The mission of the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate is to assist Indian people in making informed decisions about their property by:

1. Establishing legal service projects that provide free estate planning services to individual tribal members

2. Providing training to tribal members, governmental officials and the legal community

3. Serving as a clearinghouse for the latest information on the American Indian Probate Reform Act

Contact Information

Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate at Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

(206) 398-4284 office
(206) 398-4036 fax

Douglas Nash – dnash@seattleu.edu

Cecelia Burke – burkec@seattleu.edu

Lupe Ceballos – ceballosl@seattleu.edu

Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate at Seattle University School of Law

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation created The Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate in May of 2005.  The Institute opened its doors at Seattle University School of Law on August 1, 2005, with a mission of providing training on the American Indian Probate Reform Act and estate planning services to Indian Country.  The Institute oversees several estate planning projects including three law school externship projects funded by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.  The Institute is actively working to establish new projects as funding permits, engaging in fund-raising activities to support this work, and providing training at all levels on estate planning in Indian Country under the new Act. 

The Institute’s Staff

Douglas R. Nash serves as the Director of the Institute.  He is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and has practiced Indian law for some 34 years in numerous capacities including 14 years in private practice during which time he did estate planning and probate work, Chief Counsel for the Nez Perce Tribe for 10 years and for the past two years he was a professor of law at the University of Idaho College of Law.  During his time at the College of Law, Doug developed the proposal for the Indian Estate Planning Project, which he operated until July 31, 2005.  Among other things, he has served on the ILTF Board from its inception until May 2005, when he resigned to assume the position of Director of the Institute. Contact Mr. Nash at dnash@seattleu.edu

Cecelia E. Burke is Deputy Director of the Institute for Indian Estate Planning and Probate at Seattle University School of Law. Ms. Burke teaches an Indian Estate Planning Clinical Course at Seattle University School of Law. She is the author of Indian will and estate planning documents, templates, and charts illustrating intestate and testate succession under the new Act, and provides estate planning training to Legal Services attorneys and the private bar nationwide. She previously worked under the University of Idaho Indian Estate Planning Project in 2004, providing legal services to tribal members on the Upper Skagit and Swinomish Reservations in Washington State. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Washington, and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. Contact Ms. Burke at burkec@seattleu.edu.

Lupe Ceballos is Program Coordinator for the Institute for Indian Estate Planning & Probate.  Ms. Ceballos has previously interned for the Washington State House of Representatives.  Ms. Ceballos is also a trained paralegal and worked in that capacity before coming to SU.  She has been with Seattle University six years, worked within the Registrar’s Office of the SU School of Law in several capacities including as an Exam Coordinator, Administrative Assistant for the Access to Justice Department, and previous to this appointment, an Administrative Assistant in the Dean’s Office.  She is also a part-time law student with Juris Doctrate anticipated in the fall of 2008.  Contact Ms. Ceballos at ceballosl@seattleu.edu.


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