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Law Clerk Program Law students will assist with regular casework as well as larger project-based work. Throughout the first week, students will receive a series of trainings on such topics as: Background of organization and the tribal courts, jurisdiction in Indian Country, sovereignty, survival techniques for living on the reservation, office policies, office regulations, ethical rules, and technology in the office. Will be paired with a supervising attorney or Tribal Court Advocate. Will gain experience of working at a legal services firm which practices in tribal, state and federal courts, and the opportunity to work in any one of nine offices across the Navajo Nation: interviewing clients and doing intakes; researching issues related to client cases, including researching appellate issues and impact issues such as payday lending, religious freedom, and tribal employment issues; developing legal writing skills by drafting pleadings, motions, legal memoranda and other court papers for organization clients; working on projects such as the creation of materials for pro bono litigants, revising intake forms, developing community education presentations, and working with tribal courts to develop procedures and projects; and when available, representing clients in administrative hearings. Will have the opportunity to know the basics about a variety of substantive areas of the law which particularly affect low income clients and tribal members. Will gain exposure to proceedings in tribal courts and communities. Will also have opportunities for networking within the legal services and Indian law communities. Should work a minimum of 10 weeks. During the summer, those 10 weeks typically are the first week in June through the second week in August.
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