November 01, 2016

Interview: Hilary Tompkins

Milo Mason

Hilary Tompkins was confirmed as solicitor of the Department of the Interior in the summer of 2009. From 2003–2008, she was deputy and chief counsel to the New Mexico governor. Before joining the state of New Mexico, Tompkins was an attorney in a national law firm devoted to representing Native American interests. Prior to her work in Indian law, she served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During the Clinton administration, Tompkins was an honors program trial lawyer in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she handled civil prosecutions in environmental cases nationwide. She also served as a law clerk for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court in Window Rock, Arizona. Before becoming a lawyer, Tompkins worked for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice as a tribal court advocate. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Tompkins received a BA from Dartmouth College and JD from Stanford University, where she was associate editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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