Glennas'ba Augborne Arents

Tempe Office

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Indian Law

Glennas'ba (“Glenna”) Bizahaloni Augborne Arents is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is Ma'iideeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan) born for Naakaii tł'izhinii (African-American People). Her maternal grandfather is Tł'aashchí'íi (Red Bottom People) and her paternal grandfather is Naakaii tł'izhinii (African-American People).

Glenna's practice focuses on representation of Indian tribes and tribal entities. Glenna's practice includes representation in matters related to health care regulatory compliance and program/policy development, civil litigation, special investigations, contract and business negotiations, child welfare, and employment law/human resources matters.

Glenna knew at a young age that she would become an advocate for tribal communities. In her youth, Glenna's days were spent playing sports, enjoying the diverse culinary experiences of Los Angeles and mentoring peers at the local Boys and Girls Club.  But her parents filled her evenings at home with lessons on the importance of education, culture, identity, and a consistent commitment to service. Driven by these principles, Glenna left Los Angeles to attend college in Arizona where she would be close to her tribal community.  Glenna became the first in her family to graduate college with a four-year degree.

Glenna went on to graduate from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she received a Certificate from the Indian Legal Program and was a student attorney for the Indian Legal Clinic. Glenna also served as the President of the Native American Law Students Association and Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. Glenna later became the first lawyer in her family.

Glenna often remarks that her path toward tribal advocacy was guided in part by her name. Glenna proudly carries the name of her great grandmother and family matriarch, Glennas'ba Bizahaloni.  Her name roughly means “gentle warrior” and “bird who talks a lot” (mockingbird).  Like her ancestor before her, Glenna has persevered through adversity with the gentle strength of her words. She uses this skill to successfully represent tribal interests with an effective approach to conflict resolution that combines accurate legal analysis, interconnectedness, and compassion for community. Glenna provides exceptional service to clients by achieving goals and obtaining favorable outcomes in court, council chambers and the board room.

EDUCATION

  • University of New Mexico, B.A. (2010)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, J.D. & Indian Legal Program Certificate (2016)

DISTINCTIONS AND HONORS

  • Indian Rights Fellow
  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
  • Order of the Barrister's Honor Society Inductee
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Method and Writing
  • The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research Award
  • Articles Editor, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology

PRESENTATIONS, PANELS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Future, Now: The Art and Science of The Mindful Lawyer,”Special Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Convention (2016)
  • State Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Involuntary Commitment Orders:
    A Discussion on the Intersection of State and Tribal Sovereignty in the Area of Mental and Behavioral Health in Arizona
    ,” Panel Chair and Moderator, State Bar of Arizona Convention (2020)
  • In Conversation: Black Perspectives in Indian Law,” Panelist, hosted by Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) Chapter of Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law (2020)
  • Black Indigeneity in Conversation,” Panelist, hosted by NALSA Chapters of UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law (2020)

ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE LAW

  • State of Arizona Courts
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Navajo Nation District Courts
  • Gila River Indian Community Court
  • White Mountain Apache Tribal Court

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Executive Council, Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona
  • Tribal In-House Counsel Association
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Native Vote: Election Protection, Volunteer
  • March of Dimes Foundation, Volunteer

PASTIMES AND INTERESTS

  • Mysteries, puzzles and board games
  • Amateur coupon clipper and discount seeker
  • Cooking and watching movies with family and friends
  • Volunteering with community youth organizations

NOTABLE EXPERIENCE

  • Substantial experience in labor and employment law, including recent representation of a tribe, its officials and a tribal enterprise in a wrongful termination/civil rights lawsuit filed by a terminated employee and was successful in obtaining dismissals of complaints filed in both state and tribal courts on grounds of tribal sovereign immunity. Experience in drafting motion for attorneys' fees and expenses and was successful in obtaining substantial award related to opposing counsel's filing of a frivolous claim.
  • Conducts special investigations and acts as administrative hearing officer on behalf of tribal councils and tribal human resource departments to ensure an independent review and representation of factual findings and conclusions of law and policy, including: (i) tribal code of conduct investigations of tribal court officials, and (ii) employee grievances hearing officer.
  • Drafts manuals and ancillary documentation for several tribal programs, including: (i) community wellness program that provides educational support and vocational skills training to clients through a GED Program and work assignments team, (ii) tribal court and local school behavioral health referral program, (iii) summer camp program, (iv) charitable donations program, and (v) behavioral health preferred provider program.
  • Revises employee personnel and clinical healthcare provider policies and procedures manuals. In addition to revising robust employment and healthcare policy manuals, creates unique policies and procedures on a variety of subject areas, including: (i) corporate vehicle use and related accidents, (ii) sick leave and donation, and (iii) administrative conference and training room use.
  • Drafts and/or substantively reviews service agreements, leases and other legal documents, taking great care to incorporate provisions specific to tribal clients such as protection of tribal sovereign immunity, tribal court jurisdiction and HIPAA-compliance, including: (i) memoranda of understanding/agreement between tribal enterprise and private entities and state, tribal and other community stakeholders, (ii) clinical supervision and training service agreements, and (iii) medical record digitization agreement ensuring scope of work remains HIPAA-compliant.
  • Provides general counsel advice to tribal regulatory agency leadership and management team of tribal corporation on compliance with federal, state and tribal laws and regulations on an as needed basis and drafts legal memoranda on same. For example, analyzed whether state abortion, sick leave and medical marijuana laws were applicable to tribal enterprise on the reservation and analyzed the Fair Credit Reporting Act's applicability to tribal regulatory agency.
  • Provides advice on employee matters such as termination and other discipline, grievances and workplace investigations.
  • Drafts substantive comments on state Medicaid agency policies and represents clients in interactions with state Medicaid agency and tribal government regarding interpretation of intergovernmental agreement.
  • Represents tribal behavioral health entity in state and tribal court involuntary commitment matters, including drafting motions to amend and toll court-ordered treatment, and conducts follow-up efforts to ensure tribal behavioral health entity interests in advocating for client rights is accomplished by providing assistance to public defender in competency hearing and court updates to client's tribal guardian.

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