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Job: Court of Appeals Judge

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Alternate Court of Appeals Judge (Contract, Part-Time - No Benefits) Tribal Courts, 693 W. Seed Farm Road, Sacaton, AZ
Job Title: Court of Appeals Judge
Closing Date: 10/17/2014

Job Type: Part-time (Appointed Contract with No Benefits)
Department: Judicial Department
City: Sacaton
Location: Tribal Courts, 693 W. Seed Farm Road, Sacaton
Area of Interest: Legal
Salary Type: Base Pay
Salary / Hourly Rate: $50.73 Hourly
Tribal Driving Permit: No

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The Gila River Indian Community Council has created a standing Court of Appeals for the Gila River Indian Community. The Court of Appeals is comprised of three judges appointed by the Community Council for four (4) year terms. Judges are eligible for reappointment at the end of their term. The Court of Appeals hears and decides appeals from the Community Court including appeals from final judgments in civil and criminal cases, appeals pursuant to authority in the Children's Code, appeals from administrative bodies and original matters seeking extraordinary or post-conviction relief.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Make decisions in appeals filed in the Court of Appeals in a timely manner;
Review briefs and motions submitted in appeal proceedings;
Appear for when necessary or appropriate and conduct oral argument and other hearings in appellate cases;
Conduct appropriate legal research necessary to make decisions;
Draft written decisions and orders;
Participate in conference with other judges of the Court of Appeals;
Apply the Constitution and Bylaws of the Gila River Indian Community (1960), the Gila River Indian Community Code and Court of Appeals precedent and, where applicable, and other laws in deciding cases.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of federal Indian law, including jurisdictional principles and sovereign immunity;
Knowledge of tribal laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and procedures, especially those relating to the Gila River Indian Community;
Considerable knowledge of legal practices/standards, and court procedures;
Knowledge of or an appreciation for Community customs and traditions;
Must be skilled in research, fact finding, and writing;
Ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
Ability to establish and maintain a high level of discipline, order, and decorum in court and among subordinates;
Ability to make legal judgments in an independent, responsible, and impartial manner;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorney and non-attorney court practitioners, employees, Community Officials and the general public;
Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a Drug-free workplace.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school and admitted to practice of law and in good standing in the bar of any state required; a minimum of three (3) years recent full-time experience in active practice of law; prior practice in the area of Federal Indian Law plus two (2) years of demonstrated recent substantial experience in working with tribal governments with judicial experience and knowledge of Arizona law preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must provide a letter from the bar association to identify good standing with that particular State's Bar Association.
Must be of good moral character and integrity; capable of carrying out duties of office.
Must provide submit two (2) writing samples of your choice no more than ten (10) pages.

Must also submit a resume along with the GRIC application .
No pending criminal charges, conviction(s) for any felony or crime, including convictions involving moral turpitude and must not have any misdemeanor convictions in any jurisdiction within a five (5) consecutive year period prior to the appointment date of this position.
All individuals seeking this position will be subject to a background check that requires a satisfactory criminal history check to be considered for this position.
Any Tribal employee appointed to this position must resign from their position with the Gila River Indian Community and must be in an inactive status prior to the effective start date for this position.
DEADLINE: Employment Applications are available at all District Service Centers, the Human Resources Department, and online at www.gilariver.org . All Employment Applications and copies of required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle Record, must be received in the Human Resources Department by 5:00 pm on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not be considered. Human Resources will not make copies of applications or documents being submitted.
To avoid delays, application can be mailed or faxed to:
Gila River Indian Community
Human Resources Department
Post Office Box 97
Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Fax: (520) 562-9809
Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). The Gila River Indian Community is also committed to achieving the full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of Race, Religion, Color, Sex, National Origin, Politics, Marital Status, Physical Handicap, Age or Sexual Orientation. In other than the above, the Gila River Indian Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If a Tribal Driving Permit is required on this posting, please provide a current 39 month Motor Vehicle Report (mvr) and it must not be over 60 days old. Please refer to www.servicearizona.com to obtain a Motor Vehicle Report.
If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department @ 520-562-9808. Thank you for your interest with the Gila River Indian Community.

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