Keslie Kandt is an associate attorney with Smith, Shellenberger & Salazar, LLC, where her practice areas include family law, general civil litigation, and advising tribal entities on economic and business development, governance matters, and jurisdictional controversies involving principles of federal Indian law.
She is licensed to practice law in Colorado, and with the Navajo Nation and Southern Ute Tribal Courts.
Keslie Kandt was an Honors Scholar at the University of Kansas, where she graduated with a B.S. in Journalism: Strategic Communications and a B.A. in Political Science in 2009.
Keslie then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she graduated with a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Environmental Law in 2012. While in law school Keslie studied various areas of environmental law, federal Indian law and civil rights law. While in law school she interned for the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Section of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, investigating fair housing violations and enforcing the Fair Housing Act. She also briefed a challenge to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Carbon Monoxcide before the D.C. District Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the DU Environmental Law Clinic.
After Graduation Keslie worked as a clerk and contract attorney at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) office in Boulder Colorado. There she researched numerous issues related to tribal jurisdiction and tribal sovereignty and worked to protect the rights of various Native American Tribes across the country. Most recently she helped litigate a Voting Rights Act challenge in Federal District Court in Alaska, where NARF was successful in securing adequate language assistance for Native Villages in central and northern Alaska.
Keslie's practice areas include any cases involving federal Indian law, family law, wills and estates, transactional law, water law and some criminal law. Her publications include "Tribal Water Rights Settlements and Tribal Sovereignty" DU Water Law Review (Spring 2013).
In her free time Keslie enjoys reading, running, dancing, hiking in the mountains and watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball.