Jeff Davis to Join Private Practice

Jeff Davis, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the tribal liaison for the Western District of Michigan, has decided to leave the United States Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids for private practice. Here is his letter to tribes announcing his departure:

Jeff Davis Letter

Jeff has been the tribal liaison for the Western District of Michigan for many years. Long before the Indian Law and Order Commission (of which he was a member), the Michigan Tribal-State-Federal Judicial Forum (of which was also a participant), and VAWA (which he has been instrumental in implementing), Jeff was one of the relatively few AUSAs in the country who took Indian country crime seriously. Well, he was one of the first and often only tribal liaisons west of the Mississippi for many years. He leaves an important legacy for the next tribal liaison in GR.

We wish Jeff luck in his new endeavors. Miigwetch is the right way to say thanks and chi-miigwetch is the way to say many thanks, but neither captures the amount of gratitude Indian country owes Jeff Davis.

Jeff Davis Accepting Tecumseh Award from Michigan State Bar Indian Law Section

Jeff Davis, Lynn Marie Johnson, and Bill Gregory


The ever-humble Jeff Davis


And the accompanying program on Michigan v. Bay Mills, featuring Riyaz Kanji, Kathryn Tierney, Louis Reinwasser, and Doug McIntyre


Indian Law Section Program for Michigan State Bar Meeting — Sept. 18, 2014

Annual Business Meeting & Program

This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Business Meeting: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Program: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar’s Annual Meeting page for more details.

Michigan v. Bay Mills
A look at the key issues in the recent Supreme Court case, Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community.
Speakers: Riyaz Kanji, Kanji & Katzen PLLC, Ann Arbor
Kathryn Tierney, Bay Mills Indian Community, Brimley
Louis Reinwasser, State of Michigan, Environment Natural Res. & Agric. Div., Lansing

2014 Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award recipient:  Assistant United States Attorney Jeff J. Davis

DOJ Meeting with AUSAs/Tribal Liaisons re: Indian Country Crime

On September 11, 2009, Department of Justice Leadership, including the Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and Director Jarrett, met with a group of AUSAs and AUSA Tribal Liaisons from around the country. The discussion focused on public safety concerns in Indian country, the federal response to criminal justice and social service issues on reservations, and proposed solutions for improving the Department’s response to crime in Indian country. The session was one in a series of Indian country stakeholder listening sessions being conducted by DOJ in advance of the Tribal Nations/Justice Department Listening Session: A Dialogue to Make a Difference, scheduled for October 28-29 in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.

AUSAs in Indian Country

Left to Right – Bottom Row: Arvo Mikkanen(Kiowa/Comanche), Jeff Davis (Turtle Mtn. Chippewa), Jan Morley (Turtle Mtn. Chippewa), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director – Marshall Jarrett, Deputy Attorney General – David Ogden, Associate Attorney General – Tom Perrelli, Leslie Hagen, Vincent Kirby, Kerry Jacobson, Tricia Tingle (Choctaw). Top Row: Scott Kerin, Vince Carroll, Traci Whelan, Randy Seiler, Tom Rice, Jan Sharp, Kyle Nayback (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa).

Careers in Indian Law — TODAY

Today, we’re delighted to host Trent Crable and Jeff Davis at the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. They will be speaking on Careers in Indian Law

Trent is a member of the Makah Nation. He graduated from Michigan Law School in 2005 and, until he relocated to Chicago, he worked for Morisett, Schlosser, Jozwiak, and McGaw, a Seattle law firm specializing in Indian Law.

Jeff is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Jeff is the tribal liaison for the W.D. Mich.

We’ll be in the Castle Board Room here at the law college. LUNCH is free.