Education 

In 2016, I completed a Masters of Law at the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and am now pursing an S.J.D., the highest degree in law and human rights available. I assisted and researched active indigenous human rights cases before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, as well as domestic cases impacting indigenous peoples’ rights.

 

 

S.J.D.

University of Arizona

 Tucson, AZ, 2016 - 2019

Currently, pursuing a degree in Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy.

Activities:

  • International Human Rights Workshop, August 2015-May 2016
 
 

J.D.

University of New Mexico School of Law

Albuquerque, NM, 2012 - 2015

Certificate of Federal Indian Law.

Activities:

  • National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, March 2015
  • Native American Law Students Association, 2012-2015
  • National Lawyers Guild, 2013-2014
  • Tribal Law Journal, 2013

Honors:

  • Excellence in International and Comparative Law, May 2015
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division, Summer Fellow, 2013
 
 
 

M.M.P.D.

University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand, 2009 - 2010

Master of Maori and Pacific Development.

Honors:

  • First Class Honors, February 2009-2010
  • Te Pua Wananga Ki Te Ao, Graduate Excellence Award, 2009

Thesis:

“Restoring Indigenous Law and Justice Traditions”

 
 
 

B.A.

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, 2005 - 2007

Women’s Studies, Minor American Indian Studies.

Honors:

  • Magna cum laude
  • Academic Honors, 2005-2007
 
 
 

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA, 2002 - 2005

Social Work and Policy.

Honors:

  • Certificate of Achievement, Africana Studies, May 2004 
 
 

Relevant Training

Southwest Indian Law Clinic

Albuquerque, NM, August-December 2014

Completed clinical work in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic at the University of New Mexico School of Law; providing criminal defense within the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court, assisting with tribal enrollment within the Navajo Nation, and providing mediation for clients from the mediation for clients from the Pueblo of Jemez.

 

American Bar Association Judicial Clerkship Program

Chicago, IL, February 2014

Gained knowledge and skills related to judicial clerkship positions.

 

American Indian Law Center, Inc., Pre-Law Summer Institute

Albuquerque, NM, May-July 2012

Completed eight-week intensive pre-law program for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals acquiring skills of legal writing, research, and oral advocacy taught by renowned Indian law faculty.

 

Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Maker’s Training

Kirkridge, PA, January 2008

Received training in community organizing, LGBTQ2 perspectives, and social justice issues.

 

Oxfam Action Partner, Oxfam’s International Youth Partnership

Sydney, Australia, June 2007-2010

Received training in international advocacy, United Nation’s Millennium Goals, issues of poverty, HIV AIDS, gender, social, and economic justice.

 

International Training Center for Indigenous Peoples

Nuuk, Greenland, 2006

Completed a two-week intensive human rights seminar acquiring exposure to international law and international system relating to the rights of indigenous peoples.

 

Boston University International Honors Program Indigenous Perspectives

Various locations, August- December 2005

Currently renamed “Beyond Globalization Program”, students gain exposure to international indigenous peoples’ issues, cultures, and perspectives in Northeastern India, Oaxaca, Mexico, New Zealand, and Arizona.