Tribal Court Attorney

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Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. (SALA) is hiring a Tribal Court Attorney. 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. Candidate
may be asked to practice law before the Gila tribal courts. 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. Criminal Background Check Required.

The Tribal Court Attorney will be based in the Tucson office and work under the supervision of the
Managing Attorney for the Tohono O’odham and Gila Indian communities. 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.

Tucson, Arizona


Salary range depending on experience $50,050 – $86,962; 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.

Equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race,
color, disability, religion, national origin, sex, age or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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

Open Until Filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references.