Robert Hershey

(520) 360-8668

PO Box 66019
Tucson, Arizona 85728

Robert Alan Hershey, who is Of Counsel with Galanda Broadman, PLLC, has concentrated his law practice on Native American affairs and Indigenous Peoples human rights for over four decades.

He is Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus and was the founding Director and immediate past Director of Clinical Education for the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona.

Robert received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1972. He then worked as a Staff Attorney for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Indian Reservation. From 1983 to 1999, he served as Special Litigation Counsel and Law Enforcement Legal Advisor to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and, from 1995 to 1997, as Special Counsel to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. From 1998-2002 he was a special litigation counsel to the Gila River Indian Community.

Robert also serves, now in his twenty-ninth year, as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O’odham Judiciary; he was an Associate Justice for the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Court of Appeals and a Deputy Judge Pro Tempore for the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

He has taught American Indian Law at the University of Puerto Rico Escuela de Derechos, the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and taught, as a Visiting Professor, a version of his Globalization course at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

For the past twenty-seven years he taught Native American and Indigenous Peoples in international law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He also taught a course entitled, “Globalization and the Transformation of Culture,” and has written extensively on that topic, including on the significant effects globalization has on Native and Indigenous societies.

As a Professor, Robert established a Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Tohono O’odham Nation, has supervised law students in such areas as Native Hawaiian sovereignty, tribal and First Nations environmental laws, peacemaking, drafting tribal codes (such as rules of civil and criminal procedure, limited liability, water and land use regulations, domestic relations, parole re-entry, tribal tort claims, among many others).

He has helped to reorganize tribal juvenile and criminal justice systems, created pro se representation manuals, worked with urban Indian populations, crafted economic development policies, and created a website, Memorandum, and model guidelines for tribal consultation.

He has assisted tribes in forming and revising tribal constitutions and has conducted numerous training workshops for tribal judges and tribal court personnel.

Along with colleagues Robert A. Williams, Jr., S. James Anaya, and James Hopkins, he helped to create a Masters and Doctoral of Laws Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law.

As a practitioner, in addition to litigating for Tribes and Native Nations, he has conducted seminars for tribal law enforcement agencies in matters such as tribal jurisdiction, evidence, search & seizure, game and fish legislation, juvenile diversion, jail management, victim-witness support, and use of force, including firearms. He co-wrote the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures.

Robert provides legal services through his own law office, and is an independent attorney who associates with the firm on a case-by-case basis.


State Bar of Arizona
Indian Law Section
Founding Editor of The Aarow Newsletter
State Bar of Montana
Indian Law Section
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Charter Member
Native American Bar Association of Arizona


State Bar of Arizona Supreme Court
State Bar of Montana Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court


University of Arizona College of Law, J.D.
University of California at Irvine, B.S.


‘Paradigm Wars’: New Eyes on Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization (forthcoming Spring 2018)

UCLA Indigenous Peoples Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance

Mapping Intergenerational Memories: (Part I) Proving the Contemporary Truth of the Indigenous Past, Arizona Legal Discussion Paper 14-01

Globalization and the Transformation of Cultures and Humanity: A Curriculum and Toolkit for the Efflorescence of Ecological Literacy in Legal and Business School Education

Speaker, Climate Justice, Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage, Arizona State University College of Law, 2017

Conference Organizer, Moderator, Speaker, Who Belongs? From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment, University of James E. Rogers College of Law, 2017

Speaker, Globalization and the Special and Significant Impacts on Indigenous Peoples, Seventh Generation Fund World Indigenous Law Conference, University California at Irvine, 2016

Session Organizer, Thinking Through the PROTECT Legislation: A Discussion Among Tribes and Collectors

Association on American Indian Affairs, Indigenous International Repatriation Conference, Ysleta Pueblo, Albuquerque, 2016

Presenter, Tribal Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction, Arizona State University Tribal Skills College, 2016

Speaker, The Epidemic of Disenrollment, State Bar of Arizona, 2016

Session Producer, Organizer, Moderator, Poetics and Politics of Indian Water, University of Arizona Poetry Center, 2015

Speaker, Indigenous Consultation in the United States, A Comparative Discussion, Universidad de Catolica, Valparaiso, Chile, 2014

Speaker, Native Nations Institute Conferences on Constitution Reform, 2012, 2014

Participant, Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage, Simon Frazier University, British Columbia, 2013

Speaker, Practice of Law in Tribal Courts, State Bar of Arizona, 2013

Speaker, Navigating the Maze of Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, State Bar of Arizona, 2013

Organizer, Moderator, Speaker, Symposium: The Future of Life on Planet Earth, University of Arizona College of Law, 2011

Keynote Speaker, The Nature Conservancy Global Indigenous and Communal Lands Conference

Loveland, Colorado, 2011

Speaker, Animal Law in Indian Country, State Bar of Arizona, 2010