National Native American Law Students Association (“National NALSA”) is disheartened by the slow progression of law schools in becoming institutions which are inclusive, understanding, and supportive of their Native students.  National NALSA is an organization which strives to support Native law students, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. As such, National NALSA is requesting that law schools take steps to rectify this situation to foster an environment that is supportive of Native students and promotes diversity within law schools generally. National NALSA sees issues within three main categories: (1) recruitment, (2) academics, and (3) cultural awareness.
“The National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA) has established a long-running, respected national moot court competition. This year the 28th Annual NNALSA Moot Court is hosted by the Berkeley NALSA and will take place on February 21-23rd, 2020 in Berkeley, California. The competition is now active with the release of the moot court problem and the opening of team registration.”
Maurisa Bell grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and was also raised around her Northern Arapaho family. In 2015, she graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and completed the Pre-Law Summer Institute program during the summer of 2016. While in law school, Maurisa served as Vice President and Treasurer for the MSU-NALSA, an Area representative for National-NALSA, and volunteered as a student mentor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.
She spent her summers in Washington, D.C. working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice; the National Indian Gaming Commission; and Dentons, US LLP in their Native American Law and Policy practice group. She is a dedicated and driven leader who, in just a few weeks, will graduate from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Maurisa will work for Dentons upon graduation, pursuing her passion in helping tribes and tribal communities.
MOOT COURT 2017 – The National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA), in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (UCLA) and the UCLA Chapter of NALSA, is excited to announce that the 25th Annual NNALSA Moot Court Competition will be held on March 4 and 5 at the UCLA School of Law.
NNALSA will announce the Moot Problem and information regarding registration and logistics on November 20, 2016.
The window for registration opens on November 20, 2016
The deadline for registration is December 20, 2016
The deadline for brief submission is January 9, 2017
NNALSA encourages all chapters to pay their dues prior to registration. National chapter and individual dues are prerequisites to participation in the competition. While the deadline for these payments is not until January 9, 2017, the process will be streamlined if such dues are paid ahead of registration. Please see the official Moot Court rules for specific details on eligibility.
USD NALSA was presented with the National Native American Law Student Association’s Chapter of the Year award this year at the Federal Bar Association’s 40th Annual Indian Law Conference! Also, Tsyoslake House received the 2L of the year award! NALSA would like to say thank you to all who voted and thank you to all of our members who worked hard to make good things happen in Indian Country! Our goal this year was to bring awareness of current issues that Indian people face, while trying to be positive role models for Indian youth. NALSA would like to say thank you again for this recognition on a national level. Our chapter will continue to strive and work hard for Indian Country! Good work to all the NALSA members who volunteered their time to help better Indian Country!
2015 marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA). In recognition of this occasion, NNALSA is seeking information and memorabilia from over the last 45 years.
If you were involved in the founding of NNALSA, we need your help! We want to hear from you and how it all started. To share your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also gathering pictures of NNALSA boards and activities throughout the last 45 years. Pictures can also be sent to email@example.com.