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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 the Tulalip Tribal Court. The Tulalip Tribes sought this innovative partnership to address the need for legal representation, resulting in the clinic formation more than a decade ago in July 2002. The bulk of the student work is at the Tulalip Tribes where the Clinic has handled more than 2000 criminal cases.

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

Tribal Court Clinic News

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In Their Own Words: The Clinical Law Experience

Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic Faculty Ron Whitener, Molly Cohan, and Brenda Williams


Students in Navajo Nation

Last updated 7/10/2014