Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Darlene Lester

Monday, October 31, 2011

Santa Ana Staff Attorney Position

NMLA has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Santa Ana Office. NMLA represents low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer and Native American issues. NMLA seeks to hire an attorney to provide legal assistance to low income Native Americans in its Santa Ana Office, which is located on the Santa Ana Pueblo. The Staff Attorney will handle cases and matters involving federal Indian law and Indian tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in tribal court. In addition, staff attorney may be required to handle poverty law issues involving consumer and family law issues in forums other than tribal court and to conduct outreach in Indian communities. Expectation is that attorney will be active in local bar and community activities.

Requirements: Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies, ability to manage a caseload, and the ability to build collaborative relationships within the community. Reliable transportation required. New Mexico bar license is preferred.

Send letter of intent, resume, and two references to: Gloria Molinar, New Mexico Legal Aid, PO Box 25486, NM 87125-5486, or email: Salary: DOE; NMLA is an EEO/AA employer.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Staff Attorney Job Post SRPMIC


invites applications for the position of:

Staff Attorney-Legal ServicesAn Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $75,644.00 - $107,794.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/14/11

CLOSING DATE: 10/28/11 11:59 PM

Definition:Under general supervision of the Managing Attorney, this position will provide legal review and advice to clients of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC & Community) Legal Services Office. Guiding directive is to protect the client's interests, legally and ethically, while working to prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation. This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to a standard work schedule. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Essential Functions: (Essential functions may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks,
knowledge, abilities, skills 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).


Provides legal services and representation to eligible clients of the Salt River Legal Services Office through tasks illustrated by, but not limited to, the following: interviewing clients, providing legal advice, conducting necessary research, and drafting correspondence and legal documents.

Drafts and prepares legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs and appeals; represents clients in tribal, state and federal forums, whether in court, administrative hearings, or other appropriate forums.

Prepares and participates in community legal education projects for Community members.

Reviews laws, rules, regulations and legal documents as appropriate to serve clients and to meet the needs of the office; complies with ethical guidelines governing the performance of legal services both within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and all other jurisdictions where appearing and where applicable.

Advises supervisor, on a routine basis, of legal matters affecting clients; represents SRPMIC Legal Services Office on committees, at conferences or other external meetings related to the various interests of clients, the office and the Community. Ensures continued communication with supervisor on legal issues affecting clients within the office.

Performs other job related duties that enhance and/or facilitate department operations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:

· Knowledge of SRPMIC code of ordinances, policies, and regulations as well as all other Tribal, State and Federal laws applicable to Native Americans.
· Knowledge of principles and practices of legal profession, legal research methods, legal research software, use of databases, legal principles and their applications; knowledge of case law appropriate to the issues and cases being prepared.
· Knowledge of SRPMIC ordinances, policies, regulations and rules relating to SRPMIC and its entities; knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and policies.
· Knowledge of the history and customs of the SRPMIC.

· Skill in work management and setting priorities to meet established as well as changing deadlines.
· Skill in applying and interpreting statutes, ordinances and other laws, rules, regulations and policies as they pertain to legal issues presented for review.
· Skill in oral and written communication.
· Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with Community administrators, Department Directors, Tribal Council Members, staff and other members of the Community as well as outside entities.

· Ability to perform legal research; analyze difficult and complex legal problems and apply legal principles and precedents; ability to present statement of fact, law and argument clearly and logically, on both written and oral form.
· Ability to communicate orally, and in writing, with administrative staff, community members, department directors, members of the general public, administrative staff, outside entities, and co-workers.
· Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts, using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar in a timely manner.
· Ability to handle legal correspondence as required for duties and as directed by supervisor.
· Ability to get along well and cooperate with others.
· Ability to exercise resourcefulness in addressing new problems.
· Ability to analyze and aid in drafting and commenting on proposed legislative measures.


· Education & Experience: Graduate of a recognized school of law, and three years of experience in litigation; Experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government and with federal laws governing Native Americans is essential. Experience/familiarity in family law, juvenile law, dependency cases, Guardian ad Litem representation,probate, or civil law is preferred.

· Special Requirements: Membership in the State Bar of Arizona is required. Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annually of continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

· Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling the position.

· Insurability:Must possess a valid Arizona operator’s license and be insurable under the tribal insurer requirements which are outlined as follows. Must be at least 21 years of age for all driving positions which require transporting others as a routine job duty. Driving disqualifications will occur if during the last three (3) years, the driver has any of the following convictions: for a felony; sale, handling or use of drugs; alcohol or drug related offense that is automobile related; three (3) or more speeding violations; more than two (2) speeding tickets in excess of 15 mph; one or more other serious violations. “Serious violations” are defined as: driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs; violation for alcohol offence during use of a vehicle; failure to stop/report an accident; driving while impaired; making a false accident report; homicide, manslaughter or assault arising out of the use of a vehicle; driving while license is suspended or revoked; racing; attempting to elude a police officer. Other disqualifications would include having a driver’s license suspended or revoked and involvement in two (2) or more chargeable incidents.

