Aliza Organick

Aliza Organick

Founder of Miners Legal Resource Center

1997 Global Fellow

Miners Legal Resource Center provided basic access to legal advocacy and diagnostic health care services for coal and uranium miners in the Southwest United States. The Center prepared cases for informal conferences at the U.S. Department of Labour and formal hearings before Federal Administrative Law Judges.


Aliza Organick is a citizen of the Dine Nation, born to the Tsenijikini Clan (Cliff Dweller Clan). She joined the Washburn University School of Law faculty in 2004, bringing an expertise in clinical legal education, tribal court practice, and criminal defense in Indian Country. Aliza earned her JD from the University of New Mexico in 1996, after which she co-founded and directed the Miners’ Legal Resource Center (MLRC). MLRC provided basic access to legal advocacy and diagnostic health care services for coal and uranium miners in the Four Corners region of the southwest United States, including the Navajo Reservation. For her work on that project, she received post graduate fellowships from the Berkeley Law Foundation at the University of California, and the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale University.