Friday, September 14, 2007

JOB: In House Attorney for the Crow Tribe of Indians


In-House Attorney

The Crow Tribe of Indians is currently accepting applications for a full-time in-house attorney position.

Description: The successful applicant will be responsible for juvenile prosecution and Indian Child Welfare Act matters on behalf of the Crow Tribe, and will be expected to divide her/his time as appropriate to cover the caseload in each respective area. S/he will represent the Tribe in all juvenile proceedings involving juvenile offenses, and in all Indian Child Welfare Act cases in which the Tribe has an interest.

Duties include practice in tribal and state courtrooms arguing motions, trying cases to judges and juries, as well as occasionally arguing special actions and appeals; participating in teleconference and telephonic hearings as required; performing job-related legal research in appropriate areas of law, including pre-trial motion practice through appellate arguments; drafting legal documents for all stages of caseload; participation in plea negotiations and pre-trial discovery with opposing counsel; review and analysis of statutes and caselaw pertaining to criminal law and procedure and Indian Child Welfare Act and any relevant tribal codes; training and supervision of others as required; and other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications
A Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an accredited law school;
Admitted to practice in the State of Montana and a member in good standing of the Montana Bar;
Willing to sit for the next available administration of the Crow Tribal Bar Exam;
Prior legal experience in the areas of Indian Child Welfare Act casework and juvenile prosecution;
Understanding of and inherent respect for Crow Tribal history and culture;
Working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence;
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and surrounding caselaw;
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Indian Law;
Ability to work efficiently in a bilingual courtroom setting; proficiency in the Crow language is desirable but not required;
Willing to sit for and ability to pass a criminal background check;
No felony convictions and no serious misdemeanor convictions within the past five years;
Must pass a pre-employment drug test;
Commitment to tribal sovereignty and Indian self determination;

Salary: DOE

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Crow Tribal members, and to qualified members of federally recognized Indian tribes.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references to: Crow Tribe Human Resources Department, PO Box 159, Crow Agency, MT 59022 AND to: Office of Executive Counsel - Crow Tribe, Crow Agency, Montana 59022. Questions should be directed to Heather Whiteman Runs Him at the Office of Executive Counsel at (406) 638-2059, or emailed to Position open until filled.

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