During law school, Mrs. Bowles gained experience in federal Indian and tribal law. As a Firm summer associate, she assisted in drafting policies and procedures for various tribal housing authorities and tribal schools, and researched personnel and policy enforcement issues. As a student attorney, Mrs. Bowles represented native clients in a variety of civil and criminal matters, drafted Indian wills concerning tribal lands and assets, drafted several sections of a human rights complaint before the United Nations relating to the negative implications from climate change for various tribes; gathered historical tribal data for incorporation into one tribe’s application for federal recognition, and researched and gathered voting data for the Native Vote 2020 initiative. As a law clerk for Utah Legal Services, she represented various tribal clients as a guardian ad litem in tribal court.
Before attending law school, Mrs. Bowles accompanied her husband, MSgt Jason Bowles USAF (Ret.) overseas in Okinawa, JP, for four years. While stationed there, she volunteered as an executive board member for the Okinawa Enlisted Spouses’ Club and the American Women’s Welfare Association that contributed several thousands of dollars to the local Japanese senior community and military and DODEA school organizations. As a volunteer, she was awarded as Key Spouse of the Year for 2014 for Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, JP. She was also joined by the Commander of Pacific Air Forces, for exhibiting exemplary dedication to military spouses in Okinawa, JP.
Shayla Bowles is a member of the Navajo Nation. Mrs. Bowles joined the firm in 2020.
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (J.D. 2020), Indian Law Certificate; University of Utah (B.S., 2005), Business Administration.
Arizona (Currently Pending).
American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section; National Native American Bar Association; Arizona Women’s Lawyer Association.
Prior Legal Experience
Summer Associate, Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP (2019); Student Attorney, Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (2019); Law Clerk, U.S. Attorney’s Office- Criminal Division, Phoenix, AZ (2019); Law Clerk, Utah Legal Services- Indian Law & Migrant Farmworker Division, Salt Lake City, UT (2018); Law Clerk, Second District Court of Utah- Bountiful, UT (2018).