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Natali Segovia

Natali Segovia, of Quechua/Peruvian descent, is a long-time advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples, immigrant communities and underrepresented populations. Natali holds a law degree from Arizona State University with a concentration in International Law and Federal Indian Law, in addition to dual degrees in Latin American Studies and Political Science from Columbia University.

Put simply, Natali's passion is helping people and she brings heart to the practice of law. Natali's work focuses on representing clients in cases involving issues of Federal Indian law/Tribal law in state and tribal courts, select criminal law cases and general civil litigation. As a former business owner, Natali also knows first-hand the effort that goes into forming, owning and successfully operating a small business. She brings her business experience and litigation perspective to entity formation, contract drafting, and review of business agreements. Natali also represents Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking clients in a variety of cases.

Natali has also served on various international delegations on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild and/or the Alliance for Global Justice, conducting human rights fieldwork in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. For the past decade, her work in Colombia has focused on human rights violations, internal displacement of indigenous peoples and rural communities, environmental issues and most recently, transitional justice during the Colombian-FARC peace process. Natali spent two years abroad in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she was a professor of Academic Research and Writing at the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno. Her ongoing research interests include the socio-economic and environmental impact of multinational corporations and US foreign policy on indigenous peoples in the Americas.

Natali is the current chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Committee of the National Lawyers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and think tank dedicated to social change, economic justice, and ecological sustainability. She also currently serves as Secretary for the Indian Law Section Executive Council of the Arizona State Bar. 

Court Admissions

  • Arizona State Courts

  • Gila River Indian Community Court

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • National Lawyers Guild

  • Arizona State Bar Association

  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Arizona State Bar Association

    • Secretary, Indian Law Section Executive Council​

  • National Lawyers Guild

    • International Law Committee​

    • Chair, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Committee

  • Los Abogados

    • Member, Civil Rights Committee​

  • Alliance for Global Justice

    • Member, Board of Directors​

Education

  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

    • Juris Doctor

    • Concentration in International Law and Federal Indian Law

  • Columbia College, Columbia University

    • Bachelor of Arts, Latin American Studies (Economic History)

    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
      (International Relations)

Awards & Honors

  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar in Recognition of Academic Excellence

  • 2014 Recipient of Dean's Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance and Contributions to the College of Law

  • 2013 Recipient of Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • 2013 Spirit of Service Scholar

  • CALI Excellence Award - Civil Justice Clinic

  • CALI Excellence Award - International Comparative Law

  • CALI Excellence Award - Federal Advocacy for the Tribal Client

Speaking & Publications

  • "Decolonization & Sovereignty under International Human Rights Law," August 5, 2017, National Lawyers Guild Convention, Washington, D.C.

  • "Border Walls, Prison Walls, Police Militarization and Drug Wars," March 10, 2017, Global Justice Center, Tucson

  • "Peace Talks Summit: Transitional Justice & the Road to Lasting Peace," February 11, 2017, Fordham Law School, New York City

  • "Gathering of Voices: Standing Rock," January 7, 2017, Whisper n Thunder, Phoenix Center for the Arts

  • "Macondo: Peace in the Land of Oblivion," October 4, 2016, Truthout.org 

  • "Fighting the Neo-Liberal Corporate Agenda: Defeating TPP, TTIP and TISA," October 25, 2015, National Lawyers Guild Convention, Chicago