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Webinar: Tribal Courts in California

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April 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

1.25 Hours MCLE. Presented by the CLA Indian and Tribal Law Committee

Within the relevant historical context, tribal courts in the state will be discussed generally as well as through case studies from California’s northern, central, and southern regions. The presentation will also highlight the ways in which California law, federal Indian law, and tribal law intersect before tribal courts in the state. Registration will support a summer fellowship opportunity for a tribal law student in California in 2024.

Speaker: Devon Lomayesva

Moderator: Jessica E. Fierro

Non-Member Price – $93.75
Member Price – $68.75

Devon Lomayesva is the Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California that serves twelve member tribes and seven other tribes and tribal organizations throughout southern California and beyond. She is also the owner of Lomayesva Law Corporation, P.C., where she primarily represents the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians as well as other Tribes, in her commitment to preserving the rights of Indian Tribes via the practice of Tribal and Federal Indian law. Devon has also held the positions of Executive Director of California Indian Legal Services, In-House Tribal Attorney for the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Lecturer at San Diego State University, American Indian Studies Department, and Adjunct Professor at Palomar College.

She has also served a four-year term on the Iipay Nation Tribal Council and numerous committee positions.  Devon is a co-founder of the American Indian Recruitment Programs, established in 1993.  This program is designed to promote positive youth development through education, culture and other positive projects and events.  Devon was appointed to the Tribal Court-State Court Forum in 2017, coming together with tribal and state court judges to address areas of mutual concern. She also serves as the Vice-President of the California Tribal Court Judges Association. Devon is a member of the Native American Lawyers Association of San Diego, the California Indian Law Association, Federal Bar Association and Member of the Santa Ysabel Traditional Gathering Committee.  Devon received her B.A. in History from San Diego State University in 1994 and her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1999.  Her passions include tribal language and cultural preservation, Native youth education and advancement and spending time with family. Devon and her husband have three children where they live in Valley Center, CA. 

Jessi Fierro is a Senior Attorney at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  Prior to joining CARB in January 2023, she worked at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District from 2005-2022, serving as Assistant Counsel for eight years, and serving in a variety of roles in plan and rule development for ten years.  Ms. Fierro is an adjunct professor for Monterey and Kern County Colleges of Law.  She is an advisor and Immediate Past Chair of the California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section.  Ms. Fierro is also a member of the California Lawyer’s Association committees for Governance, Civics Engagement, Member Engagement, and Tribal and Indian Law.  Ms. Fierro holds a BA in geology and physics from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI); an MA in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a JD from San Joaquin College of Law (Clovis, CA).  Ms. Fierro lives in Fresno, California 

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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