We ask that you and other governmental actors take steps to prevent racist and violent events like the Unite the Right Rally from occurring in the future, while allowing for legitimate speech protected by the First Amendment. We also ask that you support the removal of celebratory markers commemorating individuals who committed violence against and impinged on the rights of marginalized populations.
Do you know a student that will be in D.C. to intern or clerk at an organization or firm that works in Indian law and policy? If so, please encourage them to sign up for the NABA-DC Brown Bag Series and Mentorship Program!
Brownbag Program: Every year, the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (NABA-DC) organizes events for summer interns working in the field of Indian law and policy. Events include brownbags lunches at government agencies, law firms, and non-profit organizations, as well as happy hours and a summer picnic. The Brownbags are a wonderful opportunity for interns to network with fellow interns and potential employers.
Mentorship Program: NABA-DC also coordinates a Mentorship Program each summer to give legal interns working in Indian law a personal networking experience. Interns are matched with professionals working in Washington D.C., with efforts made to find mentors who are working in the same fields the interns wish to enter, enriching the interns’ educational experience in D.C. and connecting practitioners with the next generation of Native leaders.
They’ve need a win, and Bay Mills was a biggie! While they were unable to persuade SCOTUS not to take the case in the first (even the SG failed there), and they were unable to persuade the tribe not to bring this case in the first place, but that said, they did help tribal interests avoid problems in a lot of other cases (here, here, here, here, and here). Actually, I have no idea if they helped or not but we’ll give them some credit anyway.
On February 12, 2009, at the request of American Bar Association President, H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Mary L. Smith will testify at the “State of Diversity in the Legal Profession” hearing at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Boston, MA. Ms. Smith will discuss issues of concern to women and Native Americans in the legal profession, particularly, the crisis situation of public safety issues in Indian Country and also the “box checking” issue on law school applications.
Ms. Smith is the National Native American Bar Association’s delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and is the first tribally-enrolled Commissioner and Chair of the Women of Color Committee for the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession. (As many of you already know she is also one of our council members and very active in the work of the committees).