A June 22 Law360 article asked Native American attorneys under the age of 40 to give career advice to Native American lawyers getting their start in the legal profession. Leah Sixkiller, Faegre Baker Daniels associate and member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, is quoted extensively in the piece. Sixkiller advised lawyers wanting to provide legal service to their tribes that they will be most effective if they first gain specialized experience.
"Tribes are like big corporations where they need all sorts of help," she said. "They need employment lawyers, trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, corporate lawyers, people who can help with government issues. It's difficult to dabble in all of those things."
Sixkiller also urged American Indian attorneys to pursue the career path of their choice—regardless of where it may take them.
"I hope that there are American Indian college students and high school students, going all the way down the pipeline, who want to be lawyers but who don't want to do Indian law," she said. "I think we need to be present in all aspects of the law."