Law Office of Lisa L. Atkinson, PLLC. Edmonds, Washington. 2001-Present. Practice: Wills, trusts, estate, probate & business law; Indian Law; Presiding Judge, Shoalwater Bay & Jamestown S’Klallam Tribes; Chief Judge, Upper Skagit Tribe; Associate Judge, Tulalip Tribal Court; former Civil Court Judge, Chehalis Tribe; former CJ Port Gamble S’Klallam (5+years) & Snoqualmie Tribes; Judge, Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Massachusetts); Judge Pro Tem and Appellate Justice, Northwest Intertribal Court System (NICS), Quinault, Swinomish, Suquamish, and Ute Tribes; Appellate Justice, Inter-tribal Council of Nevada; former Tribal Attorney, Quileute & Hoh Tribes; former Prosecutor, Stillaguamish Tribe; Code Writer, Pueblo of Zia.
Selected Honors & Activities
- 2015-16 American Bar Association (ABA) GPSolo Division Diversity Fellow
- 2016-2017 ABA GPSolo Division Diversity Mentor
- 2016-2017 Secretary, ABA Judicial Division National Conference of Specialized Court Judges.
Northwest Intertribal Court System, Mountlake Terrace, Washington. 2002-2003. Prosecutor for five western Washington tribes- criminal and civil matters; Indian Child Welfare proceedings in Tribal and State court.
Holland & Knight, LLP, Seattle, Washington. 2000-2001. Contract Consultant: Drafted tribal ordinances, regulations, procedures relating to regulatory compliance; researched, reviewed, and advised tribal clients on application of federal and state statutes including labor and employment laws, environmental regulations, the Single Audit Act, and national origin/race discrimination laws; assisted in drafting and editing gaming employee handbook; reviewed and revised gaming construction and partnership contracts; analyzed economic development proposals.
National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, D.C. 1999-2000. Office of General Counsel: Reviewed tribal ordinances and contracts for compliance with applicable federal regulations; wrote proposed agency Debt Collection regulations; revised Model Tribal Gaming Ordinance; processed and responded to Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act requests; performed extensive research and wrote environmental assessments involving Indian lands determinations; wrote federal procurement contracts for civil contract employees; wrote notices of violation and subpoenas for regulatory violations; compiled, reviewed, indexed documents for production pursuant to subpoena from the Inspector General of the Department of Interior.
Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado. Summer 1998. Law Clerk: Provided research used in United States Supreme Court amicus brief regarding taxation of construction project; researched evidentiary issues for fund accountability case; prepared section-by-section analysis of tribal water, garbage and sewer codes; researched intellectual property rights for tribal stories and songs; performed extensive ICWA research.
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
Juris Doctor, Environmental Concentration, June 1999
Selected Honors & Activities
- Publication: Tanner, Gordon W. and Atkinson, Lisa L., Annual Review of Agricultural Law: Commercial Law Developments, 3 Drake J. Agric. L. 195 (Spring 1998)
- Clinician, Northwest Justice Project, Indian Law Clinic, 1998-1999.
- Recipient, Ralph W. Johnson Native American Scholarship, 1996-1997
- Vice President, Northwest Indian Bar Association, 1997-1998
- Treasurer, Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), 1997-1999
- Quarter-finalist, National NALSA Moot Court Competition, 1999
- Volunteer, Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association Child Support Bench Book Task Force, 1997-1999
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Spanish minor, cum laude, June 1996
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, French emphasis, cum laude, June 1996
Selected Honors & Activities
- President, OSU Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society, 1994-1996
- Co-coordinator, Native American Longhouse, 1995-1996
- Member, Phi Kappa Phi, National Academic Honor Society, 1994-Present
- Study abroad, Universite de Poitiers, France, 1993-1994
- French proficiency (oral/written)
- Spanish proficiency (oral/written)
- Beginning Cherokee (oral)
- Learning Hawaiian (oral/written)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & TRAININGS
- 2016 58th Annual Washington State Judicial Conference. Topic: Tribal Orders Across Borders, What Do You Do With Rival Petitions and Jurisdictions?
- 2015 Tulalip Tribes’ VAWA Tribal Trial Advocacy Skills Training
- 2015 King County Superior Court “Courts and Community Committee” presentation on the Violence Against Women Act and its impact on courts and tribal communities
- 2014 Northwest Intertribal Court System Court Clerk Training
- 2014 (9/22/14) 56th Annual Washington State Judicial Conference. Topic: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in Indian Country.
- 2013-16 judicial trainings/mentoring for tribal court judges
- 2013 Spokane Bar Association CLE. Topic: Ethical & Professional Responsibilities For Diversity Based Clients- Indian Law – Litigating in or Against Indian Tribes Jurisdiction; Cultural Obstacles; Ethical Considerations
- 2012 NNALSA Moot Court Judge, University of Hawaii
- 2011 University of Washington 1L Oral Argument Judge
- 2010 University of Washington Appellate Advocacy Competition Judge
- 2009 University of Washington 1L Contract Negotiations Judge
- 2008 WSTLA Annual Conference. Topic: Ethical & Professional Responsibilities for Diversity Based Clients
- 2008 WSBA Indian Law CLE for Urban Indian Legal Clinic. Topic: Practicing in Tribal Courts
- 2008 WSBA 20th Annual Indian Law CLE. Topic: Why Tribal Courts Are Important to All Indian Law Attorneys
- 2008 Washington Minority Bar Associations Collaboration Project Statewide Diversity Conference. Topic: Tribal Courts 101
- 2008 30th Annual Conference, National Association of Women Judges. Topic: Indian Child Welfare Act at 30. (National Women Judges Conference)
- 2008 20th Annual National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Topic: Interaction with American Indian Tribal Courts. (National Judges Conference)
- 2007 WSBA Bar Leaders Conference. Topic: Leadership in Action: Public Defense in Washington Tribal Courts
- 2007 Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Celebrate Diversity CLE. Topic: Northwest Indian Bar Association updates
- 2007 Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association (NWTCJA) Judges’ Training
- 2005, 2006, 2007 Seattle University Choices in Law. Topic: Opportunities in Indian Law
- 2005, 2006, 2007 Judge, National NALSA Moot Court. Brief & Oral Argument Judge
State Courts of Washington, U.S. District Court, Western Washington
Tribal Courts: Skokomish, Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Chehalis, Shoalwater Bay, Muckleshoot, Swinomish, Sauk-Suiattle, Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Quileute, Suquamish, Hoh and Tulalip Tribes
- Washington State Bar Association
- American Bar Association- GP Solo Division; Judicial Division; National Conference of Specialized Court Judges; Tribal Courts Council
- Board Member, Minority & Justice Commission (WA Supreme Court appointment)
- Past Board Member, Access to Justice Board (WA Supreme Court appointment)
- Past President and 9-year Member, Board of Directors, Northwest Justice Project (WSBA appointment)
- Northwest Indian Bar Association, Past President 2006-2007, current Treasurer
- Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association, current President, past Secretary/Treasurer for 12 years
- Member, National American Indian Court Judges’ Association
- Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- Past Member, Board of Directors, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
- Phi Alpha Delta