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Patty A. Ferguson-Bohnee

Patty Ferguson is the director of the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Practice Areas

Indian Law and Tribal Relations

Water, Environmental, and Natural Resources

Appeals

Civil Litigation

Professional Activities

Director, Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

State Bar of Arizona: Indian Law Section Executive Council

Arizona State, Tribal and Federal Court Forum: Intergovernmental Cooperation Workgroup

Federal Bar Association: Indian Law Section

Northwest Indian Bar Association

Native American Bar Association

New York State Certified Mediator

Law Clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002-2003

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Woman of the Year, Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, Phoenix Indian Center, 2015

Judge Learned Hand Award (Emerging Leadership): American Jewish Committee (Arizona Region), 2011

Court and Bar Admissions

State Bar of Arizona, 2001

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2002

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003

Tohono O’odham Justice Court, 2004

Ak-Chin Indian Community Court, 2007

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Court, 2007

Gila River Indian Community Court, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Reported Cases

Arizona Minority Coalition for Fair Redistricting v. Arizona Indep. Redistricting Comm’n, 121 F.3d 843 (Ariz. App. 2005)

Presentations

Legislative and Litigation Update,” Indian Law Seminar 2006, State Bar of Arizona

The Racial Implications of Hurricane Katrina,” UC Hastings College of the Law, 4th Annual Symposium, Reviving the Dream: Confronting Racism in the 21st Century, April 2006

Articles

The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Tribal Cultural Heritage,” Forum Journal, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Leadership Forum, Summer 2015

The Struggle for Equal Voting Rights: 45 Years of the Voting Rights Act,” Arizona Attorney, November 2010

Ninth Circuit Issues Decision on Tribal Court Jurisdiction over Non-Members,” The Arrow, Spring 2006

Status and Needs of Unrecognized and Terminated California Indian Tribes,” A Second Century of Dishonor: Federal Inequities and California Tribes, UCLA American Indian Studies Center for the Advisory Council on California Indian Policy, May 1996

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2001: Parker School Certificate of Foreign and Comparative Law; Notes Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2000-2001

Université de Paris VII, Fulbright Scholar, 1997-1998

Stanford University, A.B. with Honors, 1997

Language Fluency

French

Community Leadership

Miss Indian Arizona Association

Birthplace

Zachary, Louisiana