Attorney at Law/Executive Director, Southwest Center for Law and Policy
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.
She received the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in 2019.
Ms. White is the mother of five children and has three grandchildren who are all enrolled members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.