Judy M. Dworkin leads the firm’s Indian Law and Tribal Relations practice group. She offers broad experience in Indian law, with a major emphasis on assisting Indian tribes in achieving their economic development objectives.

Education

  • 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

Community Leadership

  • Finalist, 2017 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce | Award Video
  • Heard Museum: Board of Trustees, 2017-present
  • DNA People’s 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

Bar & Court 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
  • Arizona, 1986
  • Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals
  • Courts of the Hualapai and Hopi Tribes and the Tohono O’odham Nation

Honors & Awards

  • Foundation for Justice Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2019
  • Chambers and Partners: Native American Law – Arizona (Band 1), Chambers USA, 2018-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Native American Law, Water Law), 2009-present
  • Super Lawyers: Native American Law, 2014-present
  • AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • “AzBusiness Leaders” (Environmental Law, 2015, 2020; Native American Law, 2019, 2021), AzBusiness Magazine
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2013-2015
  • “50 Most Influential Women in Business,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2013
  • 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 & Industry Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Presiding Appellate Justice, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Court, 2019-present (Appellate Justice, 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

Language Fluency

  • French