The Tulalip Tribes

The Tulalip Tribes publicly announces that Indian Preference in hiring shall apply to Tulalip Tribal job opportunities according to our Preference Code.



DEPARTMENT:  Tribal Court


JOB SUMMARY: To provide a full range of judicial services by hearing cases in the trial court regarding, but not limited to such issues as, criminal, civil, fishing, hunting, youth dependency, traffic, housing, and gaming. Hear scheduled cases at the Tulalip Tribal Court, using Tribes’ applicable codes and laws, adjudicating matters and entering decisions on the record. Assist the Chief Judge, Tribal Court Clerks and Court Director with effective maintenance of court records and improving court procedures. Participate in regular trainings to improve skills applicable to the function of Judge.




  • Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.



  • Five (5) years of experience as a licensed attorney, preferably with experience working for a tribal government, tribal organization, intertribal organization, or a private firm, government entity or other entity that applied the knowledge of and promoted Indian self-determination and tribal self-governance.

  • Experience with policies and/or the law and practice of tribal program administration, operation, and authority.

  • Prior teaching or lecturing experience, including any adjunct teaching, guest lectures, conference presentations, or other relevant teaching preferred.



Per Tulalip Tribal Code section 2.05.040(1), an eligible person must:

  • Be over 30 years of age.

  • Provide a letter of interest, two (2) professional Legal Writing Samples, and completed judicial questionnaire.

  • Never have been convicted or found guilty of a felony in any Federal or State Court or of a Class E or F offense under Tulalip Tribal law.

  • Within the previous five (5) years, not have been convicted of a misdemeanor in any Tribal, Federal, or State Court;

  • Be of high moral character and never have been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude.

  • Be at least one of the following:

    • Licensed member in good standing with the Washington State Bar, or

    • Judge from any Federally recognized Indian tribe or intertribal court and a licensed member in good standing with any state bar.

  • Become a member in good standing in the Tulalip Tribal Bar.

  • Must adhere to the ABA Model Code of Judicial Ethics, and applicable Tulalip Tribal Court Ethics and Code of Conduct Court Employees Policy.

  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  This is a contracted position up for renewal annually.

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