Washburn fights for Native Americans

Leading scholar in American Indian law next up for Assembly Series

Kevin Washburn, JD, professor and dean of the School of Law at the University of New Mexico, will deliver a talk on “Improving Criminal Justice for American Indians,” at noon Thursday, Sept. 23, for the Washington University in St. Louis Assembly Series.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 309.


Washburn is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and a leading scholar and practitioner of American Indian law. He also is an expert in gaming law. Throughout his career, Washburn has worked for legislation to improve the lives of Native Americans.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989 from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School in 1993.

Prior to entering academia, Washburn served as a federal prosecutor in the volent crimes section of the U.S. Attorney General’s office in New Mexico and worked as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Dept. of Justice. At age 32, he was appointed general counsel to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Co-sponsors of Washburn’s presentation are WUSTL’s School of Law, the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Native American Law Student Association.

For information, visit assemblyseries.wustl.edu or call (314) 935-4620.