Office of the Attorney General

Courtney R. Jordan

Courtney R. Jordan (Cherokee; Cherokee Nation) joined the Office of the Attorney General in November 2015 and currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General. She provides in-house counsel duties for the Nation, along with representing the Nation in federal, state, and tribal courts in civil litigation and Indian child welfare cases.

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Jordan was an associate attorney in the Oklahoma City office of Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C. where she was dedicated to advocating for Indian tribes and protecting inherent Tribal sovereignty. As a member of the Firm’s Indian Law & Gaming, Administrative & Regulatory and Litigation & Trial practice groups, Ms. Jordan counseled clients in the following areas: trial and appellate litigation in tribal, federal and state courts; tribal sovereignty & jurisdiction, tribal governmental infrastructure and tribal courts; code of laws and tribal regulations/policies & constitutional issues; federal and state cooperative agreements relating to matters of mutual governmental interest and self-determination; and labor and employment issues regarding equal employment and tribal employment preference issues. While at the Firm, Ms. Jordan also served as the Sr. Assistant Attorney General for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Ms. Jordan holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school she was a research assistant for leading Antitrust Law scholar, Professor Herbert Hovenkamp; a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; and received an American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Topics in Corporate Law. During her last year of law school, Ms. Jordan was a visiting student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she served on the American Indian Law Review.

Prior to law school, Ms. Jordan joined Teach For America, a national service corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in our country’s lowest socio-economic communities. As a teacher in inner-city Houston, she developed culturally appropriate curriculum and teaching styles for underprovided-Hispanic students, which led to increased student achievement. She was awarded $10,000 grant for innovate teaching through British Petroleum’s A+ For Energy Program and an $800 grant through Donors Choose for age-appropriate science lab equipment for early learners.

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, J.D., May 2013
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Topics in Corporate Law; Law and Legal Opportunity Fellow; American Bar Association – Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Fellow
    • Activities: Native American Law Students Association: President Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; Van Oosterhout-Bakersville Moot Court Competition Team; BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition Team
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK, Visiting Student
    • Activities: American Indian Law Review
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, B.A., Political Science & French, May 2008               

Publications & Articles

  • Article, “Oklahoma City Attorney: Let the feathers fly at high school graduation”, The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com (May 27, 2015)
  • Client Advisory: “Let the Feathers Fly at High School Graduation”, Crowe & Dunlevy (May 5, 2015)
  • Quoted: “Time to Vote Andrew Jackson Off the $20: Vote for Wilma Mankiller as Replacement”, Native News Online (April 6, 2015)
  • Client Advisory: “New BIA ICWA Guidelines & Proposed ICWA Implementation Rule: A Double Win In the Indian Child Welfare War”, Crowe & Dunlevy (March 19, 2015)
  • Article: “Expectations Differ For Minority Students”, Oklahoma State Daily O’Collegian (Nov.  18, 2014)
  • Q&A: “Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposes New Rules for Recognizing Tribes, Including Some in Oklahoma”, The Oklahoman/NewsOk.com (Sept. 5, 2014)
  • Client Advisory: “Personal Liability Exposure for Tribal Officials”, Crowe & Dunlevy (Oct. 28, 2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The Legal History of the Cherokee Nation”, Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach Lunch & Learn, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Graduation: At Odds With Eagle Feathers,” Native America Calling, May 21, 2015
  • Panelist, "Opportunities in Native Education for Tribes and Tribal Members," Teach for America Native Alliance Initiative Summit, March 27-29, 2015, New Mexico
  • Speaker, "Stay Sharp: Looking Beyond Biohazard Exposure Control," Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare Practice Group Webinar, June 25, 2014, Oklahoma

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
  • All Federal District Courts in Oklahoma
  • Cherokee Nation Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association: Diversity Committee; Indian Law Section
  • National Native American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Committee
  • American Bar Association: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Interviewer
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cherokee Nation Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Volunteer Attorney
  • Oklahoma City Sooner Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, Volunteer Attorney

Community Service

  • Junior League of Tulsa: Mentor Luncheon Committee
  • Teach For America: Native Alliance Initiative, Oklahoma Charter Schools