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Pre-Conference | November 16

This conference is approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 12.75 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit and 1.5 Elimination of Bias credits.

Day 1 | November 17

 8:30am ET 

Breakfast | Castle Board Room


 8:45-9:00am ET 


Linda Greene, Dean and MSU Foundation Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Wenona Singel, Director, Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Associate Professor, Michigan Sate University College of Law
Doreen McPaul, President, Tribal In-House Counsel Association

 9:00-10:15am ET 

Keynote: Generally Counseling the General Counsel

1.25 CLE


Peter Ortego

Director, Department of Justice,
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

 10:15-10:30am Break  

 10:30-12:00pm ET 

Coffee Talk: Brackeen and the Oral Arguments

1.5 CLE

Kate Fort, Director of Clinics, Michigan State University College of Law

April Olson, Attorney, Rothstein Donatelli


12:00-12:45 Lunch

 12:45-2:15pm ET 

Labor and Employment (HR)

1.5 CLE

Moderator: Cassondra Church, Legal Counselor, Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
Kaighn Smith, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
Racheal White Hawk, Associate Attorney, Procopio
Jeremy Wood, Senior Associate Attorney, Fisher Phillips

2:00-2:15pm Break

 2:30-4:00pm ET 

Fiduciary Governance and Best Practices for Tribal Investment Stewards

1.5 CLE

Moderator: Jamie Williams, Student, Michigan State University College of Law
Courtney Monteiro, Senior Vice President, AIF®, Sovereign Investment Advisors
Todd C. Early, Chief Investment Officer, AIFA®, GFS®, Sovereign Investment Advisors

Tom Comer, Chief Financial Officer, Gun Lake Tribe


3:30pm ET Coffee Break

 4:15-5:15pm ET 

Basics of Engaging with Tribal Clients 

CLE (Ethics) 

Moderator: Rory Wheeler, Student, Michigan State University College of Law 
Jordan Oglesby, Attorney, Economic and Community Development Unit, Navajo Nation Department of Justice
Matthew Fletcher, Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law

Frances Sjoberg, Principal Attorney, Economic and Community Development Unit, Navajo Nation Department of Justice



End of Day 1. Join us for the reception! 
In-Person Only

 6:00-11:00pm ET 

Thursday Reception 

HopCat East Lansing
300 Grove Street

East Lansing, MI 48823


 6:00-9:00pm ET 

Welcome Reception 

Beggar's Banquet 
218 Abbot Rd

East Lansing, MI 48823


Day 2 | November 18

 8:30-10:00am ET 
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Tribal Consultation and Environmental Justice

1.5 CLE


Moderator: Lydia Locklear, Deputy Attorney, Catawba Nation

Jeff Harris, Tribal Attorney, Catawba Nation

Whitney Gravelle, President, Bay Mills Indian Community

Danielle McLean, Legal & Compliance Officer, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

 10:00-10:15am Break  

 10:15-11:45am ET 

Partnering with Utilities on Critical Energy Infrastructure Projects

1.5 CLE

Moderator: Pilar Thomas, Partner, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Practice Group, Quarles & Brady

Maranda Compton, President, Lepwe Inc.

Sharol McDade, President/Founder, Macworx

Jason Hauter, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

11:45am-12:45pm Lunch

 12:45-2:15pm ET 

National Tribal Opioid Litigation
1.5 CLE

Moderator: Collin Banghart, Student, Michigan State University College of Law
Lloyd B. Miller, Partner, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman LLP
Kevin Washburn, N. William Hines Dean, Professor of Law, Iowa College of Law

Sara Hill, Attorney General, Cherokee Nation


2:00-2:15pm Break

 2:30-4:00pm ET 

Impostor Syndrome, Elimination of Bias, and Tribal In-House Practice

1.5 CLE (Elimination of Bias)


Moderator: Kimberly Dutcher, Deputy Attorney General, Navajo Nation
Harrison Rice, Assistant Attorney General with the Tohono O’odham Nation

Christopher Sharp, M.S.W., M.P.A., Director & Clinical Assistant Professor, Office of American Indian Projects, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Denise Ryan, Deputy Defense Counsel, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


End of Day 2. Thank you for joining us! 

 7:30-8:30am ET 

Breakfast | Castle Board Room


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