Elizabeth Reese Joins Stanford Law Faculty

Here is the announcement.

An excerpt:

Stanford Law School (SLS) today announced that Elizabeth A. Reese, Yunpoví, which means Willow Flower in the Tewa language, will join its faculty on June 1 as an assistant professor of law. With a focus on American Indian tribal law and constitutional law, Reese’s scholarship examines the way government structures, citizen identity, and the history that is taught in schools can impact the rights and powers of oppressed racial minorities within American law. Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambé Pueblo, one of the six Tewa-speaking pueblos of the northern Rio Grande region, where she is an active member of the community. Reese’s appointment is part of a Stanford University faculty cluster hire to add eminent scholars and researchers who are leaders in the study of the impact of race in America, an initiative under Stanford’s IDEAL initiative. Established in 2018, IDEAL is a larger cross-campus effort to create a more inclusive, accessible, diverse and equitable university for all Stanford community members.

Stanford Law Panel on Tribal Constitutions — This Saturday

If you’re in Palo Alto, check it out. From the Shaking the Foundations conference website (thanks to Tom Pack):

Date, Time and Location

October 16, 2:15-3:45 PM (Room 280B)

Panel Description

Several major U.S. Tribes are considering the adoption of new tribal constitutions while many more are unhappy with their 1930s-era Indian Reorganization Act tribal constitutions. These largely cookie-cutter constitutions were often coercively adopted and have resulted in varying degrees of success and failure. This panel will explore how tribes can take advantage of the process of developing tribal constitutions to advance tribal sovereignty, to enhance self-determination, and to improve cultural connections between tribal governments and tribal citizens. Best practices in constitution- making, pitfalls to be avoided, and the limits of the tribal constitution as a tool will also be discussed.


  • Carole Goldberg (Panel Moderator), Jonathan D. Varat Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Angela Riley, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law