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Aarik Robertson
Aarik Robertson

2019 Diversity & Inclusion: Aarik Robertson

Aarik Robertson challenged himself to become a lawyer to show other American Indian students that they could too. Robertson works to encourage students in south Minneapolis, where he was born and grew up, and on reservations to pursue higher education.

“I’m happy to reach out to students at any point because the pipeline of students who go on to become successful in high school and college and ultimately law school doesn’t start with somebody graduating high school,” Robertson said.

A citizen of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Robertson also wanted to go to law school so he could be an advocate for American Indian communities.

He learned how the law has affected tribes while getting his bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota.

As the U’s American Indian recruitment coordinator, Robertson later saw statistics on the small number of American Indian students who went to law school.

At William Mitchell College of Law, Robertson served as president of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) as well as a student board member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA).

Robertson, a review associate at Consilio LLC, an international e-discovery firm, received MAIBA’s American Indian Law Student Scholarship for two years and joined its board as an attorney member after law school.

He remains on MAIBA’s board after serving as vice president and president. As MAIBA president, he hosted a visit from U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa, the first American Indian woman to serve as a federal judge.

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