Professor Creel, a member of the Pueblo of Jemez, joined the University of New Mexico law faculty in 2007, bringing an expertise in Indian Country criminal defense. A former assistant federal public defender in the District of Oregon, Creel has worked extensively in federal habeas corpus and post-conviction matters.
Prior to joining the UNM law faculty, Prof. Creel worked as tribal liaison for the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and with the National Advisory Council for Indian Education in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of the University of New Mexico law school class of 1990, Professor Creel returned to the law school in 1995, first as a clinical fellow with the Southwest Indian Law Clinic and later as an associate professor and an adjunct professor in the Clinical Law program, in addition to serving as an appellate public defender with the New Mexico Public Defender's Office.
Professor Creel received the University of New Mexico’s Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color 2013 All-Around Award which recognizes a positive impact on students of color in the areas of mentorship, service and excellence in teaching and research. Professor Creel has testified before the United Stated Congress on the Tribal Law & Order Act of 2009 and was a contributing author in the 2005 revision of the Felix S. Cohen Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Professor Creel has published in the area of federal Indian criminal law and the rights of the Indian criminal defendants in federal and tribal courts.
July 12, 2013