Meet the Professors

Summer Indian Law is taking place June 3-August 2, 2019


Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center
Michigan State University School of Law

Matthew L.M. Fletcher is Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan.

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Stacy Gordon Sterling
Professor of Law, Director of the Jameson Law Library
Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana

Professor Sterling is the Director of the Jameson Law Library. She teaches several courses: Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, Environmental Law Research, Indian Law Research and Animal Law. Professor Gordon is a frequent CLE presenter on legal research and animal law topics. She writes in the area of animal law and is the advisor of the law school’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is also the Director of the First-Year Law Firm Program.

Professor Gordon is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, the University of Washington School of Library and Information Science, and The University of Montana School of Law, where she was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and served as business editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review. Before coming to the University of Montana, she was the Library Director at Salish Kootenai College.

In addition to her work in the law school, Professor Gordon serves as the Secretary of the Board of the Humane Society of Western Montana and Chair of the HSWM Legislative and Advocacy Committee. Her pro bono and volunteer work focuses on consulting on animal law issues. She is also a HOPE foster parent for the Humane Society of Western Montana and always has a house full of animals in need of permanent homes.

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Jordan Gross
Professor of Law
Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana

Professor Jordan Gross supervises the Law School’s external prosecution clinics and teaches Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, Federal Courts and Professional Responsibility. Professor Gross is the Law School's Pro Bono Program Faculty Supervisor and she serves as Honor Code Counsel.

Professor Gross is a member of the bar in Montana, and she is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for Montana, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Gross serves on the Montana Legal Services Association, Board of Trustees and the Western Montana Bar Association Pro Bono Committee and she regularly gives presentations to members of the Montana bar on legal ethics and professional responsibility.

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Alex Pearl
Director, Center for Water Law and Policy
Texas Tech University School of Law

Professor Pearl joined the Texas Tech School of Law faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2014. He is also the Director of the Center for Water Law and Policy. At Texas Tech, he teaches Water Law, Property, and Advanced Water Law. His current research focuses on groundwater in Texas and the extent of property rights in the pumping of water in over-drafted aquifers. Professor Pearl earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. He then graduated from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he was on Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Upon completing his clerkship, he worked as a litigation associate with Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C. where he exclusively represented individual Indians and Indian tribes on a variety of matters.

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Maylinn Smith
Adjunct Professor of Law and Co-Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic
Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana

Professor Smith has been Clinical Supervisor and Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic for many years. She teaches Federal Courts and, during the summer session, Indian Child Welfare Act as part of the University’s Summer Indian Law Program. Working under her guidance, law student interns in the Indian Law Clinic assist tribal governments and organizations dealing with Indian law issues. Activities include: drafting model codes; working on civil rights cases; practicing in tribal court; mediations; training on Indian law issues; and natural resource issues as well.

Professor Smith's previous service as Chief Judge of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Court, as Appellate Judge of the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals, as well as her experience as legal counsel for the Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court, benefit not only the tribes served by the Indian Law Clinic, but also the law students enrolled in the clinical program.

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Paul Spruhan
Assistant Attorney General
Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Paul Spruhan is the Assistant Attorney General for the Litigation and Employment Unit at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice in Window Rock, Arizona. He received his A.B. in 1995 and his A.M. in 1996 from the University of Chicago. He received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of New Mexico. He graduated Order of the Coif and received an Indian law certificate.


Rebecca Tsosie
Regents’ Professor
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents' Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and also serves as Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is a faculty member for the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, and she is widely known for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and indigenous peoples’ human rights. Prior to joining the UA faculty, Professor Tsosie was a Regents' Professor and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie was the first faculty Executive Director for ASU’s Indian Legal Program and served in that position for 15 years. Professor Tsosie has published widely on sovereignty, self-determination, cultural pluralism, environmental policy and cultural rights. She teaches in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Cultural Resources Law.

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