2021 Agenda
This agenda is tentative and subject to change

 

8:45-9:15am Welcome


         Linda Greene, Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
       Dean Ferguson, DESO, Michigan State University College of Law
       Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor & Director, ILPC
       Doreen McPaul, President, TICA

9:15-10:15am Keynote Speaker
       

Tentative: Bryan Newland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs


 10:15-10:30am Break  

 

10:30-11:45am Tribal Traditional Law in Practice
       

Rodgerick Begay, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Chapter Unit
Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
Robert Alan Hershey, Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus, Indigenous Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona College of Law


11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00pm  Consultation Practices


Moderator: Ian F. Tapu,  Law Clerk, Hawaii State Judiciary
Joe Sarcinella
Wenona Singel, Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Associate Professor of Law at the Michigan State University College of Law
Tehani M. Louis-Perkins, University of Hawai’i
      

2:00-2:15pm Break

2:15-3:30pm Beyond Brackeen: Ongoing Protections for Indian Children   
       

Moderator: Cassondra Church, Legal Counselor, Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
April Olson, Attorney, Rothstein Donatelli
Kate Fort, Director of Clinics, Michigan State University College of Law
Austin Moore, Attorney, Native American Disability Law Center


       
Reception 5-7pm TBD        
       

 

 

8:45-9:00am Welcome and Announcements

9:00-10:15am Shifting the Balance of Power: Self Governance and Consultation   

Rob Roy Smith, Managing Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Geoff Strommer, Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
Debrah Gee, Navajo Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chief Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Office of Tribal Justice Administration
       
10:15-10:30 Break    

 

10:30-11:45pm Party or Amicus?: Deciding When Your Tribal Nation Should Participate in Litigation      


Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation DOJ
Chrissi Nimmo, Cherokee Nation, Deputy Attorney General for Cherokee Nation
Megan Topkok, Iñupiaq, Staff Attorney for Kawerak, Inc.
       
11:45-12:45pm Lunch
       


12:45-2:00pm Judicial Clerks

Moderator: Rodina Cave Parnell, Pre-Law Summer Institute Director, American Indian Law Center, Inc.
Lydia Locklear, Lumbee, Deputy Tribal Attorney for the Catawba Nation
Joaquin Ray Gallegos, Jicarilla Apache and Santa Ana Pueblo, Judicial Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Alexander Mallory, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Attorney Advisor through the United States Department of Justice Honors Program
Roshanna Toya, Pueblo of Isleta, Judicial Clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals


       
2:00-2:15  Break

       
2:15-3:30pm HOT TOPIC: Ethics


Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
 

November 5, 2021
8:45-3:30pm - All times in ET

November 4, 2021
8:45-3:30pm - All times in ET