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!