The Chief Judge has a primary responsibility to the Lummi People of the Lummi Nation. It is the mission of the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) to Preserve, Promote, and Protect our Sche Lang En (Our way of Life). The Chief Judge shall uphold the mission of the LIBC and shall be responsible for the administration of justice by the Lummi Tribal Court and shall fairly and impartially hear and decide cases and matters within the jurisdiction of the Court. The Chief Judge is a regular full-time, exempt position, appointed by the LIBC as described in Chapter 1.03 of the Lummi Code of Laws (LCL). The Chief Judge shall only supervise the Clerk of the Courts, unless the Vice-Chairperson has delegated additional supervisory responsibilities in writing. The Chief Judge shall be responsible for ensuring that the Associate Judges and Pro Tem Judges serving by his/her selection are qualified and competent to hear any cases that may come before them and ensure the disposal of all cases in a timely manner. The Chief Judge shall make quarterly reports to the Law & Justice Commission. The performance of the Chief Judge shall be evaluated annually by the Law & Justice Commission in accordance with the Human Resources Personnel Policy Manual for the LIBC. The Chief Judge shall be administratively supervised and evaluated annually by the LIBC Office of the Vice-Chairperson. The duration of appointment; job summary; essential job duties and responsibilities; knowledge, ability, and skills; and minimum qualifications are subject to change.
Be a member of the Lummi Nation Bar or ability to pass the examination in 90 days.
Must meet or exceed the American Bar Association Judicial Rules of Conduct.
Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school approved by the American Bar Association.
Licensed member of bar in good standing in any state, preferably with Washington State.
Licensed attorney with a minimum of three (3) years experience as a practicing attorney.
Must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in or with Native American communities.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience in the field of Indian Law with knowledge of sovereignty issues.
Lummi/Native American/Veteran preference policy applies.