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Chad Abeyta Resume
EDUCATION
Master of Laws (LLM) May 2021
University of Arizona
•  Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Certificate
•  Member of the Native American Law Students Association

Juris Doctor May 2019
University of New Mexico School of Law
•  Indian Law Certificate
•  Staff Editor, Tribal Law Journal
•  Treasurer, Native American Law Student Association
•  Visiting Student at the University of Arizona College of Law (Spring 2019)
•  Tribal Justice Clinic: Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology May 2016
University of New Mexico
•  Cum Laude
•  Minor in Native American Studies
•  Treasurer, Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group
•  Mentor (Sidekicks Program), American Indian Student Services

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Attorney, Office of Legislative Counsel 2021—2023
Navajo Nation
•  Drafted legislation and legal documents for the Navajo Nation Council.
•  Reviewed professional service agreements on behalf of the Navajo Nation legislative branch.
•  Provided legal research for complex issues that encompasses a broad area of law.
•  Provided legal advice and guidance to the Navajo Nation Council, standing committees, boards, commissions, and entities.

Law Clerk, Attorney Generals Office 2019—2020
Pascua Yaqui Tribe Tucson, Arizona
•  Provided legal research and legal memoranda for the Attorney General.
•  Implemented the Mandatory Civil Mediation Program and adopted Civil Mediation Codes.
•  Drafted policies, professional service agreements, and resolutions for the Tribal Council.
•  Assisted other attorneys in various departments with legal research.

Law Intern, To’hajiilee/Alamo District Court 06/2017 – 08/2017
Navajo Nation Judicial Branch Tohajiilee, New Mexico
•  Assisted the Judicial Conduct Commission in revising 7 N.N.C.
•  Presented revisions to the Judicial Conduct Commission in the Navajo language.
•  Researched Navajo Nation Codes and case law for the district court judge.
•  Reviewed case files assigned by the staff attorney and provided legal research.

Senior Airman, Aerospace Maintenance 11/2009 – 11/2013
United States Air Force Offutt AFB, Nebraska
•  Served in three overseas temporary deployments.
•  Collaborated with members of other units to complete assigned tasks.
•  Used technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on aircraft systems.

EXECUTIVE BOARD
DNA Peoples Legal Services June 2021—June 2025
Board of Director
DNA People’s Legal Services is a six-office, nonprofit law firm in the Southwestern United States that
provides free civil legal services to low-income people on tribal nations who otherwise could not afford
to hire an attorney.

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
State Bar of New Mexico Bar #: 153952
Admitted: 11/20
Navajo Nation Bar Association Bar #: NNBA21-607
Admitted: 06/21
Member, Pascua Yaqui Bar Inactive
Mediator, State of New Mexico (40-hr. training) July 2018

HONORS AND AWARDS
Education
•  State Bar of New Mexico Indian Law Section Award (2019)
•  Outstanding Law Student Deans Award, University of New Mexico School of Law (2019)
•  Williams Achievement Award, Visiting Student Fellowship University of Arizona Law (2019)
•  National Society of Leadership and Success (2016)
•  Deans List, University of New Mexico (2016)
•  Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholarship (2015-2016)
•  Deans List, Central New Mexico Community College (2014)

Military Service
•  Meritorious Unit Award in recognition for outstanding service during combat (2011-2012)
•  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2011-2012)
•  Air and Space Campaign Medal in support of Operation Unified Protector (2011)
•  National Defense Service Medal (2009-2013)
•  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2009-2013)

HOBBIES
•  Creating Navajo-style silver jewelry with various stones.
•  Contributor to the family collection of refrigerator magnets.
•  Enjoy outdoor walks while listening to music and interpreting lyrics.

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