2019 Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative

From June 26-30, 2019, 34 prospective Native American pre-law applicants from across Indian Country attended the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, C.A. During this five-day intensive program, students heard from law school admissions professionals, law professors, law students, and more about applying to and attending law school. This year, we were fortunate enough for Olympian Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) to surprise us!

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The Pipeline’s mission is to provide serious preparation for Native law applicants, as well as to connect applicants to the invaluable resources and support they need from professionals. The program even includes an introduction to and support for taking the LSAT. Former participants of this program have gone on to complete PLSI and law school.

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The Pipeline to Law Initiative will be held again during the summer of 2020. If you’re interested in providing financial support to this program or have more questions, please contact Kate Rosier.

 

Maurisa Bell, NNALSA 3L of the Year

 

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National NALSA 3L of the Year Award recipient, Maurisa Bell (right).

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.

Congratulations, Maurisa!

PLSI Alumni

Send your advice or encouragement to Native American pre-law students. Your quote could appear on new PLSI materials!

What advice would you give to a future law student? What advice or encouragement would you give to your pre-law self?

The American Indian Law Center, Inc. would like to use your answers on new materials (brochure, website, bookmarks, conference program). Please send your quote to Rodina Cave Parnall at AILCinfo@law.unm.edu by January 4, 2019 and keep it to less than 160 characters. It may be edited down to meet space limitations. Include your PLSI class year and current position.

Calling all PLSI Alumni!

Send your advice or encouragement to Native American pre-law students. Your quote could appear on new PLSI materials!

What advice would you give to a future law student? What advice or encouragement would you give to your pre-law self?

The American Indian Law Center, Inc. would like to use your answers on new materials (brochure, website, bookmarks, conference program). Please send your quote to Rodina Cave Parnall at AILCinfo@law.unm.edu by January 4, 2019 and keep it to less than 160 characters. It may be edited down to meet space limitations. Include your PLSI class year and current position.

PLSI’s Heidi Nesbitt to be Honored by New Mexico Women’s Law Caucus

The Women’s Law Caucus is pleased to announce the 2015 Honorees of the Justice Mary Walters Award will be The Honorable Anne Kass and Heidi Nesbitt, Director of the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) and Assistant Director of the American Indian Law Center, Inc.

On February 27, 2015, the Justice Mary Walters Award Banquet will be held at the UNM School of Law, where they will honor both of these women for their distinguished careers and the lasting impact they have made in the New Mexico legal community.

American Indian Law Center’s “Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaskan Natives” Recognized by the American Bar Association

Outstanding news! And well-deserved!

Here is the press release: PLSI ABA Award PressRel_FINAL

An excerpt:

Albuquerque, NM – December 13, 2011 – The Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaskan Natives (PLSI) today announced that it will be recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline for exemplary leadership in pipeline programming. PLSI is a program of the American Indian Law Center, Inc., that has been attended by many of the nation’s preeminent Native attorneys, judges, law school professors and deans, and tribal chairs since its inception in 1967.

The ABA 2012 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity recognized PLSI for their exemplary leadership in pipeline work. The ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity commended PLSI for its “outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions to diversifying” the law profession. The ABA will formally honor PLSI at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, LA on February 3, 2012.

Floyd Westerman Walks On

Floyd Red Crow Westerman passes away

A great guy and, incidentally, a member of the first class of Indian students in the Pre Law Summer Institute operated by the American Indian Law Center at UNM law school. (H/T Indianz.com)

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