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Pathway to Law Initiative Offers 'Auntie' Mentorship to Native Kids


Katie Rosier (Comanche Tribe), executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is on a mission to create a pathway for Native kids across the country to practice law.

"We basically act like aunties and uncles, helping people figure out what they need, and what they want from a law school," she told Native News Online.

Native Americans and Alaska Natives represent 1.6 percent of the U.S. population but only 0.3 percent of U.S. attorneys, according to the U.S. Census Bureau from 2015. The initiative Rosier spearheaded is one of a handful to up the representation of Native Americans practicing law from just under 400 between 1987 and 1989, to 1,273 between 2009 and 2010, according to the National Native American Bar Association.


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