Rodina Cave practices in the areas of Indian Law and commercial litigation with the firm of Sutin Thayer & Browne. She has worked on litigation in federal, state, and tribal courts regarding water rights, sovereign immunity, tribal trust funds, tribal jurisdiction, and gaming. Her work also includes client support for projects involving tribal water, land acquisition, federal legislation, tribal court systems, and protection of traditional properties and resources.
Ms. Cave earned her law degree and Indian Law Certificate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, where she was selected by the faculty as Outstanding Graduate 2001. During law school, Ms. Cave was Note and Comment Editor and staff writer for the Arizona State Law Journal, and tutor for the American Indian Law Center’s Pre-Law Summer Institute.
After law school, Ms. Cave clerked for the Honorable William C. Canby, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor, Ms. Cave coaches the law school’s Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) moot court teams and taught the Indian Law course for the 2011 American Indian Law Center’s Pre-Law Summer Institute. She also serves as Chair of the New Mexico State Bar Indian Law Section Board of Directors and is a member of the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association.
Ms. Cave is of Quechua (Peruvian Indian) descent.