The Harvard Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Native American and Pacific Island students at Harvard Law School, and is composed of Native American law students and students interested in issues affecting the Native community. NALSA first and foremost strives to provide a support system for indigenous law students by providing academic support and opportunities as well as social events. NALSA also works to promote campus discourse on Federal Indian and tribal law issues, support student and faculty inquiry into these areas of law, and recruit Native students to HLS.

This academic year, 2021-2022, has been an exciting one, despite the challenges of Covid-19.  So far, our events have included:

  • A welcome BBQ for all NALSA members
  • Speaker panels with actively practicing Native attorneys
  • Discussion groups on Indian Law with Prof. Joseph Singer
  • Career guidance sessions for 1Ls

Next semester, we anticipate the following events:

  • Attending the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference in Albuquerque, NM
  • Hosting a speaker series with various Indian law practitioners, including Tribal prosecutors, lobbyists, and officials
  • Attending a powwow in New England (location TBD – check back for details!)

If you are a current or prospective student or an organization that would like to discuss working with NALSA, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at nalsa@mail.law.harvard.edu. We look forward to speaking with you!


Nashoba Santhanam and Sofia Panarella
2021-2022 Harvard NALSA Executive Board