Information for Students

The Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic provided me with the opportunity to work as a public defender and actually help people, which is the reason I began pursuing my legal degree in the first place. Being a part of the Clinic has been one of my most valuable experiences at US School of Law.  
- Chalia Stallings-Ala’ilima 3L, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic

What’s Unique about the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic?

  • Direct client representation
  • Case management from start to finish
  • Frequent court appearances including trials
  • Contact with Native culture and communities

Substantive Practice Area:

  • Tribal Court Criminal Defense
  • Child Welfare – Parent Representation in Tribal Court

Where we practice:

  • Tulalip Tribal Court
  • Muckleshoot Tribal Court

Typical cases:

Full range of criminal matters under the Tulalip Criminal Code, including:

  • Assault
  • DUI
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Theft
  • Drug Possession and Delivery
  • Obstruction and Resisting Arrest
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Parent Dependency Advocacy:
    • Represent parents whose children have been declared "in need of care" by the tribal court
    • Access services needed by parents
    • Negotiation of permanent plans for protection of children

Skills Focus:

  • Interviews of clients and witnesses
  • Factual investigation
  • Client counseling
  • Legal analysis
  • Plea negotiations
  • Trial and advocacy skills
  • Cultural competence

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