ILP & NALSA Virtual Graduation Ceremony – Today!

The ILP would like to invite the #ILPFamily to join us in celebrating the graduation of this year’s ILP students. Our virtual ceremony will be broadcast live via YouTube Premiere on  May 13 at 1:30 p.m. (MST) 

If you are unable to join us at that time, you may watch the video at a later time on the premiere page.

Set your reminders, post your congratulatory messages, live chat and tune in to watch our students graduate! 

Tune in at: law.asu.edu/ilpgrad2020

Networking with Lewis and Roca

On Sept. 27, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP invited the ILP to their firm for a lunch presentation. Along with our ILP staff and students, we saw some familiar ILP family faces like Peter Larson (’02), Professor Pilar Thomas and Navajo Nation Attorney General Doreen McPaul (’01). Among Council Delegates, Eugenia Charles Newton (Council Delegate, Navajo Nation; Chairwoman, Law and Order Committee at Navajo Nation) spoke at the presentation. 

Aspen Miller (2L) commented on her experience, “I am Navajo and it was great to hear from my elders and leaders about their journey and experience dealing with law. It reminded me that so many options are available in practicing law. Any experience gained or skills developed can be brought back to benefit.”

We appreciate Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP for hosting us!

Professional Development Panel

ASU NALSA collaborated with NABA-AZ to host a NABA-AZ Professional Development Panel for law students.

Theresa Rosier (’98), Katosha Nakai (’03), Kevin Pooley (’15) and Denton Robinson shared tips on networking and employment in Indian Country with our current students. Thank you for coming to speak to our students! 

Job Opportunity – Senior Counsel

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, AZ

Closing date: 3/6/20 11:59 pm

Definition: Under general supervision from the General Counsel, serves as lead attorney in handling and/or monitoring outside counsel assigned to handle complex commercial transactions for SRPMIC enterprises.  Assists the SRPMIC enterprises with day-to-day legal needs, including serving as a liaison between SRPMIC enterprises and SRPMIC government administration and departments.  Prepares and negotiates contracts, commercial leases, legal memoranda and other documents on behalf of the SRPMIC enterprises, and attends enterprise board meetings.  Regularly consults with other Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorneys to resolve complex legal issues and disputes.  Manages assigned caseload, ensures that applicable laws are followed, and that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education:  Graduation from accredited college or university with a Law Degree (Juris Doctor).

Experience: Seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney involving commercial transactions or economic development in Indian country.  Experience that has provided knowledge of social and economic conditions of tribal governments is essential.  Knowledge and experience providing legal advice and mentorship in the areas of commercial transactions, leasing, federal Indian law and tribal government legal matters are required.   

For full job description, click here.

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Indian Law 101 – Jan. 29

Wednesday, January 29
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ak-Chin Indian Community Conference Center, Room 544
Beus Center for Law and Society, Phoenix, AZ

The new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs will host a conference on the fundamentals of Indian Law.

Topics covered:

  • History of Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Overview of Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction
  • Fundamentals of Tribal Self-Governance
  • Fundamentals of Indian Gaming

Presenters:

  • Professor Robert J. Miller
  • Professor Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes
  • Professor Lawrence S. Roberts
  • Executive Director Jay Spaan, Self-Governance Communication & Education (SGCE) Tribal Consortium

Register now and receive complimentary conference materials.

Standard Registration rate of $250 ends 1/23

Register at: law.asu.edu/indianlaw101

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Wiring the Rez 2020 – Native Women and Indian Country driven work

We bring you Assistant Secretary at the Indian Affairs U.S. Department of Interior Tara Sweeney, member of the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slopes and Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation Delegate-Designate, U.S. House of Representatives will be one of our keynote speakers at our upcoming Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development Via E-Commerce Conference January 30-31, 2020.

See all our impactful presenters and current agenda at: law.asu.edu/wiringtherez.

Register before Standard Registration rate ends next week! 

October 2019 Faculty Updates

Our faculty has been involved in all sorts of exciting projects and actions! In a new style, here is a synopsis of our faculty’s recent activities.

