Jessica Shoemaker, J.D.

Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor | College of Law

University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Jessica graduated first in her class from the University of Wisconsin Law School and then served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship and spent two years at a national non-profit law firm devoted to advocacy around systemic legal issues affecting farmers and rural communities. She then spent five years at an international law firm in Denver, working in nearly every phase of dispute resolution in many different courts. She is a law professor with passion for rural issues as noted by recent placement on the Center for Great Plains Fellows Board of Directors.


  • Property law
  • Land use law
  • Federal Indian law
  • Energy law
  • Agricultural law


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Wisconsin


  • Governor and Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies


  • Maximizing the Impact of Games as Effective Participative Tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit, Economic Social Resource Council (United Kingdom), Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Grant No. ES/M006522/1 (2014 – 2016)


  • Invited Essay: Pipelines, Protest, and Property. JA Shoemaker. Great Plains Research 27 (2), 69-81. (2017).
  • Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, 114 MICH. L. REV. — (2017).
  • Emulsified Property, 43 PEPP. L. REV. 945 (2016).
  • No Sticks in My Bundle: Rethinking the Indian Land Tenure Problem, 63 U. KAN. L. REV. 383 (2015).