Akilah Kinnison

Assistant Professor of Law & IPLP Program Graduate Advisor

Akilah Kinnison is an Assistant Professor of Law and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Graduate Advisor.  She teaches Critical Race Theory to J.D. students as well as teaching Public International Law in the University's B.A. in Law Program, currently the country's only undergraduate law degree. Professor Kinnison's research interests include the application of international human rights law to federal Indian law issues in the United States, including access to health care and repatriation of tangible cultural heritage. Additionally, Professor Kinnison works with LL.M. and S.J.D. students who come to the University from across the country and around the world to study indigenous peoples law and policy.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Kinnison was an attorney at Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm representing tribal governments and national tribal organizations. Her practice areas included government relations, natural and cultural resource protection, health care and education, and tribal gaming. She holds an LL.M. and a J.D. from the University of Arizona and a B.A. from Davidson College.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications

  • Perspectives and Methods:  Critical Race Theory, in Oxford Handbook of Children's Rights ___ (Jonathan Todres & Shani King eds. forthcoming 2018) (co-author, with Natsu Taylor Saito).
  • Indigenous Consent:  Rethinking U.S. Consultation Policies in Light of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 1301 (2011).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • LL.M. James E. Rogers College of Law
  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
    Graduated magna cum laude
  • B.A. Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Law and IPLP Graduate Advisor
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2018 – present
  • Of Counsel
    Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
    2018 – present
  • Associate Attorney
    Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
    2013 – 2018