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Indigenous Law Conference 2020

Hosted by the Tribal In-House Counsel Association and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University

DAY 1 - November 10

1-2:30pm ET (1.5 CLE)
COVID-19 Related Litigation  


Panel 1: Several important lawsuits have emerged in relation to Tribal access to the financial resources needed during the pandemic, including availability of Federal dollars allocated to Tribal governments in Congress’s COVID relief legislation and the Tribal claims brought against insurers for COVID-related business interruption.


  • Catherine Munson, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend

  • Judge Michael Burrage, Co-Founder, Whitten Burrage

  • Cory Albright, Member, Attorney Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C.

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3-4:30pm ET (1.5 CLE)
Child Welfare and Social Services

Panel 2: COVID-19 has upended standard child welfare and social service practices. Guidance from the states and federal government are often conflicting. Tribal practitioners are doing the best they can to maintain their caseload remotely.

  • Whitney Gravelle, In-House Counsel and Attorney, Bay Mills Indian Community

  • Shayne Machen, State Manager of ICWA/MIFPA Compliance and Race Equity, Children’s Service Agency, MDHHS

  • Delia Sharpe, Founding Executive Director, California Tribal Families Coalition

4:45-5:45pm ET
Welcome Reception

Reception MC

James Washinawatok II TICA Treasurer, In-House Counsel, Southern Ute Tribe




Dean Melanie Jacobs, Interim Dean, MSU College of Law

Professor Matthew Fletcher, Director, MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center

Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul, TICA President, Navajo Nation Department of Justice


Tanaya Winder

Gunner Jules

Lyla June

Tall Paul

Jessa Calderon

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James Washinawatok II TICA Treasurer, In-House Counsel, Southern Ute Tribe
Professor Kate Fort Director, MSU Indian Law Clinic

November 11, 2020 No panels in observance of Veterans Day

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