Save the Date – Indian Legal Program Welcome Dinner – August 27, 2014

Please join us in welcoming the ILP’s newly admitted students of 2014.

Date: August 27, 2014
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Place: Round House Cafe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Comm, 10005 E. Osbourne Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

The Indian Legal Program Welcome Dinner brings together faculty, current students, alumni, law school staff and administration, and legal and native communities to welcome the ILP’s 2014 incoming students.  Please join us!

RSVP – Darlene Lester at or call 480-965-7715.

See below map to SRPMIC  Two Waters Complex, 10005 E. Osbourne Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

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Congrats to ILP’s Alum & Faculty member Diane Humetewa who has been nominated for U.S. District Court Judge

President Obama Nominates Eight to Serve on the United States District Courts 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Cynthia Ann Bashant, Stanley Allen Bastian, Diane J. Humetewa, Justice Jon David Levy, Judge Steven Paul Logan, Judge Douglas L. Rayes, Manish S. Shah, and John Joseph Tuchi for District Court judgeships.

“These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench,” said President Obama. “They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is honored to have 3 SDOC alums in the 8 nominees!

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MS. RODINA COLE CAVE (Class of ’01) Quechua (Peruvian Indian) descent has been appointed as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs.

Ms. Cave earned her law degree and Indian Law Certificate from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2001. Prior to her appointment she was a member of Sutin, Thayer & Browne where she practiced Indian law and complex litigation.  Ms. Cave has served a number of Indian tribes and tribal entities throughout her career.  Ms. Cave earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of
Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Can International Law Support Changes to Federal Indian Policy? Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Conference

April 19, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Great Hall, Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ  85287
Free and Open to the Public – Registration requested.

Keynote Speaker:  S. James Anaya, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Agenda and registration online at:
Contact:  Darlene Lester / / 480-965-7715
Sponsored by the Indian Legal Program & the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU
CLE Registration $150.00 is available for Attorneys seeking  CLE credits.
CLE Credits: 5 CLE Credits for AZ & CA, 5.5  MCLE credits for NM
Live Web-streaming at:

Please Join Us!  Please help us spread the word about this important conference . 



ILP Alum, Robert Rosette selected by Global Gaming Business as one of the “25 People to Watch in the Gaming Industry”

ILP alum, Robert Rosette, has been selected by Global Gaming Business in its annual “25 People to Watch in the Gaming Industry,” which will be featured in the January 2013 edition.  Please see the link below.

Distinguished professor and executive director hired for Indian Legal Program

Distinguished professor and executive director hired for Indian Legal Program

Robert Miller
Gregory Hill
Douglas Sylvester

The College of Law has hired Robert J. Miller, one of the nation’s leading scholars in Indian Law, and Gregory L. Hill, who will serve as Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program.

“We consider our Indian Legal Program the nation’s leading organization devoted to improving the legal systems that affect tribal governments,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester. “The addition of Bob and Greg underscores our commitment not only to providing unique opportunities and experiences to students that relate to Indian law, but also to furthering the Program’s other key objectives, including maintaining and expanding our close relationships with American Indian nations and other native governments and organizations.”

Miller will join the faculty in the fall of 2013. As a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., since 1999, Miller has taught various courses, including Federal Indian Law, American Indians and International Law and Civil Procedure.

He worked at the Stoel Rives law firm from 1992-1995 and practiced Indian law with Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker from 1995-1999. An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Miller is Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe and sits as a judge for other tribes.

He is the author of two books, “Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny” and “Reservation Capitalism: Economic Development in Indian Country.” He is also co-author of “Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies.”

“I am very excited about joining the College of Law and its outstanding Indian Legal Program,” Miller said. “I am looking forward to working with the ASU students, faculty and staff and to enjoying many rewarding intellectual and professional experiences at the College.”

Hill, a practicing attorney for 18 years, has held various leadership positions in the legal profession since 1995. A member of the Oneida Nation, Six Nations of Indians, he most recently served as a capital attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in Tampa, Fla., where he provided legal services to indigent clients.

He is a former deputy director of Stetson University College of Law’s National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law. Additionally, Hill served as Assistant Attorney General in the state of Florida, ran a solo legal practice earlier in his career, and clerked for the general counsel of the Seneca Nation while in law school.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as the executive director of the Indian Legal Program,” Hill said. “The chance to contribute to such a distinguished program, to help our students become better prepared for the future they will encounter, and to directly support the Indian communities will create opportunities that I am eager to pursue.”

The Indian Legal Program was established in 1988 to provide legal education and generate scholarship in the area of Indian law and to undertake public service to tribal governments. It trains students to effectively engage the representation of Native peoples and seeks to promote an understanding of the differences between the legal systems of Indian nations and those of the state and federal governments. The Program is among the most renowned of its kind, and its graduates work at all levels of tribal, state and federal government, as well as in private practice. The Program provides a unique set of academic and clinical opportunities for students and is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with American Indian nations and other native governments and organizations.