’18) and Jim Palmer (’04). The following day, the students met again with their clients to review the wills to ensure that each person’s wishes were correctly represented in the documents. The clinic culminated with the students walking each client through a signing ceremony in which the will was executed before witnesses and a notary. The entire process between the students and the clients took place remotely via Zoom. 

“With online learning and not seeing as many people in person, it has been hard to stay cause-connected,” said 2L Vinnie Amato, one of the participating students. “Being able to help draft wills for tribal members over Zoom was a great experience because it refocused me on why I joined the Indian Legal Program. I also gained valuable skills I never would have received otherwise.”

Thanks to Professor Burtis for organizing and leading the Wills Clinic, and to attorneys Simon and Jim for their assistance in the drafting process!