  • Professor Robert Miller presented on a panel at Missouri
    History Center on Sept. 24 in St.
    Louis at the Lewis & Clark National Trail Heritage Foundation’s 50th Annual
    meeting about Indian nations, the Doctrine of Discovery and Lewis & Clark
  • Miller spoke on Sept. 22 at the 50th Annual Lewis
    and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation meeting in St. Louis at the Missouri
    History Museum. He was on a panel entitled “Lewis and Clark through Indian
    eyes.” He presented the subject “Lewis and Clark: Agents of American
    Empire.”
  • On Oct. 3, Miller gave a lunch time presentation
    on tribal courts to the Lewis & Clark Law School NALSA and Students for
    Eliminating Environmental Discrimination.
  • On Oct. 3, Miller emceed at the Oregon Native
    American Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.
  • Miller was announced as the recipient of the Pedrick
    Scholarship on Oct. 10 as one of the
    notable faculty honorees that bring extensive experience and knowledge to ASU
    Law. Congratulations! Read the full article here.
  • Miller continues to work diligently on his law
    review articles on Nazis and American Indian Law, tribal courts and General Ely
    Parker [Seneca], despite being on sabbatical. Always working hard!
  • On
    Sept. 24, Professor Patty
    Ferguson-Bohnee
    was on a panel at the Climate Defenders: Indigenous Climate
    Leadership in North America held in New York City. She spoke with other
    indigenous climate activists about the climate issues at hand and potential
    solutions that could address these problems. Watch the recorded livestream here.
  • On
    Sept. 24, Ferguson-Bohnee appeared in KJZZ’s broadcast “Native American Voters
    in Arizona Prep for 2020” to talk about common issues native voters face and
    the importance of taking voter action. Read the article and listen to the
    broadcast here.
  • Ferguson-Bohnee and Torey Dolan (’19) attended the First Nations Voting Rights Conference—Planting for the Future on Sept. 25-27 organized by the Rural Utah Project and held at the University of Utah College of Law. Ferguson-Bohnee moderated panels on the Voting Rights Act and You and Voter Protection. She also participated on a panel focused on Early Voting, Satellite Elections Office and Mail-In Ballots. The goal of the conference was to discuss strategies for equal representation, preparation for the 2020 Census, redistricting and rural addressing projects to ensure that every Native Vote is counted.
  • On Oct. 1, Ferguson-Bohnee participated in the subcommittee discussion Voting Rights and Elections Administration in Arizona. Watch the recorded livestream here. The second panel starts around 1:09:00.
  • On Sept. 13, Professor Trevor Reed gave the lunch lecture, Sonic Sovereignty: Performing Hopi Authority at Öngtupqa (Grand Canyon), to ASU School of Music faculty and students.
  • On Sept. 20, Reed presented Copyright and Our Ancestors’ Voices at Council for Museum Anthropology Biennial Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • On Oct. 2, Reed presented Listening to Our Modern Lives at Music, Modernity and Indigenous Peoples symposium at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • On Oct. 4, Reed presented Cultural Appropriation and Fair Use: Why the Forgotten Factor Matters at the Marquette Law School Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Works in Progress Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Oct. 14, Professor Lawrence Roberts participated on the panel “2019 Tribal Gaming in the Congress and Courts / 2020 Outlook at the Global Gaming Expo” in Las Vegas.
  • From Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, Professor Stacy Leeds presented Indigenous Land Tenure Systems in the United States and the Cherokee Legacy of Allotment: Highlighting UNDRIP Conformity Challenges as part of the United Nations Seminar of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the Right to Land for Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
  • Leeds was also newly appointed to the American Bar Association Advisory Committee for the Commission on Youth at Risk for the 2019-2020 committee.

Happy #NationalVoterRegistrationDay!

Happy #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! Have you registered yet? Here’s a #throwback to when Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and the ILC helped Agnes Laughter, a Navajo elder become a registered voter in 2008. “All of my heartache has changed as of this day,” said Laughter, who was 77 at the time. “I have an identity now. My thumbprint will stand. I feel fulfilled.” 💛 Register today to be #VoteReady