Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
WASHINGTON Hopi tribal citizen Diane Humetewa was among eight individuals nominated by President Barack Obama on Thursday for federal District Court judgeships. From 2002 to 2007, Humetewa was an Appellate Court Judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court.
Yesterday's nomination requires confirmation by the United States Senate. If confirmed, Humetewa will represent an Arizona district.
Also nominated by President Obama were: Judge Cynthia Ann Bashant, Stanley Allen Bastian, Justice Jon David Levy, Judge Steven Paul Logan, Judge Douglas L. Rayes, Manish S. Shah, and John Joseph Tuchi.
“These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench,”
said President Obama.
“They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”
Humetewa currently serves as Special Advisor to the President and Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Arizona State University. She is also a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
From 2009 to 2011, Humetewa was Of Counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She worked in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Arizona from 1996 to 2009, serving as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2001 to 2007 and as the United States Attorney from 2007 to 2009. During her tenure in the United States Attorney's Office, Humetewa also served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General from 1996 to 1998.
From 1993 to 1996, she was Deputy Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Humetewa received her Juris Doctorate in 1993 from Arizona State University College of Law and her Bachelor's of Science in 1987 from Arizona State.
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