A Conversation with Judge Diane Humetewa

    November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    James E. Rogers Law School
    College of Law Bldg
    1201 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721

    Hosted by UofA Native American Law Students Association.

    “NALSA invites you to a conversation between Judge Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman appointed to the federal bench, and UA NALSA 1L member Martie Simmons. Their discussion will cover Judge Humetewa’s law-school experience, her varied work at the DOJ and in the field of domestic violence, her role in supporting repatriation efforts in France, her trajectory to the Federal bench, and her tips for rising attorneys. The event will close with a question and answer.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Inspiring conversation with Judge Humetewa , of the Hopi Tribe, graduate of ASU Law School, formerly with US Attorney’s Office and Hope Tribal Appellate Court. She worked 4 years as a federal Victim Advocate, prior to law school, first in her family to go to college & grad. school, worked on Indian Family Violence Prevention Act for Senator McCain. Has not faced any racism as a lawyer/judge, but resentment/bullying from other female attorneys. These actions led her to reflect upon her hard work and channeled her to “productive energy”. She humbly said that her next goal is just to do her best legally and gave advice to law students/young lawyers to “be prepared, professional and prompt” and not be “overly aggressive”. Audience questions were about the confirmation process by DOJ to be appointed to the federal bench, who was her favorite Supreme Court Justice (Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor), has the Trump Administration impacted federal judge appointments/Indian law, how does she manage a family and a legal career, what has surprised her in the court system, and lastly, how define tribal sovereignty. LD 3 House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales present tonight.


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