Spencer Torbett

Policy Officer and Staff Attorney

Mvskoke (Creek) Nation

storbett@uark.edu

Spencer is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation who has worked various roles for the Nation. His roles with the Muscogee Nation, as well as a Congressional internship in Washington, D.C., fostered a desire to understand law and government– leading him to the University of Tulsa College of Law.

While in law school, Spencer was a member of the Native American Law Student Association. Spencer also studied for a summer semester in Dublin, Ireland where, in addition to taking international law courses, Spencer worked in the Irish Seanad (Senate).
Upon graduating from law school, Spencer returned to his hometown of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and founded a solo firm with a primary focus on community development and tribal law and policy. He assisted in the formation of community-oriented non-profit organizations and small businesses, and served Mvskoke families with tribal court representation and estate planning services. Before joining the University of Arkansas IFAI, Spencer worked for Pipestem & Nagle, a national Indian Law firm in Oklahoma, where he worked on a wide variety of issues, including gaming, administrative law, government and policy development, and Indian Child Welfare Act cases. He participated in several Supreme Court Amicus Briefs, one which was cited by Justice Breyer in his opinion in U.S. v. Cooley (2021).

Oklahoma State University, B.A. History; University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 2018