Lauren van Schilfgaarde

Assistant Professor of Law

  • B.A. Colorado College, 2008
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2012

Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Cochiti Pueblo) is Assistant Professor of Law. Her research focuses on Tribal sovereignty and federal Indian law. She previously was the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director at UCLA Law wherein she supervised live-client projects concerning tribal governance and justice systems, ethics, cultural resource protection, voting, child welfare, and more.

She received her undergraduate degree at Colorado College and her law degree from UCLA School of Law. van Schilfgaarde previously served as the Tribal Law Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) in West Hollywood, CA, and as a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. van Schilfgaarde currently serves as co-chair for the Native American Concerns Committee of the American Bar Association and as a board member of the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, Pukúu Cultural Community Services, and the AALS Section on Indian Nations & Indigenous Peoples.


  • Articles And Chapters
    • (Un) Vanishing the Tribe, 66 Ariz. L. Rev. 2 (2024). Full Text
    • Restorative Justice as Regenerative Tribal Jurisdiction, 112 CA. L. Rev. 103 (2024). Full Text
    • Tribal Nations and Abortion Access: A Path Forward (with Aila Hoss, Ann E. Tweedy, Sarah Deer, and Stacy Leeds), 46 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 1 (2023). Full Text
    • The Indian Country Abortion Safe Harbor Fallacy (with Alia Hoss, Sarah Deer, Ann E. Tweedy, Stacy Leeds), Law & Political Economy Project (2022). Full Text
    • Affirmed or Delegated? Finding Inherent Tribal Civil Power to Issue and Enforce Protection Orders Against All Persons in Light of Spurr v. Pope (with Kelly Stoner), 21 Tribal Law Journal 1 (2021). Full Text
    • Using Peacemaking Circles to Indigenize Tribal Child Welfare (with Brett Lee Shelton), 11 Columbia Journal of Race and Law 681 (2021). Full Text
    • The Need for Confidentiality Within Tribal Cultural Resource Protection, UCLA School of Law Native Nations Law & Policy Center (2020). Full Text
    • Addressing the Oliphant in the Room: Domestic Violence and the Safety of American Indian and Alaska Native Children in Indian Country (with Kelly Gaines Stoner), 22 Widener Law Review 243 (2016). Full Text