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. This week we’re highlighting Francesca Kamkahpak, a law clerk in our Anchorage, AK, office.
Francesca is Tlingit and Yupik and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Togiak in Alaska. She is the first member of her tribe to pursue a Juris Doctors degree.
Francesca earned her bachelor’s degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and much of her work has been on a grassroots level within the Alaska Native community. Francesca has worked for her tribal government for more than eight years. She began her career as a Tribal Court Clerk, which allowed her to work with tribal leaders to create a restorative justice model for the tribal court. More recently, she has served as her tribe’s Environmental Program Manager and Tribal Administrator.
Francesca is in her third year of law school at Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. In law school, Francesca has served as president of the American Constitution Society student chapter and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union student chapter.
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