"Tribal Law” can mean many different things. Interested in learning more? Join OCP and a panel moderated by Professor Matthew Fletcher to hear more about the varied career paths you can take related to tribal law.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP via Events in Symplicity by 5pm on Friday, January 27th to ensure we order enough food.

Moderator: Professor Matthew Fletcher (1997) teaches at Michigan Law and writes in the areas of federal Indian law, American Indian tribal law, Anishinaabe legal and political philosophy, constitutional law, federal courts, and legal ethics. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Among other things, Professor Fletcher also worked as a staff attorney for four Indian Tribes and served as a consultant to the Seneca Nation of Indians Court of Appeals.


The Honorable Allie Greeneaf Maldanado: Judge Maldanado is Chief Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court in Petoskey. Prior to her appointment as Chief Judge, she served as assistant general counsel for the tribe. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Judge Maldonado was selected as only the 15th tribal citizen to enter into the prestigious Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). There she became a litigator in the Indian Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division. Judge Maldonado is a nationally-recognized expert on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA). She has worked closely with the State Court Administrative Office to bring Michigan into compliance with ICWA.

Josh Clause has his own firm, Clause Law P.L.L.C, where he advises tribal nations and their economic enterprises to achieve their objectives. He advocates for his clients before federal and tribal courts, on Capitol Hill with Congress, and across federal agencies. Before launching Clause Law, he was a partner at Sixkiller Consulting, where he helped the firm create a nationally-ranked tribal practice. He also spent several years at Dentons US, LLP, where he was a managing associate in the Native American Law & Policy Practice. His practice focused on tribal land acquisitions, economic development, and gaming. He also worked at Patton Boggs, LLP, where his practice spanned from Indian law and government contracting to government investigations and federal advocacy.

Gussie Lord is the managing attorney of the Tribal Partnerships Program at Earthjustice.. She partners with Earthjustice regional office staff to increase capacity and expertise in our critical work on behalf of tribes and indigenous communities. Prior to Earthjustice, she was with a small law firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in environmental law. She has worked with dozens of tribes and has represented clients in federal, state, and tribal courts and administrative proceedings, and has helped tribes to develop and enforce their own environmental laws and regulations.

Wenona Singel is teaching Indian Law at Michigan this semester and previously taught and served as the Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State. She served as Deputy Legal Counsel for the office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, advising Governor Whitmer on tribal-state affairs. She has also served as Chief Appellate Justice for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Chief Appellate Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Before teaching, she worked in private practice with firms that included Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C. in Ann Arbor, MI, and Dickinson Wright in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She served as a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and as General Counsel for the Grand Traverse Resort, a tribally-owned resort in northern Michigan.