About Robert Hershey

Robert Alan Hershey is a Professor on both the Law and American Indian Studies Faculties and Director of Clinical Education for the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona.  He received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972.  He began his legal careers as a Staff Attorney for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  Thereafter, as a sole practitioner, Professor Hershey specialized in Indian affairs. 

photo of Robert Hershey in the Sonoran desertFrom 1983 to 1999, he served as Special Litigation Counsel and Law Enforcement Legal Advisor to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and, from 1995 to 1997, as Special Counsel to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.  Professor Hershey has also served continuously from 1989-present as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O'odham Judiciary, and he is a past Associate Justice for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Court of Appeals.  He has been a member of the White Mountain Apache, Hopi, Pascua Yaqui, and Tohono O'odham Tribal Courts.  He has taught American Indian Law at the University of Puerto Rico Escuela de Derechos and at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and has taught a version of this course in Summer 2005 at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. 

For the past nineteen years he has taught Indian/Indigenous/Aboriginal law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.  His current courses include Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Clinical Education (which promotes and assists the self-determination of Aboriginal communities in the southwestern United States and worldwide), Advanced Topics in Indian Law, and Globalization, and the Transformation of Cultures and Humanity.  E-mail correspondence:  hershey@law.arizona.edu.