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Aviva Simon

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Aviva Simon joined Berkey Williams LLP as one of the Firm’s 2018-2019 Indian Law Fellows. Ms. Simon is of German-Jewish ancestry. Her interest in Indian law was sparked by an undergraduate course in American Indian Sovereignty.

After earning her B.A. in 2013 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Ms. Simon worked as a paralegal for Port Madison Enterprises, the business agency of the Suquamish Tribe, drafting contracts and keeping minutes at Board meetings. After the birth of her daughter, she moved to California to attend U.C. Davis School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2018.

While at U.C. Davis School of Law, Ms. Simon worked as a research assistant to Professor Katherine Florey, an Indian Law scholar, examining tribal innovations in policy and the influence these innovations have had on local and state governments.

During her second year at U.C. Davis School of Law, Ms. Simon was a Summer Associate at Berkey Williams. As a third-year law student, Ms. Simon worked as a part-time legal extern at California Indian Legal Services’ Sacramento office, where she developed and presented resources to tribal clients about the Federal Recognition process and Public Domain Allotments in California.

Ms. Simon is thrilled to return to Berkey Williams as a Fellow, and she will continue to use her legal education and work experience to serve tribal clients in all of the firm’s practice areas.