Legal Assistant Intern

TITLE: Legal Assistant Intern, Office of the Reservation Attorney (ORA)
SALARY: Internship – unpaid
LOCATION: Tribal Administration
SUPERVISOR: Legal Director
BACKGROUND: 1a, 1b, 2a
SUMMARY: Legal Assistant Intern will work under the supervision of the Legal Director and is responsible for performing a variety of law related clerical and administrative functions to facilitate effective operations of the ORA.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, and other related duties as assigned.
1. Organize and maintain files according to established office systems and policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, construction of new files, filing paperwork in files, organizing files in appropriate cabinets, tracking of file location and availability, and closing and archiving old files.
2. Provide internal and external communications on behalf of the ORA, including, but not limited to, answering and screening calls, walk-in inquiries, emails, etc.
3. Receive, log, read, sort, and route correspondence to appropriate attorney.

 High School Diploma or GED.
 2 years’ experience as Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, or relevant employment, preferred.
 Knowledge of criminal procedure preferred.
 Lummi/Native American/Veteran preference policy applies.

 Working knowledge of legal terminology, practices and procedures preferred.
 Working knowledge of Civil and Criminal practices and procedures.
 Proficient in preparing correspondence, memorandums, minutes, transcriptions, presentation materials, etc.
 Proficient typing and computers skills; strong working knowledge of advanced functions of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & Outlook), and proficient in establishing and maintaining databases.
 Ability to draft legal documents, including, but not limited to, pleadings, discovery and memoranda.
 Excellent reading, writing, editing, and analytical skills.
 Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; use good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
 Ability to work independently.
 Ability to organize and prioritize workloads, and adapt to changing priorities.
 Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment as well as independently.
 Ability to organize and maintain clear, concise, and accurate records.
 Ability to follow office procedures.
 Ability to meet tight deadlines. Ability to maintain high professionalism and unquestionable integrity.
 Excellent interpersonal skills to maintain good relations with tribal officials, supervisor, fellow employees, tribal members and the general public.
 Experience working with the Lummi community is preferable.
 Ability to volunteer and engage in the Lummi Community.

 Must pass pre-employment and random drug and alcohol test to be eligible for and maintain employment, as required by the LIBC Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace Policy.
 Position requires extensive Criminal Background Check.
 Ability to drive and travel locally as directed and in accordance with the Lummi Nation’s policies and procedures to complete tasks.

To Apply:
Complete a Volunteer Packet, available from WCC’s Cooperative Education Coordinator or by contacting Cheryl Szawicki, Paralegal, at or 360.380.6738.

If you would like to learn more about earning Academic Credit for an internship please schedule an appointment with WCC’s Cooperative Education Coordinator, by calling 360.383.3080 or see the Entry and Advising front desk.