Colette Routel

Professor of Law


B.M., Ithaca College, magna cum laude, 1998

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2001


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2014-; associate professor of law, 2012-2014; assistant professor of law, 2009–2012.

University of Michigan Law School: visiting assistant professor of law, 2008–09.

Wayne State University Law School: visiting assistant professor of law, 2007–08.

Hamline University Law School: adjunct professor of law, 2004–06.

Hogen Adams PLLC: of counsel, 2013–present

Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen: senior associate/of counsel, 2007–12.

Faegre & Benson, LLP: associate, 2001–06.

Admitted: Minnesota; U.S. Supreme Court; 5th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit

Leadership and Service

Professor Routel was appointed to a one-year team as an Appellate Judge for the White Earth Nation, 2015. Professor Routel maintains an active pro bono practice in federal Indian law, wildlife law, wilderness law, and asylum law. In 2002 and 2004 she received the Sierra Club North Star Chapter Award for her pro bono work, and in 2005, she was nominated for the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award.

Research and Scholarship

Professor Routel’s research interests include federal Indian law and natural resources law.

Professor Routel in the news
  • Star Tribune: Law students serve as public defenders

    Star Tribune's Maura Lerner reports on students in Mitchell's Indian Law Clinic serving as public defenders in tribal courts on the Bois Forte and Menominee reservations.
  • Mitchell team wins national NALSA moot court competition

    William Mitchell students Ryan McCarthy and Joshua Peterson won the annual National Native American Law Student Association moot court competition.
  • Indian Law program expanding much-needed services

    Mitchell’s highly-regarded Indian Law program has received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant of more than $280,000 will allow the program to provide help for Minnesota and Wisconsin Indian tribes and experience for law students.
  • Indian Law Clinic represents tribes in first trial

    The case centered on tribes’ right to hunt deer at night off-reservation in the ceded territory of Wisconsin. Expert witnesses presented on topics of hunting safety, biology and ecology of deer, Ojibwe culture, and trends on public lands.
  • Mitchell teams successfully take on 19th century law at competition

    The topic was one of the most complicated in American law– aboriginal title–but Mitchell students were undaunted, placing four teams in the top 16 at the national Native American Law Students Association’s (NALSA) moot court competition, with one of the Mitchell teams finishing third overall. In the individual competition, Mitchell students took second and third […]
  • U.S.-Dakota War to be focus of symposium at William Mitchell

    One hundred fifty years ago, hundreds of people were killed as Minnesota became a battleground during the six-week U.S. – Dakota War. The war and its historical ramifications will be the subject of a symposium Friday, Oct. 26, in the William Mitchell Auditorium. The all-day symposium will feature speakers and panelists from a variety of […]
  • Two Mitchell students picked for national group executive board

    William Mitchell will be well represented in the National Native American Law Students Association in 2012-2013. Two second-year students, Matt Elias and Veronica Newcomer, were elected to leadership positions at the organization’s recent national conference. Newcomer was elected Area 8 representative. Area 8 includes Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. “I feel […]
  • New Mitchell exhibit explores history and cause of Dakota War

    An exhibit featuring photographs, paintings, and historical documents related to the Dakota War is now on display at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears arguments from William Mitchell Professor Colette Routel

    On Oct. 11, William Mitchell Professor Colette Routel argued in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in two cases related to Summit Lake Paiute Tribe et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Case No. 10-72762 & 11-70336). These cases challenge the U.S. government’s approval of the Ruby Pipeline, a 677-mile underground natural […]
  • William Mitchell Professor Colette Routel testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

    On Thursday, Oct. 13, William Mitchell Professor Colette Routel testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The hearing entitled “Carcieri Crisis:  The Ripple Effect on Jobs, Economic Development, and Public Safety in Indian Country,” focused on the impact that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Carcieri v. Salazar has had on Indian tribes throughout […]
  • William Mitchell presents Second Annual Indian Law CLE

    The Indian Law Program at William Mitchell College of Law is hosting the Second Annual Indian Law CLE: Hot Topics in Federal Indian Law on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 am to 5 pm at William Mitchell. The event will feature presentations by scholars and practitioners dedicated to Indian law. The agenda for the day […]