Faculty

image Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program, 
Director, Indian Legal Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, a member of the Point-au-Chien Indian Tribe, is a former associate in the Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group at the Phoenix law firm of Sacks Tierney P.A. She has assisted in complex voting-rights litigation on behalf of tribes and drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribal clients with respect to voting-rights issues. She received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Native American Studies with an emphasis in Policy and Law from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law with a certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law. During law  school, served on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and participated in the Human Rights Internship Program and the Mediation Clinic. She also clerked for Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  pafergus@asu.edu   



imageRebecca Tsosie
Regents' Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor, American Indian Studies Program
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law and Global Affairs

Rebecca Tsosie is a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, joined the ASU College of Law faculty in 1994 and served as the Executive Director of the law school’s Indian Legal Program from 1996-2011.  She teaches in the areas of Federal Indian law, Constitutional law, Property, Cultural Resources law, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory.  Professor Tsosie also holds faculty appointments in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the School of Sustainability at ASU, and she is a faculty affiliate for the American Indian Studies Program.   Professor Tsosie has published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, self-determination, environmental policy, indigenous human rights, and cultural resources, and she is the co-author (with Robert Clinton, Carole Goldberg, Kevin Washburn and Elizabeth Rodke Washburn) of a leading casebook on Federal Indian law.  Professor Tsosie annually speaks at many national conferences, and she serves as an appellate judge for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s Supreme Court and for the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s Court of Appeals.  Professor Tsosie received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and also completed a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California.  She is admitted to practice in Arizona and California.   rebecca.tsosie@asu.edu   
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 imageRobert N. Clinton
 Foundation Professor of Law
 Affiliated Faculty, American Indian Studies Program
 Faculty Advisor on Tribal Engagement

Robert N. Clinton received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1971.  He joined Arizona State University in 2001 and serves as the Foundation Professor of Law and as an affiliated faculty member of the American Indian Studies Program.  He also serves as the Chief Justice of the Winnebago Supreme Court, and as Associate Justice of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals, as Associate Justice for Colorado River Indian Tribe Court of Appeals and as a temporary judge for other tribes.  He teaches and writes about federal Indian law, tribal law and Native American history, constitutional law, federal courts, civil procedure and copyrights. He is the co-author of casebooks on Indian law and federal courts, and The Handbook of Federal Indian Law, Colonial and American Indian Treaties: A Collection (on CD-ROM). rclinton@robert-clinton.com          Personal Website



Robert J. Miller
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program

Robert J. Miller’s areas of expertise are civil procedure, federal Indian law, American Indians and international law, American Indian economic development and Native American natural resources. An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, he is the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe and sits as a judge for other tribes. Before joining the College of Law in 2013, Professor Miller was on the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to his career in academia, he practiced Indian law with Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, and worked for the Stoel Rives law firm. Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Miller’s published works include articles, books and book chapters on a wide array of federal Indian law issues and civil procedure, and he speaks regularly on Indian law issues across the U.S. and in other countries. He is the author of Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny (2006), and Reservation “Capitalism:” Economic Development in Indian Country (2012), and he co-authored Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies (2010). Professor Miller maintains a blog on Indian affairs, which has been noticed by the wallstreetjournal.com and a poll of leading Indian blogs, and will be archived by the Library of Congress. He also has worked as a consultant with the American Philosophical Society since 2006 on tribal language and artifact issues.

Professor Miller's blog can be found at:    http://nativeamericanews.wordpress.com/.

 

image Diane J. Humetewa
Special Advisor to President Crow,
Special Counsel, General Counsel’s Office, and
Professor of Practice, College of Law


Diane Humetewa is a member of the Hopi Indian Tribe located in northeastern Arizona. She was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 2006 - 2009. She was the first Native American female to be presidentially appointed to that position, where she presided over one of the largest U.S. Attorney Offices with one of the highest caseloads in the nation. Professor Humetewa’s legal career includes working in the private sector representing tribal government clients as a federal Indian law and natural resources law attorney. She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes, including violent crimes in Indian Country, Native American cultural crimes and archeological resource crimes. In 2001, she was promoted to Senior Litigation Counsel/Tribal Liaison where she fostered relationships between the office and Arizona’s Indian tribes while managing a caseload. She also supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Victim Witness Program. In the 1980s, she helped to establish one of the first federal victim services programs in the nation.  Diane.Humetewa@asu.edu
 
 

image Kevin Gover
Professor of Law & Affiliated Faculty, American Indian Studies Program

Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, joined the College of Law in July 2003. He graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is a former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he oversaw the operation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and its programs, including those related to gaming, recognition, trust assets, self-determination, water rights, tribal courts, law enforcement and education. He practiced law for 13 years in Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, N.M., representing tribal governments and tribal agencies. He also serves as a judge for the Tonto Apache Tribal Court of Appeals and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Court of Appeals. 



