Michael Godbe joins CILS as a Staff Attorney for the Bishop office. Attorney Godbe will assist the tribes, Indian organizations, and native populations of Inyo, Mono, Tuolumne, Kern, and Alpine Counties.
Attorney Godbe will also assist low-income and senior individuals through two programs unique to CILS’ Bishop office, the Eastern Sierra Legal Assistance Project and the Inyo-Mono Senior Legal Program.
“I believe in CILS’ mission to advance and protect Indian rights and the sovereignty of tribes,” Godbe said. “I also have seen firsthand how legal aid can help low-income and older folks secure much-needed public benefits and stay in their homes.”
Attorney Godbe joins CILS after spending three years in private practice in Wisconsin. “My prior legal practice was advocating on behalf of consumers facing abusive debt collection and employees facing discrimination in the workplace or wrongful termination. I am grateful to join the CILS community and feel fortunate to be able to use my legal training to advocate for the communities our office serves.”
Attorney Godbe is excited to make his home in Owens Valley after regularly visiting the area for 20 years. He received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. in History from Vassar College.