MSU Law alumnus to work for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Michigan State University College of Law alumnus John Simermeyer is using his legal education to make an impact in the nation's capital. After serving as a Legislative Analyst with the Governmental Affairs team at Rossette LLP for two years, Simermeyer recently accepted a position with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. His previous position involved advocating on behalf of tribal clients to federal agencies and congressional offices.

He's been making a difference in Indian country since his days as a student in MSU Law's Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Simermeyer credits his coursework with preparing him for success. "I apply what I learned in substantive courses every day at work," he said. "My academic experience at MSU and work experience since graduation has put me in the best position to be prepared for this new endeavor."

The relationships that he built as a student also exposed him to the realities of working on behalf of tribal clients. "The staff at the Indigenous Law and Policy Center provided great insight from their own real-world experience practicing in Indian country," said Simermeyer. He's stayed in touch with the MSU Law community since he graduated.

"We're thrilled for John," said Professor Wenona Singel, associate director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. "We wish him the very best as he begins his work for the Committee."

MSU Law's Indigenous Law and Policy Center is one of just a handful of similar programs in the nation. Through a combination of coursework and providing hands-on legal support to Indian clients across the country, the ILPC produces graduates who are ready to serve in Indian Country. Simermeyer's fellow ILPC alumni work for tribal governments, private law firms, federal agencies, and nonprofits.

Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

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