PLSI Judicial Clerkship Handbook

The PLSI Judicial Clerkship Committee created this Judicial Clerkship Handbook to encourage and assist Native American law students in applying for and obtaining judicial clerkships across all levels of courts and tribunals.  Because judicial clerks play a central role in researching and drafting court decisions, Native American judicial clerks can help foster judicial understanding about tribes as sovereign governments and develop case law that respects tribal sovereignty and rights.  Many judicial clerks go on to become members of the judiciary.  We hope to encourage more Natives to pursue judicial clerkships and judicial positions on the state, tribal, and federal benches.   

PLSI Judicial Clerkship Handbook 2020

Federal Court Dismisses Suit by Former Crow Tribal Judges

Here are the materials in Not Afraid v. United States (D. Mont.):

4 Amended Complaint

4-6 Judicial Ethics Board Decision

14 US Motion to Dismiss

19 Tribe Motion to Dismiss

20 Response to 14

22 Response to 19

23 US Reply

25 Tribe Reply

26 Magistrate Report

31 DCT Order

Terri Yellowhammer Appointed District Court Judge in Minnesota


Today, Governor Tim Walz announced the appointments of Julie Allyn, Maximillia Utley, and Terri Yellowhammer as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. All three seats will be chambered in Minneapolis.


Ms. Yellowhammer’s appointment will fill a vacancy that occurred upon the retirement of Judge Fred Karasov.

“I am proud to appoint Ms. Yellowhammer. She is a tireless public servant, having spent her career fighting systemic inequities,” said Governor Walz. “Her experience as a tribal judge and her steadfast focus on increasing collaboration between underrepresented communities and the criminal justice system will give her a unique perspective in her new role.”

“Ms. Yellowhammer has the experience and heart that will serve the bench well,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “Her work as a tribal court judge and as an advocate for Native children and families brings a much needed perspective to the 4th judicial circuit. I’m thrilled by her appointment.”