Director, Indian Law Program
Professor of Law
Colette Routel teaches and writes in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Natural Resources Law, and Property. She attended Ithaca College and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music. She then attended the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude, was elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the Michigan Law Review. After law school, Colette worked at the law firm now known as Faegre Baker Daniels, where her practice focused on litigation and transactional work for Indian tribes. Colette also developed a robust pro bono practice that included matters relating to wildlife law, public land management, and asylum law. After leaving Faegre, Colette worked at the Jacobson Law Group and Hogen Adams, both Indian law boutique firms. She also taught as a visiting professor at Wayne State Law School and the University of Michigan Law School before joining the full-time faculty at Mitchell Hamline in 2009. She has testified on numerous occasions before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. In addition, she continues to maintain a substantial pro bono practice. Colette has argued and won cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, and she regularly submits amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts on Indian law issues.
B.M., magna cum laude, 1998, Ithaca College
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2001, University of Michigan Law School
Mitchell Hamline School of Law: professor of law, 2015-.
William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2014-2015; associate professor of law, 2012-2014; assistant professor of law, 2009-2012.
University of Michigan Law School: visiting assistant professor of law, 2008-2009.
Wayne State University Law School: visiting assistant professor of law, 2007-2008.
Hamline University Law School: adjunct professor of law, 2004-2006.
Hogen Adams PLLC: of counsel, 2013-.
Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen: senior associate/of counsel, 2007-2012.
Faegre & Benson, LLP: associate, 2001-2006.
Admitted: Minnesota; U.S. Supreme Court; 5th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit
Leadership and Service
Professor Colette Routel was appointed to a one-year team as an appellate judge for the White Earth Nation, 2015. She maintains an active pro bono practice in federal Indian law, wildlife law, wilderness law, and asylum law. In 2002 and 2004 she received the Sierra Club North Star Chapter Award for her pro bono work, and in 2005, she was nominated for the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award.
Research and Scholarship
Professor Routel’s research interests include federal Indian law and natural resources law.