EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley – School of Law (Boalt Hall): J.D., 1999, Order of the Coif.

  • Awards:
    • Jurisprudence Award in Indian Law;
    • Second Place Prize in American Indian Law Review’s 1998-99 Writing Competition.
  • Activities:
    • BERKELEY WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL (now called BERKELEY JOURNAL OF GENDER, LAW & JUSTICE);
    • Community Advocates for Police Review;
    • AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAW & POLICY REPORT;
    • East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic.

Bryn Mawr College: A.B., cum laude, English and Philosophy, 1993.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor, Hamline University School of Law. (2014-2015; on leave)

Assistant Professor, Hamline University School of Law. (2011-2014)

  • Taught Property.
  • Taught Water Law.
  • Taught Federal Indian Law.
  • Taught Gender, Sexuality, & Law.
  • Taught Conflict of Laws.
  • Served on law school committees.
  • Participated in, and presented at, faculty colloquia.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Law. (2010-2011)

  • Taught two sections of Property with approximately seventy-five students each.
  • Co-taught Federal Law & Indian Tribes and the Indigenous Law & Policy Center Course with Professor Matthew Fletcher.
  • Participated in, and presented at, faculty colloquia.

Teaching Fellow, California Western School of Law. (2008-2010)

  • Taught Federal Indian Law and Conflict of Laws.
  • Supervised students undertaking independent writing projects.
  • Participated in faculty colloquia.
  • Received mentoring from senior faculty on scholarly writing projects and teaching methods.
  • Presented works-in-progress to the faculty. Tweedy, page 2

 

PUBLICATIONS

Law Review and Journal Articles

✦ Tribal Laws & Same-Sex Marriage: Theory, Process, and Content, 46 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 104 (2015).

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals: An Empirical Study (with Dr. Karen Yescavage), 21 WM. & MARY J. OF WOMEN & L. 699 (2015).

✦ Tribes and Gun Regulation: Should Tribes Exercise Their Sovereign Rights to Enact Gun Bans or

Stand-Your-Ground Laws? (invited essay) 78 ALB. L. REV. 101 (2015).

✦ How Allotment-Era Literature Can Inform Current Controversies About Tribal Jurisdiction and Reservation Diminishment, 82 U. TORONTO Q. 924 (2013) (invited article) (peer reviewed).

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations: Laying to Rest the Ghosts of Allotment-Era Settlers, 36 SEATTLE U.L. REV. 129 (2012).

✦ Polyamory as a Sexual Orientation, 79 U. CIN. L. REV. 1461 (2011).

• Excerpted in RUBENSTEIN ET AL., CASES AND MATERIALS ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND THE LAW (5th ed. 2014).

✦ “Hostile Indian Tribes . . . Outlaws, Wolves, . . . Bears . . . Grizzlies and Things like That?” How the

Second Amendment and Supreme Court Precedent Target Tribal Self-Defense, 13 U. PA. J. CONST.

L. 687 (2011).

• Reprinted in 4 THE CRIT: CRITICAL STUD. J. 1 (2011).

✦ Sex Discrimination Under Tribal Law, 36 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 392 (2010).

✦ Connecting the Dots Between the Constitution, the Marshall Trilogy, and United States v. Lara: Notes Toward a Blueprint for the Next Legislative Restoration of Tribal Sovereignty, 42 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 651 (2009).

• Cited in an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian

Community.

• Cited in Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law § 4.03 (Nell Jessup Newton ed,, 2012).

✦ Using Plenary Power as a Sword: Tribal Civil Regulatory Jurisdiction Under the Clean Water Act After United States v. Lara, 35 ENVTL. L. 471 (2005).

• Selected as one of the year’s best articles on pollution and the law by RUTGERS COMPUTERS AND

TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL, 32 RUTGERS COMPUTER & TECH. L.J. 367, 453 (2006).

• Cited in an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in S.D. Warren Company v. Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

✦ The Liberal Forces Driving the Supreme Court’s Divestment and Debasement of Tribal Sovereignty, 18 BUFF. PUB. INTEREST L.J. 147 (2000).

• Earned Second Place Prize in American Indian Law Review’s 1998-99 Writing Competition.

 

Book Chapters

✦ Sex Discrimination Under Tribal Law in THE INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AT FORTY (Kristen A. Carpenter et al., eds., UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2012) (peer reviewed).

✦ Sex Discrimination Under Tribal Law in TRACY A. THOMAS, WOMEN AND THE LAW (Thomson Reuters 2011 ed.). Tweedy, page 3

Selected Other Writings

✦ Contributing Editor for the Supreme Court section of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law

Section Newsletter;

✦ Contributing Editor for Jotwell: Equality – The Journal of Things We Like Lots, http://equality.jotwell.com/;

✦ Tribes, Same-Sex Marriage, and Obergefell v. Hodges, FED. LAWYER, Oct./Nov. 2015;

✦ THE BODY’S ALPHABET (poems) (forthcoming Headmistress Press 2016);

✦ ClassCrits Mission Statement (with Justin Desautels-Stein, Angela P. Harris, Martha McCluskey, Athena Mutua, and James Pope), 43 SW. L. REV. 651 (2014).

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Invited Presentations

✦ Bi/Sexuality at the Margins, delivered the 2016 Distinguished Rubash Lecture in Law and Social

Work at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA on March 22, 2016.

✦ Tribal Laws & Same-Sex Marriage, presented at Seattle University School of Law Faculty

Colloquium, Seattle, WA, on August 31, 2015.

✦ Tribes and Gun Regulation: Should Tribes Exercise Their Sovereign Rights to Enact Gun Bans or

Stand-Your-Ground Laws?, presented at Albany Law Review’s A Loaded Debate: The Right to Keep

and Bear Arms in the 21st Century, Albany, NY on October 9, 2014.

✦ Tribal Laws & Same-Sex Marriage, presented at the 28th Annual Coming Together of the Peoples

Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison on April 5, 2014.

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals and Others with Fluid Identities, presented at St.

Louis University School of Law Faculty Colloquium, St. Louis, MO on January 15, 2014.

✦ Tribal Same-Sex Marriage Laws, presented at the Federal Bar Association’s 15th Annual DC Indian

Law Conference, Washington D.C. on November 15, 2013.

✦ Same-Sex Marriage & Indian Tribes, presented at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Federal Bar Association

Indian Law Conference in Santa Fe, NM in April 2013.

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals, presented at Minnesota Lavender Bar Association’s

12th Annual Conference in St. Paul, MN in January 2013.

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations, presented at Michigan State University’s Eighth Annual Indigenous Law

Conference in East Lansing, MI in October 2011.

✦ Commentator, Charles Wilkinson’s The People Are Dancing Again: A History of the Siletz Tribe,

Michigan State University College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center’s 2011 Spring Speakers

Series, East Lansing, MI in April 2011.

✦ Panelist, Race and Equal Protection, Michigan State University’s Seventh Annual Indigenous Law

Conference in East Lansing, MI in October 2010.

✦ Connecting the Dots Between the Constitution, the Marshall Trilogy, and United States v. Lara: Notes Toward a Blueprint for the Next Legislative Restoration of Tribal

Sovereignty, presented at the Federal Bar Association’s Thirty-Fourth Annual Indian Law Conference in Buffalo Thunder, NM in April 2009. Tweedy, page 4

Other Presentations

✦ Tribal Laws & Same-Sex Marriage, presented at the 2016 Law & Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on June 2, 2016.

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals, presented at the 2015 LGBT Bar Annual

Conference and Career Fair in Chicago, IL on August 6, 2015.

✦ Current Indigenous Governance & the Tripartite Model, participant in roundtable, 2015 Native

American & Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2015.

✦ Same-Sex Marriage & Indian Tribes, presented at the 2014 Law & Society Annual Meeting in

Minneapolis, MN on May 29, 2014.

✦ Same-Sex Marriage & Indian Tribes, presented at the American Association of Law Schools Annual

Meeting, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section, New York, NY, January 5, 2014.

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals and Others with Fluid Identities, presented at the 8th

Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor and Employment Law, Las Vegas, NV on

September 27, 2013.

✦ Discussant for panel entitled “Challenges Facing Indian Country: New Problems and Old” at the

2013 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on June 1, 2013.

✦ Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals, presented at the 2013 Law & Society Association

Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on May 31, 2013.

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations: Laying to Rest the Ghosts of Allotment-Era Settlers, presented at the

Association for Law, Property, & Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in April 2013.

✦ Preliminary Results of Survey on Employment Discrimination Against Bisexuals, presented at the

Junior Scholars Forum of the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2012 Lavender Law Conference and

Career Fair in Washington, D.C. in August 2012.

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations: Laying to Rest the Ghosts of Allotment-Era Settlers, presented at the

Forty-Fourth Annual Dakota Conference at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD in April 2012.

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations: Laying to Rest the Ghosts of Allotment-Era Settlers, presented at the

Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, & Humanities in Fort

Worth, TX in March 2012.

✦ Unjustifiable Expectations, presented as work-in-progress at the Sixteenth Annual LatCrit

Conference, in San Diego, CA in October 2011.

✦ “Hostile Indian Tribes . . . Outlaws, Wolves, . . . Bears . . . Grizzlies and Things like That?” How the

Second Amendment and Supreme Court Precedent Target Tribal Self-Defense, presented at the 2011

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA in June 2011.

✦ “Hostile Indian Tribes . . . Outlaws, Wolves, . . . Bears . . . Grizzlies and Things like That?” How the

Second Amendment and Supreme Court Precedent Target Tribal Self-Defense, presented at International Conference on Narrative in St. Louis, MO in April 2011.

✦ Polyamory as a Sexual Orientation, presented at the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Las Vegas, NV in March 2011.

✦ How America’s Racialized History Eviscerates Indian Tribes’ Right to Self-Defense, presented at University of Idaho’s Fall 2010 Critical Legal Studies Conference in Moscow, ID in September 2010. Tweedy, page 5
✦ Sexual Orientation as a Holistic Concept: An Examination of Whether Polyamory Should be Considered a Sexual Orientation, presented at the 2010 Law & Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in May 2010.

✦ Commentator, Author Meets Reader: Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 (Matthew L.M. Fletcher et al., eds.), at the 2010 Law & Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in May 2010.

✦ Sex Discrimination Under Tribal Law, presented at the 4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium at UCLA School of Law in March 2010.

✦ Sexual Orientation as a Holistic Concept: An Examination of Whether Polyamory Should be Considered a Sexual Orientation, presented at the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Brooklyn, NY in September 2009.

✦ Do Indian Tribes Have a Right to Self-Defense? An Examination of the History and Case Law that Suggests that They Do Not, presented at the 2009 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in May 2009.

✦ Sex-Based Equal Protection Under Tribal Law: From Broad-Based, Absolute Proscriptions of Discrimination to Context-Specific Protections, presented at Michigan State University’s Fifth Annual Indigenous Law Conference in East Lansing, MI in October 2008.

 

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

✦ Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable Ronald M. Gould, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. (2001-2002)

• Researched legal issues and drafted bench memoranda.

• Drafted memorandum dispositions, orders, and appellate opinions.

• Discussed legal issues and the outcome of pending cases with judge and co-clerks.

✦ Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable Rex Armstrong, Oregon Court of Appeals. (1999-2001)

• Researched legal issues and drafted appellate opinions.

• Discussed legal issues and the outcome of pending cases with judges and staff attorneys.

• Proofread draft opinions written by judges, staff attorneys, and other clerks.

 

LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

✦ Tribal Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Auburn, WA. (Sept. 2014-present)

• Research, write, and edit briefs, regulatory comment letters, legislative testimony, and memoranda

primarily in the areas of treaty rights, environmental law and natural resources.

• Negotiate with state and federal entities on administrative and legislative issues that affect the

Tribe.

• Draft and review changes to tribal codes.

✦ Associate Attorney, Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, Seattle, WA. (2006-2008)

• Researched, wrote, and argued briefs, motions, supporting memoranda, and responses to motions in

federal and tribal courts.

• Reviewed orders, reports, plans, and correspondence to evaluate utility’s compliance with license conditions in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding.

• Cases addressed enforcement of federal subsistence fishing rights, environmental protection, and protection of tribal corporations from malfeasance, among other issues. Tweedy, page 6
✦ Tribal Attorney, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near La Conner, WA. (2002-2006)

• Wrote and argued trial briefs, motions, supporting memoranda, responses to motions and other pleadings in state, federal, and tribal courts and before administrative hearings boards.

• Conducted depositions, drafted interrogatories, and engaged in other types of discovery.

• Negotiated settlements of lawsuits.

• Cases included natural resource, environmental, land-use, and treaty rights issues.

• Provided legal support to Planning, Fisheries, the Gwdzadad (Cultural) Committee, and other departments.

• Facilitated transactions such as land purchases.

• Drafted revisions to tribal enrollment and fisheries codes.

✦ Law Clerk, California Indian Legal Services, Oakland, CA. (Spring 1998 and Spring 1999)

✦ Law Clerk, American Civil Liberties Union, San Francisco, CA. (Summer 1998)

✦ Law Clerk, Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender, Richmond, CA. (Summer 1997)

 

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

✦ Marketing Editor, Energy Investment, Inc., Boston, MA. (1994-1996)

✦ Production Assistant, New England Law Review, Boston, MA. (1993-1994)

 

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; District Court for the Western District of Washington; Washington; California (inactive); Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

 

SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES

✦ Secretary, Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association;

✦ Chair, American Association of Law Schools Section on Indian Nations & Indigenous Peoples;

✦ Secretary, American Association of Law Schools Section on Sexual Orientation & Gender

Identity Issues;

✦ Peer Reviewer for JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY;

✦ Peer Reviewer for FEMINISTS@LAW, an open access journal of feminist scholarship;

✦ ILRC Expert, part of an international team of experts providing pro bono service to UNDP/Jamaica in

the analysis of an Anti-discrimination Legislation Proposal for Jamaica, ABA-UNDP International

Legal Resource Center (ILRC);

✦ Faculty Representative for Hamline University School of Law to the Society of American Law Teachers.