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Matthew Lesky

Attorney, Court Administrator

Little Traverse Bay Bands
of Odawa Indians Tribal Court

Matthew Lesky is an attorney licensed in the state of Michigan and the court administrator for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court. Matthew began his legal career in the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Legal Department as in-house counsel. Following his time as in-house counsel, he served two terms as the Tribal Prosecutor for LTBB. As the Tribal prosecutor he was responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases and representing the Tribe in child welfare matters. He was also involved in the implementation of several grants both as a team member and trainer, including Violence Against Women Act, National Clearinghouse on Abuse Later in Life, Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, and Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Matthew has been a member of the Tribal Court’s Waabishkii Miigwaan Drug Court program (WMDCP) since its inception in 2009, first as a prosecutor, then as the defense attorney, and now as the court administrator. The WMDCP is a specialty court focused on high-risk/high-needs clients with substance use disorders. Matthew is a team member on the Family Preservation Court for LTBB which was fully implemented this year. The Family Preservation Court is focused on preventing the removal of children from their families and, in cases in which removal cannot be prevented, on providing intensive services aimed at reunifying the family as quickly as is safe to do. Matthew is also serves as the defense attorney for the Emmet County Juvenile Drug Court. He has been a past presenter for TLPI and recently presented at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals All RISE 2022 conference. Matthew completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University and received his juris doctorate from Michigan State College of Law.

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