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Judith M. Dworkin

Judy Dworkin is the head of the firm’s Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group.

She devotes the majority of her time to the representation of economic development efforts by Indian tribes and has broad expertise in Indian law issues. Judy is admitted to the Navajo Nation Bar and has practiced before the Courts of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe and Navajo Nation.

Judy frequently lectures and writes articles on issues in Indian law and business development. She is an Appellate Justice of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Court and has served as a judge pro tem for the Tohono O’odham Nation and a special judge to the Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe in Nevada as well as a Solicitor to the Hualapai Tribe.

In addition to her Indian Law practice, she has spent a great deal of her career focused on water rights and has taught Water Law and Natural Resources Law at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Practice Areas

Indian Law and Tribal Relations

Water, Environmental, and Natural Resources

Business and Corporate Law

Homeowner Association Law

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Native American Law and Water Law), 2009-2016

Super Lawyers (Native American Law), 2014-2016

AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AzBusiness Magazine, 2013-2015

Az Business Leaders (Environmental Law), 2015

50 Most Influential Women in Business, AzBusiness Magazine, 2013

Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2010-present

Arizona State University College of Law Award for Outstanding Alumna for Class of 1986, September 2011

Recipient, President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, Arizona State University, 2009, in recognition of the Arizona Native Vote – Election Protection Project

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Appellate Justice, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Court, 2015-2019

Solicitor, Hualapai Judiciary, Hualapai Indian Tribe

Judge Pro Tem, Tribal Court of the Tohono O’odham Nation, 1995-1999

Law Clerk to Judge William C. Canby, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986-1987

Court and Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Bar of the Navajo Nation, 1995

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986

State Bar of Arizona Arizona, 1986

Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals

Courts of the Hualapai and Hopi Tribes and the Tohono O’odham Nation

Community Leadership

DNA Peoples Legal Services: Member, Board of Directors, June 2011-present

Arizona State University: Adjunct Professor, 1986-present

Arizona State University Advisory Committee, Indian Legal Program, 2006-present

Arizona Native American Economic Coalition: Board Member, 1995-1997; Conference Chair, Annual Tribal Economic Summit, 1996

University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources: Assistant Professor, 1978-1983


Tribes and Cannabis,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, July 2015

“Examination of the Phoenix Regional Water Supply for Sustainable Yield and Carrying Capacity” (with Jan C. Bush, Subhrajit Guhathakurta and John L. Keane), Natural Resources Journal, Fall 2006

Waivers of Sovereign Immunity Key to Contracting with Indian Tribes,” Southwest Contractor, 2005

Doing Business With Our Neighbor: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

“Treatment of Indian Tribes Under Federal Environmental Statutes,” Indian Law in Arizona, 1995

“Tribal Economic Developments: Some Legal Ramifications of Organizational Form” (with C. Peter Delgado, Jr.), The Arrow, June 1995

“Plaintiffs’ Expanding Concepts of Compensation and the Courts’ Responses” (with Janet E. Kornblatt), Gonzaga Law Review, 1994/95

“Tribal Claims to Arizona’s Appropriable Waters,” Forum, Fall 1988

“Comment: Private Parties’ Rights to Recover Losses from Groundwater Contamination in Arizona,” Arizona State Law Journal, 1985


“Tribes and Cannabis,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, July 2015 | Related Article

“Getting Deals Done: Case Study of Common Issues in a Construction Contract,” Tribal Economic Development in the Southwest, April 2015

“Indian Tribes Within the Federal System of Government,” U.S. Consulate, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, May 2014

“The Legal Complexity of Management of Water Resources in the United States,” Sichuan University, May 2014

“The Colorado River: Converting a Natural Menace into a National Resource and Learning to Manage the Resource,” Sichuan University, May 2014

“Government Ethics in Funding & Procurement,” Navajo Law Seminar, March 2013

“Doing Business in Indian Country,” NALS of Phoenix, March 2013

“Indian Law 101,” National Business Institute Teleconference, January 2012

Indian Water Rights: Relevant Case Law,” Indian Water Law Conference, Arizona State University, October 2011

”Groundwater Management in Arizona,” presented at the Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, April 1988


Arizona State University, J.D., cum laude, 1986: Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 1985-1986

Clark University, Ph.D., 1978

Clark University, A.M., 1975

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