Harvard University Law School has appointed Associate Professor Robert Anderson, Director of the UW School of Law Native American Law Center, as the Oneida Nation Visiting Professor. Anderson will teach American Indian law at Harvard one term for each of the next five years and will otherwise remain on the full-time faculty at the UW School of Law.
"It's a tremendous honor for me to join the Harvard law faculty as a visiting professor," said Anderson. "I am most pleased that Harvard Law School recognizes the importance of the study of federal Indian law and I look forward to being part of this great university for the next five years. I'm also happy that I will be able to continue to spend the bulk of my time at UW."
Anderson has been an associate professor of law at the UW since 2001. He teaches courses in federal Indian law, advanced courses and seminars in Indian law, as well as courses in public land law, property law, and water law. He is a co-author and a member of the Executive Editorial Board of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, as well as a new casebook in the field, American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary. He has published a number of law review articles in the field, including a forthcoming article on water rights in the California Law Review, "Alaska Native Rights, Statehood and Unfinished Business" and "Indian Water Rights: Litigation and Settlements" in the Tulsa Law Review (2007), and "Indian Water Rights and the Federal Trust Responsibility," in the Natural Resources Law Journal (2006).
In 2008, Anderson was selected to serve as co-chair of President Barack Obama's Department of Interior transition team.
Before joining the law school, Anderson was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado and Anchorage, Alaska for twelve years. He litigated major cases involving Native American sovereignty, hunting and fishing rights, and natural resources. From 1995-2001 he served as an appointee of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt where he provided legal and policy advice on a wide variety of Indian law and natural resource issues.
An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Anderson remains active in tribal matters and serves as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and as an appellate judge in the Northwest Intertribal Court of Appeals. In 2007 he received the Native Justice Award from the Northwest Indian Bar Association.
Anderson holds a B.A. from Bemidji State University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
The Oneida Indian Nation Professorship was established at Harvard "to help create a better understanding of the complex legal issues faced by all American Indians today and in the future."