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Prof. Mack and Alan Balaran '92 Work on Corruption Case in Navajo Nation

Wednesday, November 02, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Professor Thomas Mack worked this past summer in Arizona assisting Alan Balaran ’92 in putting together the proof and pleadings for a $36 million lawsuit against almost 80 Navajo officials. The lawsuit asserts Navajo officials used poverty funds intended for poor Navajo families to benefit themselves and their own ineligible families and friends.

According to Professor Mack, the lawsuit seeks restitution of the monies illegally appropriated and spent, not only from the legislators and executive brand officials who unjustly enriched themselves, but also from their relatives and friends who unjustly benefited from these funds. The lawsuit also seeks removal of those officials who did not personally benefit but failed to use their oversight powers while the funds were misused.

Thomas Mack

Read all about the case in High Country News, "Navajo Monster Slayers: a tribe struggles to fight corruption.”

Since the article was published the Navajo Nation refused to renew Alan Balaran’s contract as special prosecutor. Instead, a law firm will be hired to pursue the litigation Professor Mack and Alan Balaran filed. Professor Mack says, "Due to Alan’s prodigious efforts, we have indisputable proof for each of our numerous allegations. We will see if his successors are as serious as he was about representing the interests of the People of the Navajo Nation against the corrupt practices of their elected officials.”

Professor Thomas Mack teaches Torts, Evidence, Remedies, Constitutional Law and Federal Courts. His legal experience includes private practice, government positions, and neighborhood legal services work in Chicago and San Francisco. He was the founding Dean, and Professor of Law at the New College of California. He was a professor, the Clinical Dean, and the Dean at Antioch School of Law. He also served as the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of the District of Columbia School of Law. For more information about Professor Thomas Mack visit his faculty page.

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