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Michalyn Steele Named Associate Dean of BYU Law School

Submitted by Carolyn Steele

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University has named Seneca Tribal Member Michalyn Steele as the new Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. Michalyn is a tenured professor who teaches Federal Indian Law, Constitutional Law, the Law of Evidence, and Civil Rights. She has written many scholarly articles, mostly addressing federal Indian Law issues, that have been published in prestigious law reviews. For example, one of the recent articles that she co-authored with one of her colleagues, “Rethinking Protections for Indigenous Sacred Sites,” was published in the Harvard Law Review. She will undertake the additional duties of Associate Dean in the fall semester that will begin in August of this year. Michalyn is from the Beaver Clan. She grew up on the Cattaraugus Territory. She is the daughter of Lynn and Carolyn Steele and the granddaughter of the late Martin and Norma Seneca.