Samantha Blencke Kelty
Samantha Blencke Kelty graduated with her B.A. in English from Louisiana State University in 2001. After obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 2005, Mrs. Kelty began her legal career as a Staff Attorney for DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit working to protect civil rights, promote tribal sovereignty, and alleviate civil legal problems for people who live in some of the most remote, isolated and poorest parts of the Southwestern United States. She joined Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker, P.C. in 2008 and has been a Shareholder and Partner since 2014. The clients she now represents cover a broad spectrum and include P.L. 100-297 grant schools, public school districts, insurance companies, startups, and nonprofits throughout Arizona and on the Navajo and Hopi Nations.
Areas of Expertise
- Education Law
- General Representation for Public and Private Entities
- Employment and Preventative Practices
- Business Formation and Transactions
- Workplace and Governing Board Training
- Workplace Investigations
- Tribal and Federal Indian Law
- Special Education Law
- Non-Profit Law
- J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2005
- Visiting Student, University of New Mexico School of Law, 2005
- B.A., Louisiana State University, 2001
- Navajo Nation Bar Association
- Hopi Tribal Court
- Hualapai Tribal Court
- United States Tax Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- CEO of Household, Baby Wrestling Coach, Laundry Machine Operator, Champion Finance Manager, Daycare Provider, and Sleep Scientist
- Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Award Nominee
- LSU Football Fan
Professional Associations and Community Involvement
- American Bar Association
- Arizona Council of School Attorneys
- Arizona High School Mock Trial Volunteer Judge
- Arizona School Boards Association
- Coconino County Bar Association
- DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.
- Flagstaff Advisory Committee
- Flagstaff Arts Council
- Law Day Volunteer
- National School Boards Association
- National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
- State Bar of Arizona
- Young Lawyers Division
- “Employment Practices (Harassment, Discrimination, Wrongful Terminations & Hiring Practices),” Native American Schools Insurance Programs, Chandler, Arizona, April 2018.
- “Indian Preference,” Native American Grant School Association’s 22nd Annual Winter Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2017.
- “Make Schools Great Again - A Bigly Terrific, Un-False, Un-Phony Presentation About Ethics. Trust Me, Okay? My I.Q. Is Very High,” Native American Grant School Association’s 22nd Annual Winter Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2017.
- “How to Evaluate Your Administrator,” Native American Grant School Association’s 22nd Annual Winter Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2017.
- “Super Circular Roundup with Sam and the Boys,” Heinfeld Meech Grant School Conference, Laughlin, Nevada, April 2016.
- “Employment Practices/Director & Officers Liability Loss Prevention Training,” Native American Schools Insurance Programs 2016 Annual Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2016.
- “T.L.O. and Its Progeny,” Arizona School Boards Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 2015.
- “Legal Strategies to Deal with the Teacher Shortage,” Arizona School Board Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, August 2015.
- "A Tax-Exempt Status Is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” Native American Grant Schools Association Annual Corporate Meeting, September 2014.
- “What is Public? Charter Schools & Rules of the Game,” Arizona School Boards Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, May 2014.
- “Our Views, Our Voices,” Panel Participant, Panel Discussion on 2011 Legislative Mandates, Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Educational Symposium, Flagstaff, Arizona, November, 2011.