Ann Marie Downes
Interim Executive Director

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.


Darlene Lester
Program Coordinator

Darlene assists the Indian Legal Program with coordinating events, lectures, CLE conferences, as well as the ILP's Self-Study Continuing Legal Education resources.   She also provides faculty support to Professor Robert N. Clinton, Professor Carl J. Artman and assists the ILP Director. Darlene joined the law school in 2002 after relocating from Canada.   Her background includes office management, budgeting and accounting, event and trade show promotion and coordination, and corporate/technical writing and editing. She loves to travel and explore the southwest with family and friends.


Jennifer Williams, CLA
Legal Assistant

Jennifer is the Legal Assistant for the Indian Legal Clinic.  She assists Professor Ferguson-Bohnee, as well as the student attorneys with Clinic related matters including day-to-day operations, handling active cases, and fielding inquiries from potential clients.  An alumnus of ASU, she received her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree in 2000 and is thrilled to be part of the ASU team once again.  Jennifer brings with her over 10 years experience in administrative and executive legal assistant positions.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


Kathy Tevis
Administrative Assistant

Kathy is an Arizona native who has a varied background in office management and small business ownership. As an ASU Alum, she is proud to be part of the University as an Administrative Assistant in the Indian Legal Program where she assists in coordinating events, conferences, and website maintenance. Kathy recently earned her M.Ed from ASU and in her spare time enjoys vegetable gardening, cooking, photography, and traveling around Arizona.