Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)



February 28, 2023




Open: February 23, 2023

Closing: March 10, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m.

Position Summary:

The Associate Judge is appointed by the Tribal Chairman and ratified by a vote of the Tribal Council. The Associate Judge conducts hearings, trials, issues court orders, makes conclusions of law, and develops precedent. The Associate Judge is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Red Lake Nation Judiciary and administration of justice with emphasis in Healing to Wellness Court. Full-time onsite position (no remote/telework available) benefits, salary; DOQ.

Essential Functions:

• Exercises independent professional judgment in deciding cases and controversies including but not limited to jurisdiction of the court and applicable court procedure.

• Implements rules of practice, enforces the code of ethics for every practitioner before the Red Lake Nation Courts.

• Carries an active case load, in addition to administrative duties. Maintains proper continuing legal education with specific focus on developments affecting Indian Country.

• Represents the Judicial system before the tribal council and other funding agencies as necessary.

• Possesses sufficient communication skills, specifically oral communication sufficient to handle tense and difficult situations and at times issue oral court orders.

• Possess a certain level of proficiency with technology to draft court orders and accompanying conclusions of law.

• Possesses advanced legal research capabilities.

• Assist as necessary, in issuing bench warrants, search warrants, subpoenas, judgments, and other documents as requested by the Chief Judge.

• Responsible for all notes, files, and documentation used for court hearings and research of cases the Associate Judge has served on.

• Prepare and issue all necessary written orders, findings of facts, and conclusions of law, judgment orders, and opinions in a timely manner.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

• Any person shall be eligible to serve as an Associate Judge whether or not they are an enrolled member of the tribe. Tribal members and Indians will be given preference, if they also possess all of the requirements set forth below.

• Must possess a Juris Doctor from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association.

• At least five years of experience in the practice of law.

• Must have Knowledge in the Ojibwe culture, traditions and language.

• Experience or willingness to gain experience in the Red Lake Tribal Code, Indian Civil Rights Act, Indian Child Welfare Act, Child Support and federal statutes, and federal regulations that affect tribal funding and Court operations.

• Experience with the practicing Native American law enough to have knowledge about the history of the unique standing that Red Lake has with the State and Federal Government.

• Experience in the practice to be familiar with Federal, State and Tribal court procedures that may be useful in hearings and deciding cases.

• Must be admitted to practice in any jurisdiction within the United States of America.

Education, Experience and Skills Required: (continued)

• Must be at least 25 years of age.

• Excellent legal drafting skills.

• Able to maintain confidentiality.

• Ability to work cordially and effectively with staff and public.

• Ability to analyze legal issues, principles and doctrines in order to decide cases and controversies.

• Must pass a background check.

• Must never been convicted of a felony.

• Must not have been convicted of a gross misdemeanor within five (5) years if this application in Red Lake or any other jurisdiction or have been sanctioned by the board of professional responsibility or any legal regulatory body in any jurisdiction.

• Must have valid Driver's license and proof of insurance.

• Submit to and pass a pre-employment and random drug/alcohol screening.

• Must have personal conduct standards that demonstrate the highest degree of ethics and morality.

• PREFERENCE: All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status, or physical disability. However, preference will be given to qualified band members, to qualified persons of American Indian descent, then to qualified candidates in accordance with P.L. 88-355, Sec. 703 (702-71) and P.L. 93-638, Sec. 7B.

TO APPLY: Applications and copies of certificates/diplomas are being accepted at the Government Center – Human Resources Department – ATTN; Sharon Norris, Director, P.O. Box 546, Red Lake, MN 56671 Phone (218) 679-1847.


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