New Work by Indigenous Women about Law School and Lawyering

Ernestine Chaco has published “Mentorship, Leadership and Being an Indigenous Woman” in the Journal of Legal Education. An excerpt:

Law school, for me, was an incredible period of growth, in large part because of the educational environment. I had five Indigenous law professors, four of whom were women. It was powerful to be seen and acknowledged. Our Indigenous presence existed through Indigenous faculty, Indigenous students, robust Indigenous student organizations, and Indigenous law courses.

Roshanna K. Toya has published “A Rite of Passage: Perpetuating the Invisibility of American Indian Lawyers,” also in the Journal of Legal Education. An excerpt:

Further, law schools must create and encourage safe spaces for American Indian students to be recognized, coexist, and have their voices heard. Student organizations are one space. Courses like property, federal jurisdiction, and civil rights are other areas where American Indians can be more visible. Law schools should also assign works written by and reflecting the voices of American Indians, and patiently and intently listen to the voices of students. Reading this essay is a start. Providing resources that Indian students can access to make sure they can be effective law students is another start.

Highly recommended.