Attorneys lead efforts to expand law career opportunities
TULALIP, Wash. - Lael Echo-Hawk, an attorney for the Tulalip Tribes, has
been elected president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association.
"Over the next year, I hope to capitalize on the momentum gained in recent
years by continuing to expand our membership and provide networking
opportunities," Echo-Hawk said in a press release.
"NIBA has been instrumental in providing a cohesive support system to
Native and non-Native practitioners of Indian law in the Northwest, and I
am excited about being given the opportunity to lead such a great
Echo-Hawk was elected Oct. 29 at the association's annual Governing Council
election. Members of the 2005 Governing Council collectively represent and
serve Indian country throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, advises the Tulalip tribal government on a diverse array
of legal issues. Echo-Hawk, who was raised in Alaska, is a graduate of
University of Washington Law School.
Lisa Atkinson, Cherokee/Osage, is the new vice president.
She is a solo attorney in Seattle who represents tribes and tribal members
on various litigation and business matters. She also serves as
secretary/treasurer of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges' Association.
Gabe Galanda, Nomlaki/Concow, is treasurer. He is an associate with
Williams, Kastner & Gibbs in Seattle. He litigates complex commercial and
American Indian law matters and consults with tribes and non-tribal parties
doing business in Indian country.
Christina Parker, Chippewa-Cree, is secretary. She is also an attorney for
the Tulalip Tribes and its Indian Child Welfare Program.
Leona Colegrove, Quinault/Hoopa, is an at-large member. She recently joined
Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, as an associate after serving as tribal
attorney for the Quinault Nation. She is co-chair of the state Bar
Association's Committee for Diversity.
Bernice Delorme, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, is an at-large member. She is
the first Native graduate of the University of Washington's L.L.M. in
Taxation Program and is a tribal attorney with the Puyallup Tribe of
Indians. She advises Puyallup on taxation, litigation, treaty hunting,
housing, negotiation and other governmental matters.
Juliana Repp, Nez Perce, is an at-large member. She is a solo attorney in
Spokane who serves on the Kalispel Enterprise Board and the Nez Perce
Tribal Enterprise Board.
The Northwest Indian Bar Association was a proponent of the successful
effort to add American Indian law related to jurisdictional issues to the
Washington state bar exam.
In August the American Bar Association honored the group for the success of
its Indian Legal Scholarship Program which has raised and donated more than
$30,000 in scholarships to aspiring American Indian lawyers from Alaska,
Idaho, Oregon and Washington since 2003
In September, the Washington State Bar Association's Washington Young
Lawyers Division presented Galanda with its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
Galanda is the first American Indian lawyer to receive this award.
Galanda received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Arizona College of
Law. At Arizona, he served as president of the Native American Law
Students' Association and note editor of the Arizona Journal of
International and Comparative Law.
One year after graduation, Galanda was named Alumnus of the Year by the
National Native American Law Students' Association. Washington Law &
Politics magazine recognized him as a Rising Star in 2002 and 2004. He was
also named one of Washington's four Leading Edge Litigators in 2003.
Galanda is a prolific author and frequent speaker on the subject of
American Indian law.
Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash.
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