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
General Representation for Public and Private Entities
Employment and Preventative Practices
Business Formation and Transactions
Workplace and Governing Board Training
Tribal and Federal Indian Law
Special Education 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
“Know Your Sunshine Laws or You’ll Be in the Dark!” Native American Grant School Association Summer Conference, Chandler, Arizona, July 16, 2018.
“Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, and Student Threat Assessments: How to ‘See Through’ the Issues,” Heinfeld Meech Grant School Conference, Laughlin, Nevada, May 10, 2018.
“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.