Class of 2009
Rebecca is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Indians. In 2005, she graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. While attending Duke University, Rebecca served as the Co-President of the Native American Student Alliance (2004-2005) and returned home every summer to work with the Lac du Flambeau youth at the Abinoojiiyag Center. After graduating from Duke, Rebecca again returned home and worked for Lac du Flambeau’s Historic Preservation Office as the Assistant Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and as a substitute teacher for the Lac du Flambeau Public School. After a short break, Rebecca returned to school and earned her Juris Doctorate in May 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. During law school, Rebecca served as a student attorney for the Family Court Assistance Project and interned for a Dane County Judge. She also served as the Vice-President (2007-2008) and LEO Representative (2008-2009) for the Indigenous Law Students Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. On July 1, 2009, Rebecca L. Maki began her two year term as a staff attorney for the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court.
Christina Starner (Bokas)
Christina Starner (Delaware, Nanticoke) graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 with a B.A. in English and a certificate in American Indian Studies. After graduating, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Schools of Hope Project – a literacy project geared at improving the reading skills of children from low-income families. Christina went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School and she earned her J.D. in May 2009. During law school, Christina worked as a legal intern at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and trained domestic abuse advocates on jurisdictional issues on Indian reservations. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable William Hanrahan, a student attorney for the Criminal Appeals Project, and secretary for the Indigenous Law Students Association. Christina now practices in the areas of guardianship law, mental health civil commitments, and appeals. She also teaches undergraduate classes (Criminal Law, Native American History) at Springfield College and M.A.T.C.
“I am so fortunate to have been part of ILSA. Not only did it provide resources such as outlines and study groups, it also enabled me to personally connect with other Native students, thus providing me with an academic and social support network that is so essential for any law student.”
Class of 2006
Andrew Adams III
Tribal Attorney for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin.
“ILSA is a great organization and I was very honored to serve as Vice-President in 2005-2006. The members, activities, and dedication of ILSA was inspiring. Law School is a challenging experience for anyone, and I feel fortunate that I had ILSA as a great resource of support and encouragement to rely on.”
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Office of Tribal Attorney
24663 Angeline Avenue Webster, WI 54893
715-349-2195 x5113 office
Assistant General Counsel for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
“I enjoyed being a part of ILSA while I attended law school. Having such a great organization with so many esteemed and accomplished attorneys throughout its history made you feel as if you were really part of something special. In addition, the annual conference which has been in existence for over 20 years, lies at the heart of the organizations strong commitment to Indian legal issues.”
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
2605 N. West Bayshore Drive
Peshawbestown, MI 49684
(231) 534-7978 Office
Class of 2003
James Washinawatok II
Nordhaus Law Firm in Albuquerque, NM
“I attended UW-Madison in part because while I was an undergrad at Madison, I saw the strong Native law student presence and wanted to be a part of a student support group like that. Being that ILSA is the only group of it’s kind in Wisconsin, its importance is obvious.”
Staff Attorney with the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
Becky’s focus is on real estate, mortgage lending, utilities, probates, and tribal elections. She also teaches a class on Oneida Real Property Law offered mainly to tribal employees and elected officials.
“I attended UW Madison as an undergraduate and was an active member of Wunk Sheek. When I attended Law School, ILSA served as my new student support network. I am grateful for the countless opportunities presented to me and my fellow students through ILSA. Thanks ILSA!”
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 109