Joe is a graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate and Indian Law Certificate. Joe was a three-time Dean’s List recipient at ASU and also received the highest grade in the Indian Clinic, where he and other law students represented tribal clients in state, tribal, and federal forums.
Joe’s prior work history and internships have focused on Indian law with an emphasis on tribal sovereignty. Joe has experience in dealing with issues of tribal governance, tribal civil litigation, administrative hearings, natural resources, and economic development. Joe served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Anthony Hill of the Gila River Indian Community courts where he researched tribal law and assisted the Gila River Appellate and Gila River Supreme Court daft opinions. Joe clerked for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C., where he participated in federal appellate briefing on tribal issues and helped develop strategy for Indian law litigation. Joe also interned at the Osage Nation Attorney General’s Office where he helped draft tribal codes, prepared court documents for state and tribal courts, and reviewed proposed legislation. Joe is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation and the Cherokee Nation.