The Tribal Wills Project was created in February 2013, in response to a letter sent to all law schools in the southwest by John Roach, Fiduciary Trust officer for the Southwest Region of the United States. DU was the only law school to respond to John’s letter.
On February 9, 2013, a brain-storming session was held, including Justice Gregory Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court; Ernest House, Jr., Executive Secretary, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs; John Roach, Fiduciary Trust Officer for the Southwest Region; Lindsey Webb, Director of Public Interest & Externships; Professor Lucy Marsh, DU Sturm College of Law faculty member; and Sheena Goldsborough, DU Strum College of Law Student. From this session, the idea for the TWP was born.
With the help of all those who developed the idea, plus Jon Asher, Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services; Dianne Van Vorhees, Executive Director of Metropolitan Volunteers Lawyers; and David Armstrong, Esq. Director, Indian Law Office, Wisconsin Judicare, the idea for the TWP was turned into a reality.
In March of 2013, DU law students along with several supervising attorneys took their first trip to southern Colorado to perform work at the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations.
In March of 2014, DU law students returned to both the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Reservations. Students also extended their reach to more of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in White Mesa, Utah.
In May of 2014, DU law students packed their bags and traveled to Ramah, New Mexico to serve the Ramah Band of the Navajo Nation.
Since then, we have served clients in five states: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Montana. Click here for Upcoming and Past Adventures.