Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is a prominent tribal law firm providing legal representation and advocacy in a broad range of services, with an emphasis in tribal law and federal Indian law serving tribal nations, tribal business enterprises and tribal organizations throughout the United States.
Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 3-5 years of policy and advocacy experience with tribal governments to join our Washington D.C. office. The right candidate will have a significant history working with tribal communities, Capitol Hill, or regulatory agency experience and demonstrate excellent communications skills.
The right candidate will work with closely with other members of the Big Fire policy team to ensure the best information and advocacy for clients. This position is responsible to track and monitor key developments at the White House, in Congress and at federal agencies; attend and summarize Congressional hearings and press events; schedule and attend Congressional meetings and coordinate and prepare materials for those meetings. This position also works with other members of the Big Fire policy team to help manage client meetings, events, visits and D.C. client fly-ins. The position requires participating in and firm client development initiatives and client service meetings and activities.
The general, in-office responsibilities include conducting daily research and tracking on a variety of policy issues, developing advocacy materials, supporting outreach to appropriate politicians and administration staff, translating research findings into written products and talking points, drafting memoranda, white papers, legislation, and other policy documents, and managing projects with clearly stated goals and objectives, including timelines for implementation. The Policy Attorney responsibilities include supporting client-related work in the DC and other offices as assigned.
For attorney applicants, active admission to any state bar, with the ability to become licensed in Washington D.C.
For attorney applicants, J.D. from an ABA accredited Law School
3-5 years of experience in tribal government, policy, economic infrastructure, tribal taxation, and economic influence
Demonstrated knowledge of the role, duties, and function of the White House, the U.S. Congress, Congressional committees, Congressional procedure, the legislative and regulatory process and oversight of the federal government by Congress.
Demonstrated knowledge of the role, duties and function of federal agencies, the process for creating new federal regulations, and navigating federal agency websites/publications for updates and information.
Experience working with national Native American advocacy organizations or interest groups
Experience working in federal Indian policy
Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow standard procedures
Ability to effectively interact, orally and in writing
Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities with a “roll up your sleeves” and team-oriented attitude
Exceptional organizational skills, juggling priorities and adhering to strict deadlines
First-rate academic credentials and references
Superior research, writing and analytical skills and technology oriented
In-office work attendance at our D.C. Office location
Understanding of and adherence to law firm billing requirements
Commitment to participating in the Firm’s marketing and public relations initiatives, including joining associations, securing leadership roles, and conducting webinars, seminars, and speaking engagements
Experience with Microsoft Office and cloud-based computer environment
We believe that Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP embodies the future of tribal legal representation. We are 100% Native American-owned and majority Native American woman-owned. We come from the Winnebago Tribe, Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Ho-Chunk Nation, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Crow Tribe, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Indian Country is our home and our community.
We are not a firm that has a tribal practice group focused on Indian country, rather our entire firm and practice is focused on Indian country. We share a firsthand appreciation for the sacrifices our ancestors made for us to be here today and as such we carry a duty to continue fighting for the protection and advancement of the rights our ancestors fought for and many died to preserve.
Because we have lived it, we are sensitive to tribal political dynamics and cultural influences, and understand the special roles th...at treaties, culture, and history play in tribal legal affairs. We appreciate the powers of tribal nations, respect the wisdom and decision-making of tribal leaders and recognize that Indian country does best when Indian country controls our own destiny. Our personal understanding of the unique challenges our communities face is the basis for our dedication to assist our communities and people in developing the long-term tools not just to survive but to thrive.
The founding partners of Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP bring together over 100 years of combined tribal legal experience. Additionally, our partners bring unique and valuable lived experiences having served as executives in tribal economic development holding companies and tribal health systems, as elected and appointed tribal officials, as board members of esteemed organizations, as tribal judges, as legal educators, and in key positions within in the federal government.
It is the Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP mission to utilize our skills to provide unparalleled service for Indian country while conducting ourselves with the integrity that Indian country deserves.