Prior to the launch of Skenandore Law, PLLC (www.skenandorelaw.com) in February 2014, Samantha was a Senior Associate at the Indian law firm of Shanker & Kewenvoyouma, PLLC in Tempe, Arizona; a Senior Attorney at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; served as a Tribal Attorney for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice; clerked for the United States Department of Justice in the Indian Resources Section; and clerked for the State of Colorado Division of Administrative Hearings in Denver, Colorado. Samantha is Of-Counsel to The Shanker Law Firm, PLC (www.shankerlaw.net).
Samantha is an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, State Bar of Arizona, Ho-Chunk Nation Bar, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Court, and the Tohono O'odham Nation Courts.
J.D. 2005, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO
University of Tulsa, Comparative and International Law Center, Geneva Institute on Indigenous Peoples Law, Geneva, Switzerland. Completed international law coursework including observation of United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, 2003
University of New Mexico, American Indian Pre-law Summer Institute, Albuquerque, NM, Certificate of Completion, 2002
B.A. 2001- Behavioral Sciences & Law, Certificate in American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006 - Present (Board of Directors for Indian Law Section, 2008-2011)
State Bar of Arizona, 2014 - Present
Ho-Chunk Nation Bar, 2006-Present
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Bar
Tohono O'odham Nation Courts, 2014 - Present
2011-Present; Hualapai Tribal Court, 2012 – 2013
Winnebago 2015 - Present
Federal Circuit Bar Association (former Indian Law Committee Chair, 2009-2013), 2009-2013
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (currently inactive)
Federal Bar Association, 2006-2013
American Bar Association, 2006-2013
Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006-2013
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