Ms. Tjemsland is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Native American Law practice.
A descendant of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Ms. Tjemsland has represented tribes before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before the US Supreme Court, on issues including sovereign immunity, land-into-trust, federal preemption, and reservation status.
Ms. Tjemsland received her JD from Yale Law School in 2017. While in law school, she was a comments editor of the Yale Law Journal, the chair of the Native American Law Students Association, and a teaching fellow for Introduction to Native American History. In addition, she was a member of the Environmental Protection Clinic, focusing on Indian law issues.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Tjemsland served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sheryl Gordon McCloud of the Washington State Supreme Court and the Honorable Susan P. Graber of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.