, 2023-01-03 09:33:05,
Judge discusses negotiation trauma and the law as the Chief Justice of the Yurok Nation’s Tribal Court
Judge Abby Appianante was the first tribal woman to be admitted to the California State Bar. For nearly two decades, she served as a judicial officer for the San Francisco Superior Court, and Appinante has been a judge in the York Tribal Court since 1997.
In our discussion of negotiating trauma and the law, she talks about her embarrassment over her trauma in law school, her resistance to business as usual while on the bench in San Francisco, and advocacy against more environmental trauma and decisions about what she didn’t bring back home to her tribe where she started the program. Culturally supported court.
Her court work acknowledges the underlying trauma caused by American settler laws, attempts to address current pain through connectedness, and seeks to embody a different way of combating harm, both historical and current.
Mallika Kaur: Judge, can you share what it was like in law school before land recognition became common or indigenous days or months were recognized?
Abby Appinante: I had a lot of difficulties adjusting to law school. I can give you one example: I didn’t have enough…
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