Navajo President Ben Shelly Issues Statement on Diane Humetewa Nomination

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Navajo President Ben Shelly Issues Statement on Diane Humetewa Nomination

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly today applauded President Obama on his selection of Diane Humetewa to be the next federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. If confirmed by the Senate, Humetewa would be the first Native American woman to serve on the federal bench. 

“Diane is a smart choice for this important U.S. District Court. She brings a balanced view of jurisprudence issues affecting Arizona and the country. She has dedicated her life to serving the public good,” said President Shelly.

In a White House news release, President Obama said “These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench. They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.” Humetewa is one of eight nominees to serve on the United States District Courts.

Humetewa currently serves as special adviser to the president and special counsel in the Office General Counsel at Arizona State University. She is also a professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. From 2009 to 2011, Humetewa was Of Counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She worked in the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Arizona from 1996 to 2009, serving as senior litigation counsel from 2001 to 2007 and as the U.S. Attorney from 2007 to 2009.

During her tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office, Humetewa also served as counsel to the Deputy Attorney General from 1996 to 1998. From 1993 to 1996, she was deputy counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Humetewa received her juris doctor in 1993 from Arizona State University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 from Arizona State University.

She is a citizen of the Hopi Tribe and, from 2002 to 2007, was an Appellate Judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court.





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