Responsibilities include legal representation of the Nation, and its departments, divisions, programs, boards, commissions, and trust authorities in civil, criminal and juvenile cases both proposed or pending in administrative appeals, tribal, state, federal court and other proceedings as assigned. Acts as legal advisor, drafts legal opinions, contracts, policies and legislation for the Nation as assigned.
Conducts legal research by utilizing a variety of resource materials including Tribal, State, Federal or other laws and/or regulations. Reviews case law, statutes, legal indexes, reports and published opinions (with an emphasis in Indian law) as a basis for case development. Assists Attorney General and/or Senior Assistant Attorney General in preparation of briefs, contracts, policies, legislation and other legal documents for Cherokee Nation departments, divisions, boards, etc. Assists Attorney General and/or Senior Assistant Attorney General in providing advice to Cherokee Nation administrative official, departments, divisions, boards, etc. Assists Attorney General and/or Senior Assistant Attorney General concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, directors, officers and corporate relations with general public. Appears, at the request of the Attorney General or Senior Assistant Attorney General, before any court or commission, board or officers, in any cause or proceeding, civil or criminal, in which Cherokee Nation may be an interested party to represent the Cherokee Nation. Reviews completed investigation reports for legal sufficiency. Recommends whether cases should be closed, resolved informally or through administrative or court settlements, or litigated administratively or in court; negotiates settlements as assigned by reporting senior. Investigates matters and prepares cases for trial by securing and preparing evidence, conferring with witnesses, participating in pretrial conferences, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and drafting legal documents needed during the various states of litigation. Drafts persuasive pleadings and briefs and other legal documents as assigned. Conducts a professional presentation of cases as assigned. Prepares necessary legal briefs, business contracts, policies, legislation and other court pleadings, including petitions, motions and proposed court orders relating to civil, criminal and juvenile proceedings. Prepares opinions advising administrative departments on legal issues pertaining to pending or potential civil, criminal, and juvenile matters as assigned. Conducts prosecutorial functions as assigned. Prepares, edits and/or reviews proposed or pending legislation relating to the Nation as assigned. Prepares for review advisory papers and input to various tribal officers on proposed legislation, rule changes or other legal matters. Assists in advising Cherokee Nation administration officials, departments, divisions, boards, and committees on transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, directors, officers, and government relations with the general public. Other duties may be assigned.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (Juris Doctorate); no substitutions.
No additional experience is required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must be a member in good standing of the bar in the State of Oklahoma. Must be licensed to practice law in the Cherokee Nation Courts or be able to become so licensed within three (3) months. Must possess a valid driver's license with a driving history verified through a motor vehicle report that meets requirements for Cherokee Nation underwriting rating.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to provide advice and guidance to administration and other clients. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with superiors, subordinates and peers including government leaders. Ability to accomplish legal analysis and in-depth legal research based on legal authority and precedent and equitable considerations. Must be able to use computers and general office equipment. Knowledge of and ability to analyze, interpret and apply statutory, judicial, regulatory, and administrative legal authorities. Ability to apply facts to legal authorities. Ability to travel as needed.
All experience levels considered, new attorneys encouraged to apply!**