Berkey Williams LLP Look for Summer Associate and Fellow


The Berkeley office is seeking a 1st or 2nd year law student for a summer associate position in 2017. The position requires excellent research and writing skills. We especially encourage Native American students to apply, and students with a demonstrated commitment to serving Indian communities. Please forward a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Gloria Coronado, The deadline to apply is October 14, 2016. No phone calls, please.


Berkey Williams LLP Indian Law Fellowship Program aims to encourage recent law graduates to work in the field of American Indian law and to provide the Fellows with an opportunity to pursue wide variety of projects in Indian country. The Firm’s intent is to provide recent law graduates with the time and resources to tackle a wide variety of the issues in Indian country such as water rights, ICWA, cultural and natural resources protection, among others. The Fellowship intends to contribute to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths might be.

About the Fellowship
The one-year Fellowship offers a competitive salary, full benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in an established firm focused exclusively on serving Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The Fellow will work in the California office. The Fellowship begins in September, 2017, with some flexibility depending upon the candidate’s schedule. Berkey Williams is committed to recruiting attorneys who will bring a variety of experiences to the Firm’s clients, and to supporting them by providing the resources necessary to building a strong career in Indian law. The projects on which a Fellow might work are subject to the creativity of the Fellow and the needs or demands of a particular client tribe or tribal organization.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria
Applications are encouraged from recent law graduates with a demonstrated
commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. High academic achievements are certainly considered, but they are weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments, professional goals, cultural competence, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently as needed. Candidates with interest in specific public interest projects are encouraged to bring their proposals to the Firm. Candidates are encouraged to seek their own funding as well, as the Firm’s ability to offer the fellowship is contingent on funding. Membership in the California Bar, or the Bar of another state, though not essential, is a significant factor in the firm’s evaluation of candidates.

Applying for the Fellowship
Interested law graduates should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to
Gloria Coronado, ICWA/Administrative Assistant, at No
phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2016.


The firm is a private, for-profit partnership with a significant public interest focus. The Firm has four attorneys and two paralegals in Berkeley, California, one attorney in Washington, DC, and one attorney in Syracuse, New York. The Firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Natural resources protection, environmental justice, water and fishing rights, recovery of ancestral lands, cultural resources, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, economic development, Indian child welfare, employment, and health care are representative areas of the Firm’s work. More information may be found on the firm’s web site:

About Sarah M Donnelly

Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law.
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