Dorinda Strmiska (’06) was recently hired as a Staff Attorney for California Indian Legal Services. Congrats Dorinda!
Fifteen Attorneys Chosen for Bar Leadership Program
PHOENIX — August 21, 2008 — The State Bar of Arizona has named 15 attorneys to its annual Bar Leadership Institute, a one-year program designed to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of Arizona attorneys
The attorneys participating in the class are:
* Wendy Akbar, Quarles & Brady LLP, Phoenix
* Jessica Benford, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Phoenix
* Flynn Carey, Gallagher & Kennedy PA, Phoenix
* Ann Marie Chischilly, Gila Indian River Community, Chandler
* Franci Fealk, Kutak Rock LLP, Scottsdale
* Jeffery Harmon, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale
* Isaac Hernandez, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Phoenix
* Mingyi Kang, Gust Rosenfeld PLC, Phoenix
* Jennifer Larson, Gust Rosenfeld PLC, Phoenix
* Tamara Mulembo, Pima County Public Defender’s Office, Tucson
* Zarinah Nadir, Arizona State University, Mesa
* Sonia Nayeri, Jones Skelton & Hochuli PLC, Phoenix
* Anita Simons, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Phoenix
* Michael Somsan, Community Legal Services, Phoenix
* Nina Targovnik, Community Legal Services, Phoenix
Beginning in September, the attorneys will attend monthly programs in leadership, ethics and career development. Throughout the year, participants will also have the opportunity to meet with judges, Congressional representatives, lobbyists and in-house counsel to experience the diversity of the legal profession.
Following completion of the first year, participants must commit to one year of participation in a State Bar committee or section and/or another bar association or community organization.
Flying Southwest? Bart Harris (’08) is featured in a photo in the SouthWest Airlines Spirit Magazine on page 107. He is closest to the middle of the page. Bart graudated with a JD/MBA this year.
scheduled guest for Native America Calling
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
The show will be broadcast on KUYI, HOPI radio at 10 am Arizona time and on KGHR – Tuba City at 11am Daylight Savings time . You can also listen on-line at www.nv1.org at the same times.
Native in the Spotlight Diane Humetewa:
U.S. Attorneys are federal prosecutors who represent the U.S. government in the federal courts. Each U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her particular jurisdiction. Last December Diane Humetewa (Hopi) was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, marking the first time an American Indian woman has been appointed as a U.S. Attorney. Her office prosecutes violent crimes such as sexual assault and homicide, as well as drug trafficking, fraud, and bank robbery. The Arizona district includes 21 Indian reservations. What’s it like being a real life, modern day crime fighter?
Visit this link for the September issue of the Constructive Notice. This will let you know everything happening at the College of Law.
Northern Arapaho Tribe
Notice of Employment
TRIBAL IV-D Attorney
The Tribal IV-D Attorney is the staff attorney for the office of Child Support Enforcement. The Attorney provides all legal work necessary for or related to the establishment, modification and enforcement of child support obligations done by the Office of Child support.
Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Background check required.
Opening: August 18, 2008
Closing: September 12, 2008
How to apply:
Send a complete Northern Arapaho Tribal Application and resume with letter of interest to Northern Arapaho Tribe:
Attn: Human Resources: P.O. Box 396, Fort Washakie, WY, 82514
or submit in person to Human Resources located at the Tribal Complex Building, 533 Ethete Road, Ethete WY.
Full job descriptions and applications for emloyment can be found at www.northernarapaho.com Click on Human Resources to view the job descriptions and to print the application from the PDF file. For more information you can email us at NATHR@Live.com or call 307 332 6120 ext 159
Ford Motor Co. v. Kayenta District Court
Thursday, September 18, 2008
10:30 AM — Noon
Great Hall, Sandra Day O’Connor College Of Law
Proper courtroom etiquette must be observed at all times.
Please note that law students have priority seating.
The case concerns Ford Motor Company’s request that the Navajo Nation Supreme Court prevent the Kayenta District Court from hearing a wrongful death case brought by the Todecheene family. The Todecheenes brought the case on behalf of a Navajo police officer who died in a rollover accident on the Navajo Reservation while driving a Navajo Nation police vehicle manufactured by Ford. The Todecheenes allege the vehicle was defective, and seek damages from Ford. The Nation purchased the vehicle from a Ford dealership located in Gallup, New Mexico, a town located outside the Navajo Reservation. The purchase was financed by Ford Motor Credit, a subsidiary of Ford.
Ford argues that the Navajo courts lack jurisdiction to hear the case under Federal Indian law principles. The Kayenta District Court ruled that it had jurisdiction over the lawsuit. Instead of seeking review by the Navajo Supreme Court, Ford filed an action in the federal district court of Arizona to enjoin the Navajo courts from hearing the case. The federal district court ruled there was no jurisdiction, based on United States Supreme Court precedent on the scope of tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians. The Navajo Nation appealed the ruling, and the Ninth Circuit initially affirmed the district court, agreeing that the Navajo courts lacked jurisdiction. However, the Ninth Circuit later vacated that ruling and required Ford to seek review by the Navajo Supreme Court on one issue: whether the Navajo Nation could assert jurisdiction under the second exception of the United States Supreme Court case Montana v. United States, 450 U.S. 544 (1981). That exception recognizes tribal jurisdiction if the actions of a non-Indian “threatens or has some direct effect on the political integrity, the economic security, or the health or welfare of the tribe.” Id. at 566. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court further asked the parties to discuss whether the Treaty of 1868 between the Nation and the United States independently allows the Nation’s courts to hear the case. Finally, the Court requested that the parties brief the Court on the effect, if any, of a recent United States Supreme Court opinion on tribal jurisdiction, Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice and Susan Rose, a private attorney, filed amicus briefs in the case.
For more information contact:
Kate Rosier at 480-965-6204 or Email email@example.com