The University of Tulsa’s College of Law congratulates alumna Sara Hill (JD ’03) as she becomes the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge in Oklahoma. This historic appointment marks a significant milestone in the state’s legal landscape.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to confirm Hill, who fills a vacant seat in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Hill, who had served as Cherokee Nation attorney general until August, was nominated by President Biden in October.
Hill’s appointment highlights her exceptional qualifications and dedication to justice and exemplifies long-standing calls for increased inclusion and representation in the federal courts.
“We are enormously proud of Judge Hill’s accomplishments,” said TU President Brad R. Carson, an attorney and former CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “Her continued success reflects the positive impact of a TU Law education. Hill’s appointment is a testament to the value of diversity in legal representation and importance of social justice work.”
Hill previously served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District from 2014 to 2015 while simultaneously serving as the Cherokee Nation deputy attorney general. She also served as the Cherokee Nation’s secretary of natural resources from 2015 to 2019 and was assistant attorney general from 2004 to 2014.
As a TU Law graduate, Hill brings a wealth of legal expertise and leadership to the bench. Her academic and professional tenacity accentuates her extensive knowledge in civil procedure, constitutional law, and Native law.
“Sara Hill’s appointment is a significant achievement and a testament to her dedication to pursuing justice. As the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge in Oklahoma, she has broken two glass ceilings in her new position. We celebrate her with pride and with an emphasis of The University of Tulsa College of Law’s mission to create outstanding leaders in the legal community who are committed to judicial fairness,” said Dean Oren R. Griffin.