KU News Release

Jan. 28, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Conference to explore contemporary topics in tribal law and government

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UPDATE 2/3/11: The Tribal Law and Government Conference has been postponed because of inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for April 21.

LAWRENCE — Tribal environmental sovereignty, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, tribal implications for federal securities law and social justice issues will be among the topics discussed at the 15th annual Tribal Law and Government Conference at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Federal Indian law scholars from universities and organizations across the nation will make presentations at the event, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at the Burge Union. The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is appreciated.

“This year’s conference features a diversity of topics — from criminal law and procedure to environmental activism to securities law — and emphasizes the broad range of practice areas encountered by lawyers representing tribal governments,” said Stacy Leeds, interim associate dean for academic affairs, professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the following slate of presentations:

— “Strengthening Indian People and Nations through Healing to Wellness Courts,” Carrie E. Garrow (St. Regis Mohawk), Syracuse University College of Law
— “Property Rights, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Development of International Human Rights Law,” Robert T. Coulter (Citizen Potawatomi), Indian Law Resource Center
— “Realism in Tribal Environmental Activism: External Engagement and Internal Politics,” Ezra Rosser, American University, Washington College of Law
— “Global Warming and its Impact on Tribal Wildlife Management in the 21st Century,” Colette Routel, William Mitchell College of Law
— “Illiquid Indians: Discrimination against Tribal Governments in Federal Securities Law,” Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw), University of Houston Law Center
— “The TLOA of 2011: A Critique of the Right to Counsel and Impacts on Access to Justice,” Barbara Creel (Pueblo of Jemez), University of New Mexico School of Law

Organizers have applied for six hours of continuing legal education credit in Kansas and Missouri. Those wishing to receive credit may register at the door and obtain materials; there is no charge.

The conference is sponsored by KU’s School of Law and its Tribal Law and Government Center and the National American Indian Court Judges Association.

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