Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Welcome! The Stanford Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) raises awareness of Indian Law issues, provides mentorship, and builds affinity within the larger Native community. NALSA welcomes all members of the Stanford University community. We aim to foster an environment of openness and thoughtful debate surrounding issues of concern to Indian country, where all opinions and perspectives are treated with respect.
If you are considering Stanford Law School and want to learn more about NALSA, please reach out to any member of our executive board. Stanford Law is special and we would love to share with you why!
We raise awareness by hosting speakers, organizing classes and seminars, and broaching concerns during administrative decision-making.
NALSA relationships last a lifetime. Members participate in an annual retreat, “talking circles,” potlucks, and the annual Stanford Pow Wow and alumni weekend.
Alumni and older students share their insight into study methods, class selection, employment opportunities, and clerkships.
Tim Rosenberger, Jr.
Daniel Ahrens & Tanner Allread
2020-2021 Year in Review
- NALSA hosted a panel on the 2020 Election and Native Americans in politics with SLS NALSA alumnae Hillary Tompkins (SLS ’96), Partner at Hogan Lovells, former Solicitor of the Dept. of the Interior; Jacqueline De León (SLS ’11), Staff Attorney at Native American Rights Fund; Torey Dolan, Native Vote Fellow at the Arizona State Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Indian Legal Clinic; and Clara Pratte, CEO of Strongbow Strategies, former Tribal Engagements Director for the Biden Campaign.
- To celebrate her article in the Stanford Law Review and recent appointment as professor at SLS, NALSA hosted Professor Elizabeth Reese for an event on “The Other American Law.”
- NALSA members maintained connections through social events throughout the year, including community-building events and a summer book club for Brandon Hobson’s “The Removed.”
- NALSA members said goodbye to 3L board members Evie Freeman and Heather Hedges and welcomed new leadership at the annual spring banquet.
- Pictured are past NALSA events over the years.
While our activities have been limited by pandemic-related restrictions the last two years, NALSA looks forward to the resumption of annual activities (conditions permitting) including:
- Our annual retreat, which has previously been held in Monterey or Yosemite.
- An alternative spring break trip for SLS students to travel to Klamath, California and provide pro bono estate planning services to members of the Yurok Tribe (pictured: top left). Read the article written by former NALSA members Tory Tilton and Savannah Fletcher about the trip!
- The launch of a Native American Law pro bono project.
- In-person community building events including barbecues, game nights, beach trips, and other fun outings!