Sault Tribe
  • - Legal
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Year Round - Full Time

The Tribal Assistant Prosecutor, under the direction of the Tribal Prosecutor, is responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and Indian child welfare cases in state court. When directed by the Tribal Prosecutor, the Tribal Assistant Prosecutor is also responsible for assisting and providing back-up coverage for the Tribal Attorney –ACFS on Indian Child Welfare matters in the state courts.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
• Negotiate cases and plea agreements
• Conduct bench and jury trials
• Present written documents, such as motions, pleadings, and arguments in court
• Interview witnesses, Police Officers, victims, and others
• Instructs others in staff meetings regarding law and procedure.
• Conform his or her conduct to the Code of Judicial Conduct as adopted by the Sault St. Marie Tribe Law and Order Code.
• Advises other Tribal organizations, including, but not limited to: Sault Tribal Law Enforcement, Anishnaabek Community and Family Services (ACFS), DeMawating Development and Sault Tribe Housing Authority as needed.
• Assists the Tribal Attorney--Prosecutor in facilitating multi-disciplinary team.
• Assists the Tribal Attorney--Prosecutor in processing gaming license waiver/forgiveness applications.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY:
• Knowledge of Tribal and federal laws which relate to the criminal prosecution of suspects in Tribal court.
• Ability to distinguish Tribal court jurisdictional issues from the relevant case facts.
• Knowledge of criminal law case preparation and litigation.
• Ability to comply with all rules regulating professional responsibility including specific regulations addressing the prosecutorial function.
• Ability to maintain professional relationships with victims, witnesses, law enforcement agencies, and members of the community.
• Ability to work independently and in intensive concert with others.
• Ability to clearly and succinctly articulate ideas and logical analysis orally and in writing.
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Tribal community officials and the general public.
• Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
• Compose memorandums and pleadings regarding legal issues of concern for cases.
• Draft legal pleadings for submittal to the Tribal court.
• Travels within the Tribe's seven county service area for court proceedings and job trainings, if required.
• Maintains regular contact with tribal officials and other Tribal organizations.
• Maintains regular contact with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement prosecutors.
• Maintain a drug-free workplace.
CONTACTS:
Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, executives, Board of Directors, customers, Tribal officials, Tribal organizations and Federal, State, local and Tribal Law Enforcement officials.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Position light with lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision; frequent sitting and occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, stooping, reaching, manual handling, color/field of vision, bending, typing and driving. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather. Potential hazards include frequent computer use and occasional client contact and equipment use.
REQUIREMENTS:
Education: A Bachelor's Degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited American Bar Association school of law required.
Experience: Three years of experience in the practice of Federal Indian Law experience or criminal litigation preferred.
Certification/License: Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Must be a current member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan.
Must be admitted to or eligible for immediate admission to Tribal Court. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing. Native American preferred.

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