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General Counsel

Company name
Pueblo of Isleta

1 yrs required

Isleta, NM, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Sep 28, 2021

Valid Through
Jan 11, 2022


General Counsel

The candidate leads corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. Provides tribal leadership with effective advice on strategies and implementation, manages the legal function and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. Provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues. Ensures protection of tribal assets and preserves tribal sovereignty. Reviews, provides advice and recommends actions on a wide range of complex legal issues for Tribal Administration, Tribal Council and Tribal Enterprises. Provides legal advice, interpretations, and opinions on contracts, policies, legal disputes, and policy development. Represents the tribe in judicial, executive, or administrative proceedings and in litigation in with federal, state, and tribal courts as requested. Prepares and reviews contracts, agreements, leases, rights of way and similar documents in order to maintain the best legal interest of the pueblo. Oversee the issuance and administration of the following licensing for the pueblo; liquor, alcohol service, gaming and cigarette vendors. Provides legal advice and services on legal rights, obligations and privileges. Oversees the daily operations and supervision of the legal office. Provides legal advice on water quality and quantity matters including compliance with the Endangered Species Act and water quality issues. Advised the pueblo and its entities on defense of tort claims against the casino and/or its employees made by customers. Studies federal legislation, federal regulations, constitutions, statutes, decisions and ordinances of judicial bodies. Examines legal data and conducts research on assigned legal matters; drafts legal memorandums summarizing results and legal conclusions. Drafts and/or reviews ordinances, resolutions, contracts and leases. Manage water related legal matters on behalf of the company and supervises consultants engaged in water related work on behalf of the company. Negotiates contracts, purchases and other agreements maintaining the best legal and

financial interests of the firm. Communicates with other specialized attorneys working on issues. Acts as a liaison for the tribe between federal, state, or local intergovernmental entities. Prepares and presents litigation documents for tribal, state, or federal court hearings and trials. Coordinates efforts by Lobbyists. Undertakes special legal and administrative projects at the discretion of the Governor and Tribal Council. Keeps leadership informed of status of department activities by attending meetings and submitting reports. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences. Performs other duties as assigned. Should have Juris Doctor or L.L.B. from an accredited law school. Should be member of the New Mexico State Bar Association or admitted to practice in another state Bar with the ability to obtain NM state bar within 1 year of employment. Must have 10 years of experience in the practice of law, including Indian Law and tribal court, federal and constitutional law, litigation, environmental and natural resources, employment law, and closely related fields dealing with tribal interests. Graduate from and Indian Law Program (ILP) preferred. Federal bar membership and Court Admissions (US District Court, US Tax Court) preferred. Knowledge: Knowledge of federal, state, local and tribal law, legal research and working knowledge of

research methods, lawmaking and rule making systems is required. Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and analysis. Knowledge of the Isleta Pueblo, its history and culture. Knowledge of litigation, Indian law, employment law, and business law. Knowledge of tribal, state, and federal court procedures. Knowledge of tribal casino class III compacts and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Skills: Skill in interpreting federal and case law, codes, ordinances, and administrative rules. Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment. Ability: Ability to negotiate and draft contracts, compacts, and leases. Ability to analyze and organize facts, evidence, and legal precedents and present information and material in a clear and logical form. Ability to appraise legislation for its need, meaning, intent, logical development and clarity of policy expression. Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules. Ability to demonstrate a high level of sensitivity to community issues and concerns. Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.

 Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the individuals of varying so cial and cultural backgrounds.

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