Associate Justice Jill E. Tompkins (Penobscot)

Jill Elizabeth Tompkins (Penobscot) is an Associate Appellate Justice for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Court of Appeals. She also currently serves as the Chief Justice and Director (court administrator) for the Penobscot Nation Judicial System in Maine. She is a former Senior Director with Casey Family Programs Indian Child Welfare Program.  She is a former clinical professor of law and Director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado where she taught substantive federal Indian and tribal law and lawyering skills in a clinical setting. The majority of the Clinic’s cases involve the application of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

Justice Tompkins is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and she is admitted to practice in the states of Maine and Colorado, tribal courts of the Penobscot Nation, Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and the U.S. District Courts for Colorado and Maine, and the United States Supreme Court. She has twenty-four years of judicial experience garnered through her service as a chief trial judge and an appellate justice with the Mashantucket Pequot and Passamaquoddy Tribal Courts, and as a judge pro tempore for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community. She is the first woman to serve as president of the National American Indian Court Judges Association (1992-1994, 2011-2015). For several years, she was the primary trainer for the State of Colorado Department of Human Services on the topic of the Indian Child Welfare Act. She is the mother of three children, Tate, Elliott and Grace.