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Erin C. Dougherty
Staff Attorney

Erin joined the Native American Rights Fund in 2009 as a Skadden Fellow. At NARF, Erin works on a variety of Indian law and tribal jurisdiction issues, including a project to assist Alaska Natives in their efforts to relocate coastal villages threatened by erosion and other problems associated with climate change. This includes a wide range of legal issues such as navigating the regulatory jurisdiction over all aspects of community infrastructure.

Erin graduated from Willamette University where she was a double major in Politics and History, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Truman Scholar. Prior to law school Erin was a Fulbright Scholar based at the University of Tromsø in Tromsø (Romsa), Norway where she conducted masters-level research on Sámi political mobilization and indigenous self-governance within international and Norwegian legal frameworks.

She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008. While in law school Erin was the co-chair of Michigan’s Native American Law Students Association, served on the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works, and also served as an Article Editor and the Administrative Manager for the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law.

Erin previously clerked for the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, and legal aid organizations in Alaska and Vermont. After graduation, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Dana Fabe, then Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court.  Erin serves on the Alaska Bar Association's Committee for Pro Bono Service and the Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts.  She is admitted to practice law in Alaska, the District of Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

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