Native American Law Scholarship renamed to honor Indian Law expert Douglas Nash

September 10, 2014

The Native American Law Scholarship offered by Seattle University School of Law is now named for Douglas R. Nash, the founding director of the Center for Indian Law and Policy who retired in June.

Nash, a nationally recognized expert in Indian law and estate planning, brought the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate to the law school in 2005, and it became the Center for Indian Law and Policy in 2009. The estate planning work of the Institute continues under the Center.
Doug NashNash practiced Indian law for more than 40 years in numerous capacities, including 14 years in private practice. A member of the Nez Perce Tribe, he served as head of the Indian Law Practice Group with the Holland & Hart law firm and worked as a staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund and in the Solicitor's Office in the U.S. Department of the Interior.  He was chief counsel for the Nez Perce Tribe for 10 years and was a professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. He testified on numerous occasions before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the Washington State Legislature and received the Northwest Indian Bar Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. 

The Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship is a three-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to an admitted student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to Native issues, academic achievement, and promise. 

 Native Americans have one of the smallest bars in the nation, and Seattle University School of Law is committed to increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students who attend law school. The deadline for application is February 1. Applicants are required to provide an additional two-page statement discussing their commitment to and involvement in Native American law issues. Applicants are also highly encouraged to provide a letter of support from a tribal leader.

Learn more about the scholarship.