Alumni Mentor In Residence: Keith Justin Anderson
January 31, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Come hear Keith Anderson talk about how he developed his expertise in American Indian law and started his own firm with his partner almost two years ago.
Keith Anderson is Narragansett. His tribe is located in Rhode Island, where he lived until attending the Stanford Law School. He advises clients on American Indian law, gaming, commercial transactions, on-reservation business development, tribal corporate structuring, tribal finance, tribal governance, code drafting and constitutional reform.
Since 2010, Keith has worked exclusively on behalf of indigenous peoples in the United States and abroad, including a fellowship with the University of Cape Town’s Law, Race and Gender Unit in Rondebosch, South Africa. While there, he assisted a tribal government in its decade-long struggle to assert its constitutional rights to self-rule and autonomous local elections.
Upon his return to the United States, Keith continued advocating on behalf of tribes and tribal governments, first as an associate of one of the largest Indian law practices in America and now as a partner of Ceiba Legal. Much of his work operates on a methodology of “legal architecture,” which, in the context of on-reservation business development, is the construction of tribal government enterprises and infrastructure designed to exploit the inherent competitive advantage of tribal sovereignty for the purposes of maximizing profit, limiting liability and protecting tribal rights.
Recently, Keith has been implementing the necessary legal infrastructure for a tribally owned short term on-line consumer lending operation, negotiating a large financing transaction and debt settlement agreement, forming a Section 17 corporation and its subordinate enterprises, and spearheading a constitutional reform project for a tribe in Northern California.
Keith is a Stanford Public Interest Fellow and a member of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association and the National Native American Bar Association.
Lunch provided for the first 20 students to rsvp: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/law/forms/Anderson.fb