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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Appellate court judge

    The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is seeking a licensed attorney for the position of Judge on their appellate court in its Tribal Court System. Judges at the appellate court level hear appeals primarily focused on a variety of civil matters and criminal matters. The successful candidate will be one of five appellate judges. Additional candidates may be appointed as reserve judges.

    Pursuant to Tribal Code Chapter 82.134(2)(d), the successful candidate(s) will be based on:

  1. Integrity and moral courage
  2. Legal ability and experience
  3. Intelligence and wisdom
  4. Culturally oriented
  5. Deliberate and fair minded in reaching decisions
  6. Industrious and prompt in performing his or her duties as a judge
  7. Personal habits and outside activities compatible with judicial office
  8. Courteous and considerate on the bench

    Applicants shall have the highest moral and ethical character; be licensed to practice law in state of the United States; have experience as a practicing attorney and/or judge in Tribal Courts; and significant experience and knowledge of federal Indian law and tribal law. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to analyze difficult and complex facts and issues, and have knowledge of the appellate standard of review over lower court and administrative decisions. Prior appellate litigation or judicial experience is preferred.

    This position is a contract position. Native American preference will be given.

    Application deadline is July 10, 2020.

    Applications can be found at www.saulttribe.com, under government/tribal court tab, downloads section, or by contacting the court below.

    Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and completed application to:

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court, Attn: Traci Swan, 2175 Shunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783; (906) 635-7747; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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