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Patricia Ferguson

Clinical Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program
Director, Indian Legal Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. Professor Ferguson-Bohnee has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.

Before joining the College in 2008, Professor Ferguson-Bohnee clerked for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate in the Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group at Sacks Tierney P.A. in Phoenix. As a Fulbright Scholar to France, she researched French colonial relations with Louisiana Indians in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Professor Ferguson-Bohnee, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona.

Education

B.A., Stanford University (1997)

J.D., Columbia University School of Law (2001)

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 776Indian Legal Clinic
Honors / Awards
  • 2015 Woman of the Year, American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, Phoenix Indian Center
  • 2011 Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award, Arizona Chapter of American Jewish Committee
  • 2010 Frank Harrison & Harry Austin Citizenship Award, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Arizona Indian Gaming Association
  • 2009 Member of the Year Award, Native American Bar Association of Arizona
  • 2009 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, Arizona State University
  • 2009 Outstanding Law School Faculty Award, Equal Justice Works
Professional Associations
• Arizona Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2017-2021) • Advisory Committee, American Bar Association Committee on Human Rights (2016-2018). • National Commissioner, National Commission on Voting Rights, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law (appointed 2014) • Commission on Minorities in the Law, Arizona Supreme Court (2011-2017) • National Native American Bar Association, President-Elect (2009-2011), President (2011-2013), Immediate Past President (2013-2015), Treasurer (2015-2016) • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Tribal Lands Committee, Co-Chair (2014-2016) • American Bar Association, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, Vice Chair Native American Concerns Committee (2013-Present) • American Bar Association, Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (2013-2016) • Native American Bar Association of Arizona, Founding Member, Board Member (2007-2019), Vice-President (2008-2009), President (2009-2011) • Southwest Editor, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section Newsletter (2009-2015) • Miss Indian Arizona Association Scholarship Program Board Member (2001-present), President (2008-2013) • State Bar of Arizona, Indian Law Section Executive Council, Board Member (2007-2012), Chair-Elect (2009-2010), Chair (2010-2011)
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