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  1. Native Peoples Law: 75%
    14 years
  2. Child Abuse: 10%
    14 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 3%
    12 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 3%
    7 years
  5. Child Custody: 3%



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814 S Garfield Ave Ste A
Traverse City, MI, 49686-2401

814 S Garfield Ave Ste A
Traverse City, MI, 49686



MIActive And In Good Standing200711/03/2015
WAVoluntarily Resigned200310/17/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy DirectorMichigan Indian Legal Services2007 - Present
attorneySwinomish Indian Tribal Community2002 - 2007
Law ClerkAlaska Court System2001 - 2002
AttorneyBBNA2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
North American Indian Legal ServicesSteering Committee Member2013 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, American Indian Law CommitteeCouncil2012 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, American Indian Law SectionCouncil2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re ROE, 764 N.W.2d 789 (Mich. Ct. App. 2008)reversal
GTb Housing Department v Shomin, 2008 WL 6191997 (2008)N/A
Broad v Plagens, 8 Am Tribal Law 191 (2009)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Michigan Child Welfare Law JournalShould this ICWA case be Transferred to Tribal Court? Issues for Parents' Attorneys to Consider and Discuss with their Clients2011
Michigan Bar JournalIndian Children and the Termination of Parental Rights2010
The Michigan Child Welfare Law JournalMichigan Juvenile Delinquency Cases and the ICWA2009
5 Mich. J. Race & L. 665Protecting Native Americans: The Tribe as Parens Patriae2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of Iowa College of LawPolitical Science, American Indian StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Persuasion and IdeologySentencing Tribal Court under the Indian Civil Rights Act2010