Nell Jessup Newton
Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law
Newton is a leading scholar of American Indian law, especially as that field intersects with federal constitutional and property law, writing frequently cited law review articles on tribal property rights and rights to self-government. She was the co-author of the third edition of one of the leading textbooks on Indian Law, Cases & Materials on American Indian Law, and is the editor-in-chief of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the only treatise on the subject. Her many law review articles have been reprinted in scholarly books on Indian law, race law, the law of reparations, and legal philosophy.
Newton earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in humanities with an emphasis on ancient Greek, and her law degree from UC Hastings, where she was elected to the Thurston Society and the Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Hastings Law Journal. She is active in scholarly and educational organizations, such as the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association, and the Law School Admissions Council. She is a director of the National Association of Law Placement Foundation and is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Connecticut Bar Foundation. She also served as an associate justice of the Yurok Tribal Supreme Court in 2008-2009.
ScholarshipCohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (Nell Jessup Newton, ed., LexisNexis 2012).
Areas of Expertise
- American Indian law
In the NewsDean's Desk: Dean Excited to Teach, Interact More with Students this Semester. The Indiana Lawyer, July 31, 2013.
Dean's Desk: Notre Dame Law in Chicago Shows Promise. The Indiana Lawyer, March 13, 2013.
Dean Newton Speaks at BYU Law School's Bruce C. Hafen Annual Distinguished Lecture Series on The Indian Trust: The Theory that Led to a $3.4 Billion Settlement
Dean's Desk: Law Students Benefit from Alumni's Professional Experience. The Indiana Lawyer, September 12, 2012.
Dean's Desk: Notre Dame Expands Course, Clinical Offerings. The Indiana Lawyer, March 14, 2012.