Will Haney (President) is a Staff Attorney for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He graduated from UCLA School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of California. While at UCLA Law, Mr. Haney was a Staff Member and Associate Editor of the UCLA Law Review and served as Secretary and Alumni Chair of the UCLA Native American Law Students Association. His practice areas include Tribal governance, Tribal economic development, Tribal water rights, environmental law, intellectual property, religious rights, and the protection and promotion of Tribal sovereignty. Mr. Haney is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.
Samantha Cypret (Vice President) is an analyst in the legal department at the California Native American Heritage Commission. Ms. Cypret is a verified member of Tsi Akim Maidu of the Taylorsville Rancheria and served as Secretary on their Tribal Council. Prior to her election to the Board of Directors for CILA, Ms. Cypret served as the Program Coordinator. She graduated from Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, where she was recipient of the Victor Bertolani Award for the Most Outstanding Graduate. She was the senior editor of the Voir Dire, Lincoln Law School’s legal publication and was the Dean of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. While in law school, she served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office, prosecuting cases in the Misdemeanor and Domestic Violence units. Prior to law school, she graduated from the University of California, Davis with Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Political Science.
Geneva E.B. Thompson (Treasurer) is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is a staff attorney with Wishtoyo Foundation and Ventura Coastkeeper. Ms. Thompson is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, with specializations in critical race studies and public interest law, where she served as the President of the UCLA Native American Law Students Association, clerked with the Department of Justice Indian Resource Section, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, participated in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition, Vice President of the UCLA Student Bar Association, and was the Diversity and Outreach Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Ms. Thompson has published articles in the UCLA Law Review and the Indigenous Peoples Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance.
Loretta Miranda (Secretary) is a descendant of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and is Associate General Counsel for the Karuk Tribe. She is graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, where she served as Vice-President of NALSA and participated in NALSA moot court. While in law school, Ms. Miranda clerked for the Department of the Interior, the Office of the Regional Solicitor in Portland, Oregon, the Native American Rights Fund in Alaska, and for the Yurok Tribal Court. Prior to law school, she worked as the Outreach Coordinator for a Native American-owned community-based organization. Ms. Miranda was also the 2016-2017 Indian Law Fellow at Berkey Williams LLP.
Courtney Cole Cherokee and Choctaw, is a clerk with the Intertribal Court of Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, where she served as president of the Native American Law Students Association, clerked with the Native American Rights Fund, worked as a student attorney in the American Indian Law Clinic, and earned a certificate in American Indian law. A native of southern California, Ms. Cole's professional interests include American Indian and natural resources law. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Native American Lawyers Association of San Diego County.
John H. Haney is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and is an associate attorney at the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP in its Native American Law Group and its Labor, Employment, and Benefits Group. Mr. Haney has represented employers in a variety of matters, but is specifically interested in the intersections between state and federal labor and employment law, tribal law, and federal Indian law. Mr. Haney is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he served as the President of the UCLA Native American Law Students Association, served as a student clerk for the Hualapai and Hopi Tribal Appellate Courts, and participated in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. Mr. Haney has published articles in various outlets such as the University of New Mexico School of Law Tribal Law Journal and the Employee Relations Law Journal.
Cheyenne Sanders is Associate General Counsel for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Ms. Sanders is a member of the Yurok Tribe and descendant of the House of Tse-kwel from the Village of Weithpec. Ms. Sanders earned a J.D. with a concentration in Public Law from Cornell Law School. While in law school, Ms. Sanders served as President of Cornell’s Native American Law Students Association, participated in moot court, externed for the Northwest Justice Project’s Native American Unit in Seattle, and clerked at the National Science Foundation. Prior to law school, Ms. Sanders graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in Political Science and American Indian Studies.
Ian Barker is a Senior Staff Attorney for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law, Mr. Barker served as a judicial extern to Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar of the Supreme Court of California and to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte of the US District Court for the Northern District of California. After law school, Mr. Barker served as a law clerk to Senior District Judge Robert E. Coyle of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Barker then worked as a member of Dentons US LLP's Native American Law and Policy practice for over a decade. At Dentons, Mr. Barker represented tribal interests in disputes over tribal sovereignty, sovereign immunity, intratribal matters, and related jurisdictional issues and provided advice on the application of labor and employment laws to Indian tribes and their commercial enterprises, including tribal gaming projects.
John Miller is a recent graduate of UC Davis School of Law, King Hall. During law school, he focused his studies on environmental law and social justice. Upon graduation, John received the Public Interest and Pro Bono Law Certificates, as well as the Environmental Law Certificate. John’s primary areas of interest are Native American law, legal history, and public policy. He currently works at the UC Davis School Law as a Legal Fellow with the Aoki Center for Critical Race & Nation Studies, helping to establish the Center’s Tribal Justice Project. When he is not working, he enjoys watching his Dodgers, learning foreign languages, and practicing for his Cicerone certification.