Patricia A. Hall began her legal career working on the Navajo Reservation as an attorney for the Navajo Division of Education and subsequently for Navajo Legal Aid and Defender, now known as the Office of the Navajo Public Defender. Prior to joining Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel in 1990, she served for six years as La Plata County Judge and, prior to that, served as Chief Judge for both the Southern Ute Tribal Court and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Court, as well as municipal judge for the towns of Bayfield and Ignacio, a pro-tem judge for the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Court and a Special Trial Judge for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Court. While La Plata County Judge, she served on the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.
After 20 years as a partner in the firm, Pat changed her relationship to “of counsel” status in January of 2012. In addition to providing general representation to the Southern Ute Indian Tribal government, Ms. Hall has handled gaming regulation for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe since 1993 and previously served as special counsel to the Ute Mountain Ute Gaming Commission. She has represented the Tribe in Indian Child Welfare Act cases in various courts and has assisted Steven C. Boos in the representation of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board. Ms. Hall continues to provide advice on employment law and tribal code revisions for the Tribal government and handles Human Resources issues for the Southern Ute Growth Fund and its business entities.
Ms. Hall has taught seminars on Indian law topics for the National Indian Justice Center, the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, Inc., the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the Commission on State-Tribal Relations, the Ramah Navajo School Board and the Rural Justice Center. She also taught a semester course in Federal Indian Law at Fort Lewis College with partner Thomas H. Shipps.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Colorado Legal Services, the Navajo Public Defender Commission, Durango/La Plata Community Corrections Board and Durango Acoustic Music. A member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association since its formation, she has served as a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association Disciplinary Committee for 17 the past years.
Ms. Hall graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and from Arizona State University College of Law (now the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law).