CILP Staff

Brooke Pinkham

Brooke 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. Wolf

Erica 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.

Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Staff Attorney

Kate Jones is the Staff Attorney for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. Kate began her work with the Center for Indian Law & Policy as a Summer Estate Planning Intern for the Puyallup Tribe in 2012. Over the next few years, she worked three summer internships and assisted the Center in various other support staff positions before joining as a permanent employee in June 2017. Kate specializes in tribal wills and trust property and provides direct client estate planning representation for the Center. She also trains and hires interns for the Summer Indian Estate Planning Internship, serves as a liaison for Washington Indian Tribes and law students, and educates tribal communities about the importance of estate planning.

Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Kate provided private estate planning services to Pacific Northwestern Indian Tribes and Seattle residents in her practice at the Law Offices of Kate Jones. She relocated from Ohio to Seattle to be closer to family after graduating from the University of Akron School of Law in 2013. Kate is an active member of the National Indian Bar Association, the WSBA Elder Law Section, and the QLaw Association of Washington.

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: Robert S. Chang, Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality 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.