Amber Holland

Washington, D.C.
aholland@bigfirelaw.com

TRIBAL AFFILIATION

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education, Minor in American Indian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.A. 2007)

Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (M.A. 2012)

Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D. 2020)

Certificate, Indian Law, University of New Mexico School of Law (2020)

BAR ADMISSIONS

New Mexico

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Clinical Law Student, Southwest Indian Law Clinic (2020); Legal Intern, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Southwest Region (2019); Legal Intern, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs (2019); Legal Extern, The Honorable James O. Browning, United States District Judge, District of New Mexico (2019); Legal Extern, Indian Law Resource Center (2018); Legal Extern, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, General Counsel (2018).

ASSOCIATIONS AND HONORS

New Mexico Bar Association; New Mexico Bar Indian Law Section; Wilma Mankiller Fellow, National Congress of American Indians; Mary Beth and W. Richard West, Jr. Award Recognizing Excellence in Indian Law; Sweet Sixteen, National NALSA Moot Court; Udall Native American Congressional Internship; President, Zeta Pi Chapter, Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc.; Miss Indian North Carolina 2008-09.

PRACTICE AREAS

Ms. Holland’s practice centers on advocating for tribal members, governments, and entities through litigation. Her interests and experience include cultural preservation, repatriation, and strengthening the government-to-government relationship. Ms. Holland also has experience navigating federal regulations, state administrative codes, and analyzing federal policies in relation to Indian Country.

During law school, Ms. Holland gained legal experience at state and federal agencies, in a federal judge’s chambers, a non-profit, and through the Udall Native American Congressional Internship. She was a student clinician in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic and served two terms as an Area Representative for the National Native American Law Students Association. Ms. Holland is a former Wilma Mankiller Fellow at the National Congress of American Indians and high school teacher in the state of North Carolina.

 

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