Co-Director, Indian Law Program
Professor of Law
About Professor Deer
Sarah Deer has worked to end violence against women for over 20 years. She began as a volunteer rape victim advocate as an undergraduate and later received her J.D. with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is currently a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer is a co-author of three textbooks on tribal law. She has received national recognition for her work on violence against Native women and was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign. Her latest book is “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.” She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship.
B.A., University of Kansas
J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law: professor of law, 2015-.
William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2014-2015; assistant professor of law, 2009-2014; visiting professor of law, 2008-2009.
Victim advocacy legal specialist, Tribal Law & Policy Institute, St. Paul.
UCLA: Online instructor of tribal legal studies, UCLA Extension; lecturer in law, UCLA Law School.
Grant program specialist, U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, 1999-2002.
Leadership and Service
Appellate Judge, White Earth Nation, 2015.
Associate Justice, Prairie Island Court of Appeals, 2013-.
Chair, Federal Advisory Committee, the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (AI/AN SANE-SART) Initiative, 2012-.
Board member, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.
Board member, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
Report-writer, Amnesty International’s “Maze of Injustice” report; U.S. Department of Justice’s “Sexual Assault in Public Law 280 States” report.