Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic

In-House Clinic

Academic Year

Clinic DirectorAssistant Professor and Co-Director Monte Mills, Adjunct Professor and Co-Director Maylinn Smith

Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility, Federal Indian Law or Tribal Courts/Tribal Law

Areas of Emphases: The intersection of federal Indian and tribal law with all substantive areas of law; problem-solving; legal research and writing; civil litigation; limited criminal work; client interaction; factual investigation; alternative dispute resolution; cross-cultural lawyering; effective time management, identifying/resolving ethical issues; access to justice

Sample Projects

  • Represent clients in Indian Child Welfare Act cases
  • Research treaty rights and tribal jurisdictional issues
  • Represent clients in tribal court actions, primarily civil matters with some limited criminal representation
  • Draft tribal codes
  • Provide training on Indian law issues
  • Draft tribal member wills
  • Create educational materials for the Office of Public Instruction

General Information

Established in 1980, the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic provides students with practical experience regarding Indian law issues.  Indian Law Clinic projects commonly focus on issues and problems affecting tribal governments, justice systems, and Indian people.  Students frequently appear in Tribal and State courts addressing Indian issues or representing Indian people and occasionally have the opportunity to appear in federal court.  Students work on a variety of projects promoting tribal sovereignty, cultural preservation, access to justice, and economic development within Indian Country.