The Hon. Abby Abinanti is the first Native American woman to be admitted to the State Bar of California in 1974. With the Yurok tribe in mind, Abinanti pursued law school with the goal of improving the welfare of her people.
Abinanti specialized in family law and juvenile dependency. She spearheaded various programs and training for the development and education of her tribe people. She set up the Yurok Tribe's fishing court and she served as the Tribal Court's Chief Justice in 2007.
Abinante was appointed to the Superior Court as Commissioner where she acted as judge or magistrate for several Western tribes.
In 2015, Chief Judge Abinante of the Yurok Tribal Court was appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye as co-chair of the Judicial Council’s Tribal Court-State Court Forum.
- Bachelor's Degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California
- J.D. from University of New Mexico School of Law