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Candace French, Indian Law Attorney

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Candace D. French

Candace French has more than ten years of experience working in Native American communities and has dedicated herself and her legal career to serving Indian Country.

Originally from Anadarko, Oklahoma, Candace is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is of Navajo, Comanche, and Blackfeet descent.

Prior to joining Sacks Tierney, Candace was an attorney in the Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel. In that capacity, she provided legal representation and legislative services to the 24-member Navajo Nation Council, standing committees and other programs within the legislative branch.

Admitted to practice in Arizona and the Navajo Nation, Candace is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Indian Law Section.

Candace received bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and American Indian Studies, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and her J.D. with a certificate in Indian Law, all from Arizona State University.

Practice Areas

Indian Law

Municipal Law

Government Relations

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch” (Government Relations, Municipal Law), 2021, 2022

"Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona," AzBusiness Magazine, 2021

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

Navajo Nation Bar Association

Court Admissions

Arizona, 2017

Navajo Nation, 2018

Internships

Legal Intern, Office of the Prosecutor, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, 2016-2017

Legal Intern, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, 2015

Articles

Tribe Wins U.S. Supreme Court Decision” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, July 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Extended to Small Gaming Operations” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Under the SBA Interim Final Rule” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

COVID-19: Tribal Resources Made Available Through the CARES Act” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

COVID-19: Small Business CARES Act” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2020

PRESENTATIONS

“Navajo Nation Legislative Process and Legislative Update,” Navajo Law Seminar, November 2018

Navajo Nation Law CLE, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, October 2018

Language Fluency

Spanish

Education

J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2017: Willard H. Pedrick Scholar; President, Native American Law Students Association; CALI Award, Fall 2015; Highest Pro Bono Distinction; Law Society on Human Rights; National Native American Law Students Association

Certificate of Completion, Pre-Law Summer Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014

M.A., Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, 2013

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Arizona State University, 2008

B.S., cum laude, American Indian Studies, Arizona State University,  2008