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 Lester assists the Indian Legal Program with event coordination and its self-study Continuing Legal Education resources. She assists the ILP's Executive Director and provides faculty support to Robert Clinton, Carl Artman, and ILP adjunct faculty members. Darlene's career background includes office management, budgeting and accounting, event and trade show planning, promotion and coordination, and technical writing and editing. Darlene joined the law school in 2002 after relocating from Ontario, Canada. She loves travel, photography and exploring 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.



Danielle Williams
Administrative Assistant