Wes is a staff attorney in the Anchorage, Alaska, office. He joined NARF in 2016 as the inaugural Alaska Fellow. Wes grew up on Fir Island, Washington, north of Seattle, at the confluence of the Skagit River and the Salish Sea. He graduated with honors from the Davidson Honors College, University of Montana, in 2012 with a B.A. in History as a University Scholar. He received his J.D. from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in 2016 with Certificates in American Indian Law and Environmental & Natural Resources Law.
In law school, Wes was a clinical student with the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic and the Managing Editor of the Public Land & Resources Law Review. He was a board member of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) chapter and Outlaws, an LGBT law student association, and competed in the 2015 National NALSA Moot Court. While in law school, Wes clerked for the Honorable Brian M. Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana, Great Falls. He also was the recipient of the 2016 Edward E. Cremer III Environmental Law Award for outstanding research in environmental law.
Wes’s practice focuses primarily on ensuring the survivance of traditional, cultural resources and landscapes. In addition, his practice also includes tribal jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, banishment, trust lands, subsistence, and non-profit organization. Wes also has published scholarship on a wide range of federal Indian law topics, including treaty rights and salmon habitat restoration. He is admitted to practice in the states of Alaska and Montana, the United States District Court for the Districts of Alaska, Montana, and North Dakota, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.