Philip Tinker, 2011 TU Law graduate with Highest Honors, earned a Native American Law Certificate. In August 2011, he began a clerkship with Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. A member of the Deer Clan of the Osage Nation, Tinker, while at TU, coordinated a 20-student pro bono project on behalf of a tribal citizen convicted on capital charges in Oklahoma state court.
Enabling more students to take advantage of its Native American and Indigenous Law programs is the highest Worcester Sovereignty Project priority. Need-based scholarships will create more opportunities for potential advocates in the TU College of Law's Native American Law JD certificate program and its LLM program in American Indian and Indigenous Law.
TU Law's JD program offers students an extensive Native American Law curriculum consisting of an American Indian Law Seminar, Federal Indian Law, Indian Gaming Law, Native American & Indigenous Rights, Native American Natural Resources Law, Tribal Economic Development, and Tribal Government. In addition, the College offers law school graduates an opportunity to develop specialized expertise through its LLM degree program in American Indian and Indigenous Law. Many Native American graduates of these programs have become leaders within their Indian Nations and leading Indian Law practitioners and educators.
Funds provided to establish a JD scholarship endowment fund and an LLM scholarships endowment fund will be critically important in educating the tribal soverignty defenders of tomorrow.