Cherese McLain’s practice emphasizes local government, natural resources, environmental, Indian law, and business law. She has represented sewer districts, school boards, counties, as well as local businesses and individuals.
Cherese graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado in 2003. She received her J.D. at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2006 and also received a Certificate for Indian Law through the Indian Legal Program and a Certificate for Law, Science, and Technology with an emphasis in Environmental Law. Cherese was awarded the Pro Bono Distinction for doing 50+ hours of pro bono work while in Law School.
While in law school she did a summer clerkship with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court in Window Rock, Arizona, attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland through the University of Tulsa Indigenous Law Program, and was a research assistant for Professor Robert Clinton, ASU Foundation Professor of Constitutional Law.
Upon graduation, Cherese accepted an internship with the Legal Department of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs, Michigan and later accepted a position with Office of General Counsel of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac, Michigan. In November 2007, Cherese joined Echo Hawk Law Offices in Pocatello, Idaho as an associate. In April 2009, Cherese moved to Boise and entered a position at the Boise County Prosecutor’s Office as a civil deputy prosecutor. She joined MSBT Law in 2012.