Students Resume Travel

ILP Traveling Class in Nebraska

Nineteen ASU Law students spent their spring break at the headquarters of Ho-Chunk, Inc in Winnebago, Nebraska for the ILP traveling class, “Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development,” taught by Professor Lance Morgan. Morgan is CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., an award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

In this ILP traveling class, students learned about practical political, legal and economic solutions to help tribes implement a broad range of economic development activities. Morgan helped students understand that federal Indian law is restrictive in nature but, to be a successful lawyer, they will have to use federal Indian law as a starting point, not an endpoint.

We’re proud to have Morgan on our team to share the success stories of Ho-Chunk, Inc.

ILP Students Advanced to Sweet 16

Two ASU Law students in the National Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) – Autumn Shone (2L) and Chad Edwards (2L) – made ILP proud by advancing to the Sweet 16 in the Virtual 30th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition Feb. 26-27. 

Coached by Professor Stacy Leeds and Native Vote Fellow Torey Dolan (’19), Shone and Edwards briefed and argued important issues regarding Indian religious freedom, treaty rights and property interests. 

“It was a great experience to talk about Indian law with two women who have so much knowledge and experience,” Shone said. “They encouraged us when it got hard and challenged us when we needed it.”

The competition consisted of writing a brief and rounds of virtual oral arguments, of which Shone and Edwards participated in three rounds. 

“It was challenging, but I was able to practice my research, writing and oral skills on an important topic that affects Indian country,” Shone said. 

“The most valuable thing that I learned aside from a better understanding of the legal issues presented in our moot court problem, would be the amount of support that the ILP gives to its students,” Edwards said. “I don’t think I could have had any better coaches and I felt more than prepared for the competition at all times.”

For their final practice, the team held an online session with Judge David B. Gass (JD ’94) and Jens Camps (’21). 

“They helped us greatly in our last practice before the competition,” Shone said.

After the moot court competition, Shone and Edwards travelled down the street and visited with Judge Gass and Camp.

Thanks to ILP’s extensive network of professors, staff, alumni and friends, Shone and Edwards were able to participate in multiple practice rounds with a variety of lawyers and legal professionals before the competition. 

Please join us in congratulating this year’s team! 

Miccosukee Tribe (Miami) Staff Attorney position

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is currently in search of a full time Staff Attorney.  The Staff Attorney will  provide legal support to the In-House General Counsel on a variety of matters, including but not limited to, Real Estate, Employment, Indian Gaming, and Environmental issues. Federal Indian Law experience required. We are located at 37700 SW 8 STREET, MIAMI, FL 33194.

Here is the link to the position:

Job Opportunity: Assistant General Counsel – Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Definition: Under general supervision of the General Counsel, provides legal review and advice to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or Community) government. Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. Provides assistance to avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation and protects the Community’s legal interests. Assignments in this job may include legal work for specific departments (i.e. – SRPMIC Public Safety Departments – Fire, Police, Emergency Management, and Department of Corrections).

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ILP Alum Swearing In

At the peak of the pandemic and ILP family refused to slow down! On Dec. 20, 2021, Alexander Mallory (’19) was sworn into the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by Judge Diane Humetewa (’93). Alexander is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

“It was an honor to be sworn into the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by Judge Humetewa,” said Mallory.

“Clerking for Judge Humetewa has been such a privilege. She’s a brilliant jurist and a wonderful mentor, but even more, a kind person. Thank you, judge, for swearing me in. Thank you, family and friends, for inspiring and encouraging me. This achievement is as much yours as it is mine.”

Mallory also thanked Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee for sponsoring her application for admission.

Judge Humetewa also administered swearing-in ceremony for another fellow ILP alum, Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren (’20) in January 2021. Read more on our blogpost: Alumni: Taking the Oath in a Pandemic.

These ILP alumni represent a very powerful minority and when a member of the ILP family need support, strength or presence, ILP family is there to serve.