Stephanie “Violet” Rush

Stephanie “Violet” Rush (she/her) joined Kanji & Katzen in 2022 as an Associate Attorney.  She can be contacted at**  Violet is a Cherokee Nation citizen (Old Settler) and a Mvskoke (Creek) descendant (Coweta Tribal Town).  She is from Sapulpa, Muscogee (Creek) Nation—a town rich with Yuchi and Mvskoke (Creek) culture, language, and history.

Education:  Violet graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas in 2009.  She earned her J.D. in 2019 from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she graduated with Highest Honors and was one of two students in her graduating class to receive a certificate in Native American law.  Violet was the Executive Editor of the Tulsa Law Review, Vice President of her school’s Native American Law Student Association, and co-founder of her school’s If/When/How chapter.

Prior experience:  Before joining Kanji & Katzen, Violet was an associate with a national Native American law firm where she advised tribes on a range of matters related to government contracts; environmental and natural resources law; employment, tort, and COVID-19 liability; provisions under the ISDEAA and IHCIA; and gaming.  She also regularly supported the firm’s amicus practice and assisted in representing tribes in two multi-district litigation suits.

Violet spent her law school summers as a law clerk for the ACLU’s Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and If/When/How.  She also spent a semester as an extern with the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office where she focused on Indian Child Welfare Act cases.

Interests:  Violet enjoys spending time with family and friends, reviewing historical maps and newspapers, and working on independent writing projects.  She is also passionate about mentorship and has an open-door policy for any prospective or current law student with an interest in tribal rights and sovereignty.

Bar Memberships:  

  • State Bar of Oklahoma

Selected Presentations and Publications: 

  • Stephanie V. Rush, Cultural Resources Laws and McGirt (Apr. 15, 2021).
  • Stephanie V. Rush, An Overview of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (Mar. 4, 2021).
  • Kathryn A. LaFortune & Violet S. Rush, A legal fight over tribal rights, Psychol. Ass’n Monitor on Psychol., Nov. 2019, at 37.
  • Kathryn A. LaFortune & Violet S. Rush, A Call to study Native Americans’ experiences in tribal and U.S. courts, Psychol. Ass’n Monitor on Psychol., Apr. 2019, at 29.
  • Violet S. Rush, Comment, Religious Freedom and Self-Induced Abortion, 54 Tulsa L. Rev. 491 (2019).

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