Jonathon Sanchez, a recent law school graduate, is a past recipient of a NABA-AZ scholarship and an active volunteer for the association. Jonathon was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He moved to Alaska when he was ten and lived there until he moved to Arizona for law school in the Fall of 2011. Jonathon studied at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he would earn a Bachelor's degree in Justice, cum laude, and a minor in psychology. While studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Jonathon competed as a member of the internationally ranked UAA Seawolf debate team that allowed him to travel the world and win a few awards here and there. Subsequently, Jonathon graduated from ASU Law School, recently, in May of 2014.
In his spare time, Jonathon enjoys both watching and playing sports, reading, and playing video games. This past spring, Jonathon was selected to be one of eight players to represent the Playstation 3 in the first ever Madden Ultimate Team Invitational tournament. Additionally, he enjoys hiking and being in the outdoors. Jonathon looks forward to exploring the vast hiking trails of the Arizona landscape - after he takes (and hopefully passes) the upcoming July 2014 bar exam.
1. Are you originally from Arizona? If not, where are you from? Tell us about your family and tribal affiliation.
I am not originally from Arizona. I was born in Salt Lake City but my family is from all over. My grandmother's mother was born in Dulce New Mexico and is Jicarilla Apache; my mother's grandfather's mother was born in Wiseman, Alaska. From my father's side, I am Puerto Rican. Although my descent can be traced in many parts of the world, I am a shareholder in the Doyon Corporation, a Native Corporation created under ANCSA.
2. Why did you go to law school?
I went to law school to advocate for Native American tribes. I was very pleased to attend Arizona State University because of its Indian Legal Program. My training through the ILP has equipped me with the tools in order to do so.
3. What do you hope to have accomplished in your career five years from now?
In five years, I hope to be a successful attorney with a reputation as a zealous tribal advocate as well as a reputation as an honest attorney. One can never anticipate the legal challenges a future client might have, but I hope to bring that client the best representation I possibly can when that scenario arises.
4. Any specific plans for work after you pass the July Bar exam?
I plan to stay with Rosette, LLP. I clerked for them during the summer of my second year and throughout the school year, on a part time basis, during my third year. It is a vibrant firm that is on the cutting edge of legal issues and is truly trail blazing. I am fortunate to be part of such a high caliber legal team.
5. Why are you a member of NABA-AZ and what has been your involvement with NABA-AZ and activities?
I am a member of NABA-AZ because it is important to stay connected with others in order to stay informed of the wide array of legal issues facing Indian Nations. Not only can I stay up-to-date for my clients on the pressing issues, I can also network with and rely on the Indian legal community for guidance, if needed. It's important to stay in the loop.