The National Tribal Trial College faculty and staff are some of Indian Country's experts on legal topics and issues pertaining to Indian Country.
Southwest Center for Law and Policy, National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault, National Tribal Trial College, and SAFESTAR
Hallie Bongar White is the Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy, a tribal Technical Assistance provider for the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. She is an attorney licensed to practice before the courts of several tribes, the state of Arizona, the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. White trains nationally and regionally on issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, abuse of persons with disabilities, firearms violence, and abuse of elders in Indian Country. She is the former director of the Indian Nations Domestic Violence Law Program and is a graduate of the Native American Studies Department of the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. White attended the Masters Degree Program in American Indian Studies and the College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has litigated hundreds of jury trials, bench trials and appeals in tribal, state, and federal courts as a former public defender and legal services attorney. Ms. White has served as an Assistant Attorney General and as a Clerk of the Court for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She has also assisted numerous tribes in drafting domestic violence and protection order codes. Ms. White is the mother of five children and has three grandchildren who are all enrolled members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Mvskoke/Creek Supreme Court
Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
David Avraham Voluck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the Sociology of Religion. Moving to the Pacific Northwest, he attended the Northwestern School of Law and Lewis and Clark College where he received his Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Environmental Law and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Upon graduation of law school, he moved to Sitka, Alaska to serve as the land and trust resources attorney for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and was eventually promoted to the Director of the Tribe's Law and Trust Resources Department.
In 1998, David moved to Anchorage to join the firm of Landye, Bennette, and Blumstein, LLP to work under the mentorship of David S. Case, specializing in Federal Indian Law, traveling to the rural villages both as municipal and tribal attorney. During this time, David was also privileged to work with David Case co-authoring the revision of the legal treatise "Alaska Natives and American Laws". His experience with the Native peoples awakened a renewed interest in his own culture and history, and David took a two-year sabbatical from the practice of law to attend the Rabbinical College of America, focusing on Talmudic and Jewish Legal Studies. In April of 2008, David was appointed Chief Judge of the Sitka Tribal Court and was hired as Adjunct Professor of Indian Law for Lewis & Clark Law School's Summer Indian Law Program. In November of 2010, David was appointed to sit as Magistrate/Judge for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska per the Tribe's Family Responsibility Act. In May of 2012, David was appointed as Judge Pro Tem for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government. David is a noted Lecturer on a variety of topics related to Indian Law, Tribal Courts, Native Culture, and the interplay with religion.
National Tribal Trial College
Professor James Diamond teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and procedure, Indian law and tribal courts. He was the former Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's Tribal Justice Clinic at the University of Arizona. Diamond's academic research focuses on the aftermath of mass shootings and his doctoral dissertation is entitled The Aftermath of Mass Shootings, Lessons from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples. For 4 years Professor Diamond taught in the Undergraduate and Master's in Legal Studies Programs at The James E. Rogers College of Law.
Prior to teaching, Professor Diamond practiced law for 25 years in Connecticut. He achieved success as a criminal attorney as both a prosecutor and defense attorney and has been voted by his peers to be a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2007. Professor Diamond is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a criminal trial specialist, and has extensive criminal trial experience. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post where he writes about criminal law and criminal cases.
Before co-founding Parnall & Adams Law, David Adams was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) with the Department of Justice and an attorney for a Pueblo in New Mexico. As an AUSA David was responsible for prosecuting major crimes and also served as a Tribal Liaison to the 22 Pueblos and Nations located throughout New Mexico. His appointment as an AUSA was preceded by an appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney where he was responsible for prosecuting cases that fell under a pilot program with the Office of Violence Against Women. His work and outreach under that program led to receiving recognition by the United States Attorney General for his significant contributions to enhancing public safety in Indian Country and his commitment to combating violence against women.
Prior to his work with the Department of Justice, David also worked for a Pueblo in New Mexico for five years lending his expertise in civil and criminal law. David has presented at conferences and trainings around the Country on areas of violent crime and how to incorporate best practices to better serve victims/survivors. David received a degree in economics and professional management from Albion College and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law. David is a member of the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan, and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Amy Blumenfeld Bogost is an attorney from Madison, Wisconsin. She is barred in the states of Washington, California, and Wisconsin. She has a general civil practice in Madison, but also does work in California. She became involved in Title IX work in 2015 when she was asked by the University of Wisconsin Social Services to provide training to other attorneys to provide pro bono services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that are affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She works in cooperation with various social service organizations in Madison as well in cooperation with the UW Dean of students to ensure fair representation and counseling is provided to all survivors. She also continues her civil practice in Madison.
Daniel Goombi served as Community Outreach Coordinator and Lead Victims Advocate for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in the Tribal Victim Services program for 8 years. Tribal Victim Services has been recognized for the implementation of a community‐based response toward addressing sexual assault, SAFESTAR. In 2013, Tribal Victim Services was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice with the National Crime Victim Service Award for professional innovation in victim services for the implementation of a Healing Through Art program.
Mr. Goombi is a graduate of the National Tribal Trial College and represents AI/AN victims in civil matters before the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court.
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K024, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.