Lisa L. Atkinson
Law Office of Lisa Atkinson PLLC
Lisa L. Atkinson (Northern Cherokee/Osage) maintains an active private law practice while also serving, and having served in various judicial roles for over 40 tribal courts in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, California, Utah, Nevada and Massachusetts over the past 19 years. Judge Atkinson served as a public defender, prosecutor, and presenting officer in more than ten (10) tribal courts, and has served as a mentor and trainer for many new tribal court judges.
Judge Atkinson has served in several leadership and mentor roles within the ABA, including: Chair of the Tribal Courts Council, Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair-Elect of the National Conference of Specialized Court Judge, Co Vice-Chair of the GP Solo Diversity Board (having served two terms as Chair), Chair of the Legal Opportunities Scholarship Committee, and member of the Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary.
Judge Atkinson has presented on topics related to Indian Law at over twenty tribal/state/national/international events, including issues of training and practice in Tribal courts, Domestic Violence, the Indian Child Welfare Act, diversity in the legal profession, cultural appropriation, human trafficking, voting rights, and the Violence Against Women Act.
Judge Atkinson currently sits on the Tribal Advisory Board for the National Judicial College, and the Grassroots Economic Development Group (in Hawaii). Prior service includes board members on the National American Indian Court Judges’ Association, the Washington State Minority & Justice Commission (a Washington Supreme Court appointment), Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association, Northwest Indian Bar Association, a nine-year term on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Justice Project, and a five-year term on the Washington Access to Justice Board (also a Washington Supreme Court appointment).
Judge Atkinson lives on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.