Native Law Pro Bono Project


The Native Law Pro Bono Project allows Stanford Law students to work in partnership with Native people and communities. The Project is new as of Fall 2021, and in its first year, it will partner with two legal aid organizations, the Native American Unit of the Northwest Justice Project and California Indian Legal Services. We plan to begin our work with discrete legal research assignments on housing, environmental, and lands issues. Students will learn about legal issues facing Native communities and develop their skills in legal research and writing. Apart from research assignments, and subject to student interest and partner capacity, the Project plans to expand into direct services as early as Winter 2022.

NOTE: No background in Native legal issues is required. All that’s required of members is a sincere commitment to working with Native people, communities, and organizations.

Commitment Required of Members:

Each member is expected to work on one research assignment per quarter, or, in the event direct service opportunities become available, participate in one direct service clinic per quarter. Participants will likely spend around 10-15 hours of work on the Project per quarter throughout the academic year, but can choose to commit more time depending on the student’s schedule and project needs. Winter starts are allowed, but Fall is preferred.

Open Membership Spots: 6

Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted

Winter Start: Permitted, but Fall Start Preferred

Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Likely

Language Ability Preference: None

Project Leaders: Daniel Ahrens & Sam Becker