Kevin Pooley is a second year JD candidate at the Sandra Day O’Connor College Of Law at Arizona State University. He graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with degree in Philosophy. Kevin grew up in Arizona and has lived primarily in Flagstaff, Yuma, and Avondale. He is currently an intern for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Prosecutor’s Office. Kevin’s study interest include criminal law, evidence, and security transactions. In his spare spare time Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and eight month old son.
Why did you go to law school?
My family is the most important thing to me and I wanted to be in a line of work where I could support them in a respectable field. I also went to law school because I wanted to help Indian Country. When I was growing up, I was always told that my great-grandfather said that “the days of fighting with bows and arrows it over… the time has come for Indians to fight their fights with books and words.” That story inspired me to go into law.
What do you hope to have accomplished in your career five years from now?
Right now I am taking things one step at a time so my first goal is to graduate and pass the bar! After that I hope to get a job and then gain as much experience as I can.
Why are you a member of NABA-AZ?
I am a member a NABA-AZ because I feel they really care about what Native American lawyers are doing in the legal field and their communities. I am so impressed with how much they reach out to the law school to make us students feel welcome and excited for the future. They have provided many opportunities to network and get involved. They also have also provided many mentoring opportunities for students. Seeing the members’ hard work and dedication has been an inspiration to me.