A Life Worth Remembering, Reflected in the Actions of Lives Touched

By:      Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

The importance of mentoring and just setting a good example can never be overstated. It impacts people beyond your immediate circle, and it affects people for years. It inspires, and it multiplies your efforts, your values and your ethics in ways that you will never hear about, but others will. Take for example the recent message I received from Racheal White Hawk, one of the associates in our practice group:

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Very sad news, Frank LaMere has passed away.  He was a well-respected activist and Winnebago tribal member from Nebraska, my home state. He fought very hard for many Native issues in Nebraska and nationally. One of his main goals was to shut down the liquor stores in the ten-person town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. The liquor stores bordered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the stores profited immensely from selling nearly 5 million cans of beer each year to Natives living on the reservation, where alcohol was prohibited. After nearly 20 years, he was finally able to stop the sales in 2017. Many people in our community, including myself, looked up to him as a mentor and a leader. He served seven consecutive times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Here is a nice article about him in the Omaha World Herald, “Native American activist Frank LaMere, dead at 69, remembered as a ‘true civil rights leader’.” 

This note touched me in so many ways. That Racheal felt compelled to let us know about this person that clearly sent her on a professional and ethical direction was insightful.  That she shared a personal connection with Mr. LaMere and wanted to share that connection and his importance made me wonder—how many others did Mr. LaMere touch, that also sent a note to their colleagues to celebrate his legacy? I am sure that there were many.  Follow the Omaha World Herald link above and learn a little about his legacy.

I wish I would have had the chance to know this Leader from the Winnebago Tribe, but I am so thankful for his life’s work to have generated inspiration to young Native lawyers like Racheal. While he has walked on, we can still hear his footsteps.

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Ted Griswold is head of Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle.  Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.

Procopio’s Native Women Attorneys — Mentoring Toward Success

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By: Racheal M. White Hawk | Associate| racheal.whitehawk@procopio.com
Gabriela Magee | Associate | gabriela.magee@procopio.com
Karli Sultzbaugh | Associate | karli.sultzbaugh@procopio.com

Procopio Partner Kerry Patterson, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, was one of a handful of Native women attorneys recently featured on Indianz.com in an article entitled, “‘We were born for this’: Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field.” In the article, Kerry discusses how Native women have served as strong role models in her life and how she hopes to mentor the three Native women Associates at Procopio toward success.

Kerry addresses the challenges that women face in the legal profession as well as with balancing their roles in their tribal communities. She mentions it is important to find a workplace where you fit in and to find an employer that invests in you, values diversity, and is forward thinking.

As the Native Associates working with Kerry, we are happy she found that fit at Procopio, and we feel extremely lucky to have such a strong Native woman as a role model and mentor right here in our firm and working with us every day.

Support is a determining factor for success, and our shared experience of being Native women in a private law firm motivates us to support each other that much more. Procopio is rated a Top Ten AmLaw 200 firm for diversity by American Lawyer magazine.

Read the entire Indianz.com article here.

Procopio_White_Hawk_RachealRacheal M. White Hawk (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group. Racheal is a member of the Arizona Bar; she has passed the California Bar Exam but is not licensed to practice in California. Connect with Racheal at racheal.whitehawk@procopio.com and 619.906.5654.

 

Procopio_Rios_Gabriela_Bio Photo 7122Gabriela Magee (Cahuilla Band of Indians) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law practice group. She focuses her practice on advising tribal clients on a variety of issues regarding governance, environmental permitting, gaming, intergovernmental agreements, culture resource protection and contracts. Connect with Gabi at gabriela.magee@procopio.com and 619.906.5620.

Procopio_Sultzbaugh_Karli_Bio Photo 7220Karli Sultzbaugh (Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law practice group. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Connect with Karli at karli.sultzbaugh@procopio.com and 619.906.5665.