Indigenous Law Conference
Reunite with ILPC and TICA
Celebrating Our 20th Year!
An Indigenous Law Conference was an obvious priority when the ILPC was established in 2003. A collaborative partnership with TICA in 2015 allows the Indigenous Law Conference to be a cutting edge event led by those in the field, In-House Counsel: some of the most important people working for tribal self-governance.
These annual conferences have been hosted at Michigan State University. In 2020 and 2021, due to COVID-19, the conference was streamed entirely online. We're excited to welcome you back to East Lansing, MI for the 2022 conference as we celebrate the conference's 20th year!
The conference’s main goal is to provide useful information for Tribal In-House Counsel. In the past, conferences have centered on a variety of themes.
Our conference is diverse in topics, gender, race, and art. Keynote speakers have included assistant secretaries, former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, federal judges, tribal judges, and former Interior Solicitor. Three of our proceedings have been published as books (Indian Child Welfare Act Conference, collected at MSU Press; Indian Civil Rights Act Conference, collected at UCLA, American Indian Studies Press; and American Indian Law and Literature, collected by American Indian Law Review).
The ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference gives new and interesting scholars a forum, provides students an opportunity to meet professionals in the field, and promotes Indian Law within our law school, Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, and beyond.
Geared toward providing service and resources to attorneys who provide legal services directly to Tribes and Tribal Governments, the Tribal In-house Counsel Association connects members and provides both a forum and community for Tribal Government legal issues.
TICA was formed in 2012 out of the growing Tribal in-house type of practice structure. More and more Tribes find either through governmental need or for cost-effective solutions that they need an internal legal structure in addition to any law firm issue-specific representation. While there are several legal associations geared for Tribal practitioners in general, TICA focuses on issues and practices specific and unique to lawyers employed directly by a Tribal Government, Tribal Enterprise, or other similar entity.
Tribal In-House Counsel Association
ILPC The Indigenous Law and Policy Center (ILPC) at MSU Law is one of a handful of Indigenous law certificate programs in the United States. Our dual mission is to increase the number of Native lawyers and train lawyers in Indigenous law. ILPC alumni work across Turtle Island in practice settings that range from small and large tribes, major law firms, non-profits, and the federal government.
The ILPC faculty is at the forefront of Indian law issues, and is also a proud partner of the Tribal In-House Counsel Association.