Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship

By: Stephanie Conduff | Law Clerk | stephanie.conduff@procopio.com
Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

The Department of Justice has created an opportunity in Indian Country worthy of serious praise. Prosecutors have the best shot at helping people. They are positioned to assist our people into more empowering places – restorative justice programs – including federal court programs for veterans.  For example, the U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Virginia, began its Veterans Treatment Court in spring 2011 when only one other existed at the federal level, in Utah.

We need to get Native people into this prestigious fellowship to protect our citizens!

Applications are being accepted for an Indian Country Fellowship that “is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian Country jurisdictions.”

The Indian Country Fellowship is open to all eligible Honors Program applicants, including current law students graduating in the coming academic year.  The 2014-2015 Honors Program application opens on July 31st and closes on September 2nd.

Imagine … this time next year you could be in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Minnesota, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska or Arizona! And what is even more amazing than that… you could be working in sovereign nations including the: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Navajo Nation, Santee Sioux Tribe, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Chickasaw Nation or Cherokee Nation.

With VAWA implementation upon us – this is an incredible time to experience both tribal and federal justice systems.

Links:

http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorney-generals-indian-country-fellowship

http://www.roanoke.com/news/article_9e155062-849e-11e3-9296-001a4bcf6878.html

Ted is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.