California Indian Law Association
Board of Directors
Hon. Christine Williams, (CILA President) a member of the Yurok Tribe, earned her law degree and Indian Law Certificate from Arizona State University in 2000 and was admitted to practice law in California the same year. Judge Williams’ legal career has focused on representing Tribes in a broad spectrum of tribal legal matters primarily Indian child welfare, tribal court development and cultural resource protection. She currently serves as the Chief Judge for several tribes in Northern California. Additionally, Judge Williams provides training and education on various areas of Indian law and history.
David J. Montoya III, (CILA Treasurer) (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) hails from both Orange County and Los Angeles, splitting time between the locations over the past 15 years. After graduating from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Philosophy, David attended UCLA School of Law and enrolled in the Federal Indian Law joint-degree program. While at law school, David worked on economic development, cultural property, and sovereignty issues facing Native American tribes across the U.S. After graduating, he opened the doors to his own law firm, helping indigent clients in Orange County and Los Angeles on a myriad of issues includign evictions, divorce, child custody, and bankruptcy. Soon thereafter David became the research analyst for UCLA's American Indian Studies Center and conducted legal research for the Tribal Law and Order Commission. Mr. Montoya currently works as an in-house attorney for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. He continues to work with and mentor students in UCLA's American Indian Studies program and is also working with another non-profit organization to educate younger Native American on our elders' experiences in boarding schools.
Adam Bailey, (CILA Treasurer) is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and an associate in the Sacramento office of Hobbs, Straus, Dean, & Walker, LLP. He is a 2011 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he was an officer in the school’s NALSA chapter; a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review; and a student clerk at the Hopi Tribal Appellate Court and the Hualapai Tribal Court of Appeals. At UCLA, he focused on tribal and Indian law, and received a specialized degree in critical race studies. Prior to law school, Mr. Bailey was a legislative specialist for Hobbs, Straus, Dean, & Walker and a legislative associate for the National Congress of American Indians. He is a 2001 graduate of Harvard College. Before joining Hobbs Straus in Sacramento, Mr. Bailey was an associate in the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. He is originally from Alturas, California.
Lindsey Fletcher, (CILA Secretary) a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, earned a joint J.D./M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Fletcher served as managing editor of the UCLA Law Review; served as Secretary of the National Native American Law Students Association and UCLA’s local chapter; clerked for the Hualapai Tribal Court; externed for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; participated in moot court; provided ordinance and constitution drafting assistance to a California tribe; and wrote a Masters thesis titled “Bargaining for Jurisdiction: Tort Liability in Tribal-State Gaming Compacts.” Ms. Fletcher also had the opportunity to clerk for Pechanga’s General Counsel office where she provided assistance on employment, tort liability, tribal governance, and sacred site protection issues. Prior to law school, Ms. Fletcher earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she minored in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Ms. Fletcher is an associate in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s labor and employment practice group in Los Angeles, where she serves as Office Leader for the Diversity and Inclusion Attorney Network.
Naomi Y. Bebo is a member of the Ho-Chunk and Menominee Tribes, and a 2009 graduate of the Juris Doctorate/Masters of Arts program in Law and American Indian Studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and currently is an associate at the Nordhaus Law Firm. While at UCLA, Ms. Bebo served as Chairwoman of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), participated in the National NALSA moot court competition, was a member of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and served as an Articles Editor for the UCLA Indigenous Peoplesʹ Journal of Law, Culture and Resistance. Her thesis paper concerned cultural property protection and the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Before joining Nordhaus Law Firm, Ms. Bebo worked at Berkey Williams LLP in Berkeley, California pursuant to a Public Interest Indian Law Fellowship, serving tribal clients regarding native land rights, environmental and cultural resource protection, Indian child dependency, tribal law, and litigation. Ms. Bebo previously clerked for two tribal courts, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Hopi Supreme Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. Ms. Bebo has worked for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Native American Rights Fund, and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. She also has litigated Indian Child Welfare Act cases as a Faculty Associate for the Indian Legal Clinic at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor Law School. Ms. Bebo is a member of the California and Arizona State Bars.
Alex Cleghorn is Aleut/Alutiiq, was born and raised in Alaska and is enrolled with Natives of Kodiak and Koniag. Alex has practiced Indian Law since 2004. In 2012 he opened his own practice where he continues to represent tribes on a variety of issues including: development of tribal laws, courts, and law enforcement; economic development; Indian Child Welfare Act matters; and self-governance. Alex received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. As a law student he received support from the Natives of Kodiak and the Koniag Educational Foundation, where he now serves as a mentor.
Javier I. Kinney is a Tribal member and Director of Office of Self-Governance for the Yurok Tribe. He has attained a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts degree in Law & Diplomacy, specializing in Development Economics and International Law from Tufts University-Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. Mr. Kinney has extensive experience working for Tribal governments specializing in areas of public policy, economic analysis, tribal governance, grant management, protection of tribal cultural resources and strategic planning.
William Wood is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. He is a 2006 graduate of the joint Juris Doctorate / Masters of Art program in Law and American Indian Studies at UCLA, and also holds Masters Degrees from Vermont Law School and Harvard University. Mr. Wood was the inaugural Bernard A. and Lenore S. Greenberg Law Review Fellow at the UCLA School of Law, and taught Advanced Topics in Federal Indian Law and a seminar on Indian Gaming Law, Policy and Politics. He has taught Federal Indian Law at Southwestern Law as a member of the adjunct faculty, and a graduate and undergraduate course on the History of Native Americans in California at UCLA. While in law school, he was articles editor of the UCLA Law Review and the UCLA Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance. Following law school, Professor Wood joined Holland & Knight LLP's Indian Law Practice Group, where he represented tribal governments and entities in litigation, taxation, land and economic development matters from 2006 to 2012. Professor Wood's scholarly research is focused on federal Indian law issues and the allocation of adjudicatory and regulatory jurisdiction among Indian tribes, states, and the federal government. His recent articles have appeared in the American University Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. Since 2009, he has served as editor-in-chief of Federal Indian Law, the quarterly newsletter of the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association.