Job Announcement: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks an Associate General Counsel (“Tribal Attorney”)

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The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate General Counsel for its on-reservation Office of General Counsel. The Office was established in August 2008, and has taken on most of the workload formerly performed by outside counsel. The Associate serves under the supervision of the General Counsel and will have a significant opportunity to help shape the strategic legal planning of the Tribe. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is involved in many important and fascinating issues.

Nature of Practice: The Associate General Counsel is one of two lawyers in the Office. As a salaried professional, the Associate General Counsel will generally have substantial latitude to work on projects directly with the Tribal Council, CEO, and tribal programs, to exercise independent professional judgment, and to contribute to the development of the Office. Duties include all matters pertaining to representation of the tribal government, as assigned or authorized, including: advice to and representation of the Tribe, its officers and staff; drafting of ordinances, regulations, and policies; representation of the Tribe and its entities in tribal, federal, and state courts, administrative tribunals, and before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies; negotiation and review of contracts and commercial transactions; drafting legal documents.


  • Required: A law degree from an accredited law school and a license to practice law (lawyers licensed by a state other than Washington must acquire a Washington license ASAP); strong writing, research, negotiation, and interpersonal communication skills; litigation experience; and an ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment.
  • Desired: A Washington State law license with 5–8 years as a practicing attorney; civil litigation experience in federal, tribal, and state courts; experience in Indian law and tribal-government representation, including ordinance drafting and basic governmental processes such as Self-Governance compacting, grants, contracts, etc.; experience working with federal and state agencies; economic development, gaming, and commercial transaction experience; exceptional writing and research skills.

Location: The Office of General Counsel is located in the Elwha Tribal Center on the Lower Elwha Reservation, about five miles west of Port Angeles, Washington. Port Angeles is a small, historic town located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and just a few miles from Olympic National Park. The office is approximately 85 miles west of Seattle.

Salary: Depends on experience. Full-time compensation includes medical and dental, retirement savings plan, and other fringe benefits.

Application: Applications must be received by March 15, 2013, but because the Tribe would like to hire a lawyer for this position as soon as possible, applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. To apply, submit a cover letter, a current resume, at least three professional references, and a writing sample to (e-mail preferred):

            Trent S.W. Crable, Associate General Counsel

            Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe                             

            2851 Lower Elwha Road                                  

            Port Angeles, Washington 98363                     


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