THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
The Office of the Attorney General represents the People of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in civil matters in tribal, state and federal administrative proceedings and before tribal, state and federal courts to support, defend and advance the rights and interests of the Tribe, its agencies, arms and enterprises. In this capacity, the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to Tribal Council officers, Tribal Government staff and committees, the Rincon Economic Development Corporation and First Nations Economic Development Corporation.
The Attorney General also coordinates with Tribal Law Enforcement, the San Diego County Sherriff and District Attorney in the administration of justice in criminal and civil matters to support the law enforcement efforts within the Rincon Reservation. In addition, the Attorney General manages tribal ordinance projects and programs to protect the Reservation land base and the Rincon Band from illegal activities that threaten public safety. The Attorney General also enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources of the Rincon Reservation.
ATTORNEY GENERAL DENISE TURNER WALSH
On January 24, 2012, Denise Turner Walsh was sworn in as the 2nd Attorney General of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, the first Tribe in the State of California to appoint an Attorney General. She is the first woman and the first Rincon Band member to hold this office in the history of the Tribe.
As the chief legal officer for the Tribe, Attorney General Walsh has focused on development of the Tribe’s legal infrastructure to assert and protect the Tribe’s sovereignty and right to self-government. As chief lawyer for the Rincon Band, Attorney General Walsh has worked diligently to secure the Tribe’s commercial footing in gaming, real estate development and investment-related transactions.
Attorney General Walsh began her career in Indian law clerking for the Colville Tribal Court. She went on to serve more than 5 years as a staff attorney at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services before entering private practice as Of Counsel to Hobbs, Strauss, Dean and Walker LLP and as a solo practitioner. Attorney General Walsh is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles. She received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
LEGAL MISSION STATEMENT
It is the duty of the Attorney General to serve the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and work honorably every day to fulfill the Rincon Band's promise. The Attorney General provides leadership, advice and information in partnership with federal, state and local governments and the People of the Rincon Band to:
Enforce and apply the Tribe’s laws fairly and impartially.
Ensure justice, safety, and liberty for everyone.
Encourage economic prosperity, equal opportunity and tolerance.
Safeguard the Rincon Band’s human, natural, and financial resources for this and future generations.