Attorney Bio

Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

JAMES

JAMES QAQUNDAH
Partner

Sacramento, CA
P: 916.441.2700
F: 916.441.2067
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Mr. Qaqundah joined the firm in 2009



PRACTICE AREAS:
Civil litigation; Tribal Governance; Commerce & Tobacco; Tribal Ordinances/Resolutions; Tribal Enrollment; Administrative Law; Juvenile and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

ADMISSIONS:
California; Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California; District of Columbia; and Western District of New York; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Court.

EDUCATION:
American University Washington College of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 2008); University of California, Davis (B.S., Psychology; B.A., English). While in Law School, Mr. Qaqundah was Articles Editor for the American University Law Review.

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Qaqundah worked as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Native American Rights Fund′s Tribal Supreme Court Project in the Washington, D.C. office, volunteered at the DNA People′s Legal Services, and worked as a Student Attorney in the Washington College of Law′s Disability Rights Law Clinic.

ASSOCIATIONS:
Colorado Bar Association; California Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section; Sacramento Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild.


During law school, Mr. Qaqundah co-founded the Washington College of Law Chapter of Native American Law Students and received the Washington College of Law Community Service Award. He has researched issues regarding tribal sovereignty, tribal regulatory immunity and immunity from suit, rights-of-way through private Indian-owned land, and the Indian law jurisprudence of certain Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Qaqundah also has experience drafting governing documents including by-laws, ordinances, and resolutions.

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