Rodgerick T. Begay

Assistant Attorney General

Rodgerick T. Begay’s mother’s clan is Todik’ozhi (Salt Water); father’s clan is Biih bitoodnii (Deer Spring); maternal grandparents are Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House), paternal grandparents are Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood). Rod grew up on the Navajo Nation in the communities of Whippoorwill, Chinle, and Tselani-Cottonwood. He and his wife have four children. Rod graduated from Chinle High School, Arizona State University, and the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and the Navajo Nation. Over his seventeen-year legal career, he has held various positions within the Navajo Department of Justice and the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch. He’s currently an Assistant Attorney General and leads the DOJ Chapter Unit where he shares his expertise in Navajo Municipal Law


Cynthia Freeman

Attorney Candidate

Cynthia Freeman is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House), born for Tl’izi lani (Many Goats). Her maternal grandparents are Hask’aa hadzohi (Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line) and her paternal grandparents are Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water). She grew up in Cameron, Arizona. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine. Ms. Freeman is currently a part of the Chapter Unit team that is devoted to providing legal guidance and assistance to the 110 Chapters across the Navajo Nation. Ms. Freeman is currently licensed in the tribal courts of the Navajo Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Gila River Indian Community and the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and bowling.


Chris Benally

Principal Tribal Court Advocate

Chris Benally was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2008 from Utah Valley University, in Orem, Utah. He earned his Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School in Brigham Young University and graduated in April 2015. He is a Tribal Court Advocate at the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, he began work here in 2019. He educates Navajo Community Members in the Navajo Language and the English Language, whom were impacted by the Navajo-Hopi relocations from the 1970’s to the present. He also provides legal assistance to Navajo Child Support Enforcement Office in Tuba City, Az. Before working for NHLSP, Chris worked with the Navajo Nation Court’s as a staff attorney at Chinle District Court, and prior to that as a criminal prosecutor in Tuba City, Az. He has a license with the Navajo Nation Bar


Lorina Smith

Senior Legal Secretary

Lorina Smith (Navajo) is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She grew up in the Tse Bonito, New Mexico and Window Rock, Arizona area on the New Mexico/Arizona boarder of the Navajo reservation. She attended UNM Gallup Branch in Gallup, New Mexico and studied Criminal Justice. She currently works as a Senior Legal Secretary with Rodgerick T. Begay, Assistant Attorney General and two attorneys under the Chapter Unit, she assists the attorneys with the administrative process of the legal service for the 110 Navajo Chapters. She has been with the Navajo Department of Justice (NDOJ) for over 16 years as a Legal Secretary and combined of over 20 years with the Navajo Nation working with other departments before committing to NDOJ. She is Tachii’nii born for Naakai dine’e, her maternal grandfathers are Tl’aashchi’i and paternal grandfathers are Ta’neeszahnii, she a wife and a proud mother of six children.

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