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ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Receives Quarter-Million-Dollar Gift

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A $250,000 gift has been made to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University to fund a program that researches issues affecting economic development on tribal lands.

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Thanks to his gift, Robert Rosette, a College of Law alumnus and the founder of the law firm Rosette, LLP, has made it possible to establish the Rosette, LLP, American Indian Economic Development Program. The program is housed in the College of Law's Indian Legal Program and the inaugural director of the program is Professor Robert Miller.

The Rosette, LLP, American Indian Economic Development Program will include a law school curriculum for students; host an annual national conference focusing on tribal economic development for attorneys, tribal leaders and members, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and developers and financial advisors; and incorporate a community outreach component. 

"Robert has devoted his law career to issues involving tribal economic development," said Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Dean Doug Sylvester. "This program is a wonderful addition to our Indian Legal Program and will help us expand the reach of our newest ILP faculty member, Robert Miller."

The Rosette, LLP, American Indian Economic Development Program is headed by Professor Robert Miller, whose areas of expertise are civil procedure, federal Indian law, American Indians and international law, American Indian economic development and Native American natural resources. An enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, he is the chief justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe and sits as a judge for other tribes. Before joining the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2013, Miller was on the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Rosette formed Rosette, LLP, to exclusively represent Indian tribal governments in all facets of federal Indian law, including finance, commercial transactions and economic development. He has helped to raise more than $4 billion in economic development and governmental infrastructure projects for more than 30 tribes in eight states. Rosette has raised capital through direct bank loans, taxable and tax-exempt bond financing, venture capital, development loans, bridge financing and more for his tribal clients.

Rosette, LLP, has offices in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, California, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

About the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is one of the leading public law schools in the country. Currently ranked No. 31 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, the College has moved up further and faster in national rankings than nearly any other law school. The College is the preeminent law school in metropolitan Phoenix, the nation's sixth-largest city. In addition to its renowned faculty, the College is home to several leading centers and programs recognized for excellence, including the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the Center for Law and Global Affairs and the Indian Legal Program. Its students choose and benefit from numerous opportunities for experiential and practical-skills training as well as an array of theoretical courses. With a writing program that is ranked No. 8 nationally by U.S. News, a wide range of clinical opportunities, a breadth of externship offerings, and a pro bono program that annually contributes more than 100,000 hours of legal and law-related services to the community, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is pursuing a path of boundless impact, excellence, engagement and opportunity. For more information, visit  

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