Sophie Asher is an experienced attorney in the Indian Law division at mctlaw. Sophie focuses her practice on assisting tribes with building infrastructure and economic development in service to the people.
Sophie is most excited by her work that revitalizes her clients’ communities. Sophie has assisted a tribal court to get over a million dollars in grants staffing and programming; she has drafted a tribe’s full set of new codes civil and criminal proceedings, and has rewritten codes, policies, and procedures for new tribal elections. Most recently, Sophie is proud of her work with a tribal housing department which is finding innovative ways to address housing of their most vulnerable members, including foster youth and elders. Sophie also assists tribes in their child welfare work and fee to trust matters.
Sophie’s work is informed by her time as a public defender in Albuquerque, NM and as a guardian ad litem for several Pueblos. She litigated misdemeanor cases and worked in the Healing to Wellness Court. This program is a first-of-its-kind state court that utilized Native American and western modalities to address underlying issues of Native American clients convicted in state court.
Ms. Asher graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2015 with a concentration in Indigenous Law. While in law school, Sophie served as Secretary of the Native American Law Students Association, Professional Articles Editor of the Tribal Law Journal, and participated in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic and the Innocence and Justice Clinic where she worked on a case involving matters of youth justice and juvenile brain development.
Sophie is glad to be home in the Northwest after spending the past eight years in New Mexico. When she’s not working, she spends time with her family, loves to read, and teaches Hebrew School.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Washington
- Indigenous Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
- New Mexico
- The Pueblo of Santa Ana
- The Pueblo of Isleta
- United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
- Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
- Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians
- Indian Law, Tribal Governance, and Native-Owned Businesses
- Indian Gaming
- Tribal Sovereignty
- SBA Small Business Programs
- Government Contracts
- Professional Articles Editor of the Tribal Law Journal, UNM School of Law
- Secretary of the Native American Law Students Association, UNM School of Law
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