Stephanie Chen '10

  • Research Fellow, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
  • Lecturer in Law

Degrees

  • BA cum laude University of Washington 2006
  • JD University of Colorado Law School 2010

Biography

Stephanie is a Post-Juris Doctor Research Fellow at Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. Her research project concerns the chronic loss of Native Hawaiian ancestral lands that becomes part and parcel of quiet title actions.

Prior to joining Ka Huli Ao, Stephanie clerked for the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and for the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. At the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Stephanie worked primarily on a Native Hawaiian prisoners’ religious freedom rights case. She also worked as a student attorney for the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado. As a student attorney, Stephanie represented clients in cases involving questions of federal American Indian Law, with an emphasis on the Indian Child Welfare Act. She represented a Tribe in guardianship proceedings and in facilitating placement of a Native child with a prospective adoptive family in a Native village in Alaska in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act. Stephanie also drafted a tribal marriage code and conducted a wills and trusts workshop on the Southern Ute Reservation in Colorado to educate the community on special issues regarding individual Indian allotments and the American Indian Probate Reform Act.

During law school, Stephanie studied Maori Law at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand to gain a better understanding of the struggles of Indigenous People in other countries.

Stephanie graduated cum laude from the University of Washington in 2006 with a B.A. in French Studies. In May of 2010, Stephanie earned her J.D. with an American Indian Law Certificate from the University of Colorado.