image Paul Bender
Professor of Law & Dean Emeritus

Professor Paul Bender earned his LL.B. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1957, where he was Developments and Supreme Court Editor of the Law Review. From 1958 to 1959, Professor Bender served as a law clerk to Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The following year, Professor Bender was law clerk to Justice Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court of United States. Prior to becoming Dean of the College of Law in 1984, Professor Bender spent twenty-four years as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Bender was Dean of the College of Law until 1989. He served, from 1993 to 1996, as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States </st1:country-region>. In this capacity, he supervised federal government appellate litigation in a number of important areas, including race and sex discrimination and the enforcement of constitutional rights. He has argued more than twenty cases before the United States Supreme Court. He returned to the faculty in spring 1997. Professor Bender is coauthor of Political and Civil Rights in the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region>.  Paul.Bender@asu.edu

 

image Ann Marie Downes
Faculty Associate

Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, served as the Policy Advisor for Tribal Affairs to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Downes previously served a three-year term as president of Little Priest Tribal College located in Winnebago, NE. As president, Downes was responsible for the day-to-day administration and program implementation at Little Priest Tribal College and assisted the college in attaining 10 years of continued accreditation. Downes is a licensed attorney in the state of California and earned a J.D. degree from Arizona State University in 1994 and a bachelor's degree in education from Wayne State College in 1991. Ann.M.Downes@asu.edu

 
 

 imageSteve Heeley
 Faculty Associate


Steven J.W. Heeley is a Potawatomi Indian from the Walpole Island First Nation in Ontario, Canada. Heeley is a Senior Policy Consultant to Akin Gump Strause Hauer & Feld LLP, advising Indian tribes on corporate, transactional and natural resources matters, as well as tribal governance and jurisdictional issues.  He also has served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Gila River Indian Community for more than 10 years.  Heeley is a former Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He has a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

image Patrick Irvine
Faculty Associate


Patrick Irvine has been a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals since 2002. Previously, he served in the Arizona Attorney General's Office in various capacities, including as Solicitor General and Chief Counsel of the Tax Section and chairing the Office’s Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team, Opinion Review Committee, Indian Law Working Group and Election Law Committee. He is a former Assistant General Counsel to the Gila River Indian Community and also has worked as a tax manager for an international accounting firm and in private practice. He earned his J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 1980 and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego in 1984.

 
 

 imageLance Morgan
 Faculty Associate

Lance Morgan is CEO and a founder of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, of which he is a member. Its business interests include manufacturing, retail, distribution, construction, hotels, apartments, and Internet companies. He previously worked as a lawyer in the Indian Law Department of the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and has spoken at over 20 national and regional conferences on various tribal economic development subjects. He has a law degree from Harvard University and a business degree in economics from the University of Nebraska.
  



Carl J. Artman
Faculty Associate
  

Carl J. Artman, is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. He served as the tenth Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He had served also as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs. Mr. Artman has legal, policy development, and business experience that includes working for Congressman Michael Oxley, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin as Director of Federal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel, and Airadigm Communications, an Oneida Tribe-owned telecommunications venture, as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Artman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in Missouri , a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a juris doctorate from the Washington University – St. Louis , MO , and an LLM in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from the University of Denver . He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Colorado and Pennsylvania . He teaches the seminar “Federal Advocacy for the Tribal Client”.  cja3@me.com
 
 

image Judy M. Dworkin
Faculty Associate


Judith M. Dworkin is the Managing Partner of the Scottsdale law firm of Sacks Tierney P.A. Her practice is devoted primarily to Indian law and water resources law issues, and she teaches courses in Water Law and Natural Resources Law at the College of Law.  In 1978, Professor Dworkin arrived in Arizona and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, where she began researching water management issues in Southern Arizona. For the past 10 years she has been actively involved in settling the water claims of the Tohono O’odham Nation on behalf of the City of Tucson. Professor Dworkin is admitted to the Arizona and Navajo Nation bars and is admitted to practice in the courts of several of the Arizona Indian tribes as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She lectures regularly and publishes on topics relating to economic development on Indian reservations.

 

imageJennifer K. Giff
Faculty Associate


Jennifer Giff is a member of the Gila River Indian Community.  She earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1989 and received a J.D. from Arizona State University in 1995.  Ms. Giff served the Gila River Indian Community as in-house legal counsel from 1996 to 2010 serving the Community in all areas of tribal government and representing the Community in litigation before tribal, state and federal courts.  From 2000 to 2003 she was licensed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute individuals committing crimes within the Community in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.  In 2011 she joined the in-house legal staff for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and provides legal counsel and advice to the Community’s enterprises.