Center for Indian Law & Policy

Sullivan Hall

CILP Staff

Brooke PinkhamBrooke Pinkham

Staff Director

Brooke Pinkham is the Staff Director for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. Brooke joins Seattle University School of Law after spending nine years as a Staff Attorney with the Northwest Justice Project where she provided direct representation and advocacy on behalf of tribal members throughout Washington State. Brooke is Nez Perce and grew up within the community of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Brooke most recently served as a guest-lecturer for the Law School's Incarcerated Parents Advocacy Clinic on the topic of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Brooke has particular expertise in Indian estate planning and probate, enforcing application of the Indian Child Welfare Act, protecting the rights to secure housing, tribal and non-tribal public benefits, and the education rights of Native American students. Brooke is a University of Washington School of Law graduate; has served on the Boards for the National Native American Law Students Association, the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section, and the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

Professor Gregory Silverman

Faculty Director

Professor Silverman in an enrolled member of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, a federally recognized, sovereign Indian Nation of the Mohegan people. In addition to being a tenured member of the law faculty, for the past 15 years, Professor Silverman has been an active tribal judge sitting as an appellate justice on tribal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest with the Northwest Intertribal Court System. Two judicial opinions authored by Judge Silverman have been included in the leading casebook on American Indian Tribal Law. One opinion concerned land use and zoning law, which he wrote while sitting as a justice on the Court of Appeals of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. The second opinion, which he penned while sitting as a justice on the Court of Appeals of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, dealt with the Tribal constitutional right of privacy in the context of drug testing Tribal shellfish divers.

Since joining the faculty of Seattle University School of Law in 1999, Professor Silverman has taught courses on Property Law, Tribal Law, Intellectual Property, the Law of Trade Secrets, Video Game Law, and the Law of Electronic Commerce as well as seminars on various topics in jurisprudence and legal theory, including Game Theory & the Law, Neuroscience & the Law, Postmodern Legal Theory, and Rethinking Legal Responsibility in the Age of Neuroscience. He has written two books on electronic commerce, intellectual property and the Internet as well as articles on technology, the law of privacy and the judicial system, jurisprudence, and legal education.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Silverman practiced law in Massachusetts with a focus on land use, fisheries and environmental law. During this period, Professor Silverman was appointed as the Commissioner for the Town of Falmouth to and ultimately became chair of the Cape Cod Commission, a land use and regulatory agency created by the Massachusetts state legislature that has been showcased by the United Nations as a model for government land use planning and management in a democracy. Professor Silverman has also been a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago, a recipient of the Max Rheinstein Research Fellowship in Law of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a visiting legal scholar for two years at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

Erica L. WolfErica L. Wolf

Senior Attorney

Erica Wolf is the Senior Attorney at the Center for Indian Law & Policy. She is the Director of Graduate Programs for the law school, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where she teaches a clinical course in Indian Trusts & Estates. Ms. Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has served as the Center's managing attorney and a supervising attorney of the Indian Estate Planning Project since 2006.

Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Ms. Wolf worked in private practice. Her practiced involved litigation, business law, and estate planning. She is a member of the state bars of Washington, California, and Alaska, and is a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.

Guadalupe CeballosGuadalupe Ceballos

Staff Attorney

Guadalupe Ceballos primarily focues on assisting Indian families with all areas of estate planning, encouraging them to make informed decisions about their property and drafting wills to conform to tribal, federal, and state law.  In addition to practicing law, Guadalupe assists with all aspects of the Center's programs, including student recruitment and retention, fund development, and community outreach and education.  Her interests include Federal Indian law, environmental law, and indigenous rights.  Prior to joining the Center, Guadalupe held positions in several departments at the School of Law, worked in several local law offices as a paralegal and interned for the Washington State House of Representatives.

Catherine O'Neill Professor Catherine O'Neill

Senior Fellow

Professor O'Neill was a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow at Harvard Law School. She came to the Northwest in 1992 as an environmental planner and air toxics coordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology. From 1994 to1997, she was a Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. From 1997 to 2001, Professor O'Neill was Assistant, then Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. She joined the faculty in 2001.

Professor O'Neill's research focuses on issues of justice in environmental law and policy; in particular, her work considers the effects of contamination and depletion of fish and other resources relied upon by tribes and their members, communities of color and low-income communities. She has worked with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council on its Fish Consumption Report; with various tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes on issues of contaminated fish and waters; and with environmental justice groups in the Southwest on air and water pollution issues. Professor O'Neill has testified before Congress on regulations governing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. She has also served as a pro bono consultant to the attorneys for the National Congress of American Indians and other tribes in litigation challenging these mercury regulations. Professor O'Neill is a Member Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform.

Professor O'Neill has published numerous scholarly articles, including Variable Justice: Environmental Standards, Contaminated Fish, and "Acceptable" Risk to Native Peoples (Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 2000); Mercury, Risk, and Justice (Environmental Law Reporter, 2004); and No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation (Vermont Law Review, 2007).

Ben B. Kim

Senior Fellow

Professor Ben Kim received his Ph.D., MBA, and BA from the University of Minnesota, University of Washington, and Seoul National University, respectively. Professor Kim's teaching and research areas include corporate data management, data mining, e-business, and global business management. He has published articles in International Journal of E-Business Research, Journal of Systems Management, Data Base Management, Expert Systems with Applications, Management Decision, Logistics Information Management, and many others, as well as numerous conference proceedings. Professor Kim has several chapters published in books such as Successful Software Reengineering, High-Performance Web Databases, and Data Management Handbook. He has conducted seminars and taught executive programs on corporate information systems and strategies for government agencies and businesses of the United States, Korea, Japan, and Europe. He held a position of Research Fellow at J D Edwards in Denver, Colorado. At Seattle University, he is a tenured full professor and was a recipient of Genevieve Albers Professorship. Internationally, Professor Kim is a Fellow of the Japan Society of Information and Management and also holds a Visiting Professorship at Heilbronn University of Germany.

Michael Mirande

Adjunct Professor, Senior Fellow

Michael Mirande was born in Mineola, N.Y. in 1953. After graduating from Duke University School of Law he clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, Chief Judge of the United States (then) 5th (now 11th) Circuit Court of Appeals. After practicing law in North Carolina, he taught two years at Duke University School of Law (Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility), and another year at the University of South Carolina School of Law (Civil Procedure and Federal Courts). In 1986 he began to practice law in Seattle with Bogle & Gates, where he became the Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. For the past seven years he practiced with Miller Bateman LLP. He has practiced Indian Law for over twenty years.

Faculty Fellows

The Faculty Fellows for the Center for Indian Law and Policy support the Center's mission and provide valuable input, ideas and suggestions in pursuit of the Center's goals.  The Center's faculty fellows are: Catherine A. O'Neill, Professor of Law; Robert S. Chang, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law; Lisa Brodoff, Director, Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and Associate Professor; Ben B. Kim, Professor.

Advisory Committee 

The Center for Indian Law & Policy is honored to include the following individuals as Advisory Committee members: Bree Blackhorse, Galanda Broadman; Alix Foster, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community; Lisa Koop, Tulalip Tribes; Sarah Lawson, Snoqualmie Tribe; and Phil Katzen, Kanji & Katzen.