Professor of Law
B.U.S. 1992, University of New Mexico
J.D. 1996, University of New Mexico School of Law
Member of the New Mexico Bar
Aliza Organick, a citizen of the Diné Nation, born to the Tsenijikini Clan (Cliff Dweller Clan), joined the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNM) in August, 2012 where she currently teaches in the clinical law program. Prior to joining the faculty at UNM, Professor Organick taught at Washburn University School of Law from 2004 to 2012. At Washburn, she brought her expertise in clinical legal education, tribal court practice, and criminal defense in Indian Country. While at Washburn, Professor Organick created the Tribal and State Court Practice clinic section with its focus on representing Native clients in Kansas tribal courts.
Professor Organick earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1996. Immediately following her graduation from law school, she co-founded the Miners’ Legal Resource Center (MLRC), which was funded by grants from the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale and the Berkley Law Foundation. MLRC provided basic access to legal advocacy and diagnostic health care services for coal and uranium miners in the Four Corners region of the southwest United States, including the Navajo Reservation. She also received an Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship for her work on that project.
Professor Organick is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Indian Law Clinics and Externship Symposium which takes place annually in Indian Country. The goal of this symposium is to create a pedagogy and methodology for training law students to practice law among Native people in Indigenous communities. She has organized and presented at numerous conferences and continuing legal education programs, including those that focus on developing expertise in the practice of law in tribal court settings. Professor Organick was an invited presenter on the Indigenous Stream at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual conference at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom in 2009 and in 2011 she was a plenary speaker at the Transforming Legal Education Annual Conference hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where she spoke on the challenges of introducing legal theory into clinical practice.
Professor Organick is a past Chair of the American Association of Law School’s section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples. She currently serves on the Board of the National Native American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New Mexico, the Federal District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the Prairie Band Potawatomi District Court, Kickapoo Tribal Court, and Iowa Nation Tribal Court.