Samantha Jo Weiss

1905 Harney St., Ste. 300
Omaha, NE 68102

sweiss@bigfirelaw.com

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication, Arizona State University (B.S. 2014)

Juris Doctor, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (J.D. 2018)

Certificate in Indian Law

BAR ADMISSIONS

Nebraska

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Law Clerk, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (2020); Staff Attorney/Law Clerk, Ho-Chunk Nation (2018-2019); Gila River Indian Community Tribal Court (2017-2018); Arizona State Law Indian Legal Clinic (2017); Salt River Indian Community Legal Services (2016)

ASSOCIATIONS AND HONORS

Nebraska Bar Association; Nebraska State Bar Indian Law Section; Cali Award Recipient for Highest Scoring Student in Federal Indian Law II and Indian Gaming; Edwin Bull Book Scholarship Recipient; Paul and Flo Eckstein Scholarship Recipient; William H. Pedrick Scholar (Fall 2017); Winner of the Sonia Minuskin Memorial Award for the Best Undergraduate Research Paper Related to the Holocaust.

PRACTICE AREAS

During Ms. Weiss’s career, her practice has included advocating for tribal members, governments, and entities involving issues of tribal housing and probate.  She has extensive experience working with tribal courts and working on complex legal issues of first impression.  She has worked extensively with tribes prior to joining Big Fire.  Her interests include statutory drafting, complex jurisdictional issues, and probate.  Ms. Weiss has assisted in drafting contracts, policies, and statutory revisions.

During her career in Arizona, she worked with several tribes in the Phoenix Metro area.  Ms. Weiss provided legal representation through the Indian Legal Clinic at Arizona State University. During law school, Ms. Weiss participated in Arizona State’s Indian Legal program and completed over twenty credits in Indian law courses including Indian Gaming and Tribal Economic Development.  After she graduated law school, she worked with tribes in the Midwest.  Ms. Weiss has dedicated her career to working in Indian Country and furthering tribal self-determination.

 

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