“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
480-362-7935 480-362-7925
Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member,
then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.


Staff Attorney-Legal Services Supplemental Questionnaire

*1. Are you a graduate of an accredited school of law?
yes or no

*2. Do you have at least 3 years of experience in litigation?
yes or no

*3. Are you a member in the State Bar of Arizona?
yes or no

*Required Question

Monday, October 17, 2011

Only 2 Days Left to Register at the Regular Rate!

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference

Register Here!

A concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian water law.
Perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

This conference may qualify for up to 6.5 hours of CLE credit inArizona, New Mexico and California.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (8:00 a.m. Check-In, Walk-In Registration & Continental Breakfast)

Armstrong Hall, Great Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University, Tempe Campus

$200 – Until Oct. 18 / 5 p.m.
$225 – Walk-in Registration rate

For more information, contact Kate Rosier at or (480) 965-6204
Or visit the conference website: Click Here to go to Conference Website.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dale Furnish to speak at conference

Professor Dale Furnish was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Navajo Nation Annual Judicial Conference, on the topic “Assertive Jurisdiction, Civil Proceedings and Navajo Judicial Sovereignty.” This is scheduled for November 2, 2011, in Phoenix.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE - October 21, 2011

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is holding a conference entitled Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011. The conference will be a concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian Water law and will be perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

Confirmed speakers are John D. Leshy (UC Hastings College of Law), Peter W. Culp (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Judith M. Dworkin (Sacks Tierney P.A.), Diane Enos (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), M. Kathryn Hoover (Navajo Nation DOJ), Diane J. Humetewa (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Jonathan L. Jantzen (Tohono O’odham Nation, Rodney B. Lewis (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld), and Ryan A. Smith (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck).

This conference will be eligible for up to 6.5 of hours of CLE credit in Arizona, New Mexico and California. Early bird rate $175 by 09/23, $200 by 10/18, and $225 Walk-in Rate. For agenda and registration visit:
or contact Kate Rosier at 480.965.6204

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Arlinda Locklear Presentation 2PM Today!

Dear Alumni and Friends - TODAY! Arlinda Locklear will be at the COL. Her talk begins at 2:00pm in the Faculty Center (266)at the College of law at ASU. If you can make it we would love to have you. Ms. Locklear is the first Native woman to argue before the US Supreme Court. She is an amazing attorney and well respected in Indian Country. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Artman quoted in Santa Ynez Valley News, Santa Maria Times

Professor Carl Artman recently served on a panel about efforts by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to expand their reservation on Friday, Sept. 16.

Artman’s presentation, “You Heard the Fiction, Now Hear the Facts: A Lesson in Tribal Governance,” was a response to the non-native locals protesting the efforts of the Chumash Indians.

Artman, Director of Economic Development in Indian Country, was mentioned in the Santa Ynez Valley News and the Santa Maria Times as a panelist for the pro-tribe meeting.

Artman quoted in The LA Times, other Southern California newspapers

Professor Carl Artman defended the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ right to expand their reservation, calling the protesting locals “a cannibalistic frenzy of myopic reactionism,” according to an article in The Los Angles Times on Sept. 25.

Artman, Director of Economic Development in Indian Country, said during a Sept. 16 panel, titled “You Heard the Fiction, Now Hear the Facts,” the push from critics to deny the Chumash Indians’ more land was due to rumors and a hostile local press.

Artman’s quote was also picked up by the Santa Maria Times and the Santa Barbara Independent.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Job Posting

Tribal Appellate Judge

Pay: Based on Services Rendered

Have a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school. Be a member of good standing of the bar of any state or federal court. Be at least (25) years of age. Have experience as a tribal judge exercising both civil and criminal jurisdiction. Have considerable knowledge of Federal Indian law, of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and of Evidence, and of Arizona law. Have no felony convictions, no serious misdemeanor conviction. Demonstrate the ability to analyze difficult and complex facts and issues and to issue clear oral and written decisions based on application of the facts and issues to the applicable law. Be familiar with alternative sentencing and restorative justice. Demonstrate judicial knowledge and temperament. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of management/supervision/administration; personnel management, bookkeeping, record keeping, case management. Submit to and pass pre-employment background check and drug screen, including FBI criminal history background check. Candidates must not be a Tribal Council Member or the holder of any other elected office of the Havasupai Tribe.

For persons who meet the above minimum qualifications preference will be given in the following order, to enrolled members of the Havasupai Tribe, enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and then others.

Candidates should sent a resume and a letter of interest to:

Havasupai Tribe
Attn: Personnel Office
PO Box 10
Supai, AZ 86435
Phone: (928) 448-2164
Fax: (928) 448-2130

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Job Announcement

Tribal Public Defender
Havasupai Tribe
Havasupai Tribal Court

Position Title: Tribal Public Defender

Pay Rate: Dependant on Experience

Supervised by: Havasupai Tribal Council

Closing Date: Open until filled

Summary: To conduct the legal activities and services of the Public Defender’s Office; and to do related work as required.

