Brenda and Molly help you to learn how to juggle multiple clients and schedules, how to compassionately deliver sometimes-difficult news and how to be the best advocate for each client. I am so glad to have spent time in the Tribal Clinic!
— Renee Ambacher, JD Student

About the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic

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.

 

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