Native Vote Student Panel

Indian Legal Clinic

The Indian Legal Clinic provides law students with the unique opportunity to represent Native American and Alaska Native clients in various civil and criminal matters in Tribal, state, and federal courts. Participating in the Clinic allows students to become intimately familiar with Tribal Law and Federal Indian Law, as well as gain meaningful exposure to a variety of legal matters while providing high-quality legal services to Indian Country and the local urban Indian population. Clinic students routinely handle criminal matters in Tribal courts, represent clients in a variety of legal matters, and assist in Tribal legal development projects such as Tribal code drafting for Tribal governments and Tribal court rule drafting for Tribal courts. Additionally, the Clinic frequently represents individual Tribal members in civil actions, and devotes significant attention to federal policy issues affecting Tribes, such as federal recognition and voting rights.


Resources and Links 

If you are interested in volunteering on Election Day, November 8, 2022, sign up below (you can choose the time and location!)

Training Session:
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.

Virtual Training Session:
Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Zoom link will be shared with registrants)

Volunteer Sign Up

 

 

Indian Legal Clinic Impact

Success at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Indian Legal Clinic: The Indian Legal Clinic represented the appellants in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Case no. 21-35230, Newtok Village v. Andy Patrick) in an appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska that involved defending tribal sovereignty from unlawful intrusion by federal courts. The Clinic successfully argued that federal courts lack jurisdiction to determine intra tribal disputes. Learn more about the case here.

Student Applications Dates for the Indian Legal Clinic:

Spring 2023: 
Applications: Open September 23, 2022 until filled
Offers extended to students: October 31, 2022
Apply online at: law.asu.edu/ilcapp

Wills and Probate
Spring 2023: 

Applications: September 23, 2022 - October 23, 2022
Offers extended to students via Atlas: October 31, 2022
Apply via Atlas

**IMPORTANT!* - Externships and Clinics – Students who have applied for an externship or clinic and been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted an externship or clinic, any student who drops the externship or clinic without prior approval by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be subject to the 12-month ban.

indianlegalclinic@asu.edu or 480-727-0420

 

Indian Legal Clinic Application   Indian Legal Clinic Fact Sheet   Indian Wills and Probate Fact Sheet

 

Expertise

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Director, Indian Legal Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Helen Burtis

Helen Burtis
Faculty Associate
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Torey Dolan

Torey Dolan
Native Vote Fellow
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Honore Callingham

Honore Callingham
Law Fellow
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Blair Tarman-Toner

Blair Tarman-Toner
Native Vote Fellow
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Blair Tarman-Toner

Cierra Moore
Law Fellow
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law