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Our firm defended a tribal absentee ballot law (denying absentee ballots to non-resident members) against constitutional attack in Jacobson v. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, No. CV-05-101 (Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Nov. 29, 2006).

Attorney Biography

Caroline P. Mayhew
Tel: 202.822.8282
Fax: 202.296.8834

Caroline Mayhew began at Hobbs Straus in October, 2011, after graduating from UCLA and UCLA School of Law with both a J.D. and M.A. in American Indian Studies. In law school, Caroline focused her studies on Federal Indian Law and completed the Critical Race Studies specialization, the only specialization of its kind in the country. During law school, she also spent time in Panamá and northern Norway studying and working for international indigenous rights. Caroline was named a Michael T. Masin Scholar after her first year of law school in recognition of her outstanding GPA, graduated sixth in her class, and was a Distinguished Advocate in the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program in 2008-2009.

At Hobbs Straus, Caroline has worked in a wide variety of practice areas including governmental relations, gaming, and tribal affairs. She has also been involved as a primary author of two Supreme Court amicus briefs filed by the firm on behalf of tribal clients in high-profile Indian law cases, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. Caroline spends much of her time working with the firm's Health Care and Self-Determination and Self-Governance practice groups and has served as co-counsel for dozens of tribes and tribal organizations bringing contract support cost claims against the federal government under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Before law school, Caroline attended Simon’s Rock College of Bard in western Massachusetts, where she was privileged to find a home among unique and creative individuals in a highly engaging campus community. Caroline elected a concentration in Native American Studies and graduated at 20 years old. She then returned home to Martha’s Vineyard, worked for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and was selected for an internship in the Cultural Arts Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Caroline is happy to be back in the Northeast, where she enjoys the natural beauty and variety of all four seasons. Caroline also enjoys travelling, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, and finding time to play her violin and acoustic guitar.

Selected Publications:
Gregory Smith & Caroline Mayhew, Apocalypse Now: The Unrelenting Assault on Morton v. Mancari, THE FEDERAL LAWYER (2013).
Samuel E. Ennis & Caroline P. Mayhew, Federal Indian Law and Tribal Criminal Justice in the Self-Determination Era, 38 AM. INDIAN L. REV. 421 (2014).
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2011
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 2011
Simon’s Rock College of Bard, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2006
Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Supreme Court