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Please share widely! Registration fee waivers and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Education Departments,  Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Pathways to the Legal Profession:  Identifying, Advising, and Supporting Native American Pre-Law Students

February 4-5, 2020

Isleta Resort and Casino, Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico

The Pathways to the Legal Profession conference aims to increase the number of competitive Native law school applicants nationwide by providing mentors necessary skills and resources to identify, advise, and support the next generation of Indigenous attorneys.

Registration, hotel information and additional information about the agenda can be found here. Please register by January 24, 2020.

Please note that this conference is designed for advisors.  If you are interested in becoming a law student, learn about the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative.

 

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You are welcome to contact Rodina Cave Parnall at 505-277-5462 with any questions.

AMERICAN INDIAN LAW CENTER, INC.
Website:  ailc-inc.org

 

Fletcher: “Indian Children and the Fifth Amendment”

Forthcoming in the Montana Law Review’s Browning Symposium issue, available at SSRN here.

An excerpt:

Many of my first memories revolve around my grandmother Laura Mamagona’s apartment in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She shared the apartment with my uncle Crockett, who was a college student. Her apartment was the upstairs room of an old house on the side of a hill on College Street. My memories are mostly of domestic activities. Cooking. Sweeping. Sitting around. Playing with trains. Leafing through Crockett’s Sports Illustrated magazine collection. Laura worked the night shift at the veteran’s hospital across from Riverside Park. Early on weekday mornings, June, my mother, would drop me off at Laura’s place in her VW bug, the first car I remember. I had my own crib at Laura’s, one I can remember escaping pretty easily. Often, Laura would sleep most of the morning while I puttered around the house. Sometimes, Crockett would be there. Family lore tells that once, June dropped me off earlier than usual and Laura had worked a little late, so I was probably there alone for a short while. I heard the story so often growing up that I can seemingly remember that day, too. This was in the mid-1970s, before Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Recently, my wife Wenona Singel discovered documents about Laura’s childhood home life in the National Archives in Chicago. Wenona was there to research family boarding school histories. Laura’s name as a young woman, Laura Stevens, was listed alongside several of her brothers and sisters as former students at Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. They were all born with the Pokagon surname, but Laura’s dad, Peter Stevens, changed their names, thinking it would help the family blend in with white America. Laura never attended the boarding school, and instead spent those years in quarantine in a hospital in Kalamazoo. We think she tested positive for tuberculosis at the boarding school intake and was diverted to quarantine. While Laura was there in the hospital during several of her early teen years, her biological mother walked on. Laura had younger brothers and sisters in her family home in Allegan County, Michigan. So, Peter—who was single then—drove to Kalamazoo and took Laura home. As a young woman, but the oldest sibling left in the house, Laura was forced to replace her mom. The archive documents contain reports by social workers who visited the house, we think, on somewhat random occasions. They were spot checks, of sorts, by the State of Michigan, to see how this Indian family with no mother in the home was coming along. The social workers detailed every aspect of the Stevens’ home in the reports. They noted how many Bibles were in the house and where they were placed. They noted how many portraits of Jesus Christ there were and the location each was hung. They reported Laura’s younger siblings were all dressed for company and quietly studying. They focused especially on teenaged Laura. There she was, sweeping the kitchen. There she was, cooking dinner. There she was, folding clothes. The social workers were impressed. Well, they were barely impressed. Laura was, after all, still an Indian. Reading the reports, one can’t help but think that young Laura Stevens was the only thing stopping the State from taking Peter Stevens’s kids away from him. Imagine if she had been out shopping on the day of the spot visit. The little Stevens kids would have been home alone, dishes in the sink and dirty clothes on the floor. Laura might have come home from shopping, and then later Peter from work, to find a home stripped of its children. However, this never came to be. Perhaps out of sheer luck, Laura was always home when the social workers showed up.

And:

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution is a truly fateful provision for Indian people. On occasion, Wenona and I teach at the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) for American Indians. It’s an eight week program that serves a little bit like a summer boot camp for Indian people who are planning to matriculate to law schools in the fall. Wenona teaches Property and I teach Indian Law. Compared with the regular law school survey-the-field course in Federal Indian Law, the short class I teach at PLSI is even more truncated. I can only assign a cross-section of the “greatest hits” of Indian law Supreme Court decisions because I don’t have time to conduct a full survey. I also try to assign cases where tribal interests prevailed. It turns out tribal interests and Indian people prevail more than not when the Fifth Amendment is in play. However, there are cases where tribal interests painfully and dramatically suffer under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Fifth Amendment.

Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference – Registration Deadline Extended

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The registration deadline has been extended to January 25, 2019 for the Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference. Advisors with an array of titles and responsibilities are encouraged to join us February 5-6, 2019.

Lodging and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Education Departments and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Please visit the event page or call (505) 277-5462 for more information about registration, travel reimbursements and the agenda.

