Drummond Woodsum is pleased to announce that firm attorney Michael Corey Hinton has been awarded the 2018 Indian Legal Program (ILP) Emerging Leader Award presented by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). This award acknowledges and encourages service to Indian Country and the ILP by alumni who are less than ten years out of law school. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in their professional career, volunteer work, and promotion or support of the ILP and/or ASU.
“We are very proud of Corey for all he has accomplished in such a short amount of time and are excited about the work he is doing for our tribal clients as well as his contributions to the legal profession” commented Benjamin Marcus, Drummond Woodsum Managing Partner.
Corey earned his law degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day College of Law in 2011 with a special certificate in Federal Indian law. Since earning his degree Corey has worked in Washington, D.C. where he primarily advised tribal governments and tribally-owned entities on a wide range of matters, including water and natural resource management issues, economic development, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, environmental regulatory issues, the protection of treaty fishing rights, and the fee-to-trust process. A primary focus of Corey’s practice has been natural resource-based economic development, including the establishment of Improved Forest Management Projects in the State of California cap-and-trade program. Corey has also served as a legal fellow for former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) at the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, with the National Indian Gaming Commission, and with the Arizona State University Indian Legal Clinic where he advised clients on intellectual property and Indian Child Welfare Act-related issues. Corey is an enrolled member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. He is a former member of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team and the former president of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
Past Emerging Leader award winners include Steve Bodmer (’06) and Elizabeth Medicine Crow (’05), and Charles Galbraith (’07), Matthew Campbell (’08)