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502. Physicians, Theologians, Lawyers, Jurists, Architects, and Members of Other Professions[X]
1Name:  Professor Matthew L. M. Fletcher
 Institution:  University of Michigan Law School
 Year Elected:  2022
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  502. Physicians, Theologians, Lawyers, Jurists, Architects, and Members of Other Professions
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1972
Matthew L. M. Fletcher is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the Chief Justice of both the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1997. He previously worked as a staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui, Hoopa, Suquamish, and Grand Traverse Tribes, and taught at the Michigan State University College of Law and the University of North Dakota School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools at the University of Arizona, the University of California, Hastings, the University of Montana, and Stanford University. He is a frequent instructor at the Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indian students. Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) is the leading academic and most prolific scholar in American Indian Law today. His scholarship has been cited by the United States Supreme Court; in more than a dozen federal, state, and tribal courts; and in hundreds of law review articles and other secondary legal authorities. Over a decade ago, he proposed and then became the reporter for the American Law Institute (ALI) "Restatement of the Law: The Law of American Indians." Several portions of that work have already received final approval by the ALI. For perhaps two decades, he has operated the influential Turtle Talk blog which students, professors, and attorneys use on a daily basis. He has been a co-author of the leading Indian Law casebook since 2013 and has written numerous other books and dozens of law review articles. These include: American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law (2008), The Return of the Eagle: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (2012), Federal Indian Law (2016), Principles of Federal Indian Law (2017), and The Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian Hating (2020). Fletcher was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2022.
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