Cameron Ann Fraser, Executive Director, Attorney
MILS's Executive Director, Cami Fraser, rejoined the MILS staff in 2007 after having served as a law clerk during the summer of 1998. Cami received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1997, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Anthropology and earned a certificate in American Indian and Native Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 2000. Upon graduation from law school, Cami practiced law in Alaska for over two years and then worked for a tribe in Washington State. She is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, where she serves as an elected judge, and is also enrolled with the Cherokee Nation. She sits on the Steering Committee for the National Association of Indian Legal Services, is a past chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a member of the State Bar’s American Indian Law Committee.
Norika L. Kida Betti, Attorney
Norika rejoined the MILS staff in 2017 after a short break. She began working as an attorney at MILS in January of 2014. In fact, Norika is following in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother – Nancy Kida – was a staff attorney at Michigan Indian Legal Services during the mid-1980’s. Norika grew up in Benzie county and graduated from Benzie Central High School. Following graduation from high school, Norika attended Kalamazoo College where she majored in Human Development and Social Relations. She then worked in Benzie County as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, coordinating after school programs for school-aged children. Norika left Northern Michigan again to attend Vermont Law School, from which she graduated in 2013.
JoAnne Cook, MSBF AOJ DV grant
* Licensed in Wisconsin
Chloe Warren-Elm, MAP CvLAP Domestic Violence Attorney
* Michigan License Pending
Chloe joined the MILS team in September of 2020 as a MAP CvLAP employee hosted at MILS. She is a 2020 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Law and a 2017 graduate of Syracuse University. She will be working exclusively with survivors of domestic violence at Grand Traverse Band, Gun Lake, Little River Band, Little Traverse Bay Bands, and Saginaw Chippewas. She is enrolled with Tonawanda Band of Seneca in upstate New York.
Laura Foerster, AmeriCorps Attorney
Laura joined MILS in October of 2019 as an AmeriCorps attorneys working on the Partnering for Native Health program, of which MILS is a subgrantee. She will be providing legal assistance for patients at the Little Traverse Bay Bands and Little River Band health clinics. She received her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1990, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 1983, and her Master of Science in Nursing from McKendree University in 2018.
Lisa Gray, Attorney
Lisa joined MILS in 2019. Prior to joining MILS, Lisa worked primarily in civil litigation, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Before working in civil litigation, Lisa worked throughout the State of Michigan as a Hearing Referee for the Michigan Tax Tribunal and volunteered as a pro-bono attorney for several legal aid organizations in Oakland County. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University Detroit College of Law in 2010.
James A. Keedy, Attorney
MILS’s former Executive Director, James (Jim) Keedy, is an attorney licensed with the state of Michigan. He was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) attorney for the Washtenaw County Legal Aid Society in 1977-78. He was both staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan from 1978 to 1986. He was hired as a staff attorney at MILS in 1987 and became the Executive Director in 1988. Mr. Keedy is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School. He is the past chair and member of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a member of the State Bar’s American Indian Law Committee and formerly ex officio member of the Steering Committee and Treasurer of the National Association of Indian Legal Services. He is the 2004 recipient of the American Indian Law Section presents the Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award, the 2018 recipient of the Parent Attorney of the Year Award by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, and the 2018 recipient of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Pierce-Hickerson Award.
Heather Montei, Attorney
Heather Joined the MILS staff in as a part-time attorney in August of 2020. Heather earned her J.S. in 2007 at Valparaiso University School of Law and her B.S. in 1999 at Michigan State University. Heather's love is her work in journalism and her work in print media. She is an Editor/Owner of Sports in Motion Magazine , a publication that specializing in reporting on local sports in northern Michigan.
Ian Tullock, Attorney
Ian Joined the MILS staff in January of 2020. Ian grew up in Ottawa County and attended Grand Haven High School. Ian received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design, where he majored in Graphic design and minored in illustration. In May of 2019, Ian Graduated from Maurer School of Law Indiana University. While in law school, he worked with the local public defender’s office as well as the university’s student legal services program.
Hank Fields, Communications and Pro Bono Coordinator
Hank joined the MILS staff in September of 2019 to help establish our new Pro Bono Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and his MBA from Ferris State University. He also holds MA degrees in Project Management and IP Law. His extensive experience in marketing has helped shape the dynamic programs for Warner Bros Music, Google, and Hilton Hotels. After spending more than twenty years in strategic management, Hank understands what propels businesses forward and how to increase organizational efficiency for optimized performance. He is a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa member and is happy to be back home.
Jeannie Brooks, Administrative Assistant (September 10, 2020)
Shocko Hall, Legal Assistant (September 8, 2020)
Merry Koon, Bookkeeper
Merry Koon has been part of the MILS family since the 1990s. She has been an employee and Board member. She is currently working as our Bookkeeper in our Traverse City office. She is a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa.
Libby Ockert, Legal Assistant
Libby joined the MILS staff as a clerk in May of 2020.