The Honorable Eleanor Shirley has been serving as an Associate Justice since July 2008. She was confirmed as a permanent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 19, 2011.
Justice Shirley is from the Nazlini community. She is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into Water Clan) born for the Ma’iideeshgiizhnii (Coyote
Pass – Jemez Clan). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaahi (Water Edge Clan) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tódich’iinii (Bitter Water Clan).
Justice Shirley was confirmed as a District Court
Judge on October 20, 2006 and served as a District Court Judge at the
Crownpoint Judicial District before becoming Associate Justice.
Prior to her confirmation, Justice Shirley’s legal
career began in 1977 as a Tribal Court Advocate at Chinle DNA – People’s
Legal Services Corporation, Chinle, Arizona. Since then, she has worked
with the Navajo people in various capacities with the Navajo Nation
government as a Juvenile Presenting Officer at the Window Rock Prosecutor’s
Office, as a Tribal Court Advocate at the Navajo Nation Department of
Justice, and as a Legislative Advisor with the Navajo Nation Legislative
was also a local school board member for the
Nazlini BIA School and Chapter Secretary-Treasurer for the Nazlini
Justice Shirley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Political Science and is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.