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N. Bruce Duthu

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JD 1983 Loyola University;
BA in religion and Native American studies 1980 Dartmouth College


Professor Bruce Duthu is an internationally recognized scholar on Native American issues, including tribal sovereignty and federal recognition of Indian tribes. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Criminal Law, Comparative Law of Indigenous Peoples, Federal Indian Law, Products Liability, and Torts.

Professor Duthu, an enrolled member of the Houma Tribe of Louisiana, earned his BA degree in religion and Native American studies from Dartmouth College in 1980 and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1983. He began his legal career as a trial attorney. In 1986, Professor Duthu returned to Dartmouth, first as director of the college's Native American Program until 1989, and then as associate dean of freshmen and director of the Intensive Academic Support Program. In 1991, he joined the regular faculty at Vermont Law School. He consults with Indian tribes, government bodies, academic institutions, and legal experts on matters of federal Indian law and holds an appointment as adjunct professor in Dartmouth's Native American Studies department. In 1999, Professor Duthu was a visiting fellow at the University of Wollongong Faculty of Law in Australia and received a Parsons Visitorship at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2000 and at the University of Trento, Faculty of Law, Italy, in 2003. In spring 2004, Dean Duthu led a delegation of Vermont Law School faculty to Guangzhou, China, where he signed a cooperative institutional agreement with the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, establishing the framework for educational and other training programs, faculty and student exchanges, and joint research projects. He served as Vermont Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2002–05. Duthu has served as chair of the Native Americans and the Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He serves on the board of trustees of Earthjustice; the Joint Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, sponsored by the nation’s leading legal organizations; and on the advisory board of the New Hampshire/Vermont Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program.