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Family Defense Attorney
The Tribal Defenders for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are hiring a Family Defense Attorney to represent parents in child protection matters. 
Holistic Defense at the Tribal Defenders:
The Tribal Defenders provide public defender services to indigent tribal members in tribal court. In addition to representation of adults in criminal court, youth in youth court, parents in child protection proceedings, and respondents in adult protection and mental health matters, the Tribal Defenders provide services that address the issues that bring their clients into the justice system and those collateral consequences to criminal charges and convictions. Utilizing a client-centered and interdisciplinary approach, the Tribal Defenders offer psychological services, case management, civil and pro se assistance, driver’s license restoration, cultural mentoring, the Flathead Reservation Reentry Program and permanent supportive housing at the Morning Star. 
Family Defense Position:
The Family Defense Attorney’s primary responsibility is to represent parents or guardians of children subject to child protection matters in Tribal Court.  However, the Family Defense Attorney will assist in the planning and implementation of a Families in Need of Services pilot project that will divert families out of the adversarial court system.  As a member of the holistic team, the Family Defense Attorney will provide some representation in criminal cases, assist walk-in clients, do community outreach, and approach their work not by moving cases through the system, but by focusing on their clients’ needs within the context of their families and the tribal community. 
Position: Family Defense Attorney
Organization: Tribal Defenders Office, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Location: Pablo,  MT 
United States
Salary: Depends on experience but starts at $79,000
Posting Start Date: 11/29/2021
Date Posted: 11/29/2021
Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Montana or eligible for admission by hire date.
 Must have been practicing law for three years with at least one year in the area of poverty law.
Experience in child protection cases is preferred but other transferrable experience will be considered. Criminal law experience is also preferred due to the overlap with child protection cases and to understand the collateral consequences to clients involved in the criminal justice system.
Must have basic knowledge of Indian law and tribal statutes.
Must have legal writing experience and experience with legal research.
Must have knowledge of the social and cultural lifestyles of the reservation community and be able to communicate effectively with native clients and the native community. 
Must be willing to prepare correspondence and court documents with limited assistance from clerical staff.
Must have basic skills research tools and case management software.
Must be able to prioritize, and manage a high volume of cases in an extremely fast-paced atmosphere.  This includes the ability to think on one’s feet in a pressured situation and to perform under stress, all with effective assistance to clients as a priority.  A sense of humor also goes a long way.
Must be committed to the holistic defense model that is innovative, client-centered, and team based. 
Must have a demonstrated interest in working with the disenfranchised, the criminally accused, and those suffering from mental illness and addiction, knowing that clients of the Tribal Defenders Office are resilient and capable of change. 
For a more detailed job description go to csktribes.org

Status: This listing expires on: 2/27/2022
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Tribal Defenders Office, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Pablo,  MT 59855
United States
(406) 675-2700
(406) 675-2212
Ann Miller