Please join the Indigenous Law and Policy Center this Wednesday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. ET for a post-oral argument discussion of Brackeen over Zoom. Wenona Singel will be moderating this conversation with speakers Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Melody McCoy and April Youpee-Roll.
The link to register is here. Please see the below flyer for more information.
The 2022 NM State Bar Indian Law Section Annual CLE Conference will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. To attend this conference virtually, click here. To attend this conference in person, click here.
Indigenous Rights, Human Rights: It’s Time for the Declaration
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 12:00pm MST | Zoom Webinar
Register at: law.asu.edu/canby
Council Tree Professor of Law Director, American Indian Law School University of Colorado Law School
Kristen Carpenter is a Council Tree Professor of Law and Director of the American Indian Law Program at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Carpenter served as a member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from 2017-2021, as its member from North America. While serving at the United Nations, Professor Carpenter worked on human rights issues regarding Indigenous Peoples in all regions of the world. With colleagues at the Native American Rights Fund, Carpenter is now co-lead on “The Implementation Project,” an effort to realize the aims of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. She is also a Supreme Court Justice of the Shawnee Tribe.
At Colorado Law, Professor Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of Property, Cultural Property. American Indian Law, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples in International Law. She has published several books on these topics and her articles appear in leading law reviews. Professor Carpenter has served in various Associate Dean roles and as a founding member of the campus-wide Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at CU-Boulder. In 2016 she was the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Carpenter is an elected member of the American Law Institute and former member of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section Board. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College.
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
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Canadian and U.S. Perspectives on PFAS: Issues of Social Justice
Co-hosted by: The Center of PFAS Research, Canada Connect, and Indigenous Law & Policy Center
Join us for a speaker series on the history, science, impact, and challenges of PFAS in the Canadian and US context. Using a One Health framework, each webinar will include speakers from both Canada and the United States.
Dr. Amira Akar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universite Laval and the Center de reserche du CHU de Quebec. She is an environmental epidemiologist and her research centers around protecting systemically and structurally excluded populations from contaminants of emerging concern, with a particular interest in Arctic communities. Dr. Aker received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship a the University of Toronto Scarborough focused on chronic disease.
Melanie Lemire is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine at Laval Unviersity and researcher at the Population Health and Optimal Health Practices axis at the CHU du Quebec-Universite Laval Research Centre and the Institute for Integrative and Systems Biology (IBIS). She is the Canadian designated expert for the Human Health Assessment Group of the Arctic Monitoring an Assessment Program (HHAG-AMAP). Her projects are transdisciplinary, intersectoral and participatory, and focus on the study of environmental contaminants, ocean change, and nutrition related to the health of Indigenous and coastal populations. Her findings are used to inform decisions, decision making-tools, programs and policies at local, federal, and international levels.
Elyse Caron-Beaudoin is an Assistant Professor in environmental health at the University of Toronto – Scarborough. Her research focuses on the development of transdisciplinary community-based research projects to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pressures on health by combining information form multiple levels of biological organization. Elyse holds a PhD in biology with a specialization in toxicology from the INRS – Armand-Frappier Institute in Laval, Quebec. From 2018 to 2020, she was a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Universite de Montreal. She is implicated in several research projects on environmentalism and Indigenous health, including in oil and gas regions and in the Canadian Arctic.
Whitney Gravelle is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community Gnoozhekaaning (Place of the Pike) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016 with a certificate from the Indigenous Law Program, Whitney worked for the Department of Justice with the Environmental and Natural Resource Division in the Indian Resource Section, where she worked on cases relate to the scope of tribal lands and jurisdiction, treaty rights, and the protection of lands held in trust for tribes and individual Indian lands. Currently, Whitney serves as President of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and serves on the Michigan Women’s Commission and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.
Wenona Singel is an Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan. She recently completed a two-year leave of absence from MSU to fulfill an appointment as Deputy Legal Counsel and Advisor for Tribal Affairs for Governor Gretchen Whitmer. At MSU, Wenona teaches and publishes in the areas of Property, Federal Indian Law, and Natural Resources Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of American Indians. She also received an appointment by President Barack Obama to the Board of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a position she held for five years. She received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Wenona is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
Join us for our next PFAS webinar: March 15th 12:00-1:30pm
Session # 1: Fairness is false: Find confidence in your lane!
Friday, February 11, 2022 | 9:30 AM-10:20 AM (EST) | Zoom (must register for Zoom info)
Session Description: Sometimes we often lose opportunities to be great by expecting things to be fair. This talk will inspire you to be great in ways other people can’t.
Speaker: Nekeyta Brunson
Speaker Bio: Nekeyta Brunson is a wife, business owner of Uncovered, LLC and homeschool mom of 4. Native of Flint Michigan, she has had many obstacles and hurdles to cross. One of her biggest hurdles that held her back has now become a growing nonprofit.
