Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP was established in 1976 with a single purpose – to represent Indian tribes. And that is what we continue to do today – we represent tribes across the country in litigation, lobbying, economic development, health care, self-determination and self-government, transportation, tribal government, and more. Read more . . . 

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Sonosky, Chambers is accepting applications for 2025 summer law clerk positions in our Washington, D.C., Anchorage, and San Diego offices. We are a national law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation and effective advocacy for Alaska Native and American Indian Tribes. We handle an extremely wide range of matters for our clients, including trial and appellate litigation in federal, tribal and state courts; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act litigation and advocacy; Tribal government matters; and issues involving transportation, infrastructure, environmental and natural resources, and economic development matters. We represent Tribal interests before Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state agencies. Summer law clerks can expect to work closely with our experienced attorneys on challenging matters.

Applications from Alaska Native and American Indian students are encouraged.

Applicants should have successfully completed their 2L year by summer 2025. We look for candidates with a demonstrated interest in Native American matters who have excellent legal analysis, reasoning, and writing ability, collaborative interpersonal and communication skills, enthusiasm for effective advocacy, and who are able to work effectively both independently and as a team member. We offer a competitive salary plus travel expenses.

Please send the following via email by August 30, 2024, to Whitney A. Leonard, whitney@sonosky.net, with a copy to Sarah Buzard, sarah@sonosky.net:

1. Letter of interest;
2. Resume, with contact information for current academic and professional references;
3. Current law school transcript; and
4. One recent writing sample.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should apply no later than August 30, 2024. Please see www.sonosky.com for further information about the firm and our attorneys.

Lloyd Miller

The Indian Law Section is pleased to announce that the 2024 Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Lloyd Miller.

Lloyd Miller is a partner with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman LLP, and has devoted his 45-year career exclusively to advocating for American Indian and Alaska Native rights. Lloyd is best known for his long-fought victories in two Supreme Court cases, Cherokee Nation v. Leavitt [2005] and Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [2012]. These two victories and follow on litigations resulted in Tribes recovering an estimated $2 billion in damages against the United States, and also led to the creation of two indefinite appropriations accounts permitting the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to fund in full tribal contracts and compacts awarded under the Indian Self-Determination Act. These and related litigations (including the San Carlos case currently pending before the Supreme Court) built on extensive congressional work that Lloyd did in pressing for the enactment of amendments to the Indian Self-Determination Act in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as a series of later congressional oversight hearings examining agency practices under that Act. Read more...