William Bacon has been practicing Indian Law for over 30 years, including 12 years as a Tribal Judge. He is currently the General Counsel for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and was elected by the membership in 2002. William was involved in the Idaho/Tribal Fuel Tax litigation. He has written several articles on Indian Law for the Idaho State Advocate and lectured at several Indian Law seminars. He graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Idaho College of Law. William was in private practice until 2002 where he litigated several plaintiff pharmaceutical and product liability cases against worldwide defendants. In addition, he had an insurance defense, taxation, and healthcare law practice. He also served as Prosecuting Attorney for Bannock County.
Barbara "Barb" Cosens is a Professor with the University of Idaho College of Law and the Waters of the West Graduate Program, which includes options for concurrent J.D./M.S. and J.D./Ph.D. degrees. She teaches Water Law, Water Policy, Law and Science, and leads a team-taught course in Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources. Her research interests include the integration of law and science in water resource management and dispute resolution, water management and resilience, and the recognition and settlement of Native American water rights. Barb is co-chair on a project funded through the NSF synthesis center, SESYNC: Adaptive Governance in Regional Water Systems to Manage Resilience in an era of Changing Climate. She is a member of the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance.
Angelique Townsend EagleWoman
Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. WasteWin) is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. She graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree, received her JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law, and her masters of law in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota of the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. Angelique is licensed to practice law in D.C., Oklahoma, and South Dakota. As a practicing attorney, one of her career highlights was to serve as General Counsel for her own Tribe. At the University of Idaho College of Law, she teaches in the areas of Native American Law; Tribal Nation Economics & Law; Native American Natural Resources Law; and Civil Procedure. Angelique is a frequent lecturer on topics of Tribal Nation Economics, Cultural and Economic Indigenous Self-Determination and Tribal Sovereignty & Jurisdiction.
Helo Hancock, attorney and Legislative Director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has been with the Tribe in different capacities for nearly nine years. His current responsibilities include managing the legislative, political and media affairs for the Tribe as well as doubling as counsel for multiple tribal business ventures and large scale tribal government and gaming issues. Helo received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law.
Dylan Hedden-Nicely is an attorney with Howard Funke & Associates, P.C. He practices in the areas of Native American natural resources and water law. He is admitted to practice in Idaho and in the United States District Court, District of Idaho. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Idaho with Emphases in Native American Law and Environmental and Natural Resources Law in November 2011. He also received an M.S. from the University of Idaho in Water Resources—Science and Engineering in November 2012. Dylan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Combined Honours Physical Geography and Geology. Dylan currently lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with his spouse, Megan Marshall.
Mary Jo Hunter
Mary Jo Hunter is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, formerly known as the Wisconsin Winnebago Nation. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a journalism degree and obtained her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. She is a Clinical Professor of the Child Advocacy Clinic for Hamline University School of Law. Mary Jo was elected as the first Chief Justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court and still presides over that court. In her present capacity, she serves as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for Indian children who are subject to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and represents other GALs in cases involving ICWA. She is as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community’s Appellate Court. She teaches the Native American Law seminar course for Hamline University Law School.
Cynthia Jordan is the Chief Judge for the Colville Confederated Tribes. She sits on the Court of Appeals for the Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho, the Kalispel Tribe in Usk, Washington, and the Spokane Tribe in Wellpinit, Washington. Judge Jordan is an attorney in limited private practice in Spokane. She graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and has practiced in Family Law, GAL, Prisoner Law, Criminal Defense, Prosecution, Legal services, and Appeals. Judge Jordan’s experience includes working with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho where she was a tribal attorney and redrafted their constitution and bylaws as well as code provisions. She teaches for the paralegal program at Spokane Community College and works as an adjunct professor for University of Idaho College of Law in Native American Law.
Julie Sobotta Kane
Julie Sobotta Kane is enrolled in the Eastern Band Cherokee Tribe. Julie grew up in Oregon, graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law. Her first job was with the Vancouver office of the Washington Attorney General’s Office. After three years, she moved back to Idaho and took a position as a staff attorney with the in-house legal office for the Nez Perce Tribe. Twenty-one years later, Julie now serves as Managing Attorney for the Office of Legal Counsel for the Nez Perce Tribe. She resides in Lapwai, Idaho, is married and has two adult children and one grandchild.
Wendy J. Olson
Wendy J. Olson was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, and graduated from Pocatello High School. She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in news/editorial journalism and from Stanford Law School in Stanford, California, with a J.D. Wendy was sworn in on June 25, 2010, as United States Attorney for the District of Idaho. She joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in March 1997 and was serving as its Senior Litigation Counsel at the time of her appointment as U.S. Attorney. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 13 years, Wendy prosecuted white collar crime, crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children and criminal civil rights violations. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wendy was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for four and a half years. She also served as assistant to the legal director of the National Church Arson Task Force. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Wendy served as a law clerk for U.S. Chief District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle from 1990–1992.
Erica Wolf received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She is the Managing Attorney at the Center for Indian Law and Policy and an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. Erica has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and business law. She is admitted to practice in Alaska, California, and Washington.