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Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Dean
Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. Was’teWin) joined the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University as Dean and Professor of Law on May 1, 2016.
An authority on Indigenous relations in the United States and in North America, she has published widely on topics ranging from impacts of governmental policy on American Indian children to application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous communities across political boundaries to economic development and intergenerational material poverty issues affecting Indigenous communities. Her scholarship includes co-authorship of Mastering American Indian Law, with Dean and Professor of Law Stacy Leeds (Carolina Academic Press) and publication in various journals including: Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice; University of Baltimore Law Review; Pace Environmental Law Review; American Indian Law Review; and William Mitchell Law Review. In addition, she has been actively engaged in teaching and topics related to civil procedure.
Prior to joining Lakehead University, Dean EagleWoman was a Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow, Idaho, where she founded the Native American Law Emphasis program. During her tenure in Idaho, she received numerous academic awards including: 2016 Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Faculty Excellence in Diversity Award; 2016 University of Idaho College of Law Faculty Diversity and Human Rights Award; 2014 Athena Award for Faculty; and the 2011-2012 Allan G. Shepard Distinguished Faculty Award, recognizing a faculty member who is “highly qualified” and who has a record of “distinguished service to legal education, or to his or her area of expertise.” She has held a visiting professorship jointly in the University of Kansas School of Law and in the graduate program, Indigenous Nations Studies. She was also a former faculty member of the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Before entering teaching, Dean EagleWoman practiced with a major law firm in Washington, D.C., served as a Public Defender in two Tribal Courts in Oklahoma, and held the position of General Counsel with the Sisseton-Wahpeton (Dakota) Oyate. She received her LLM (Masters of Law) in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law with honors, her J.D. degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.