Professor Nazune Menka joined Berkeley Law to serve as the Tribal Cultural Resources Project Policy Fellow in September 2020 and has recently transitioned to the Environmental Law Clinic as a Supervising Attorney for the 2022-2023 academic year. In fall 2021 Professor Menka designed and taught a new undergraduate Legal Studies course “Decolonizing UC Berkeley” (LS 172AC in Spring 2023) and also taught “Indigenous Peoples, Law, and the United States” (a.k.a. federal Indian law) at the law school in Spring 2022.
Born and raised in Alaska, Professor Menka is Koyukon Athabaskan and Lumbee. She holds a J.D. from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers School of Law with a Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy and serves as Of Counsel at Rosette, LLP a national law firm serving Indian Country. Before attending law school, she completed an M.S. in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Arizona where she researched the impacts of pollutants at abandoned mining sites utilizing Stanford’s particle accelerator. She has worked on policy issues at both the Alaska and Hawaii state legislatures and has completed various intern and management programs including at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the House Committee on Natural Resources. Her areas of expertise and interest include Indigenous human rights, Indigenous ways of knowing, Tribal sovereignty, and environmental policy and management.
Professor Menka serves as: Treasurer for the UC Berkeley Native & Indigenous Council; Board Member for the Water Protector Legal Collective, Board Secretary for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science; Board Member for the California Indian Law Association. Professor Menka is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law
M.S., University of Arizona, Soil, Water, & Environmental Science