Eric Eberhard

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Affiliate Professor of Law


Prof. Eric D. Eberhard is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He has been actively engaged in the practice of federal Indian law since 1973, including employment in legal services on the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache reservations; as the Deputy Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, and Staff Director and General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

From 2009 to 2016 he was a Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner at the Seattle University School of Law. From 1995 to 2009 Professor Eberhard was a Partner in the Indian Law Practice Group in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His practice involved the representation of Indian tribes, tribal organizations and entities doing business with Indian tribes in federal, state and tribal judicial, legislative and administrative forums. Prof. Eberhard's work included the areas of: fee-to-trust transfers, water rights, leasing of land and natural resources, federal contracting, gaming, federal recognition, the formation of Tribal corporations, environmental law, administrative law, jurisdiction, the development of tribal law, self-governance, cultural resource protection and the federal trust responsibility.

He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers. At Dorsey & Whitney, he was recognized as the Partner of the Year, the Diversity Partner of the Year and the Pro Bono Partner of the Year. He has been honored by the United South and Eastern Tribes, Navajo Nation and its courts, the National Indian Gaming Association, the National Association of Indian Legal Services Programs, the Intertribal Timber Council and the American Indian Religious Freedom Coalition and the Northwest Indian Bar Association for outstanding service and contributions.

Prof. Eberhard holds a B.A. from Western Reserve University. A J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and an LL.M from George Washington University.

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