2013 Blankenbaker Lecture
April 15, 2013 UM Law Welcomes Mr. Keith M. Harper

Keith Harper is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C., who focuses his practice on litigation and Native American affairs, representing tribes and individual Indians. A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he continues to serve as class counsel in the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit, Cobell v. Kempthorne, a case that recently settled for an aggregate $3.4 billion.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Harper was a litigator at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in the Washington, D.C. office. During his tenure at NARF, he also taught "Federal Indian Law" as Adjunct Professor at Catholic University Columbus School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law.

Mr. Harper served as a Principal Advisor and Chair of the Native American Domestic Policy Committee for the Obama campaign and then as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team in the Energy & Environment Cluster. After law school, he clerked for Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

EDUCATION: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Sociology and Psychology; New York University School of Law, J.D.

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