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Attorney Biography

Akilah J. Kinnison
Tel: 202.822.8282
Fax: 202.296.8834

Akilah Kinnison joined Hobbs Straus in October 2013 after receiving a J.D., magna cum laude, and an LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. At Arizona, Akilah was privileged to be a part of the Law College’s world-renowned Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP).

During her time with IPLP, Akilah had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr. as well as to study with Professor S. James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Akilah worked on several of IPLP’s international human rights cases, including advocating on behalf of the Western Shoshone in various United Nations’ forums and assisting in the case of Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group v. Canada, which is currently pending before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Akilah was also a member of the Arizona Law Review, where she received the Snell & Wilmer Best 2L Note Award. Her student note, Indigenous Consent: Rethinking U.S. Consultation Policies in Light of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, inspired by her internship with the Western Shoshone Defense Project, was published in the Winter 2011 edition of the Arizona Law Review. Akilah was also the recipient of the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Award, the recipient of the Law College Association Award, a Constitutional Law Mentor, and a Supreme Court Teaching Fellow.

During the fall of 2013, Akilah taught as an adjunct professor of international law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta and was admitted to practice law in Georgia. Prior to attending law school, Akilah graduated from Davidson College and then worked for several years as a researcher and editor in the field of U.S.–Latin American relations, co-authoring eight publications related to developments in the Northern Andes.

When not busy with work, Akilah enjoys spending time with her husband, Jedediah, and hearing about his brilliant research on the Salt Water Doctrine, as well as painting and having tea parties with their feisty toddler, Mariama.

Professional Organizations:
Federal Bar Association – Indian Law Section
Native American Bar Association – D.C.
National Lawyers Guild
State Bar of Georgia
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, LL.M., 2013
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2012
Davidson College, B.A., 2006
Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia