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Navajo AG Explains Tribal Law

The eleventh Attorney General of the Navajo Nation, Ethel Branch, spoke to students at BC Law on April 10. She and the Law School’s resident expert on land use and tribal law, Professor Jon Witten, discussed some of the pressing issues in Native American law.

Boston College’s relationship with the Navajo Nation, by far the largest tribal government in the US, is unique. Students’ participation in the Navajo Spring Break trip has been a  successful public service initiative over the past many years, unequalled by any other law school community.

Branch graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008, and has since served as both commissioner and co-chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and as an associate at Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, a Seattle firm solely dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Native Nations. She was appointed the AG of Navajo in 2015.

Professor Witten has 20 years of professional experience in the fields of land use planning, land use law, and environmental resource management. He has worked with numerous cities, towns, and tribal governments throughout the country and has developed hundreds of regulatory and non-regulatory techniques for controlling and guiding growth and development.  He represents public, private and non-profit clients in a variety of land use law issues.

The Attorney General’s visit was hosted by the Native American Law Student Association.


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