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Our 2017-18 Legal Fellows


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


Heather Torres serves as TLPI’s UC President’s Public Service Law Fellow 2017-2018. As an undergraduate, she studied English Literature and American Indian Studies at UCLA, and interned for TLPI her senior year. In 2014, she graduated from Fielding Graduate University with her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Most recently, Heather earned her JD from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, focusing her research on the racialization of Indian identity and the Indian Child Welfare Act. During her time at the law school, Heather served as the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Executive Editor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance, and Senior Editor of the Chican@/Latin@ Law Review. Her legal work experience includes serving as an Udall Foundation intern for the Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, extern with the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles ICWA Court, Native American Summer Associate at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, and student tribal code drafter in the Tribal Legal Development Clinic.

West Hollywood Office
Heather Torres
(San Ildefonso Pueblo/Navajo)
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