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.
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 2016 - 2019
Currently, pursuing a degree in Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy.
- International Human Rights Workshop, August 2015-May 2016
University of New Mexico School of Law
Albuquerque, NM, 2012 - 2015
Certificate of Federal Indian Law.
- 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
- Excellence in International and Comparative Law, May 2015
- State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division, Summer Fellow, 2013
University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand, 2009 - 2010
Master of Maori and Pacific Development.
- First Class Honors, February 2009-2010
- Te Pua Wananga Ki Te Ao, Graduate Excellence Award, 2009
“Restoring Indigenous Law and Justice Traditions”
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 2005 - 2007
Women’s Studies, Minor American Indian Studies.
- Magna cum laude
- Academic Honors, 2005-2007
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA, 2002 - 2005
Social Work and Policy.
- Certificate of Achievement, Africana Studies, May 2004
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.