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Berkey Williams Welcomes Indian Law Fellows Erica McMilin and Rori Collins

Berkey Williams LLP is pleased to welcome Erica McMilin and Rori Collins, the Firm’s 2017-2018 Indian Law Fellows. Our Indian Law Fellowship is dedicated to supporting the Indian law leaders of the future.

Erica McMilin

Erica McMilin joined Berkey Williams LLP as one of the Firm’s 2017-2018 Indian Law Fellows. She is a descendent of the Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes. Her interest in the intersection between the law and Native American rights stems from her childhood growing up on the reservation and her family’s participation in tribal government and community improvement.

Ms. McMilin earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis where she majored in Native American Studies. In 2017, she earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she earned her specialization in Critical Race Studies with an emphasis on Native American rights.

While at UCLA School of Law, Ms. McMilin served as Vice-President and Recruitment Coordinator of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and competed in the 2015 National NALSA moot court competition. She also served as Executive Editor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Cultural & Resistance.

Ms. McMilin previously clerked for the Wishtoyo Foundation and the Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney. She also participated in the UCLA Tribal Legal Development Clinic working for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. As a third year law student at UCLA School of Law, Ms. McMilin worked as a part-time legal extern at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute where she contributed to legal publications and policy letters.

As an Indian Law Fellow at Berkey Williams LLP, Ms. McMilin will be using both her legal education and community-involvement experience to work on behalf of tribal clients in all of the firm’s practice areas.

Rori Collins

Rori Collins joined Berkey Williams LLP as one of the Firm’s 2017-2018 Indian Law Fellows.

Ms. Collins earned her B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, and is a 2017 graduate of Columbia Law School.

While at Columbia Law School, Ms. Collins served as Vice-President of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and participated in a Columbia NALSA spring break pro-bono caravan. Ms. Collins participated in the 2015 National NALSA moot court competition and served as an editor and coach for Columbia’s 2016 National NALSA moot court team.

Ms. Collins spent her first summer in law school as a legal intern at the think-tank Dēmos in New York, NY and her second summer as a law clerk for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman in Anchorage, Alaska.

As a Fellow at Berkey Williams LLP, Ms. Collins will use her legal education and experience to work on behalf of tribal clients in all of the firm’s practice areas. Ms. Collins is Tanana Athabaskan.