Welcome to Summer Law Clerk Elizabeth “Hopey” Fink


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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 featuring Elizabeth Hope Fink (“Hopey”) , a law clerk in our Anchorage, AK, office this summer.

Photo of Elizabeth "Hopey" Fink next to totem poleHopey is a rising third-year law student at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Originally from Indiana, she became interested in the intersections of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and children’s rights as an undergraduate at Georgetown University studying linguistics and anthropology. After college, she spent two years teaching through AmeriCorps at a grade school in the Ft. Belknap Indian Community in northern Montana.

While at law school, Hopey has served on the executive boards of the Public Service Advisory Board and the Native American Law Students Association. She also worked on impact litigation as a student attorney in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic. She is an executive notes editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, and her note Sense and Census Building: Capturing Tribal Realities in the US Census will be published in the journal’s forthcoming Volume 62. Last summer, Hopey interned for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, focusing on education policy projects, probate reform, and the tribal nation’s Domestic Violence Code. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Alaska Native issues as a law clerk in NARF’s Anchorage office this summer.

Welcome, Hopey!