Class Action: Alumni making news, April 2018

Dr. Leroy Little Bear (’75) to speak on Indigenous worldview in education
Leroy Little Bear is a member of the Small Robes Band of the Blood Indian Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy; born and raised on the Blood Indian Reserve; attended and graduated from St. Mary’s School on the Blood Indian Reserve; attended and graduated from the University of Lethbridge, Leth bridge, Alberta with a B.A. Degree in 1971; attended and graduated from the College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1975. From 1975 to the end of 1996, Mr. Little Bear was a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge. In January of 1997, Mr. Little Bear retired from the University of Lethbridge. From January 1998 to June 1999, Mr. Little Bear was the Director of the Harvard University Native American Program. Little Bear has served in a consultant capacity to many Indian Tribes, and organizations including the Blood Tribe, Indian Association of Alberta, and the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. He has served on many different committees, commissions, and boards including the Task Force on the Criminal Justice and Its Impact on the Indian and Metis Peoples of Alberta in 1990-91. Little Bear has authored many articles including “A Concept of Native Title” which has been cited in a Canadian Supreme Court decision. He has co-authored books including Pathways to Self-Determination, Quest For Justice, and Governments in Conflict with Dr. Menno Boldt and Dr. Anthony Long.

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice (’75) has announced her retirement.
Chief Rice has served in the Colorado courts for 31 years as a judge, 20 of which she sat on the Colorado Supreme Court.

John W. Andrews (’86), has joined Snell and Wilmer’s Salt Lake Office
After serving as the chief legal counsel and associate director for the State of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Andrews will be working in the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.

Sherman Helenese (’00), has joined Buchalter’s new Seattle office
Helenese has been practicing at Garvey, Schubert & Marer with a focused practice on complex intellectual property and technology transactions and privacy and data security.

Clemens Landau (’08) appointed to the Salt Lake City Justice Court, replacing Judge Catherine E. Roberts 
Landau, who was working as an appellate attorney at Zimmerman Jones Booher, is a board member of the ACLU of Utah, the Salt Lake County Bar Association and the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion.

Terri Smith (’10) first enrolled female chief judge for the Wind River Indian Reservation community
Smith will oversee a court system that has been set up for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. Under Judge Smith’s leadership, the new court, which officially opened its doors to the community January 12, is prepared to make changes, improve services, and help the people of the community.

Melanie S. Grayson (’13) elected as a shareholder at Fabian VanCott 
Grayson focuses her practice on employment law cases, assisting employers in harassment and discrimination cases.

Gary K. Wilkinson (’17) hired as an associate at Snell and Wilmer’s Salt Lake office
Wilkinson will focus his practice on litigation.