Candidate for Chief Judge
Dear Bay Mills,
My name is Bryan Newland, and I am asking for your vote for Chief Judge.
I grew up here in Bay Mills, and I still call it home. Because of the opportunities afforded to me by our tribe, and my family, I was able to pursue a higher education and a career in Indian law and policy. While those things took me away from the community that raised me, my heart really never left.
I am excited about the opportunity to serve our tribe as Chief Judge. I believe that the law can be used as a positive force for change, and that a well-functioning legal system can be a great asset to tribal communities. I have built my career on these beliefs.
In 2007, I graduated with High Honors from the Michigan State University College of Law, with a Certificate in Indigenous Law and Policy. Afterwards, I worked for one of the largest law firms in Michigan and later served as an appointee of President Obama at the Department of the Interior. Last year, I moved back to Michigan to establish my own law firm, and to be closer to my family and my tribe. In my law practice, I represent tribes from across the country. I have also been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law, where I also serve as an Adjunct Professor of Law.
I believe that this experience will help me to effectively serve as Chief Judge.
If elected, I will promote “access to justice” in our community; meaning that I want to make our Tribal Court easy to use for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. This would include publishing tribal court decisions and tribal laws, and making it easier for tribal citizens to go through our justice process – even without a lawyer. I would also work to make sure that our justice process reflects Anishnaabe values.
As your Chief Judge, I would conduct myself according to the highest ethical standards. Ethics, fairness, and professionalism ensure that our tribal citizens trust our tribal court.
Our Tribal Court can be a valuable asset for our community, and can ensure that our tribal laws are enforced. I would be honored to be a part of our tribal justice system by serving as your Chief Judge. And I would be honored to have your vote. Miigwetch.