The Center for Indian Law and Policy is staffed by the original staff of the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate and also by other staff within Seattle University School of Law who have a special and specific role within the Center.
Douglas R. Nash
Mr. Nash is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, School of Law where he is now a member of the Indian Alumni Council. He has practiced Indian law since 1971 in numerous capacities including the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor's Honors Program; staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund; and 14 years in a private, solo practice in Pendleton, Oregon, where he represented the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in various capacities. He served as Chief Counsel for the Nez Perce Tribe from 1989 - 1999. From 1999-2005, Mr. Nash was head of the Indian Law Practice Group at Holland and Hart, LLP. He served as Associate Professor of Law and James E. Rogers Fellow in American Indian Law at the University of Idaho, College of Law, where he developed the proposal for the Indian Estate Planning Project and directed that project until July 31, 2005. In August, 2005, Mr. Nash became Director of the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate at Seattle University School of Law where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Law. The Institute has evolved into the new Center for Indian Law and Policy which will continue the work of the Institute as well as other programs and projects including a tribal dispute resolution project.
Bar service has included the Idaho Law Foundation CLE Committee; the Fairness and Equity Committee of the Idaho Supreme Court; IOLTA Committee; and the Tribal-State Court Judges' Forum established under the auspices of the Idaho Supreme Court. Mr. Nash currently serves as a Judge on the Tulalip Tribes' Court of Appeals and as Judicial Advisor to the Warm Springs Tribal Court of Appeals. He is the past Secretary and President of the National Native American Bar Association, past Board member of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and Secretary-Treasurer of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation Board from its inception until resigning in May 2005 to assume the position of Director of the Institute.
Mr. Nash has represented tribes in litigation involving a wide range of issues including treaty fishing rights, damages claims for damage to fisheries, jurisdiction and gaming and has authored numerous articles. He serves as an appellate court judge for the Tulalip and Sauk-Suiattle Tribes and Judicial Advisor to the Warm Springs Court of Appeals. He recently served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on matters involving law enforcement and jurisdiction in Indian Country.
He is a member of the New Mexico (inactive status), Oregon, Idaho and Washington bars and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in those states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Other memberships include the Federal Bar Association and Indian Law Section, the Indian Law Sections of the New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho and Washington Bar Associations, the National Native American Bar Association and the Northwest Indian Bar Association.
Erica L. Wolf
Managing Attorney, Indian Estate Planning Projects
As Managing Attorney, Ms. Wolf supervises attorneys and students providing estate planning services to Indian clients, as well as developing, managing, and overseeing Indian Estate Planning projects for tribal communities throughout the western United States. As an Adjunct Professor, Ms. Wolf teaches the Indian Trusts and Estates Clinic at Seattle University's Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic.
Prior to joining Seattle University's Center for Indian Law and Policy, Ms. Wolf worked in private practice, with an emphasis on Indian estate planning, probate, wills, and trusts. Since 2006, she has served as the Supervising Attorney for the Indian Estate Planning Project at Seattle University's Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate. Ms. Wolf has tried cases and handled other litigation matters in state and federal court. She has spoken on several topics, including the American Indian Probate Reform Act, estate planning, and financial literacy.
Ms. Wolf received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and her B.A. from University of Washington. She is an active leader in the legal community, serving on the Board of Trustees of King County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division; as Secretary of the Young Lawyer Division's Executive Committee; and as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division's Community Involvement Committee. Ms. Wolf is a member of the state bar of Washington, and a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.
Guadalupe Ceballos primarily focues on assisting Indian families with all areas of estate planning, encouraging them to make informed decisions about their property and drafting wills to conform to tribal, federal, and state law. In addition to practicing law, Guadalupe assists with all aspects of the Center's programs, including student recruitment and retention, fund development, and community outreach and education. Her interests include Federal Indian law, environmental law, and indigenous rights. Prior to joining the Center, Guadalupe held positions in several departments at the School of Law, worked in several local law offices as a paralegal and interned for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Eric D. Eberhard
Distinguished Indian Law Practitioner in Residence
Professor Eberhard has been actively engaged in the practice of Indian law since 1973, including employment in legal services on the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache reservations; as the Deputy Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, Staff Director and General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and Legislative Counsel to Senator McCain. From 1995 to 2009 he was a partner in the Indian Law Practice Group in the Seattle office of Dorsey and Whitney LLP. His practice has involved the representation of Indian tribes, Tribal organizations, and entities doing business with Indian tribes in federal, state and tribal judicial, legislative and administrative forums in regard to fee-to-trust transfers, water rights, leasing of natural resources, federal contracting, gaming, federal recognition, the formation of Tribal corporations, environmental law, administrative law, jurisdiction, the development of tribal law, self-governance, cultural resource protection and the federal trust responsibility.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Foundation. He serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Native American Concerns Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Michael Mirande was born in Mineola, N.Y. in 1953. After graduating from Duke University School of Law he clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, Chief Judge of the United States (then) 5th (now 11th) Circuit Court of Appeals. After practicing law in North Carolina, he taught two years at Duke University School of Law (Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility), and another year at the University of South Carolina School of Law (Civil Procedure and Federal Courts). In 1986 he began to practice law in Seattle with Bogle & Gates, where he became the Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. For the past seven years he practiced with Miller Bateman LLP. He has practiced Indian Law for over twenty years.
Rob Roy Smith
Professor Smith is Of Counsel with Ater Wynne, LLP in Seattle, focusing on the practice of federal Indian law. He provides legal and strategic advice to Indian tribes, Alaska Native organizations, tribal businesses, and tribal organizations throughout the country. Rob's practice emphasizes natural and cultural resource protection, taxation, economic development, and gaming. He has recently been involved in the drafting of tribal tax and corporation codes, gaming revenue allocation plans, and in the development of economic enterprises centered on tax based economic development initiatives. He is active in fishery and cultural resource protection litigation. He is a frequent author and lecturer on various aspects of Indian law.
Prior to joining Ater Wynne, LLP, Rob was a Senior Associate with the Seattle law firm of Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & McGaw where he practiced federal Indian law exclusively. Before moving to Seattle, Rob served as the Staff Attorney and Policy Analyst for the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel where he practiced in the areas of natural resources, gaming, cultural resources, taxation, and intergovernmental affairs. Rob worked on numerous legislative matters including a state-wide ballot measure campaign to secure Indian gaming for Indian tribes in Idaho, as well as efforts to remove offensive terms from geographic placenames and to secure the ability of tribal elders to teach Native languages in state public schools.
Rob is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He is a member of the Indian Law Section in all three State Bar Associations. He is the cofounder and former chair of the Idaho State Bar Indian Law Section.