Vernon J. Roanhorse, Sr.

Roanhorse 72 dpiExecutive Director, Ethics and Rules Office, Navajo Nation

Mr. Roanhorse has been practicing law for since 1987 with the Navajo Nation Bar Association Inc. and is currently the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules Office since August 2012. Mr. Roanhorse was born and raised in New Mexico for the majority of his life. Mr. Roanhorse attended colleges at University of Colorado, ASU and UNM receiving a bachelor’s degree focusing on pre-law studies. Mr. Roanhorse previously lived on the Cañoncito Band of Navajo Reservation and lives with his wife Regina and 2 girls and 2 boys. They have 2 huskies and 3 cats. One of his daughters attends UNM as a senior in the Nursing Program this fall. His children all attend Albuquerque Public Schools. At this point in his career he enjoys teaching Navajo law and trial techniques for young lawyers.  Mr. Roanhorse served as the Senior Prosecutor for the Alamo/To’hajiilee District Office and was involved in numerous appellate cases before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court for the past 21 years while prosecuting cases for the Navajo Nation. His previous positions included District Prosecutor, Prosecutor III, Prosecutor II for the Ramah District, Cañoncito District and Alamo District and The White Collar Crime Office.  Mr. Roanhorse has also worked for the Navajo Legal Aid Office, New Mexico Legal Aid, Private Practice with Hale and Denetsosie Law Office P.C. and DNA Peoples Legal Services, Window Rock, Arizona. In addition Mr. Roanhorse is a certified trainer for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boulder Colorado, The Federal Law Training Center specializing in Domestic Violence, a Certified Instructor in Navajo Indian Law, and Ethics for the New Mexico State Police Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for New Mexico Legal Aid and serves on the Rules Committee for the Navajo Nation Bar Association Inc.

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