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Tamera C. Shanker

Tamera C. Shanker
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"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." -Nelson Mandela

The Shanker Law Firm brings together over 35 years of legal experience. 

Tamera focuses on Children’s Advocacy, Adoption Law, Juvenile Law, and Civil and Administrative Appeals. She champions children’s interests in the foster care system, having been the “voice” for hundreds of abused and neglected children. Tamera has legally assisted in creating hundreds of “forever families” through representation of Foster Families, Blended Families, Relatives, Private Couples, Same-Sex Couples, and Birth Mothers. She has successfully gone against the State representing foster parents in OLCR and Administrative Hearings and Appeals. 


 Tamera serves as an Associate Justice for the White Mountain Apache Tribal Court of Appeals. She served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court from 2009 - 2012; is a member of the Arizona State Bar Juvenile Law and Indian Law sections; National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC); and National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Tamera is in her 20th year serving on the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, as Board Chair, an Executive Director and Scholarship Program Chair. She served on the State of Arizona’s Foster Care Review Board from 1993-1996. Publications include: A Citizen’s Guide to Fact Finding and Action in the Juvenile Justice System, Children’s Action Alliance/Juvenile Justice Project, Arizona, contributor, 1995; Financial Services in the European Market of 1992, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice, 1989 Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.; Europe 1992:  Obstacles & Opportunities for United States Business, Utah Business Magazine, August 1989. Tamera was a founding director of the Native American Communications Council; and worked directly with Senator Ted Kennedy on the drafting of the “Torture Victims Protection Act.”

Tamera is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1994) in Washington D.C., where she served as the Senior Editor on the Law Center’s Legal Journal: Law & Policy in International Business.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California (1984) where she majored in International Relations. Tamera is admitted to practice in State and Federal courts in Arizona; Hopi, Pascua Yaqui, and Tohono O’odham Tribal Courts, and the Gila River Indian Community Children’s Court; and admitted before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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