2023 Maine Law School Indian Law Conference


This is a significant moment in history for the Wabanaki People, the United States, and the State of Maine.  The Maine State Legislature recently revisited the Implementing Act to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement of 1980—the state law which purported to resolve land disputes between the Tribes and the State dating back to Maine’s pre-history.  There is growing public interest in—and momentum to recognize—tribal sovereignty.

Attorneys, students, and tribal leaders will gather in Portland on March 3, 2023, to highlight these current events in light of the fact that the history of tribal law in Maine has been one of isolation and restraint. The Symposium is presented by the Maine Law Review in partnership with Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC, and the Maine State Bar Association.

Symposium participants will welcome five expert authors to discuss the importance of Federal Indian Law as it applies to the four federally recognized tribes located in Maine. A keynote address will be presented by Michael-Corey Hinton, Leader of the Tribal Nations Practice Group at Drummond Woodsum and citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe (Sipayik).

We invite you to share this registration form with those in your network who may be interested in attending the Symposium.

The Symposium will feature the following speakers:

Professor Nicole Friederichs, Practitioner in Residence at Suffolk University Law School

Professor Matthew Fletcher, Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and Chief Justice of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Hon. Donna Loring, elder and former council member of the Penobscot Indian Nation

Hon. Eric M. Mehnert, Chief Justice of the Penobscot Tribal Court and partner for Hawkes & Mehnert, LLP.

Joseph E. Gousse, Esq., attorney at Berman & Simmons

Friday, March 3, 2023

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

300 Fore Street


American Indian Justice Conference Call for Papers

The 2023 American Indian Justice Conference (AIJC) is planned for May 3-4, 2023 in Reno, NV. The conference planners for this event are the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC), the Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota (TJI) and the National Tribal Judicial Center (NTJC). We are seeking presentation proposals from BJA training and technical assistance providers and partners. 

Please complete the online call for presentations form (using the link below) by Wednesday, February 8, 2023.


UDub Indian Law Symposium — Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Register here.

UW Law will host the 35th annual Indian Law Symposium on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, featuring a full set of topics from panelists across the country. Programming includes updates on litigation and federal legislation, an ethics session about cultural considerations for competent tribal legal representation, and sessions on tribes, mining and opportunities for reform; the Indian Child Welfare Act; and the Supreme Court.

The program will be held in a virtual format on Zoom. It is co-sponsored by the Washington Law Review and Native American Law Center.