Lillian L. Schwales originally joined the Department of Justice in 2017 and is a Senior Attorney in the Economic and Community Development Unit. Starting out working on Chapter matters until the creation of the Chapter Unit, she represents the Division of Community Development, Division of Economic Development, Navajo Nation Enterprises and Boards, and assists the Nation with other matters as needed.
Lillian graduated with a B.A. from Miami University; where during school and after graduating, she developed her business career at Top Trumps USA, an international toy and game company. She later received her J.D. from American University.
She has practiced law over six years, and in addition to her work at the Navajo Nation, Lillian has taught clinical law at the American University Community, Economic, and Equity Development Law Clinic, clerked at the Peace Corp Inspector General’s Office, and received the J.D. Distinguished Fellowship to work with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape, where she assisted the federal government with policy development and the creation of training resources concerning the treatment of LGBTQ persons in custody.
Originally from Ohio, she is licensed to practice law in Virginia, New Mexico, on and the Navajo Nation. In her spare time, Lillian enjoys taking her two dogs out for hikes, spending time with her family, and watching professional hockey and soccer.