Alex Cleghorn

Employment: Directing Attorney at California Indian Legal Services
Education: B.A. Political Science; J.D.
Location: Oakland, CA
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Other Interests: skiing; gardening; home improvement projects; running; family; backpacking; fishing

Alex Cleghorn
KEF Mentor

Alex Cleghorn is the Directing Attorney of California Indian Legal Services’ Sacramento office. Alex has several years of Federal Indian law experience. He previously worked as a CILS Staff Attorney and as an Associate with Sonosky Chambers LLP. Alex has experience with a variety of Federal Indian law issues including the Indian Child Welfare Act, Tribal Court and code development, sovereign immunity, Public Law 280 and tribal jurisdiction, land and Indian Self-Determination Education and Assistance Act contracts.

Prior to returning to CILS, Alex was an Associate with Minami Tamaki LLP where his litigation practice focused on civil rights and employment law. He has represented individual and class action clients in state and federal courts and in mediation proceedings. Alex also served as a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California where he wrote an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of a woman denied medical treatment because of her sexual orientation. He also played a role in the cases challenging California’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

Alex received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and earned his juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003.

Alex was born and raised in Alaska and is grateful for the support he received from many people and organizations including the Natives of Kodiak and the Koniag Educational Foundation while in law school.

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