NALA was founded in 1995 by a small group of Native American lawyers who gathered together a few times a year to offer support and professional guidance to each other.
Over the years the group has grown in size and activity.
NALA holds monthly association meetings and organizes an annual MCLE.
NALA participates on the Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association.
We came together with the mission to encourage and support Native American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, and legal professionals and law students who practice or maintain an interest in Indian law.
We do this by providing educational programs, professional development, and social interaction for the members of the Association and the legal profession.
We support advancement of the sovereignty, self-determination and general welfare of Native American people.
"Today we are still here. Today we have grown. Today someone asked me if there were even enough of us to have a NALA. Yes, there are Native American lawyers. Yes, there are people interested in and practicing in Indian law. Yes, there is even a professor teaching Indian law at one of the local law schools. All in San Diego County (some members are based in Riverside County). So yes, we are here, just like the 17 federally recognized Indian tribes in this county and just like the thousands of Native Americans living on and off reservations in this county. NALA is here for those of us here today and NALA is here for those of us coming tomorrow."
Angela Medrano, NALA President
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