 

 

Conference: Identify, Advise and Support Native American Pre-Law Students

Registration is still open for the Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference. Visit the event page for more information about registration, travel reimbursements, and the agenda.

Up to 30 lodging and travel reimbursements (up to $800) are available for Tribal Education Departments and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

See below for Day 2 conference details.

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Pathways to the Legal Profession: Pre-Law Advisor Training Conference

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Learn more and register here.

About the Conference

The Pathways to the Legal Profession Conference aims to increase the number of competitive Native law school applicants nationwide. Recent scholarship by the American Bar Association and others establishes that Native Americans are disproportionately underrepresented in the legal profession. We encourage advisors, educators, and school administrators to attend this training to help identify, advise, and support the next generation of indigenous attorneys.

Advisors

Advisors with an array of titles and responsibilities are encouraged to attend.  This includes community members such as teachers and youth mentors, as well as those who specifically advise American Indian and Alaska Native students interested in applying to law school.

Travel

Lodging and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Education Departments and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

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.

Pre-Law Advisor Training

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The American Indian Law Center, Inc. and the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative are pleased to announce that registration is open for our Pre-Law Advisors Training.  This training is designed for advisors to Native American pre-law students.

Pathways to the Legal Profession:  Identifying, Advising, and Supporting Native American Pre-Law Students

February 5-6, 2019

Isleta Resort and Casino, Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico.

Topics include:

  • The Need for Native Attorneys
  • Identifying Native Students for Law School
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Law School Application
  • Advising on Personal Statements, Resume Writing, and Supplemental Statements
  • Financing a Law School Education
  • LSAT Overview
  • Mock Law School Application Overview
  • Advising on Law School Selection

The registration fee is waived for representatives from Tribal Education Departments, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and schools with Native American student enrollment.  A limited number of travel reimbursements are also available.  Details on the reimbursement, lodging, and the schedule are provided on the registration webpage.

https://www.ailc-inc.org/registration/

Please email Rodina Cave Parnall, Pre-Law Summer Institute Director, with questions. caveparnall@law.unm.edu

Rod Lewis (PLSI ‘69) Walks On

Here is “Negotiator on Gila River water rights settlement dies.

And “Gila River Indian Community mourns death of tribal leader.

From Mario Gonzales:

Rod Lewis was married to my cousin Willardene Poor Bear-Lewis.  I started law school  with him in a pre-law program for Indian students at the University of New Mexico School of Law in the Summer of 1969.  Rod enrolled in the UCLA Law School and I enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of law in the fall of 1969 and we both graduated from law school in 1972.

I would like to mention a few of our classmates from the UNM School of Law summer law program of 1969 who went on the have distinguished careers:  Tom Fredericks, John Sinclair, Richard Trudell, Ralph Keen, George Goodwin, John Oguin, Gary Kimble, and Phil LaCourse.  Movie actor and musician Floyd Westerman was also one of our classmates.

Richard Trudell arranged for us to attend two Indian law classes at the Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 1971.  Graham Belle was our law professor (he was related to Alexander Graham Belle — inventor of the telephone).  Trudell wanted us to get some exposure to the roles law firms, federal agencies and Congress play in Indian affairs on a national level.

Rod Lewis got a job with the Interior Department and I got a job with the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampleman at the Watergate 600.  We worked during the day and attended Graham Belle’s Indian law classes in the evening.  Rod liked to tease and would sometimes call me and pretend he was someone else, and we would sometimes have lunch together at the Interior Department cafeteria with other Indian law students.

I also recall that my wife and I (and our three children) had trouble finding a place to rent for the summer and Rod and Willardene invited us to stay with them in Reston, Virginia until we could find our own place to rent.

Richard Trudell and Alan Parker started the American Indian Lawyer Training Program (AILTP) and began publishing the Indian Law Reporter, one of our main sources of Indian law in the 1970s.  Trudell and Parker also started a program to get four newly graduated Indian lawyers into private practice and selected four individuals for the program:  Rod Lewis (Gila River), Louis Denetsosie (Navajo), Larry Echohawk (Pawnee) and I (Oglala Sioux).

Trudell and Parker also set up a class for the four of us on law office management in Los Angeles, California with LA attorney Jay Foonberg as our instructor.  Rod set up his law office in Sacaton, Arizona and I set mine up in Martin, S.D.  in 1975.

In 19778, I became an Oglala Sioux tribal attorney and moved to Pine Ridge, S.D.  Louis Denetsosie set up his law office in Ft. Defiance, Arizona and I believe Larry Echohawk set up his law office in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Louis later became the attorney General of the Navajo Nation and Larry became the Attorney General of the State of Idaho.  And Rod, of course, became one of the nation’s outstanding Indian litigators and Indian water rights expert.

I would like to close by saying that I have always been so proud of Rod Lewis and his accomplishments in Indian law and the accomplishment of his family members; Willardene also became an attorney and an administrative law judge, and their son Steven is now serving as Governor of the Gila River Tribe.