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Steven Gunn

Adjunct Professor

Professor Gunn has extensive experience in public interest litigation and clinical practice. He is also the founder and director of the American Indian Law Summer Program at Washington University Law, which allows law students to spend the summer in Indian country, assisting Indian tribes in legal matters affecting their sovereignty, self-determination, and civil rights.  Gunn has written articles on Indian law and on the intersection of poverty and law and economics. He was a staff attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, where he represented low-income individuals and families in housing, public benefits, and disability discrimination cases. Before that, Gunn was a Skadden Fellow at the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, D.C., where he represented American Indian tribes in actions to protect their land, resources, rights, and cultural heritage. As part of his Skadden Fellowship, Gunn lived and worked for a year on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where, among other things, he represented the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and its members in two major federal lawsuits.  Gunn received his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy in 1992 from Stanford University and his law degree in 1995 from Yale Law School, where he received numerous awards, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Service of the New Haven Community, the C. LaRue Munson Prize for Excellence in Work on Cases in the Clinical Program, and the Connecticut Title Attorneys’ Guaranty Fund Prize for the Best Paper in the Field of Property.

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