Robert A.
Clinical Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Education, Indigenous Law & Policy Program
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Biographical Information

Robert Alan Hershey has specialized in Indian Affairs for four decades. He is a Professor at both the Law and American Indian Studies Faculties and Director of Clinical Education for the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona. Professor Hershey received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972. He then worked as Staff Attorney for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Indian Reservation. From 1983 to 1999, he served as Special Litigation Counsel and Law Enforcement Legal Advisor to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and, from 1995 to 1997, as Special Counsel to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Professor Hershey also serves, now in his twenty-seventh year, as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O'odham Judiciary, and he was an Associate Justice for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Court of Appeals. He has been a member of the White Mountain Apache, Hopi, Pascua Yaqui, and Tohono O'odham Tribal Courts, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Arizona and Montana State Bars. He has taught American Indian Law at the University of Puerto Rico Escuela de Derechos, the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and taught, as a Visiting Professor, a version of his Globalization course at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. For the past twenty-five years he has taught Indian law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Professor Hershey currently teaches Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Clinical Education (which promotes and assists the self-determination of Aboriginal communities in the southwestern United States and worldwide). He also teaches a Globalization and the Preservation/Transformation of Culture course, and has written extensively on that topic. His book Globalization and the Transformation of Cultures and Humanity: a Curriculum and Toolkit for the Efflorescence of Ecological Literacy in Legal and Business School Education can be found at He has assisted tribes in forming and revising tribal constitutions and codes, and has conducted numerous training workshops for tribal judges and tribal court personnel.

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University of Arizona College of Law
University of California at Irvine