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About Jeanette Wolfley

Jeanette Wolfley, enrolled in the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, joined the University of New Mexico Law School in fall 2013. She teaches federal Indian law, Indian water rights, federal jurisdiction and Tribal natural and cultural resources courses. Beginning in Spring 2017, Professor Wolfley will teach in the new Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic, providing students with a wide array of natural resources administrative and judicial matters.

Prior to joining the School of Law faculty, Professor Wolfley practiced law for over 30 years representing exclusively Tribal clients’ interests in a wide variety of matters including, federal Indian law issues, tribal law, water law adjudications and implementations of water settlement agreements, environmental and land use regulation, hunting and fishing treaty rights, gaming law, taxation, employment rights, and natural -cultural resource protection.

She has a wealth of litigation experience before federal, tribal and state courts, legislation work before Congress and state legislatures, and administrative law practice before federal administrative agencies. Wolfley served as General Counsel for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes from 1988 to 1996 before serving as special counsel. Prior to her general counsel work she worked with the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado where she served as Staff Attorney and Deputy Director for six years, 1982 - 1988. Just prior to joining the law school she was in private practice representing tribal clients, 1996 – 2013. Professor Wolfley serves and appellate judge on the Southwestern Intertribal Court of Appeals.

Her academic interests include a variety of Indian law issues, Indian voting rights and natural and cultural resource protection matters.


Present Faculty Member, University of New Mexico School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Economic Development in Indian Country
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Indian Law
  • Indian Water Law
  • Tribal Natural and Cultural Resources Law


1982 J.D., University of New Mexico ‐ School of Law
1979 B.A., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
1117 Stanford NE
Office: 3415
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Ph.: 505-277-3010


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