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Title: Staff Attorney, Full Time
Location: FDL Tribal Center
Supervisor: Tribal Attorney/Legal Affairs Office Director
Closing Date: September 16, 2019


General Summary:

The Staff Attorney provides general legal services to the Band. The Staff Attorney provides advice to the Band and its departments about a wide range of issues. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include contract drafting, litigation, working with administrative agencies, preparing tribal ordinances, and other duties as assigned by the Tribal Attorney.

Position Responsibilies:

  • Representation of and advisor of the Reservation Business Committee on all legal matters affecting the reservation.
  • Development of governmental systems, including legislative, judicial, and civil regulatory.
  • Contract development.
  • Natural resource code development and treaty litigation.
  • Economic Development.
  • Education and health law issues.
  • Indian gaming issues.
  • Preparation of testimony on staff and federal legislation affecting the Band.
  • Representation of the Band before state legislative committee.
  • Employment law issues.
  • Any other legal issues which may arise (because of the troubleshooting nature of the position, and exhaustive list is impossible).
  • Appropriate work attire is required.
  • Must attend all mandatory department trainings.
  • Ensures confidentiality of financial records and all records for employees, band members and/or clients.
  • Displays a responsive and professional manner in promptly responding to all requests, complaints, and problems.
  • Recognizes that each employee is a representative of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and is responsible for demonstrating courtesy, respect, and sensitivity to the needs of all others, including visitors and co-workers.
  • Represents the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the department in a positive and professional manner in the community.
  • Required to maintain proper attendance including reporting to work on time in accordance with applicable policies.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area.
  • Due to changes and modifications in the job from time to time, employees are required to be flexible and assume other responsibilities assigned by management as deemed necessary.
  • Some travel may be required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal physical requirements.

Position Qualifications:

  • Law School J.D. degree required.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in any state; a license to practice law in Minnesota is preferred.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota within one year of starting employment.
  • Knowledge of Federal, state and local laws.
  • Ability to analyze case law and provide recommendations.
  • Competence in the essential principles of federal Indian law is required.
  • Knowledge of computer applications to include word processing, Access, Excel and Microsoft Outlook is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required.
  • Ability to work independently and establish priorities is required.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Ability to establish professional and harmonious working relationships on all projects and with all parties involved.
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Personnel Policies.
  • Subject to pre-employment and annual background checks.



APPLY TO: Fond du Lac Human Resources
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720


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