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Ph.D., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
M.A., Victoria University in New Zealand
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
American Indian Law
Carlson most recently served as a staff attorney at the Indian Law Resource Center in Helena, Mont., with a practice focusing on international and national advocacy to protect the rights of Indian nations to self-government, their lands, cultures and environments. Before that, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Ottawa, a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, and a law clerk to the Hon. Diana E. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Carlson is secretary/treasurer of the Michigan State Bar Associationís Indian Law Section and a past recipient of a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Research Grant and the American Bar Associationís Henry J. Ramsey Diversity Award.
"Natural Allies: Conservationists, Indian Tribes, and Protecting Native North America," in Sarah Krakoff and Ezra Rosser, Eds., Tribes, Land, and the Environment (forthcoming 2012) (with Robert T. Coulter).
"Is Hindsight 20-20? Reconsidering the Importance of Pre-Constitutional Documents," 30 Am. Indian. L. Rev. 1 (2005-2006).
"Does Constitutional Change Matter? Canadaís Recognition of Aboriginal Title," 22 Ariz. J. Int'l Comp. L. 449 (2005) (distributed to over 1000 practitioners and scholars at the 2010 Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference).
"Note, Towards Tribal Sovereignty and Judicial Efficiency: Ordering the Defenses of Tribal Sovereign Immunity and Exhaustion of Tribal Remedies," 101 Mich. L. Rev. 569 (2002) (Second Place, National NALSA Annual Writing Competition).
Book Reviews, Symposium Pieces and Other Shorter Works
Book Review, American Indian Constitutional Reform and the Rebuilding of Native Nations (Edited by Eric D. Lemont), 27(1) Journal of American Ethnic History 89 (Fall 2007).
Commentary: "In Pursuit of Tribal Economic Development as a Substitute for Reservation Tax Revenue," 80 N.D. L. Rev. 809 (2004) (symposium).
Contributing author, Amicus Brief in support of the University of Michigan in Grutter v. Bollinger on behalf of the Black Law Studentsí Alliance, Latino Law Students Association, Native American Law Students Association, and Asian Pacific American Students Association, submitted to the United States Supreme Court, February 18, 2003, 10 Mich. J. Gender & Law 1 (2003).
Notice, "Premature Predictions of Multiculturalism?," 100 Mich. L. Rev. 1470 (2002).
"Placing the Waitangi Tribunal: Attitudes Towards the Claims Settlement Process in New Zealand." In Critic & Conscience: Conference Proceedings of the 5th National Postgraduate Conference (1998).
- May 3, 2013
Kirsten Carlson is attending the Connect Fulbright Canada Colloquium at the University of California Berkeley on "Issues in Canadian Studies: Views from America" May 8 and 9, and the Early Career Workshop at the Law and Society annual meeting in Boston May 28-June 1.
- August 18, 2011
Kirsten Carlson's brief that was submitted on behalf of the Indian Law Resource Center and Sacred Circle National Network to End Violence Against Indian Women in Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States (Report No. 80/11) was cited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The decision condemned the United States for its failure to protect women and children from domestic violence.