Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic

As part of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic partners with the Tulalip Tribes to serve as the primary public defender in criminal cases filed in their Tribal Court. The Tulalip Tribes sought this innovative partnership to address the need for legal representation in 2002 and since then the clinic has become a national model for providing tribal public defense services. Students work primarily in Tulalip Tribal Court taking first-chair responsibility in misdemeanor cases and second-chairing felony cases handled by clinic faculty.

Additionally, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic partners with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to serve parents in a variety of stages of the Youth in Need of Care process. A Native American Law Center Parent Attorney works closely with clients, Muckleshoot Child and Family Services, and service providers to ensure best outcomes for Muckleshoot children and families.

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