Tohono O'odham Nation Office of the Attorney General
DOREEN NANIBAA MCPAUL is a graduate of Princeton University and earned her Juris Doctorate from the Arizona State University College of Law in 2001, where she also received a Certificate in Federal Indian Law. During law school, Ms. McPaul worked for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C. and for the American Indian Law Centerís Pre-Law Summer Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which she attended in 1998. Ms. McPaul also served as the President of ASUís Native American Law Studentís Association and as a staff writer for the ASU Law Journal. After law school, Ms. McPaul was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jefferson L. Lankford (retired) of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Ms. McPaul then worked as a staff attorney for the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch in Chinle, AZ before joining the Nordhaus Law Firm in Albuquerque, NM. Ms. McPaul also spent a year as a visiting clinical law professor and Interim Director of the Indian Legal Clinic at ASU. Since 2009, Ms. McPaul has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Tohono Oíodham Nation in Sells, AZ. Ms. McPaul has over 11 years of experience practicing Indian law, and is admitted to practice law in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as before several tribal and federal courts. Ms. McPaul is Navajo (Kinyaa'Šanii) and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ. She is married to SSG Mark McPaul and they have two boys, ages 2 and 4, and are expecting a third child this summer.