Bryan Newland

Self-Employed, Fletcher Law

2007 | Lansing, MI

Michigan State University| James Madison College

"My time at MSU Law is a case study in developing long-term relationships. It starts with just treating your fellow students with respect, and sharing a genuine interest in their experiences.”

Bryan Newland provides legal, policy, and strategic counsel to Indian tribes on a wide range of issues, from economic development, gaming, land use, and governmental authority. He also serves as the chief judge of the Bay Mills Indian community. As a judge, he hears cases ranging from criminal prosecutions to family law matters and other civil disputes.

“The most rewarding aspect of my firm's work is being directly involved with tribal leaders who are trying to improve opportunities in their communities, or defend their rights,” he said. “I also enjoy the work I do as a tribal judge, which allows me to serve my own tribe. The family law cases I handle are difficult, but it's incredibly rewarding when we can help reunify parents with children.”

The MSU Law course most relevant to his current work was Administrative Law with Professor Glen Staszewski: “So much legal work involves interacting with government agencies, and understanding Administrative Law is critical to be effective in that work,” he said.

Newland also received a certificate from the Indigenous Law & Policy Center. “All of the Indian law courses I took serve as the foundation for my entire career,” he said. “My career would not have been possible without this program.”

Bryan added MSU Law's greatest asset is its network of professors and students. “Most people seem to have an interest in helping fellow MSU Law grads succeed," he said. "MSU Law also does a good job of helping students prepare for the actual practice of law, which is as important as learning the law itself. My time at MSU Law is a case study in developing long-term relationships. It starts with just treating your fellow students with respect, and sharing a genuine interest in their experiences.”