Session # 2: Academic Sisters in the Movement to Decolonize the Ivory Tower
Friday, February 11, 2022 | Session Time 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM (EST) | Zoom (must register for Zoom info)
Speaker: Wenona Singel
Speaker Bio: Wenona Singel is an Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan. She recently completed a two-year leave of absence from MSU to fulfill an appointment as Deputy Legal Counsel and Advisor for Tribal Affairs for Governor Gretchen Whitmer. While working for the Governor’s Office, Wenona advised the Governor on all aspects of tribal-state relations, and she was responsible for advising the Governor on issues related to the Flint water crisis, the environment, natural resources, and gaming. At MSU, Wenona teaches and publishes in the areas of Property, Federal Indian Law, and Natural Resources Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of American Indians. She also received an appointment by President Barack Obama to the Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a position she held for five years. She received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Wenona is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and she is married to Matthew Fletcher, with whom she has two sons named Owen and Emmett.
Session #3: Radical Rest: A Revolutionary Act for Women Leaders of Color
Friday, February 11, 2022 | 1:30 PM-2:20 PM (EST) | Zoom (must register for Zoom info)
Session Description: Transformative leaders who are protecting our future through their commitment to our collective freedom need a break! Wellness is a critical part of any activism. Taking purposeful time to rejuvenate is paramount if we wish to be effective change agents. During this talk, we will explore myriad reasons women leaders need to rest and discuss ways to restore. We’ll offer practical wellness tips, leadership advice, and research on creating brave and vulnerable spaces for women of color to find rest.
Speaker: Dr. Rema Vassar
Speaker Bio: Rema Vassar, PhD was elected to the Board of Trustees for an eight-year term that began January 1, 2021. Dr. Vassar earned her doctorate from UCLA in 2009 and currently serves as an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University. She is the Morris Endowed Chair leading The Leadership Talent Development Project in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Dr. Rema teaches Leadership and was named Faculty of the Year in the College of Education in 2020. The author of many scholarly journal articles, her research interests include school and community relationships with an emphasis on parent-school partnerships; race, gender, and class implications in schools; implications of policy and practice on student achievement and outcomes; and equity, justice, access, and inclusion for minoritized communities. In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Vassar has extensive experience in K-12 public education, having served over 20 years as a teacher, counselor, and principal. She maintains a steadfast commitment to community service through her committee work, as a mentor, and community liaison. Dr. Vassar resides in Detroit with her husband and three children.
Matthew L.M. Fletcher is Foundation Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. In 2021-2022, he will be the inaugural visiting professor for the UC-Hastings Indigenous Law Program. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and the Tulalip Tribes. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band.
April Youpee-Roll is a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and investigations. Ms. Youpee-Roll also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on American Indian law. She has drafted and filed numerous amicus briefs in the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court, and is a frequent speaker on Indian law issues. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Youpee-Roll clerked for Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Ms. Youpee-Roll possesses nearly a decade of experience in federal and tribal policy. Before attending law school, she served as a research assistant to Senator Tim Johnson working on Indian Affairs, Judiciary and Appropriations matters. She also performed research on tribal governance and tribal-corporate relations for Harvard Kennedy School.
October – December 2021 | Virtual Event // MCLE Credits Pending
ALL SESSIONS VIRTUAL. ZOOM LINKS SENT DIRECTLY TO REGISTERED ATTENDEES. 7.0 MCLE CREDITS (CA) WILL BE SOUGHT.
November 4th, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST – 1.0 MCLE Credit ETHICS PANEL – SUBSTANCE ABUSE Attorneys should be aware of the professional obligations that could be adversely affected by issues associated with substance abuse. Panelists will discuss how to recognize substance abuse, behaviors that indicate it may be time to seek help, and the potential impacts of untreated substance abuse on an attorney’s legal and professional responsibilities. Virginia Hedrick, California Consortium for Urban Indian Health Lauren van Schilfgaarde, UCLA School of Law
FOLLOWING EACH PANEL, JOIN CILA FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR COLLEGUES AND A CHANCE TO WIN A GIVEAWAY!
November 18th, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST – 1.0 MCLE Credit TAXATION: HOT TOPICS Join our expert panelists for a lively discussion surrounding taxation in Indian Country. This panel will provide an overview of current tax legislation affecting Tribal communities in the State of California
Michelle LaPena, Rosette, LLP Maria Brosterhous, Franchise Tax Board James Dahlen, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
December 3rd, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST – 1.0 MCLE Credit INDIGENOUS LANDBACK Indigenous landback experts will share updates on the federal fee-to-trust process and the California Public Utilities Commission’s recently-adopted policy addressing land repatriation from investor-owned utilities
Commissioner Darcie L. Houck, California Public Utilities Commission Charles W. Galbraith, Jenner & Block
December 16th, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST – 1.0 MCLE Credit INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS Physical and cultural infrastructure form the foundation for sovereignty and self-determination. Panelists discuss recent developments in federal funding opportunities that build on existing infrastructure trends.
Dawn Sturdevant Baum, Yurok Tribe Sorhna Li (Jordan), Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
FOLLOWING EACH PANEL, JOIN CILA FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND SOCIALIZE WITH YOUR COLLEGUES AND A CHANCE TO WIN A GIVEAWAY!
For Attorneys Seeking MCLE Credit:
CILA WILL SEEK RETROACTIVE APPROVAL FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR FOR MCLE CREDIT FOR EACH PAENL. WE WILL SEND CERTIFICATES TO QUALIFYING PARTICIPANTS UPON APPROVAL BY THE STATE BAR. CILA CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT APPROVAL FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR FOR MCLE CREDIT WILL OCCUR BEFORE THE FEB. 1, 2022 REPORTING DEADLINE.
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