Univ. of Kansas Law School Tribal Law & Governance Conference Tomorrow


Here is the agenda:


8:00-8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Honor Song and Welcome

Ron Brave, Haskell Indian Nations University
Dean Stephen Mazza, University of Kansas School of Law
Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, University of Kansas School of Law; Director, KU Tribal Law & Government Center; Affiliated Professor, Indigenous Studies

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker
Judge William Thorne
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Panel One | Collaborations between State and Tribal Courts
Moderator: Benjamin Stringer, 3L and KU Native American Law Students Association President

Hon. Mike Petoskey, Chief Judge, Pokagon Band | CLE materials (PDF)
Hon. Korey Wahwassuck, Judge, Ninth Judicial District, Minnesota | CLE materials (PDF)

This panel will discuss the advantages of and obstacles to effective collaboration between tribal courts and state courts, from both an attorney’s and judge’s perspective. The panel will discuss legal developments related to several topics including jurisdiction, comity, and full faith and credit.

12:00-1:15 Lunch, Commons Area, Green Hall
Professor Matthew Fletcher
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1:30-3:00 Panel Two | Tribal/State Collaborations Related to Law Enforcement, ICWA, and Cultural Preservation
Moderator: Samantha Wagner, 2L, KU Native American Law Students Association Vice-President 

Sarah Deer Professor, International & Interdisciplinary Studies – Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas | CLE materials (PDF)
Victoria Sweet, Program Attorney, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges | CLE materials (PDF)
Tonya Kowalski, Professor, Washburn Law School | CLE materials (PDF)

This panel will explore how tribes and states are collaborating on issues related to law enforcement (Sarah Deer), the Indian Child Welfare Act (Victoria Sweet), and cultural preservation (Tonya Kowalski). Panelists will discuss legal obstacles to effective collaboration and provide suggestions for how collaboration might be improved moving forward.

3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Ethics | Maintaining Tribal Confidences
Heather Whiteman Runs Him Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund | CLE materials (PDF)

This presentation will focus on unique ethical conflicts that attorneys working in Indian country are likely to face. The presentation will discuss: 1) who is the client when working with a tribe; 2) ethical communication; 3) the culture of community/tribe; 4) history of attorney roles in tribes; 5) competing ethical demands on tribal member attorneys; and 6) coordination with outside counsel.

4:15-4:30 Concluding Remarks
Elizabeth Kronk Warner