Director: Professor Richard Monette
Professor of Law
LLM, University of Wisconsin
J.D., University of Oregon
Teaching and Research Interests
Federal Indian Law
Professor Richard Monette served as a Staff Attorney with the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as the Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As one of the very few Professors of Law who is a enrolled member of a Native Nation who also grew up in his Native Nation's territory or reservation, Professor Monette was twice elected Chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa while on leave from the law school, providing a truly unique perspective and depth of knowledge on the everyday legal issues facing Native Nations. Professor Monette has also served as President of the National Native American Bar Association, on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council's Indigenous Peoples' Subcommittee, as the Chief Judge for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, a Special Judge for Ho Chunk Nation and as a Special Judge for the Trial Court of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Professor Monette specializes in drafting constitutions, amendments, and implementing codes for Native Nations. In conjunction with the private bar, Professor Monette has drafted or consulted on more constitutions for Native Nations than any other person or organization. Professor Monette teaches in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Conflict of Laws, Water Law, and Constitutional Law. He is the Faculty Director for the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center.
Outreach Specialist and Deputy Director: Dan Cornelius
Dan Cornelius is a 2009 alumnus of the Wisconsin Law School and a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. For seven years Dan worked for the Intertribal Agriculture Council in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture. Dan's work has focused on assisting Native Nations and their members with development of Native Native agriculture and food systems, promoting improved access to USDA programs, including conservation, value-added production, and infrastructure development, as well as expanding intertribal trade and commerce.
The Center regularly seeks the input and advice of Native leaders and Law School alumni to guide its activities and focus.of Advisors shall meet at least annually at which meeting the faculty advisor shall present to the Board of Advisors an Annual Report on the progress of the GLILC.