NNALSA Moot Court Competition Updates!

Kacey Chopito (Pueblo of Zuni) and Cassondra Church (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) competed and advanced to the Final Four round in the 29th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition at the University of North Dakota School of Law on February 26-27, 2021. Photo credit: Cassondra Church.

This weekend, three MSU LAW teams competed in the National NALSA Moot Court Competition at the University of North Dakota School of Law. While we are proud of all three of our teams, we are especially pleased to announce that 3Ls Kacey Chopito and Cassondra Church (pictured above) advanced to the Final Four round of this year’s competition, winning both a Semi-Finalist Award and 2nd Place for Best Written Advocates!

We are very proud of all three of our teams (pictured below), who were coached by Linus Banghart-Linn and Neoshia R. Roemer! Please join us in congratulating them on their hard work!

From left to right: Cassondra Church, 2L Val Schuette (Pascua Yaqui Tribe), 3L Sapphire Long Knife (Fort Belknap Indian Community), 2L Breanna Colwell (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe), Coach Linus Banghart-Linn, Coach Neoshia R. Roemer, 3L Redon Ipeku, and Kacey Chopito. Photo credit: Breanna Colwell.

NNABA Foundation Bar Review Scholarship

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation is continuing to accept applications for the 2021 Bar Review Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to alleviate some of the financial strains to ensure that future Native attorneys can successfully devote their mind and spirit to the final hurdle of becoming legal warriors. Applications are due March 1, 2021 to scholarship@nativeamericanbar.org. Please visit www.NativeAmericanBar.org for the full application criteria. Awardees will be honored at the NNABA Annual Meeting.

Additionally, the NNABA Foundation’s 2021 scholarship awards will be given in memory of some of our legal warriors who journeyed on this past year. The hope is that our awardees will carry the spirit and fight of their memorial award as they prepare for the bar exam and honor our legal warriors’ memories as they enter the legal profession.

If you would like to nominate a legal warrior to be honored in this way, please submit their name, bio, and photo (if appropriate) to scholarship@nativeamericanbar.org for consideration by the Scholarship Committee. If you would like to donate to this year’s scholarship awards, you can make donations to the NNABA Foundation at https://www.nativeamericanbar.org/the-national-native-american-bar-association-foundation/.

This Week: NCAI Presidential Transition Series



Indian Country’s Participation in the Appointment Process Webinar

Thursday, January 14, 2021

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

Every new Presidential Administration appoints individuals to more than 9,000 new political jobs. Please join the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) for an opportunity to learn about what it means to serve a Presidential Administration through a political appointment. Learn from an expert panel of current and former American Indian/Alaska Native appointees about the appointment process, service, and how tribal leaders can support prospective candidates.


Clara Pratte

Tribal Engagement Director, Biden Transition Team

Matt Dannenberg

Senior Associate Director, Presidential Personnel Office, Biden White House

Alison Grigonis

Previous Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs; Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs at the Obama White House

Kim Teehee

Previous Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council

Please click here to register!

Bay Mills Indian Community Hosts Second Annual Noojimo’iwewin: A VAWA and ICWA Training

Bay Mills Indian Community is hosting its second annual Noojimo’iwewin: A VAWA and ICWA Training on August 5-7, 2020. Once again, the training will focus on issues of child welfare, domestic violence, and community healing. This year, the event is completely virtual. For more details, please see the press release or event website.

Press Release: July 29, 2020

Event website

NNALSA Moot Court Finals (Finally)

To wrap this week’s victory tour: you asked and we answered! We are beyond thrilled to announce that for the first time in MSU’s history, the MSU chapter of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) advanced to the final round in the National NALSA Moot Court Competition. The ILPC, alumni, and friends of the Center are so proud to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment.

Returning to campus with two awards, 3L Kaitlin Gant (Oneida Nation of the Thames) and 2L Kacey Chopito (Pueblo of Zuni) took second place in the oral arguments. They also won the award for Second Place Best Overall Advocates. Notably, Ms. Gant was the only female competitor in the final round.

They came second behind none other than Columbia Law and competed against 65 teams including those from Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, and University of California Los Angeles.

3L Austin Moore (Samish Indian Nation) and 3L Kathryn Peterson (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) also participated in the competition hosted last week at UC Berkeley Law.


The competitive success of MSU NALSA helped the MSU College of Law rise from fourth to second place in National Moot Court rankings.

Please join us in congratulating these students on their achievements!