Our 2015 Legal Interns

 

Our dedicated legal interns have an impressive array of legal, policy, and educational experience that has enhanced TLPI's ability to administer quality programming in Indian country. 

 

Paul Castillo graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (expected May 2016). He is a member of the Business Law Practicum at Loyola and hopes to use his legal education in the field of Tribal economic development.  He has worked as a U.S. Congressional Intern in the office of Congressman Raul Grijalva, a law clerk at a firm that specialized in Native American law, and at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. During his time at TLPI, he assisted with the completion of the instructor’s guide for Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations, assisted with the Sex Trafficking Victim Services Directory, and drafted memorandums regarding enhanced Tribal jurisdiction pursuant to VAWA.      

West Hollywood Office
Paul Castillo
 
 
West Hollywood Office
Geneva E.B. Thompson
(Cherokee)
 
 

Geneva E.B. Thompson graduated from UCLA School of Law (expected May, 2016). She has focused her legal education on the intersection of federal Indian law and environmental law, examining how Native nations use their natural resources for economic development. Her Comment is forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review and is titled, The Double-Edge Sword to Sovereignty by the Barrel: How Native Nations can Wield Environmental Justice in the Fight Against the Harms of Fracking. She has worked with Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. During her internship at TLPI, she helped develop the sex trafficking resource guide, wrote a memo on the jury requirements in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2013, and drafted a letter to the Senate committee on Indian Affairs in regards to the Gold King Mine spill and its impacts on Indian country.