At NARF, we are dedicated to supporting the next generation of Indian law lawyers. One way we do this is through our Law Clerk Program. Today, we’re featurning Rellani Ogumoro, who is a law clerk in our Anchorage, AK, office this summer.

A photo of Rellani Ogumoro wrapped in a traditional shawl by a totem poleRellani Ogumoro is Refaluwasch from the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and she sends her greetings: Tirow Waami and Hafa Adai! Rellani is the daughter of Jack and Lauri Ogumoro.

Rellani is entering her third year of law school at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (ASU).  During her law school tenure, Rellani has been a law clerk for the Office of General Counsel for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, a legal intern for the Office of the Prosecutor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and a legal writing intern for Snell & Wilmer, a full-service business law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Rellani served as the 2018-2019 National Native American Law Student Association Secretary and is the incoming Arizona Native American Bar Association Student Representative for ASU’s local Native American Law Students Association chapter.

Prior to law school, Rellani served as a program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior and as a policy advisor under the Special Assistant to the President – Native American Affairs in the Obama White House. In these positions, Rellani assisted White House Council on Native American Affairs leaders working to coordinate federal policies and programs to better serve Indian Country. For example, the Council planned the White House Tribal Nations Conference, an annual government-to-government summit between President Obama, his cabinet, and tribal leaders.

Rellani is looking forward to her time at NARF’s Alaska office as an opportunity to learn about litigation and legislative efforts to protect subsistence livelihoods and  provide ocean stewardship. Rellani also is enjoying the midnight sunsets and getting to eat super fresh fish again!

Welcome, Rellani!

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