Cherokee Legal History Panel with J. Matthew Martin, Stacy Leeds, and Trey Adcock.
Tuesday, November 9th at 6:00pm ET
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About the Seminar:
The first legal history of the first tribal court upends long-held misconceptions about the origins of Westernized tribal jurisprudence. This book demonstrates how the Cherokee people—prior to their removal on the Trail of Tears—used their judicial system as an external exemplar of American legal values, while simultaneously deploying it as a bulwark for tribal culture and tradition in the face of massive societal pressure and change. Extensive case studies document the Cherokee Nation’s exercise of both criminal and civil jurisdiction over American citizens, the roles of women and language in the Supreme Court, and how the courts were used to regulate the slave trade among the Cherokees. Although long-known for its historical value, the legal significance of the Cherokee Supreme Court has not been explored until now.
About the Speakers:
J. Matthew Martin is the first American Bar Association (ABA) Tribal Courts Fellow. In 2013 he retired after over a decade of service as an Associate Judge of the Cherokee Court, the Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. For over 25 years, Judge Martin has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. In the 1991 Term, at age 31, he argued Wade v. United States before the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Martin has spoken nationally and internationally on issues ranging from federal Indian law to criminal law and the judicial process. He is published in multiple peer-reviewed periodicals.
Judge Martin received a BA with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from the UNC School of Law. He also holds a Ph.D. in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno. He has taught law students as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UNC and Elon Schools of Law. He is a long-time member of the faculty of the National Judicial College and former Secretary to the College’s Board of Trustees.
Judge Martin was honored as a T.C. Roberson High School “Graduate of Distinction” and received the “Franklin Flaschner Award” from the ABA’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges as the nation’s outstanding specialized court judge in 2014. The Cherokee Supreme Court: 1823-1835 is his first book.
Trey Adcock (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Citizen of Cherokee Nation), PhD, is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Native Health and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cherokee Studies.
Stacy Leeds is Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Leeds is Dean Emeritus, University of Arkansas School of Law (2011-2018) and the first Indigenous woman to lead a law school. Learn more at http://stacyleeds.com/biography
Friday, October 15, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CDT
Where: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. Prior Lake, MN 55372
In previous years, the tribal leaders, scholars, and practitioners of our Indian law community gathered at the Federal Bar Association’s annual Indian Law Conference to share our knowledge, triumphs, and trials in the pursuit to protect the sovereignty of our tribal nations. As we return to congregating safely, our members now have the opportunity revive these important gatherings. In the spirit of perpetuating community, connection, and education in the Indian Law community, the Minnesota chapter of the Federal Bar Association along with the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, the national FBA’s Indian Law Section, the New Mexico Chapter of the FBA, presents the 2021 Indian Law Seminar: Reconnecting Our Sovereign Nations. This seminar will run simultaneously with a seminar in New Mexico, and attendees will hear from two live panels and two simulcast panels in each state for CLE credit.
This event is the first of its kind within New Mexico and Minnesota. We will be hosting live sessions in both states while providing live simulcast to our partner state. Our aim is to provide participants in both states and surrounding jurisdictions with content relevant to attorneys who practice in the field of Federal Indian law.
Topics include: U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Cooley ICWA, State ICWA laws, and possible implications of Brackeen v. Haaland Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
Note: We have added a virtual participation option also! The cost is the same, so please register using the link below, and then email Roshanna Toya at email@example.com to request a link to the presentations.
Moderated by Professor Kristen Carpenter, the panel features Fawn Sharp, President, National Congress of American Indians; Kim Gottschalk, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund; and Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council.
On October 31, 2021, the world will gather in Glasgow for COP26, a major summit on climate change. As the U.S. rejoins the Paris Agreement, Indigenous Peoples, their traditional knowledge, and relationship with the earth are also at the forefront. Join Colorado Law for a discussion with Indigenous leaders and advocates to learn what’s at stake for all of us.
November 4th, 2021 | 10:30am-11:45am ET | 1.25 CLE
This presentation unravels the difficulties and reliabilities of incorporating traditional law into modern practices in the context of Diné Fundamental Law statute, oral testimony of the Jemez Pueblo’s elders, and Anishinaabe law and jurisprudence.
Rodgerick Begay: Assistant Attorney General, DOJ Chapter Unit, Navajo National
Matthew L.M. Fletcher: Director & Professor, Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
Robert Alan Hershey: Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus, Indigenous Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona College of Law
Moderator – Alyana Jimerson: Student, Michigan State University College of Law
Michigan Indian Legal Services and Uniting Three Fires Against Violence present a discussion with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Angeline Boulley. The author of Firekeeper’s Daughter will present with special legal guests and discuss the book, domestic violence, and criminal jurisdiction on tribal lands. The discussion will provide an interesting dissection of the relevant topics, along with the book’s unique setting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Audience members are encouraged to bring their questions.