This Article highlights the contributions that Judge Diana Murphy made to federal Indian law jurisprudence and its real world impact. In addition to discussing her opinions, it describes the substantial contribution she made to Indian country as the Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Carlson, Kirsten Matoy, Judge Murphy’s Indian Law Legacy (August 9, 2019). 103 Minnesota Law Review 37 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3435173

Kirsten Matoy Carlson

Wayne State University

Kirsten Matoy Carlson is an Associate Professor of Law and Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University.  Her interdisciplinary, empirical research focuses on legal advocacy and law reform, with particular attention on the various strategies used by Indian nations and indigenous groups to reform federal Indian law and policy effectively. It has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Law and Social Science Program and the Levin Center at Wayne Law. Her recent article, Lobbying Against the Odds, was selected for presentation at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum at Harvard Law School.  Her articles have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Indiana Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Law and Society Review, and American Indian Law Review. Carlson earned a Ph.D. in Political Science and a J.D. from The University of Michigan. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana E. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, received a NSF dissertation research grant, and was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. 


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