Responsibilities: The Tribal Public Defender represents in the Havasupai Tribal Court indigent persons accused of crimes. Representation includes all stages of the proceedings following the arrest of the defendant. This will include meeting with the client, obtaining police and other investigative reports, conducting an independent investigation of the crime, legal research and motion practice, referrals to outside agencies as warranted, negotiating plea agreements or preparing and presenting a defense at jury and bench trials, and other appearances in the Havasupai Tribal Courts as required. The incumbent shall discuss the public defense program with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and other persons to obtain information and possible action relative to defendants. Confers with office staff on clerical problems, record keeping, and reporting systems, and initiates changes as required. Dictates correspondence and prepares reports.

Term of Office: The term of office shall be for two (2) years.

Knowledge: Philosophy and practice of public defense in tribal courts; duties, powers, limitations, and responsibility of the Public Defender’s Officer; methods and problems of administering the work of a governmental law office; legal principles and their application with emphasis on criminal law; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; legal research methods.

Ability to: Investigate and defend criminal complaints; analyze difficult and complex facts and legal problems and apply legal principles and their practices; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft legal instruments and opinions; perform legal research; win the confidence and respect of members of the legal profession, public officials, and other persons contacted in the position.

Employment Standards:
a. Broad, extensive, and progressively responsible experience as an attorney in criminal law; or,
b. Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

1. Have a juris doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
2. Be a member in good standing of the bar of any state or federal court.
3. Be at least (21) years of age.
4. Have criminal litigation experience and a demonstrated interest in Indian law.
5. Be of high moral character and integrity.
6. Have no felony convictions, no serious misdemeanor conviction, and, within the past twelve months, no misdemeanors in any court.
7. Be physically able to carry out the duties of the office.
8. Submit to and pass pre-employment background check and drug screen, including FBI criminal history background check
9. For persons who meet the above minimum qualifications preference will be given, in the following order, to enrolled members of the Havasupai Tribe, enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Please submit a cover letter, writing sample three pages or longer, and resume to the

Havasupai Tribal Council
PO Box 10
Supai, Arizona 86435

Interviews will be taking place on September 19, 2011, but the position will remain open until filled.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

6th Annual ASU NALSA Golf Tournament

NALSA will be hosting its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on October 22nd at the Whirlwind Golf Club.

If you are interested in playing in the tournament, or becoming a tournament sponsor, we have provided links to forms below.

Thank you for your continuing support and we hope to see you at the tournament!

Registration Form

Sponsor Form

EPA's New Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy | TeleBriefing

The EPA recently released its final policy on consultation and coordination with Indian tribes. The policy establishes a new, broader standard for the types of actions that may be appropriate for consultation -- such as developing standards, guidance, policies, permitting decisions, and activities under international agreements -- and makes clear the two-way nature of government-to-government consultation by inviting tribes to request issues for consultation. The policy also establishes a management, oversight and reporting structure that will help ensure accountability and transparency.

In this one-hour TeleBriefing, our distinguished panel of legal and regulatory experts will address the practical implications of the new policy.

Topics will include:
* The relationship of the Consultation Policy to Executive Order 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments and EPA's 1984 Indian Policy
* EPA actions and decisions covered by the consultation policy
* How the consultation process will work
* Implementing the new policy for national issues as well as regional or site specific issues
* Key distinctions between Consultation and Coordination
* EPA's new Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System

Register now and call in from anywhere!

Our Distinguished Panel:
Richard Du Bey, Moderator, chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Section and chair of the Tribal Practice Group at Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC
Jane Neumann, Tribal Coordinator with EPA's Region 5 Superfund Division
Andrew Baca, Tribal Program Coordinator at the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Register here or call us at (800) 854-8009

$125 to dial in; $175 to dial in and receive continuing education credit; $50 for each additional person on the same line who wishes to receive credit

Intended Audience
Attorneys, tribal representatives, business executives, and governmental officials.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Job Postings - UNM School of Law

Please see links below for more details:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joe Sarcinella - Talk Radio

Joe Sarcinella (2009) interview. Thanks for plugging the ILP at the 9 minute mark!

Dallin Maybe Wins Best of Show

Dallin Maybee (2011) won best of show for Native American Clothing for the children’s outfit he created for his one year old daughter. Congrats Dallin!

See details at link below:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tsosie invited to Colorado Workshop on Law, Religion & Culture

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, was an invited participant at the University of Colorado Law School’s summer Workshop on Law, Religion, and Culture, on July 21-22.

More details at link below:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Congrats to Charlie Galbraith (2006)! Top 40 under 40!

NCAIED Announces 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 - including Charles Galbraith(Navajo)
Deputy Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement
Office of President Barak Obama
Washington DC

See link below for the article:

Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty - Environmental/Indian Law Position

Best place to live and teach in the U.S.: The University of Montana School of Law, the only law school in the State, anticipates hiring a full-time, tenure-track professor beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year to teach Environmental/Natural Resources and Indian law courses.

For more details on how to apply please see the link below: