A Road to Recovery
Struck by the number of nonviolent offenders imprisoned on drug charges, the Tulalip Tribes partnered with UW School of Law alumni to offer second chances through treatment.
As part of the Native American Law Center at UW School of Law, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic partners with the Tulalip Tribes to serve as the primary public defender in criminal cases filed in their Tribal Court. The Tulalip Tribes sought this innovative partnership to address the need for legal representation in 2002 and since then the clinic has become a national model for providing tribal public defense services. The clinic's clients are generally members of federally recognized Tribes who have been charged with crimes by the Tulalip Tribes. Students work primarily on cases filed in Tulalip Tribal Court, under the supervision of clinic faculty.
Additionally, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic partners with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to serve parents in a variety of stages of the Youth in Need of Care process. A Native American Law Center Parent Attorney works closely with clients, Muckleshoot Child and Family Services, and service providers to ensure best outcomes for Muckleshoot children and families.
The clinic is unable to take cases from the general public and only represents clients in cases to which we are appointed by the tribal courts.