Job Overview


NOTE:  This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.   

The Indian Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Trial Attorney in Denver, CO. The Indian Resources Section represents the United States in its trust capacity in litigation pending in federal and state courts for the benefit of Indian tribes and individual Indians. These suits include seeking to establish tribal water rights, protecting treaty hunting and fishing rights, remedying trespasses on tribal lands, and establishing reservation boundaries and rights to land. The Indian Resource Section also defends the United States in legal challenges to agency programs designed to further tribal sovereignty, such as the Department of the Interior’s program for the acquisition of trust land for tribes. The litigation handled by the Indian Resources Section is of vital interest to Indian tribes and often addresses issues of first impression.

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The Denver Field Office handles Indian water rights litigation and negotiations. The position would almost exclusively involve Indian water rights matters which involve three primary components: affirmative litigation on behalf of Tribes to protect their water rights in state and federal court; lengthy settlement negotiations to determine if settlement of the tribal water rights is possible; and evaluation and litigation of non-Indian water rights that impact Tribal resources.

The position involves extensive contact with the client agency, the Department of the Interior, as well as court appearances, preliminary hearings and trials, preparation of briefs and other pleadings, and participation in negotiations.  

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Periodic regional travel is required to attend court and other litigation related matters.

Relocation Authorized

  • No