Professor Robert Hershey will serve as Of Counsel with Galanda Broadman and bring decades of Indian country legal experience to the growing firm.
Robert is Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus and was the founding Director and immediate past Director of Clinical Education for the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona. He practices out of Tucson, Arizona.
“Galanda Broadman exemplifies a dedication and diligence toward genuine self-determination of Native American and Indigenous societies. Their attorneys have heightened and heartfelt experiences of professional advocacy,” said Robert. “I am honored to be associated with their teaching, mentoring, litigating, and fearless representation of Native rights.”
“Professor Hershey’s four decades of legal, trial, and clinical advocacy for the protection of traditional indigenous values and ways is unmatched,” said Gabe Galanda, the firm’s managing lawyer. “We couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team.”
Robert received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972. He then worked as a Staff Attorney for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
From 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. From 1998-2002 he was a special litigation counsel to the Gila River Indian Community.
Robert also serves, now in his twenty-ninth year, as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O’odham Judiciary. He was an Associate Justice for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Court of Appeals and a Deputy Judge Pro Tempore for the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
As a practitioner, in addition to litigating for Tribes and Native Nations, Robert has conducted seminars for tribal law enforcement agencies in matters such as tribal jurisdiction, evidence, search & seizure, game and fish legislation, juvenile diversion, jail management, victim-witness support, and use of force, including firearms. He co-wrote the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures.
Galanda Broadman PLLC, is an American Indian-owned law firm with offices in Seattle, Spokane and Yakima, Washington and Bend, Oregon. The firm is dedicated to advancing tribal Treaty and other sovereign legal rights, and Native American civil rights and Indigenous Peoples’ human rights. Robert is an independent attorney who will associate with the firm on a case-by-case basis.