Leah is a descendent of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation and works closely with tribal governments to represent their interests in tribal and federal courts. As an accomplished litigator, she regularly shepherds cases from beginning to successful conclusion, covering a wide-range of topics important to tribal governments and their business partners. Leah has experience working with reserved treaty rights, reservation boundary and land tenure issues, including rights-of-way and the land-into-trust process, tribal sovereign immunity, tribal human resources concerns, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and structures and best practices for tribal codes and tribal court systems.
Prior to joining Hogen Adams, Leah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roberto A. Lange of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. During law school, Leah served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State Law Review. After graduation, she was the Academic Fellow at the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, where she developed and taught a course to help first-year Indigenous law students adapt to and succeed in law school.
Leah has served as the Publications Coordinator for the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association since 2019, authored regular updates on Indian law cases for Minnesota’s Bench & Bar magazine since 2020, and has served on committees with the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. She has been named a “Rising Star” in Native American Law in Minnesota each year since 2020.
Outside the office, Leah enjoys exploring the prairies, lakes, and forests of Mni Sota Makoce with her family.