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Craig J. Dorsay,3Partner

EducationCraig J. Dorsay

University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
J.D., December 1978

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.S., Natural Resources, August 1974

Bar Membership

State

Court Admissions

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Experience

Dorsay & Easton, LLP, Portland, Oregon
Partner
January 2008 to Present

Law Offices of Craig J. Dorsay, Portland, Oregon
Attorney
April 1985 to January 2008

"AV" rated in Indian Law. Private practice limited to Indian affairs.

Representative Clients

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon; Samish Indian Nation; Hoh Indian Tribe; Navajo Nation; The Klamath Tribes; Native Village of Tatitlek (ICWA); Ketchikan Indian Corporation (ICWA); Yakama Indian Nation (ICWA); Tulalip Tribes (ICWA); Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (ICWA); Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (ICWA); Santo Domingo Pueblo (ICWA); Ho-Chunk Nation (ICWA); Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota (ICWA); Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (ICWA).

Native American Program, Oregon Legal Services, Portland, Oregon
Litigation Director
July 1990 to January 1992

Native American Program, Oregon Legal Services, Portland, Oregon
Executive Director
September 1987 to July 1990

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Window Rock, Arizona>
Assistant Attorney General for Human Services
January 1983 to April 1985

Native American Program, Oregon Legal Services, Portland, Oregon
Staff Attorney
September 1979 to January 1983

University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
Coordinating Editor of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1982 Edition)
February 1978 to September 1979

National American Indian Court Judges Association, Boulder, Colorado
Project Coordinator of Long Range Planning for Study of Tribal Courts on Indian Reservations
February 1977 to January 1978

Native American Rights Fund, Law Clerk, Boulder, Colorado
September 1976 to November 1976

Publications

"Employment Division v. Smith: Just Say 'No' to the Free Exercise Clause," 59 UMKC Law Review 555 (1991)

Indian Child Welfare Act Handbook, Native American Rights Fund (2007) (contributing author)

Child Custody and Visitation Litigation Manual, chapter on "The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978" (1993) (Matthew-Bender)

The Indian Child Welfare Act and Laws Affecting Indian Juveniles (Native American Rights Fund Resource Handbook) (1984, Update 1992)

Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Manual on Juvenile Law, chapter on "The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978" (2007 Update)

Cohen's Handbook on Federal Indian Law (1982 Edition), staff editor

Indian Courts and the Future (1978)

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Lea Ann Easton, PartnerLea Ann Easton

Education

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
J.D., May 1987
Honors:  Cornelius Honor Society

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
B.A., American Studies and Political Science, 1984
Honors:  Summa Cum Laude

Bar Membership

State:

Court Admissions

State:

District Courts:

Courts of Appeal:

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Experience

Dorsay & Easton LLP, Portland, Oregon
Partner
January 2008 to Present

Law Offices of Craig Dorsay
Attorney
September 2005 to December 2008

Representing tribal clients and tribal entities on a variety of Indian law and tribal law issues including but not limited to treaty fishing rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal law development, housing, land use, employment law, sovereignty, water law, and jurisdictional issues.

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Court 
Associate Tribal Court Judge
2005 to 2009

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark, Portland, Oregon
Adjunct Professor
Clinical Instructor for Indian Law Internship Class
2004 to 2010

Native American Program Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
Executive Director, August 1998 to September 2005
Director of Litigation, February 1992 to January 1993
Staff Attorney, March 1989 to January 1993; April 1995 to August 1998

Executive Director responsibilities included supervising the program's legal work, supervising program staff including ICW Unit for Multnomah County Juvenile Court, managing program finances, administering tribal contracts, maintaining communication with the NAPOLS Advisory Board, and maintaining a caseload.  

Director of Litigation responsibilities included maintaining caseload, supervising staff attorneys, and providing ongoing training for legal staff.

Staff Attorney areas of practice included treaty fishing rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act, constitutional development, employment law, sovereignty and jurisdictional issues, water law, and archaeological resource protection.

Juvenile Rights Project, Portland, Oregon
Staff Attorney
January 1993 to March 1995

Responsibilities included representing children in dependency and delinquency court proceedings in Multnomah County.

Jolles, Sokol & Bernstein, P.C., Portland, Oregon
Research Attorney
October 1987 to December 1988

Responsibilities included assisting attorneys in trial preparation, drafting pleadings, interviewing clients, taking depositions and negotiating settlements.

Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado
Law Clerk
August 1986 to December 1986

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon
Law Clerk
September 1985 to August 1986

Affiliations

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Susan K. Driver, Of Counsel

EducationSusan Driver

University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
J.D., May 1981

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
B.S., Psychology, March 1977

Chapman College, Orange, California
Semester at Sea, World Campus Afloat, Fall Semester 1974

Bar Membership

State:

Experience

Dorsay & Easton, LLP, Portland, Oregon
Of Counsel
January 2006 to Present

Securing water rights for the expansion of the Chinook Winds Golf Resort; representing tribal clients in water negotiations and related administrative proceedings before the Oregon Water Resources Department; lead tribal attorney exploring long-term planning for regional water supply project for the Siletz Tribe and Polk and Lincoln Counties.

Representative Clients

Susan K. Driver, J.D., Mediation Services, Portland, Oregon
April 1985 to January 2008

Attorney Mediator in private practice mediating environmental and public policy issues and facilitating meetings and strategic planning processes.

Representative Clients

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Adjunct Professor, Conflict Resolution Program
March 2000 to July 2005

Taught graduate level seminars in Multi-Party Negotiations, Conflict Management Systems Design, and Careers in Conflict Resolution.

Working Group on Indian Water Settlements, Office of the Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior
Special Assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary
August 1995 to March 1997

Chair of the Nez Perce and Lummi Federal Negotiating Teams tasked with negotiating settlements of Indian reserved water rights claims with the states of Idaho and Washington.

Office of the Regional Solicitor, Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Department of the Interior
Attorney – Advisor
January 1985 to June 1995

Served as one of the principal water attorneys for the U.S. Department of the Interior, representing the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation in water rights litigation and related negotiations and hydroelectric power licensing proceedings in administrative, state, and federal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest Region.

U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of OregonPortland, Oregon
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
January 1985 to June 1995

United States v. Adair, et al., Civil No. 75-914 (D. Or.)(federal litigation related to the state adjudication of the Klamath Indian Tribe’s treaty-reserved water rights in the Klamath River Basin in Oregon).

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Division of Natural Resources, Window Rock, Arizona
Attorney II
October 1982 - December 1984

Served as one of the principal water attorneys for the Navajo Indian Tribe representing the Navajo Tribe in state and federal court proceedings involving the adjudication of the Tribe’s treaty reserved water rights in the San Juan River in New Mexico and the Little Colorado River Arizona; drafted the Navajo Nation Water code and facilitated the reorganization of the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources.

DNA - People=s Legal Services, Inc.,
Farmington, New Mexico Staff Attorney
August 1981 to September 1982

Provided free legal services in civil matters to low-income Navajo tribal members and others living on and near the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado
Legal extern and law clerk
January 1981 to June 1981

Honors

April 7, 1997 Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division

Honored for work on behalf of the United States and the Nez Perce Tribe in the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Idaho and the related negotiations.

Publications

"Confederated Tribes of the Warms Springs Reservation Reach Historic Water Settlement," Winter 1998, Volume 5, Number 2, Big River News published by the Northwest Water Law and Policy Project of the Natural Resources Law Institute of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College

Speaker

Various Annual Water Law Conferences sponsored by Law Seminar Group, Oregon State Bar, and Washington State Bar

Affiliations

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