Tribal Court Advocate – Tohono O’odham Nation


Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. (SALA) is hiring a Tribal Court Advocate. The person to be hired will be required to undertake a variety of civil cases in tribal court. SALA provides services to low-income families and individuals in nine counties and eleven tribal communities in southeastern Arizona.


  1. The candidate should be admitted to practice before the Tohono O’odham courts or be willing to apply for and be admitted to practice in the Tohono O’odham Nation within three months of hire. The candidate should have two to five years’ experience as an advocate in some capacity with administrative law, tribal government, a court system, a law office or a governmental agency.
  2. Must exhibit a high degree of sensitivity to legal issues in low-income communities and be able to work with low income and community groups. Should have initiative, good communication skills, and the ability to work well in a multi-cultural setting.
  3. Should be knowledgeable in the area of general civil practice and specifically general civil practice on behalf of the poor community.
  4. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful. Ability to speak the Tohono O’odham language and familiarity with the Tohono O’odham culture is also helpful.


The Tribal Court Advocate will work with and under the supervision of the Managing Attorney for Sells, Casa Grande, and Sacaton Arizona. Duties will include interviewing potential clients, performing case intake and file maintenance, drafting pleadings and other documents, gathering evidence and/or documentation for cases, participating in SALA’s community legal education programs, doing legal research, representing clients in tribal courts and administrative tribunals, and doing outreach presentations on the Tohono O’odham Nation and in rural Pima County.

JOB LOCATION:  Tucson, Arizona

JOB SCHEDULE:  Full-time


Salary range depending on experience $31,395 – $54,551; up to 5% additional compensation to individuals fluent in a language other than English, that is used by more than 10% of SALA’s eligible client population. SALA has an excellent benefits package including, health insurance, pension plan and generous leave provisions.


We are committed to an environment of mutual respect, collaboration, and equal opportunity for all employees, and strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people who have been affected by mass incarceration, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We believe in building and sustaining an organization that is reflective of the communities we serve, and is diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities. We believe that the resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.


Hiring Committee
Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
Continental Building
2343 E Broadway Blvd, Suite 200 – Tucson AZ 85719-6007
(520)623-9465 / Fax: (520) 594-6554
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references.