Native American Law Center

Robert  Anderson

Robert Anderson

  • Director, Native American Law Center
  • Professor of Law

Robert Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law, and is the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually. He teaches primarily in the areas of American Indian law, water law, natural resources law, and property law. He is a co-author and member of the Board of Editors of COHEN'S HANDBOOK OF FEDERAL INDIAN LAW (2005) and (2012). He is a co-author of Anderson, Berger, Frickey and Krakoff, AMERICAN INDIAN LAW: CASES AND COMMENTARY (3RD ED. 2015). He spent twelve years as a Staff Attorney for the Boulderbased Native American Rights Fund where he litigated major cases involving Native American sovereignty and natural resources. He was one of the two attorneys who opened NARF's Alaska office in 1984. From 1995-2001, he served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, providing legal and policy advice on a wide variety of Indian law and natural resource issues. Bob was the co-chair of the Obama transition team for the Department of the Interior in 2008, and one of five members of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. He is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. ... more

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Ron  Whitener

Ron Whitener

  • Affiliate Professor of Law
  • Affiliate Professor of Law

Professor Whitener is the Executive Director of the Native American Law Center and Director of the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic. He is also a Senior Law Lecturer at the UW School of Law. ... more

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William  Rodgers

William Rodgers

  • Emeritus Professor of Law

Professor Rodgers began teaching at the UW School of Law in 1967, spent seven years at Georgetown University Law School, and returned to the UW in 1979. Professor Rodgers specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law. He teaches Environmental Law, and Oceans and Coastal Law.  Professor Rodgers is actively involved in the Environmental Law and Litigation course, as well as the Environmental Law Clinic. He has produced the first volume of his two-volume treatise entitled Environmental Law in Indian Country (Thomson West 2005) and co-authored the recently published The Si'lailo Way: Salmon, Indians and Law on the Columbia River (Carolina Academic Press 2006). He has been actively involved in the Exxon Valdez "reopener," including publishing The Exxon Valdez Reopener: Natural Resource Damage Settlements, and Roads Not Taken, in the Alaska Law Review. ... more

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Molly  Cohan

Molly Cohan

  • Supervising Attorney/Lecturer
  • Co-Director, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic
  • Law Lecturer

Molly M. Cohan is the Supervising Attorney for the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. She has extensive experience in Criminal law with a particular interest in training, cultural competence, and tribal criminal defense. ... more

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Brenda  Williams

Brenda Williams

  • Associate Dean for Students, Equity and Engagement
  • Co-Director, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic
  • Law Lecturer

Brenda Williams is a faculty member in the UW School of Law where she serves as Associate Dean for Students, Community Engagement and Equity and as the Co-Director of the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic. In her role of Associate Dean, she leads the collaborative efforts of UW Law's faculty, staff, and students to promote an open, engaging and welcoming community. Dean Williams received her law degree and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Her scholarly and policy work focuses on the criminal justice system and tribal courts. ... more

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Cynthia  Fester

Cynthia Fester

  • Editor-Research Publications 1

As the Editor-Research Publications, Cynthia works with all faculty in the School of Law to support their scholarship endeavors. She provides assistance with journal articles and book projects, providing templates, style sheets, formating, basic legal research, Bluebooking and cite-checking, and updating and maintenance of SSRN accounts on behalf of the faculty. In addition, she annually provides desktop publishing for two issues of the American Association of Law Schools' quarterly publication, the Journal of Legal Education. ... more

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Stacey  Lara

Stacey Lara

  • Director, Parent Advocacy Clinic

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Thomas  Schlosser

Thomas P. Schlosser

Part-time Lecturer

Mr. Schlosser represents Tribes in fisheries, timber, water, energy, cultural resources, contracting, tax and federal breach of trust. He is a director of Morisset, Schlosser & Jozwiak, where he specializes in federal litigation, natural resources, and Indian tribal property issues. He is also frequently involved in tribal economic development and environmental regulation. In 1970s, Tom represented tribes in the Stevens’ Treaty Puget Sound fishing rights proceedings. Tom has a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. Tom is a founding member of the Indian Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and also served on the WSBA Bar Examiners Committee. Tom is a frequent CLE speaker and moderates an American Indian Law discussion group for lawyers at

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