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Beth’s practice focuses on the needs of tribal governments and clients doing business with tribes, with a focus on the issues unique to Indian Country. Beth represents and advises Indian tribes and other clients on a broad spectrum of Indian law issues, including the development of tribal codes, regulations and legislation and advising clients on state legislation affecting Indian Country, water, environmental and natural resource, economic development, contract, health, corporate, sovereign immunity, tribal governance and Indian Child Welfare Act matters. Beth has experience with tribal economic development, including structuring business joint venture and development agreement and drafting tribal and reviewing tribal business contracts and leases. Beth also has experience conducting training sessions on a variety of legal issues for tribal councils, governments and employees.
When not practicing law, Beth can often be found rafting the rivers of Utah and Colorado or skiing along the Wasatch Front with her family. As a former river guide and ski instructor, Beth has a deep love for and connection with the natural environment. Beth is also actively involved in refugee advocacy and mentoring.
Beth is a founding member of the Utah Tribal Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing relief and assistance to the eight federal recognized tribes in Utah, and currently serves on the Foundation’s Board. Beth is a board member of the Indian Law Section of Utah State Bar. As part of her service, Beth reviews proposed Utah State legislation relating to tribal issues and acts as a liaison between local tribes and the Utah State Bar and legal community in Utah. Beth is a board member of the Indian Child Welfare Act Subcommittee of the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar and is a member of the small four-member team working with Senator Iwamoto to draft new ICWA legislation for the State of Utah. Beth taught Federal Indian Law at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School. She also taught Communications Law at the University of Utah.
Prior to joining Lear, Beth was a senior attorney at Tsosie & Hatch where she represented various tribes on a wide range of business development, contractual, tribal governance and lobbying issues.
Beth is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
State and Federal Courts of Utah
Professional & Civic Associations
Utah Tribal Relief Foundation – Founding Board Member
Indian Law Section, Utah State Bar: –Board Member
Indian Child Welfare Act Committee, Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar: – Board Member
Refugee Justice League – Member
Utah State Bar – Member
Utah Crew – Board Member
Juris Doctor – Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (2006)
President – Native American Law Student Association
Research assistant and teaching assistant to Larry Echohawk – Federal Indian Law and Evidence
Lead Articles Editor & Editorial Board Member – BYU Education and Law Journal
Service Coordinator – Public Interest Law Foundation (2005-2006)
Graduate Student Instructor – Basic Mediation