Bethany Berger is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law where she teaches and writes about Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and Property, and particularly about the relationships between individuals and communities in each of those fields. She is a coauthor and member of the editorial board of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law
, the preeminent treatise in the field, coauthor of a casebook, American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary
, with Robert Anderson, Philip Frickey, and Sarah Krakoff, and will join Joseph Singer as a coauthor of the next edition of Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices
. Her articles have appeared in the Michigan Law Review
, the California Law Review
, the UCLA Law Review
, and Duke Law Journal
, and have been excerpted and discussed in many casebooks and edited collections.
Professor Berger graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Berger went to the Navajo and Hopi reservations to serve as the director of the Native American Youth Law Project of DNA-People's Legal Services. There, she conducted litigation challenging discrimination against Indian children, drafted and secured the passage of tribal laws affecting children, and helped to create a Navajo alternative to a detention program. She then became managing attorney of Advocates for Children of New York, where she worked on impact litigation and policy reform concerning the rights of children in public education.
She has served as a judge for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals and as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.