In addition to her many responsibilities, Anne Mourney, senior counsel at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is occasionally called upon to represent her employer at gatherings of various national associations, including the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.
Most days, Mourney spends her time at Wal-Mart busy with commercial litigation.
is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, but very few people would guess this upon meeting Mourney
Like many Native American-enrolled tribe members, Mourney's Indian blood comes from only one grandparent (her maternal grandmother), and, consequently, she
more resembles her
other forebears, who were white.
"Part of what I enjoy about attending these minority association meetings is that I get a chance to demonstrate to people that they can't necessarily ascertain or judge people's backgrounds or ethnicity by their appearance," says Mourney
"It's very interesting, because sometimes I will get looks like, 'What are you doing here?' And then later, after they learn who I am, I receive a warmer reception.
For many like me, this is part of the Native American experience."
Mourney spent eight years working at the University of Arkansas in the general counsel's office before starting at the university's law school.
Working up close with the associate general counsel, Mourney
benefited from her
informal mentoring and learned what it entails to be a woman in the law profession.
As a Native American who has embraced her
heritage all her
chose a summer clerkship during law school with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla. and learned what is involved in practicing law for the government of an Indian Nation.