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Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

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NICOLE DUCHENEAUX
Partner

Omaha, NE
P: 402.333.4053
F: 402.333.4761
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Ms. Ducheneaux joined the firm in 2012.

Ms. Ducheneaux′s Indian Law practice has provided her with experience in the areas of tribal economic development, gaming, corporate law, construction law, tribal housing, and litigation. She has assisted in defending and prosecuting suits in state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as consumer arbitrations. She has also assisted in creating tribal corporations, advising tribal governments, in addition to drafting and amending tribal codes and Constitutions. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ducheneaux worked as a staff attorney for the Montana Office of the State Public Defender on the Flathead Indian Reservation where she defended primarily Native clients in major felony cases and represented parents in abuse and neglect proceedings under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Before her position with the Public Defender′s Office, Ms. Ducheneaux completed a one-year clerkship with Justice Brian Morris of the Montana Supreme Court. During law school, Ms. Ducheneaux was a legal intern for the executive branch of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes where she researched tax issues and audited tribal corporations for commercial code compliance. During law school, Ms. Ducheneaux also served as a legal intern for Decker & Desjarlais, PLLC, a Montana firm specializing in Indian law and gaming.


Tribal Affiliation: 
Member, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Descendant, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

PRACTICE AREAS:
Trial Advocacy; Appellate Advocacy; Tribal Governmental Affairs; Tribal Economic Development; Corporate Law; Gaming; Administrative Law; Indian Child Welfare Act.

ADMISSIONS:
Montana, Nebraska

EDUCATION:
University of Montana School of Law (J.D., 2007); Intake Editor, Montana Law Review; Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition (2006); Fort Lewis College (B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2003).

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Staff Attorney, Montana Office of the State Public Defender (2008-2012); Judicial Clerk for Honorable Brian Morris, Montana Supreme Court (2007-2008); Legal Intern, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (2006); Legal Intern, Decker & Desjarlais (2005).

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP: Smith v. Salish Kootenai College: Self-Determination As Governing Principle or Afterthought in Tribal Civil Jurisdiction Jurisprudence? 68 Mont. L. Rev. 211 (Winter, 2007); The Montana State Legislature′s Response to Columbia Falls Elementary School District No. 6 v. State, 67 Mont. L. Rev 137, 149 (2006).

HONORS:
2010 Excellence Award for Professional Excellence and Dedication to the Montana Office of the State Public Defender; Member Order of Barristers (awarded 2007); Recipient of University of Montana School of Law′s Margery Hunter Brown Assistantship for “Indian Legal Education for All” Project (2006-2007); Recipient of Judge Russell E. Smith Scholarship; Recipient of Charles M. Bair Memorial Foundation Scholarship.

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