Lillian Alvernaz '18 Selected as a 2017 Ms. JD Fellow

Picture of Lillian AlvernazAn Alexander Blewett III School of Law student is among a select group of twelve third-year law students to become a 2017 Ms. JD Fellow. Lillian Alvernaz '18 was selected out of hundreds of applicants to be part of the Ms. JD's mentorship program. Ms. JDs are paired with ABA Commission on Women in the Profession leaders and ABA Margaret Brent Award recipients.

Alvernaz, Assiniboine/Sisseton-Wahpeton, from northeast Montana, graduated with honors from University of Montana in 2013 in Social Work and Native American Studies, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public administration as well as a Juris Doctor degree with a certificate in American Indian law at the Blewett School of Law. She is a Udall Native American Congressional Internship recipient and interned for the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Tribal Division. Alvernaz recently interned for the Honorable Judge Brian Morris, United States District Court, District of Montana, Great Falls Division. She is a student ambassador for the law school, past president and current vice president of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and former competitor in the NALSA Moot Court team. Alvernaz writes on Indian law issues and is Conference Editor of the Public Land and Resources Law Review.

Alvernaz is committed to combating violence against Native American women and children and dedicates her efforts to her grandmother.

Alvernaz's mentor through the Ms. JD Fellow program is Loretta Tuell, an American Indian law attorney in California, a former chief counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the 2009 Margaret Brent Award winner.

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. For more information on the program, visit