Doreen Nanibaa Mcpaul is a graduate of Princeton University and earned her JD from ASU College of Law in 2001, where she also received a Certificate in Federal Indian Law. During law school, she worked for NARF and for the PLSI program. She also served as the President of ASU NALSA and as a staff writer for the ASU Law Journal.
After law school, she was a judicial law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals. She then worked as a staff attorney for the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch before joining the Nordhaus Law Firm in Albuquerque, NM. She spent a year as a visiting clinical law professor and Interim Director of the Indian Legal Clinic at ASU. Since 2009, Ms. McPaul has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, AZ. She has been a lawyer for 14 years, and has spent 13 of those years practicing Indian law. She is admitted to practice law in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as before several tribal and federal courts. She is the President of the Tribal In-House Council Association.
Ms. McPaul is Navajo and Irish, and grew up in Chinle, AZ on the Navajo Reservation. She is a proud military spouse and mom. She is married to Sargent First Class Mark McPaul and they have three boys ages 7, 4, and 2.