Caroline LaPorte, J.D.

WWW 2018 Conference Panelist

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Caroline LaPorte, J.D.

Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Caroline LaPorte is the Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Her work focuses on housing, human rights, children and youth, firearms and criminal justice all within the gender based violence framework. She is a Texas Bar Licensed Attorney and previously worked as a family law attorney and at Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that represents children in foster care. She has been published twice by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Magazine and was additionally the co-author of an article that was published in the Domestic Violence Report, which focused on applying the human rights framework to domestic violence in the United States.

She graduated from Baylor University in Texas, majoring in Philosophy. After undergrad, she joined the Teaching Fellows (Miami Cohort) and was placed in Little Haiti and Liberty City. She went on to attend The University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. Caroline was named a Hendry Bandier Fellow for her work in child advocacy and human rights and was the recipient of the Natasha Pettigrew Memorial Award. During her time in law school, she clerked for the Office of Tribal Justice at the Department of Justice and for the chief legislative attorney of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, of which she is immediate descent. She was additionally elected to serve on the National Executive Board for the National Native American Law Student’s Association. Caroline also served as a fellow in the Children and Youth Law Clinic.