At NARF, we are dedicated to supporting the next generation of Indian law lawyers, and one way we do this is through our Law Clerk Program. Today, we’re highlighting Caleb Norris, a law clerk in our Boulder, CO, office this summer.

Photo of Caleb Norris on a seashoreCaleb is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with degrees in History and Political Science. After spending a few months teaching surf lessons in Cape Town, South Africa., he began his legal education at the University of Oregon. As a first year law student, Caleb became involved with the Native American Law Students Association chapter, and developed an interest in how he might be able to use his legal career to help Indian Country.

He spent the summer after his first year of law school at The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) in West Hollywood, CA. While there, he helped develop wellness programs for tribal courts, drafted memos of understanding to be signed by tribal governments and local/state law enforcement, and researched potential tribal codes to criminalize sex trafficking. His summer culminated in being published by the American Bar Association as a contributor to Banning Conversion Therapy on Minors: A Guide for Creating Tribal and State Legislation. While in Los Angeles, Caleb also worked part-time as an intern for a local fine arts attorney, helping draft contracts for artists and gallery owners in the city. Through these two positions, Caleb grew fascinated in how intellectual property law and Indian law can interact to protect Native arts, knowledge, and genetic resources.

As a summer clerk at NARF, Caleb hopes to use his skills to engage in a variety of areas congruent with federal Indian law, including intellectual property law, constitutional law, business law, and tribal law.  As he enters his third year of law school he hopes to continue to fine-tune his focuses on intellectual property and corporate law, and use those skills to benefit Indian Country and humanity as a whole. Following graduation, he hopes to begin a legal career in the intersection of art, culture, humanity, and law.

In his free time, Caleb enjoys writing music, reading non-fiction novels, running, and obsessively following NBA basketball.

Welcome, Caleb!

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