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Oklahoma Indian Legal Services





Job Openings at Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

JOB TITLE: Staff Attorney

DATE: Position will be filled by July 15, 2020.

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing legal assistance to low-income Tribal members in the state of Oklahoma. The position will be an integral part of the organization’s efforts to be a partner in the state justice community.

The position will have primary responsibility for working on the organization’s project to assist Tribal members with probates needed to update titles of homes of Tribal members in Eastern Oklahoma and updating titles of Five Tribes restricted Indian land.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:

• Juris Doctorate Degree from a certified law school.

• Membership with the Oklahoma Bar Association is required for the position.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Perform intake interviews for applicants and assists in screening of clients for eligibility for full representation.

• Provide high quality legal assistance to eligible clients on matters pertaining to their situations.

• Maintain a caseload commensurate with abilities and caseload difficulty.

• Comply with all applicable regulations, policies and grant requirements.

• Maintain the highest ethical standards as a member of the State Bar and stay current with updates and changes to the law.

• Support, promote and participate in the program’s volunteer activities.

• Support, promote and participate in community education, outreach and developing good public relations with the client community, state and local bar and other community groups.

• Ensure that all applicable client files, data and reports are accurate and complete.

• Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system.

• Embrace and support the Organization’s overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Perform other duties and projects as required by management.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

• Strong sense of community service.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills: able to work well with a wide range of clients.

• Strong interpersonal skills: able to work with OILS attorneys and OILS staff

• Strong ability to mentor law student volunteers.

• Strong legal research skills

• Strong ability to prepare for and present evidence at trial.

• Strong organizational and time management skills.

• Ability to work with limited supervision.

• Demonstrate dependability through good attendance and adherence to timelines and schedules.

• Good follow through.

• Good analytical skills.

• Good problem-solving skills.

• Demonstrate resourcefulness and ability to take initiative in development and completion of projects.

• Strong computer application skills.

• Strong proficiency in case management systems.

• Able and willing to continue professional development.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This work is primarily sedentary, with many opportunities for work in community locations. The position requires the following physical activities:

• Sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, stooping; good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions; ability to speak and hear; or the ability to perform essential job functions with reasonable accommodation.

• Frequent lifting (up to 25 pounds of paper supplies or minor office equipment).

• Requires substantial time spent typing.

• Traveling to client locations and other sites as needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

• Normal office environment.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

To apply for the position, please email a resume and cover letter to Soraya Tillison at tillison@oilsonline.org. Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm CDT.

Volunteer and Intern At OILS



Law and Paralegal Students from Across the Country often seek interesting, challenging internships to learn the finer details of the practice of law. OILS offers students a fascinating, insightful environment in both Indian and poverty law practices. Students interested in the practice of law in these fields should consider working at one of the premier Indian law firms in Oklahoma.

And if they don’t want you, come to OILS.

No, really, that was a joke, just to show the kids how “hep” we at OILS are. OILS is an excellent place to learn. OILS’ “open court” policy encourages students to get into the field with attorneys and observe tribal courts from a legal perspective. OILS works to make sure that students don’t spend their summer sitting in a cubicle researching dull legal topics. OILS interns are in our service communities as much as possible.

Our attorneys understand that students are still learning, and work to create a nurturing environment that teaches more. The law is not just a job, it’s a profession: one that requires a commitment to service, and one that can offer a fascinating window into the inner workings of our country. OILS is proud to see our interns join the legal community with an understanding of the problems Native people face, and a willingness to work to solve those problems.

Law students interested in the possibility of an intership at OILS should email oils@oilsonline.org for details.

All interns are also outfitted with small imprinted thingies! Woo-hoo! Better than money any day!

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