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Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Director

ASU Indian Law Clinic


Patty Ferguson-Bohnee is the Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, and Clinical Professor of Law, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  In addition to teaching and supervising students in the Indian Legal Clinic, she teaches Law and Democracy. 

 

Patty has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and voting rights, and status clarification for tribes.  She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and has drafted amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court for tribal clients with respect to voting rights issues.  She serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona and has testified before Congress regarding Indian voting issues.  Patty has also testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition.  She successfully assisted four bayou tribes in obtaining recognition from the State of Louisiana.  More recently, she has been involved in advocating for the rights of unrecognized tribes in response to environmental disasters. 

Patty serves on the National Commission on Voting Rights, on the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, as a Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Tribal Lands Committee, and as a Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Native American Concerns Committee.  She is a co-founder of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona and is the Past President of the National Native American Bar Association. 

 

Professor Ferguson-Bohnee received her Bachelors degree with Honors in Native American Studies with an Emphasis in Policy and Law from Stanford University and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law with a certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law.

 

Professor Ferguson-Bohnee is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe.