Faculty and Staff
The Indian Law Program draws on a panel of distinguished full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, and staff. Beyond their excellent teaching credentials, the faculty and staff have substantial experience in a variety of Indian law practice areas, which adds depth and creative energy to our program. And, strong student-faculty relationships are a hallmark of the cooperative learning environment at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Carma Corcoran ~ (Chippewa-Cree)
Dr. Corcoran is the director of the Indian Law Program. Her PhD dissertation explored the issue of Incarceration and Native American Women, “The Juxtaposition of Gentle Action Theory and Traditional Ways of Knowing and Being: In the Provision of Services to Native American Women Experiencing Incarceration”. Her Bachelor and Master degrees focused on cross cultural communication, conflict resolution and public administration. She guest lectures and teaches at Portland State University. She is the former Board Chair of Red Lodge Transition Services and has also served on the board of the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University. She currently serves on the boards of The Women’s Justice Project, The Law Enforcement Contacts Policy & Data Review Committee (LECC), and Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships.
J.D. Lewis & Clark Law School, directs the Academic Enhancement Program. She earned an environmental law certificate and spent several years as a prosecutor in two Oregon counties before returning to direct the program that she participated in as a student. Minority students of all backgrounds are encouraged to contact J.B. to find out more about the program.
Robert J. Miller’s areas of expertise are civil procedure, federal Indian law, American Indians and international law, American Indian economic development and Native American natural resources. An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, he is the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe and sits as a judge for other tribes. Professor Miller joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O’Conner School of Law at Arizona State University in 2013, after several years on the Lewis & Clark faculty.
Frank Pommersheim teaches at the University of South Dakota School of Law where he specializes in Indian law. Prior to joining the faculty in 1984, he lived and worked on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation for ten years. He currently serves on a number of tribal appellate courts throughout Indian country including Chief Justice for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals and Associate Justice for the Rosebud Sioux Supreme Court.
Professor Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life) and numerous scholarly articles. Frank is also a poet. His most recent book of poetry is East of the River: Poems Ancient and New. He has also received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award. Frank is also a contributor to the 2005 edition of Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and received the 2006 John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He recently completed a book entitled Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, which has just been published by Oxford University Press.