Angela Riley

Angela Riley

Citizen Potawatomi
Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law
Director of UCLA's J.D./M.A. Joint Degree Program in Law and American Indian Studies

Angela R. Riley is currently the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.  She is also Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Director of UCLA's J.D./M.A. joint degree program in Law and American Indian Studies.  From 2010-2015, she served as Director of UCLA's American Indian Studies Center. Her research focuses on issues related to indigenous peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance.  Her work has been published in the top legal journals in the field, including Yale Law JournalColumbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewGeorgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review and numerous others.  She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

After clerking for Chief Judge T. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma, she worked as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, specializing in intellectual property litigation.  In 2003 she was selected to serve on her tribe’s Supreme Court, becoming the first woman and youngest Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma.  In 2010, she was elected as Chief Justice.  She now serves as Co-Chair for the United Nations - Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Policy Board, which is a commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and calls for its full realization through the mobilization of financial and technical assistance.  She is also the mother of two girls.