CILS is Pleased to Announce the Recent Hire of Mica Llerandi and Davina Whitethorne

Mica Llerandi joins the CILS team as a Staff Attorney providing legal assistance to tribes and Indian organizations.

“After clerking with CILS in 2010, I am excited to return to the Escondido office as a staff attorney,” Llerandi said.

Mica Llerandi, a member of the Navajo Nation, joined CILS as a Staff Attorney in January 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University and her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law. During law school, Mica was selected to be a Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern, interning at the Department of Defense with the Army Corps of Engineers. The following summer, Mica clerked with CILS in its Escondido office. As part of her law school coursework, she assisted Professor S. James Anaya in his capacity as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and helped with tribal code development for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. After law school, Mica worked on multiple Indian reservations in both state and tribal courts in Arizona. First on the Navajo Nation as a Staff Attorney and Domestic Violence Project Director with DNA- People’s Legal Services, then on the Gila River Indian Community as a Deputy Community Prosecutor, and lastly on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community as a Guardian ad Litem. She moved to California in 2016 and, before joining CILS, represented children in San Diego County dependency proceedings. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, crochet, and hike with her husband and dogs.

Davina Whitethorne joins the CILS team as a Senior Administrative Assistant providing support to both the marketing and development department and the accounting department.

“I am very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to provide support in any way to CILS. I look forward to utilizing my experiences and education to promote CILS’ vision of protecting Indian rights,” Whitethorne said.

Davina Whitethorne is a Senior Administrative Assistant at the Escondido office. As a member of the Dine’ (Navajo) Tribe, she was born and raised on the reservation. Davina moved to San Diego fifteen years ago. She studied Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix and is working on her Masters of Law in Indigenous People’s Law from the University of Oklahoma. She brings twelve years of administrative experience to CILS. Passionate about Indian rights, working at CILS was a natural fit. In her free time, Davina enjoys spending time with her 15-year-old daughter Meah. She just recently started volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

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