Court Attorney, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Court of Central Jurisdiction
Professor Tompkins teaches Advanced Indian Law. Her experience and research focus on American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. An enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, she serves on the tribal judiciaries of the Passamaquoddy tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot tribal nation, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community (pro tempore). Judge Tompkins was elected as the first female president of the National American Indian Court Judges Association and founded the National Tribal Justice Resource Center. For eleven years, she was a clinical professor of law and director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law and established Colorado Law’s American Indian Law Certificate Program. Currently, she is employed as the court attorney for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Court of Central Jurisdiction.
Advanced Indian Law