Call for Proposals: 18th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Are you an in-house attorney addressing one of these issues?

-Self Governance

-Consultation Practices

-Amicus Briefs

-Insight from Current Judicial Clerks

-Traditional Knowledge in the Law


-Hot Topics

Each year, the Indigenous Law Conference has 8 panels plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members interested in presenting on the above topics, with a focus on the tribal in-house practice of law, are invited to submit their individual presentation proposals. ILPC/TICA will form panels. Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2021. The Conference will be hosted November 4-5, 2021 with pre-conference activities on November 3. For more information, click the buttons below.

Congratulations to the class of 2020!



Please join us in congratulating law graduates near and far! We are especially proud of those who earned the Indigenous Law Certificate at MSU College of Law:

CHLOE ELM (Tonawanda Seneca), YASMEEN MOHAMAD FARRAN (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), KAITLIN MARIEL GANT (Oneida Nation of the Thames), AUSTIN MICHAEL MOORE (Samish Indian Nation), EMILY WACYK PASKI, KATHRYN IRENE PETERSEN (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), and SARAH KAY ZLOTNICKI (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi).


Discussions from the Borderlands

This week the Michigan State University Department of Philosophy conference Discussions From the Borderlands will host two ILPC alumni as keynote speakers! PDF flyer here.

Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, ‘12 “The Invisible Wall”

March 13 5-6pm Wells Hall B310

Nellie Jo David, ‘14  “When Borders Cross O’odham: Maintaining Connections During Active Conquests to Divide Our People”

March 14 3-4pm MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, 2nd Floor West Wing


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2020 TICA Conference CFP due March 1

The 17th Annual Indigenous Law Conference proposal submission form and other conference details can be found at

Proposals due March 1, 2020

Join us November 5-6, 2020

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Additionally, please share the call for art:

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Pre-Law students can apply today for The Native American Pipeline to Law Admissions Workshop to prepare for the law school application process while networking with law school professionals. More information below.

June 17-21, 2020

Apply by April 24, 2020

Hosted at the MSU College of Law in East Lansing, MI






Governor Whitmer Appoints Whitney Gravelle to Michigan Women’s Commission

Press release here.

“Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. “


ILPC/TICA Panel – Diversifying the Legal Profession


Register for the ILPC/TICA 16th Annual Indigenous Law Conference at the MSU College of Law

For information about the agenda, sponsorships, and registration visit the event page.

The Diversifying the Legal Profession panel will fulfill Elimination of Bias credits and is sponsored by Kogovsek & Associates.

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