Roshanna Toya, a member of the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, is a rising 2L and will be the Co-Editor-in-Chief during the 2018-2019 school year. Before coming to law school, Roshanna worked for 10 years in juvenile justice, focusing on issues affecting tribal youth incarcerated in state facilities. She has also present the past 7 years serving as a Justice on the Isleta Tribal Appellate Court.
Throughout law school, Roshanna has not only been an active member of the Indian law community and law school but also a mother and wife. Her advice to others who wish to attend law school was that they need to be ready for the commitment, especially if they have a family. Roshanna contributes her success in law school to her commitment and focus. She treated law school as an 8-5 job where once she clocks out, it is time to be a mom. However, she also had many nights where she would wake up at 2am to finish readings for the upcoming day.
All of Roshanna’s hard work has paid off, which was demonstrated in her participation in an Indian Blood Quantum Panel hosted by the Native American Law Student Association and an externship with the United State’s Attorney’s Office Indian Crimes Section. After graduation, Roshanna hopes to continue working on improving criminal justice in tribal communities. While she would like to eventually return to the bench, she hopes to practice as an attorney first.
Anne Bruno of Tucson, Arizona is a third-year law student pursuing UNM School of Law’s Indian Law Certificate. She has an academic background in Anthropology and American Indian Studies. Anne has demonstrated a commitment to addressing criminal justice issues in Indian Country, but stated she still is not sure how she will go about making changes. Anne has experienced work with the United States Attorney’s Office, Indian Country Crimes section and knows the importance of having an impact in the area of criminal law and Indian Country. Anne is interested in working within a tribe after law school, but also has goals of doing policy work on a larger scale.
Anne joined the TLJ because she wanted to be more involved in the tribal law community and meet more people from the community. Anne has spent time in local tribal communities, either doing research, or working as an extern with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe. She noted that she has been impressed with how welcoming the tribal communities are for people who are not tribal members, but who are really trying to do good within the communities.
During Anne’s time as an editor on TLJ she hopes to fulfill her passion of educating other non-natives about indigenous committees to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people. Anne acknowledges TLJ as an important part of that bridge. Anne is hopeful that this academic year TLJ can publish an article in two languages.