Akilah Kinnison

Akilah Kinnison

Part-time Professor of Practice

Akilah Kinnison is a Part-time Professor of Practice. She teaches Critical Race Theory. 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. 

Professor Kinnison is an attorney at Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm representing tribal governments and national tribal organizations. Her practice areas include 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

  • Part-time Professor of Practice
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 – present
  • Assistant Professor of Law and IPLP Graduate Advisor
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2018 – 2019
  • Of Counsel
    Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
    2018 – present
  • Associate Attorney
    Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
    2013 – 2018
Professor of Practice