Sept. 23, 2021
Profiles in Diversity Journal
ATLANTA – Profiles in Diversity Journal has selected Brandee J. Kowalzyk, a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Atlanta office, for a 2021 Native American/Indigenous Leaders Worth Watching Award. This year’s 13 winners represent “leaders who have demonstrated a dedication to excellence, a willingness to mentor and support the next generation of leaders, and a commitment to the larger community,” according to the publication.
Kowalyk is a litigator, who practices in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device defense, commercial litigation, and product liability
For the past five years, she has been serving as a Court of Appeals Judge for the Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, handling multiple appeals from the Band’s trial court in addition to her busy litigation and trial practice.
Kowalzyk is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. In order to be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, a person must meet the tribe’s required blood quantum (typically more than one-quarter Native blood) and showing direct descent from one or more recognized members of the tribe. Since 2016, Kowalzyk has been serving as an appellate court judge for the Fond du Lac Band, handling mostly election-related appeals and appeals arising from evictions from tribal housing. The Fond du Lac Band, located on the shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, is one of six bands that make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Each band has its own civil ordinances, and the Court of Appeals has jurisdiction to hear appeals arising from the decisions of the Tribal Court, as that court applies and interprets the tribe’s ordinances.
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