Robert A. Hershey

Director of Clinical Education Professor Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law

Professor Hershey has specialized in Indian affairs for nearly four decades, beginning with his work as staff attorney for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Reservation. Since 1983, he has served as special litigation counsel and law enforcement legal advisor to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and from 1994 to 1996 as special counsel to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Hershey also serves, now in his 10th year, as judge pro tempore for the Tohono O'odham; and deputy judge pro tempore for the Colorado River Indian Community Tribal Courts. Professor Hershey currently teaches the Indigenous Peoples Clinic course. He also teaches a Globalization and the Preservation/Transformation of Culture course, and has written extensively on that topic. His book Globalization and the Transformation of Cultures and Humanity: a Curriculum and Toolkit for the Efflorescence of Ecological Literacy in Legal and Business School Education can be found at He has assisted tribes in forming and revising tribal constitutions and has conducted numerous training workshops for tribal judges and tribal court personnel. He is a member of White Mountain Apache, Hopi, and Pascua Yaqui Tribal Courts, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Arizona and Montana State Bars.


  • J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1972