Monday, July 2, 2012

Meet the 2012 NARF Summer Law Clerks!


Each summer NARF hosts the summer clerkship program, a ten to twelve week program for second year law students. Law clerk projects consist mainly of legal research and writing. The projects are extremely challenging because NARF practices before federal, state, and tribal forums, and because most of its cases – whether at the administrative, trial, or appellate level – are complex and involve novel legal issues. This past year the law clerk program was supported by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, University of Denver-Sturm College of Law, University of Colorado Law School and the Ungar Foundation/Smith, Shelton, Ragona and Salazar LLC.

To learn more about the summer law clerk program, click here.

We appreciate all of the hard work of our summer clerks!  Here are the law clerks who are currently working with us:

Boulder Office
Samuel Kohn (Crow)
Samuel is a rising 3L at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he is a member of the Wisconsin Law Review, the Indigenous Law Students Association, and the University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board. He received his B.A. in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College (where his thesis was “Impact of American Indian Education on Native American Students”). Samuel has been a student attorney at the Frank J. Remington Center Oxford Federal Project and also at the Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., Indian Law Office. In the Summer of 2008, Samuel was an Intern for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. In 2010, Samuel was an Indian Affairs Associate at the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Samuel is a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana.

Darren Modzelewski (Blackfeet)
Darren is a joint JD/PhD candidate at the University of California Berkeley. He is co-president of NALSA, a volunteer at the National Indian Justice Center, and a member of their American Indian Graduate Program Advisory Committee. He will complete his Anthropology Ph. D this summer with a Dissertation “Constructing Native American Identity in the Context of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.” Darren obtained his B.A. from Brown University. Darren is the first clerk of a new partnership between NARF and the Environment Defense Fund (EDF), in which students enjoy a joint clerkship at NARF and EDF. Darren will be at NARF for 5 weeks and EDF for 5 weeks. Darren is a descendant of the Blackfeet Nation.

Jacquelyn Jampolsky (Cherokee)
JJ is working towards (2014) a joint JD/PhD degree at CU Law (American Indian Law Certificate and Environmental Social Science), where she is President of their NALSA chapter. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa, majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice, from the University of California-Berkeley. Her Moot Court team was awarded “Best Brief” at the National Native American Moot Court Competition in 2012. She was also awarded second place in the 2012 American Indian Law Review Writing Contest for her paper “Mapping Indigenous Cultural Property.” JJ is a descendant of the Cherokee Nation.

Washington, D.C. Office

Joe Keene (Osage/Cherokee)
Joe is a rising 3L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University where he is active in NALSA serving as the Native American Bar Association of Arizona Student Representative and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Haskell Indian Nations University. Joe has been a legal intern at the Standing Bear Law Office and also at the Osage Nation Attorney General’s Office. Joe is an enrolled member of the Osage and Cherokee Nations.

Anchorage Office

Helen Poitra-Chalmers (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)
Helen is a rising 3L at the New York University School of Law where she is co-president of the NYU Native American and Indigenous Student Group and Staff Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Policy. She obtained her B.A. from Scripps College where she was a Cultural Studies major. Helen has been a Legal Intern at the European Roma Rights Centre and an Immigration Legal Services Intern at The Door Legal Services. Helen is a descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.